It is the collective responsibility of IUPUI staff, faculty, students, alumni, boosters, and friends to comply with NCAA and Summit League regulations. You are considered a Representative of Athletics Interest (IUPUI Booster) if you:
- Have ever been or currently are a member of the Jaguar Athletic Club.
- Have ever made financial contributions to the athletics department, a specific team, or Jaguar Athletic Club.
- Have contacted, in any manner, students in grades 9-12 (or 7-12 in men's basketball) regarding IUPUI athletic programs.
- Have assisted in providing permissible benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families.
- Have provided or arranged summer employment for student-athletes.
- Have provided permissible benefits to a student-athlete and or their parents.
- Are or ever have been an IUPUI season ticket holder.
Once you are identified as a Booster, you maintain that identity FOR LIFE. We encourage all boosters to familiarize themselves with our 2015-2016 IUPUI Booster Newsletter. You can also click HERE for more information about Representatives of Athletics Interest from the NCAA Enforcement staff.
Businesses, as well as individuals, can be considered boosters. IUPUI Athletics prepares educational material for our corporate sponsors, auto dealership partners, hotel partners, and local businesses.
- A "prospective student-athlete," better known as a “recruit” or “prospect”, is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade (or seventh, in men's basketball). In addition, any younger student-athlete who receives any benefits from the institution would be considered a recruit.
- A "representative of the institution's athletics interests" or Booster can be an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization
Boosters cannot be involved in the recruiting process.
- Only permissible IUPUI staff members may be involved in the recruiting process. Boosters may not contact a prospect in any way.
- Boosters may not have any involvement with a prospect during an official or unofficial visit to the IUPUI campus.
- Boosters may continue to maintain pre-existing relationships with neighbors and friends who have prospect age children as long as you do not encourage participation in IUPUI athletics. All questions about IUPUI must be refered to an appropriate IUPUI staff member.
- Boosters may not contact an enrolled student-athlete at another institution for the purpose of encouraging transfer to IUPUI and participation in our athletic program.
Boosters may not provide benefits of any kind to prospects or their families.
- Provide cash or loans in any amount.
- Sign off or co-sign a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan.
- Employ relatives or friends of a prospect as an inducement for the enrollment of the prospect at IUPUI.
- Provide gifts of any kind (e.g. birthday) or free services (e.g. tutoring, laundry, legal services).
- Provide meals to current or prospective student-athletes unless approved in advance by Athletics Compliance.
- Provide discounts for goods or services.
- Provide use of an automobile.
- Provide hospitality or lodging in your home.
- Provide them transportation within or outside of the campus area. (e.g. from campus to your home, from the airport to campus, to summer job, etc.)
- Entertain or contact a prospect or prospect's parents on or off campus.
- Attend high school and junior college athletic events, provided that no attempt is made to contact the prospect or his/her coaches.
- Attend a public event (high school awards banquet) at which prospects are in attendance. No attempt should be made to recruit the prospect.
- Discuss summer employment arrangements with a prospect AFTER he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent.
- Participate in neighborhood picnics and backyard barbecues. It is permissible to engage in your normal, pre-existing relationships after a student triggers prospective student-athlete status. Again, you simply are not permitted to attempt to recruit the prospect or discuss the athletic program.
Reminders regarding relationships with currently enrolled IUPUI student-athletes:
- DO NOT employ or arrange employment for a prospective or enrolled student-athlete without checking first with the IUPUI Athletic Department.
- DO NOT provide transportation for prospects or student-athletes in your employ unless transportation is provided for all employees.
- DO NOT provide employment for student-athletes during the academic year without contacting the IUPUI Athletic Department first. The NCAA has strict rules about the amount and source of outside funds during the academic year.
- DO NOT provide a student-athlete or friend discounted clothing, reduced rent, or any other benefits. The NCAA considers these extra benefits and they are specifically prohibited.
- DO NOT provide room and/or board or any type of transportation during the summers for a student-athlete with eligibility remaining.
- DO NOT provide any payment, expense or loan of an automobile for student-athlete to return home or to any location for ANY reason.
- DO NOT provide lodging or transportation costs incurred by friends or family of an enrolled student-athlete to visit campus or attend an away athletic contest.
- DO NOT expend funds to entertain student-athletes, their friends or relatives. You are not even permitted to buy soda or a cup of coffee for them.
- DO NOT use the name or picture of an enrolled student-athlete to directly advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind. Even the sale of a picture of an enrolled student-athlete would jeopardize his/her eligibility.
- DO NOT provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete for his or her athletic performance. All awards must conform to NCAA regulations and must be approved by IUPUI.
- DO NOT allow a student-athlete, his/her friends or relatives to use your telephone to make long distance calls even if it is a free call. THIS INCLUDEDS CELL PHONES!