Q: Is UTC responsible for the actions of its boosters and their support groups?
A: Yes. Boosters are subject to NCAA regulations and UTC is subject to penalties for any violations of NCAA rules by boosters or their support organization. Boosters found in violation of NCAA rules are subject to losing benefits and privileges.
Q: What actions should boosters take if they become aware of a rules violation?
A: Boosters should contact the Compliance Office to report and discuss the information pertinent to the violation. Boosters may remain anonymous if they wish. The Compliance Office will review the information and process it as necessary.
Q: When does a prospect become a student-athlete?
A: A prospect remains a prospect even after signing a National Letter of Intent. A prospect does not become a UTC student-athlete until he or she reports for regular squad practice or attends class.
Q: Can boosters be involved in the recruiting process?
A: Boosters are prohibited in engaging in any recruiting activities either on or off campus. A booster can speak on the phone to a prospect only if the prospect initiates the telephone call and the call is not for recruiting purposes
Q: Is the restriction on contacts with prospects applicable to established family, friends and neighbors?
A: No, however, it must be understood that such contacts may not be made for recruiting purposes and may not be initiated by a member of the institution’s coaching staff.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to arrange employment for a prospect or student-athlete during the summer?
A: It is permissible for a booster to arrange employment for a prospect in the summer only after they have signed a National Letter of Intent and after the prospect has graduated from high school. It is permissible for a booster to arrange employment for a current student-athlete provided the student-athlete is compensated for work actually performed and at a rate commensurate with the going rate for similar services. The student-athlete must register their employment with the Athletic Compliance Office.
Q: Is it permissible for a booster to have a student-athlete or team over to his/her home for a meal?
A: Yes. A student-athlete or team may receive an occasional home meal from a booster under the following conditions:
- The meal is in an individual's home, not a restaurant. The meal may be catered.
- The meal is restricted to infrequent and special occasions. UTC defines occasional as no more than once per month.
- University staff members and boosters may provide reasonable local transportation to student-athletes to attend the meal.
- The Athletic Compliance Office approves the occasional meal in advance.