This month's educational column deals with three areas that our fans and boosters may have questions or concerns about heading into the holiday season: Employment, Away-From-Home Games, and Assisting with Recruitment.
NCAA rules in regards to employment of current student-athletes and prospective student-athletes:
- NCAA rules allow boosters to employ student-athletes.
- Boosters may not hire prospects through arrangement with the athletic department until the summer prior to initial full time enrollment.
- There is no limit on the amount of money a student-athlete can earn.
- Student-athletes may be paid only for work actually performed at the local going rate for that type of work.
- Student-athletes may not receive any special discounts or services from an employer unless they are provided to all employees.
- Student-athletes may not receive transportation to and from work, vacation/sick time, bonuses, etc. unless the same benefits are available to all employees.
- A student-athlete may not be paid because of the publicity, or fame that he/she has obtained because of athletics ability.
- Student-athletes may not promote any company unless it is specific to their job responsibilities.
- Student-athletes planning to work must notify the Compliance Office in advance.
- Student-athletes should always be paid by check.
For all these contests, boosters may NOT:
- Pay for travel for a current student-athlete's family or friends.
- Give tickets to a current student-athlete's family or friends.
- Travel with a current student-athlete's family or friends.
- Provide meals or lodging for a current student-athlete's family or friends.
Assisting with Recruiting
Coaches and staff members employed by Kansas University are the only individuals who may be involved in the recruitment process. This means that boosters are prohibited from having any recruiting involvement.
Examples of improper involvement include telephone calls, letters, emails, and text messages to a prospect or a prospect's family and friends. This prohibition extends to athletes at other collegiate institutions.
Lastly, it is impermissible to provide a prospect or a prospect's family and friends, any type of assistance, financial or otherwise. Any item of value, tangible or intangible, if given to a prospective student-athlete most likely violates NCAA legislation. Such assistance or inducements could include: cash, loans, credit cards, tickets, apparel, living expenses, or a means of transportation.