Inside Compliance: Athletics vs. Social Media

On the second Wednesday of every month, a member of the Georgia State Compliance office 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 next Monday: Communications.

Athletics vs. Social Media

In the world of NCAA Compliance, we are charged with constantly keeping up with the advances made in social media and continuing to reinforce the basic principles under which we operate.  The last five years have seen numerous technological advances and NCAA legislatively-related headaches created in the area of social media.  The access that many provide into their personal lives has created a unique connection between the individuals and those that “follow”, “friend” and “like” their profiles and pages, a connection that causes concerns in regards to NCAA Compliance.

NCAA rules prohibit fans, boosters and any individual of GSU’s athletics interest to contact a prospect via any medium, including, but not limited to: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, LinkedIn, etc.  It is the responsibility of those who love GSU Athletics to remain compliant and refrain from contacting a prospect during their recruitment.  The recruitment process is very complicated, which already has caused many nuisances for involved student-athletes.  Trying to persuade an individual to come to Georgia State is a violation of NCAA rules and an unwanted form of recruitment.

“Social media can be a valuable tool for us,” head coach Ron Hunter said. “At the same time, we must be careful every day to stay within the rules that are set forth. With things changing in what seems like on a daily basis, that can be tough. So we really must balance staying on top of things and using it to our advantage to learn as much as we can about potential recruits.

“It is of equal importance that fans and boosters allow us to do the recruiting. Sending tweets for Facebook messages to recruits is not allowable per NCAA rules and can jeopardize our ability to sign those who we want to come to Georgia State.”

The Compliance Department here at Georgia State has explored many different avenues regarding the education of student-athletes, coaching staff members, and boosters with the utilization of social media.  Currently, we have created several documents that outline the recruiting “dos and don’ts” of some of the most popular social media programs.

Please help us keep Georgia State compliant by directing any questions regarding NCAA recruitment rules to Georgia State University’s Compliance Office, which may be contacted at gsucompliance@gsu.edu.  Thank you and go Panthers!

–Erik Paz

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