Inside GSU Compliance: Test Your Knowledge

On the second Wednesday of every month, a member of the Georgia State Compliance staff will give InsideGSUSports a look at what is going on in their department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming on Monday: Communications.

Panther Nation, it is that time of the month!

Test your knowledge of NCAA rules with the following questions:

Question #1: Is a booster allowed to have contact with a prospect or commit?

Answer: No, a booster may not have any contact (in face, on the phone, or social media etc.) with a prospect or commit. This means that a booster is not allowed to tweet at a prospect or commit, until they are considered a student athlete of the institution. A prospect is a student athlete (high school) who has started the 9th grade. In addition, a student who has not started the ninth grade but has received financial assistance or a benefit from an institution is considered a prospect. A prospect becomes a commit when one of following has occurred; an NLI or a financial aid agreement has been signed. Once this has happened a prospect is considered a commit. A commit becomes a student athlete when the individual; enrolls as a full time student and attends class, participates in practice or competition, or registers and attends summer class.

Question #2: May a coach or booster contact a student at another four-year institution that has publically indicated he/she is transferring?

Answer: An athletics staff member may not make contact, directly or indirectly, with a student at another four-year institution without first obtaining written permission from the institution at which student is currently enrolled. If permission is granted the transferring student becomes a recruitable athlete and all NCAA recruiting guidelines apply accordingly. If permission to contact is denied, the student has the right to an appeal hearing within 15 business days. A booster, shall never contact a potential recruit regarding attending Georgia State University to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Question #3: May fans/boosters contact prospects over social media?

Answer: No, fans/boosters should NOT be contacting any prospects over social media. Leave the recruiting to the coaches!

Please remember, ASK BEFORE YOU ACT!

Thank you for playing an integral role in keeping Georgia State compliant!

–Erik Paz

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