The University of Notre Dame Athletic Compliance Office is committed to assisting the Department of Athletics in reaching the objectives outlined in the Department's Mission Statement. Notre Dame believes in the concept of shared compliance responsibilities. Members of the athletics department, other institutional staff members, student-athletes as well as all individuals and groups representing Notre Dame's athletics interests are responsible for ensuring Notre Dame's commitment to integrity and rules compliance.
The University of Notre Dame is committed to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletics program in a manner that is consistent with the letter and spirit of NCAA, conference and university rules and regulations. The University's commitment is to maintain control of its athletics programs through cooperation between responsible administrators, coaches, faculty, all institutional staff members, student-athletes and representatives of the University's athletics interests.
You are a representative of Notre Dame's athletics interests, more commonly known as a "booster", if you meet any of the following conditions:
A prospective student-athlete, commonly known as a "prospect", is any individual who has started classes for the 9th grade. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in preparatory school or two-year colleges are considered prospects. Ultimately, a student remains a prospect until enrollment at a four-year collegiate institution.
Only University of Notre Dame Coaches who successfully complete the annual NCAA Coaches Certification Exam, which tests their knowledge of NCAA recruiting legislation, are permitted to be involved in the recruiting process.
You may not
Prospects may be employed by boosters during the summer prior to their enrollment at the University of Note Dame. Please not that this employment may not begin until the prospect has graduated from high school.
Current student-athletes may seek employment during the academic year and during Notre Dame vacation periods. There is no longer a limit on the amount of money they can earn during these periods.
The Compliance Office must keep written records verifying all student-athlete employment records.
The following rules are applicable to student-athlete employment:
As it would affect their amateur status, student-athletes are not permitted to be involved in the advertisement, recommendation, or promotion of commercial products or services. However, there are some instances when student-athletes are permitted to be involved in certain charitable, educational, or nonprofit promotional activities. These events must be approved by the Compliance Office prior to the student-athletes' participation. If you are interested in in involving student-athletes in this sort of activity, please contact us at 574-631-8090.
The internet is considered similar to email, telephone calls, or general correspondence. Therefore, it should not be used by boosters to contact prospects, their families, or their coaches. Participation in "chat rooms" with prospects is also strictly prohibited.
Under NCAA rules, the University of Notre Dame is responsible for all actions of its boosters. Therefore, it is also our responsibility to make you aware of consequences for violating the rules described within this Website. Boosters found in violation are subject to losing benefits and privileges, including season tickets. In addition, the NCAA Committee on Infractions has required institutions to disassociate boosters from the institution.
Q: Can a representative of athletics interest (booster) be involved when a prospect is on an official or unofficial visit?
Q: Can boosters contact prospects to encourage them to attend the University of Notre Dame?
Q: May a booster engage in evaluation activities on behalf of the institution?
Q: May a booster attend a public event (e.g., high school awards banquet or dinner) at which prospects are in attendance?
Q: May a student-athlete's name, picture, or appearance be used in a promotional activity?
What Can You Do?
If you know of a high school student-athlete who might want to attend the University of Note Dame, we encourage you to call the appropriate coach, as this is the only permissible recruiting activity for boosters.
Two Final Reminders
1. Please contact the Compliance Office at 574-631-8090 if you need a specific NCAA rule interpretation.
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