The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Athletic Department takes great pride in abiding by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rules and guidelines that govern Division I competition. For the benefit of the many alumni, fans and booster club members who are so active in supporting and assisting the Aggies throughout the year, we would like to remind everyone of a few definitions and rules that apply to all athletic representatives and boosters.
NMSU's responsibility for the conduct of its program includes responsibility for the actions of its staff members and for the actions of any other individual, booster or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletic interests of the institution.
NMSU must monitor its program to assure compliance and to identify and report to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved. An institution found to have violated NCAA rules is subject to disciplinary and corrective actions as determined by the NCAA.
Athletic Representative or Booster
- Are a present or past member of a NMSU Booster Club or agency that promotes the Aggies' intercollegiate athletic program;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletic department or to an athletic booster organization of NMSU;
- Are, or have been providing benefits (e.g., summer jobs, meals, etc.) to enrolled student-athletes, their family members, or friends;
- Are, or have been involved in any manner of promoting the NMSU intercollegiate athletic program.
A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade or above, including students in prep schools and junior colleges as well as students who have officially withdrawn from a four-year institution and plan to transfer to another institution. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution or a booster provides the individual or the individual's relatives or friends with any financial assistance or benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students in general.
A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS TO TREAT
ALL STUDENTS AS PROSPECTS.
A student-athlete is a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletic staff or other representatives of athletic interests with a view toward the student's ultimate participation in the interscholastic athletic program.
A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect, or the prospect's parent or legal guardian, and an institutional staff member or athletic representative during which dialogue occurs.
Recruiting is any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect's family member or guardian by an institutional staff member or by an athletic representative of the institution, for the purpose of securing the prospect's enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution's intercollegiate athletic program.
GUIDELINES AND REMINDERS FOR BOOSTERS
- A booster may not contact the prospect, prospect's coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate or recruit the prospect.
- A booster may not expend funds to entertain or provide transportation for a prospective student-athlete, family members, or friends.
- A booster may not become directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements for a prospect, or the prospect's relatives, or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
- A booster may not contact a prospective student-athlete through letter writing, telephone calling, or other forms of communication.
- Do discuss summer employment opportunities with a prospect after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent with NMSU.
- Do attend high school athletic events without contacting prospective student-athletes.
- Do continue existing friendships with families and friends of prospective student-athletes.
- Do send recommendation letters, newspaper clippings, or similar information about prospective student-athletes, to Aggie coaches.
- Do invite a student-athlete to participate in non-profit, charitable, or educational events.
- Do invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal.
- Do contact the NMSU Compliance Office for approval prior to a student-athlete engaging in outside speaking or promotional activities.
- Do pay a student-athlete the commensurate rate for actual and legitimate employment.