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Thank you for your tremendous support of our entire athletics program. Our student-athletes, coaches and administrative staff are very appreciative of your spirit and affinity for the University of Nevada, in particular its intercollegiate athletics programs.

Your adherence to all applicable NCAA rules and regulations is essential as we strive to maintain and enhance our athletic prominence while protecting the university's tradition of integrity and values.

Our compliance office staff stands prepared to assist you with your questions and concerns regarding NCAA regulations. Please contact us immediately should you have concern regarding any situation. Your attention to these matters will ensure that the eligibility of both prospective student-athletes ("recruits") and enrolled student-athletes is protected and maintained. Again, many thanks for your cooperation in this matter and your ongoing support.

Who is a representative of Nevada's Athletics Interests?
(The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!)

You are if:

  • You have been requested by the athletics department to assist in the recruitment of a prospective student-athlete.
  • You ever have participated in or are a member of any organization promoting Nevada's' athletics program.
  • You ever have made financial contributions to the University of Nevada's athletics department.
  • You ever have helped to arrange employment of or provided any benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes.
According to NCAA rules, once an individual has been identified as an institutional "representative of athletics interest" the individual retains that title for life. The University of Nevada ultimately is responsible for the behavior of all its athletics representatives in relation to NCAA rules and regulations. Violations of NCAA regulations by an athletics representative could result in the loss of eligibility for involved student-athletes and/or severe sanctions against the University of Nevada.

Current Student-Athlete
A student-athlete is any Nevada student who is a member of a varsity athletics team. NCAA regulations apply to all student-athletes, not just those student-athletes who were recruited or who receive an athletics scholarship. *Note: NCAA regulations concerning enrolled student-athletes remain in effect through the entire year. If a student-athlete has completed his/her final season of eligibility, all NCAA regulations must be adhered to until he/she graduates or leaves school.

Do's and Don'ts for a Representative in Regards to a Current Student-Athlete:
(The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!)

You MAY:

  • Contact a current student-athlete regarding employment opportunities. However, no contact may be made without approval from the compliance office.
  • Provide a student-athlete, not his/her family and friends, an occasional (once a semester) meal at your home. However, no contact may be made without approval from the athletics department.


  • Provide a currently enrolled student-athlete, his/her parents or friends a benefit of special arrangement without prior approval from the compliance office.
  • Pay for or arrange for payment of room, board or any type of transportation for a student-athlete or his/her family or friends.
  • Entertain student-athletes or their family and friends (exception: NCAA rules do permit institutional staff members and athletics representatives to provide student-athletes [not including family and friends] with an occasional meal provided the meal is at the staff member's or athletic representative's home and not at a restaurant and the athletics department has given approval.
  • Use the name, picture or appearance of an enrolled student-athlete to advertise, recommend or promote sales or use of a commercial product or service of any kind; any use of a student-athlete's name, pictures or appearance must receive authorization from the compliance office.
  • Provide any payment of expense or loan of an automobile for a student-athlete to return home or to travel to any other location.
  • Provide awards or gifts to a student-athlete for any reason; all awards provided to student-athletes must first be approved by the compliance office and meet all NCAA regulations.
  • Provide an honorarium to a student-athlete for a speaking engagement; all speaking engagements must be approved in advance by the compliance office.
  • Allow a student-athlete or his/her relatives or friends to use your telephone to make free calls.
  • Provide free or reduced-cost lodging in your home to a student-athlete or a student-athlete's family or friends.

Prospective Student-Athlete
A prospective student-athlete is any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. Any student younger who receives any benefits from an institution or athletics representative would become a prospect. In addition, student-athletes enrolled in a preparatory school or two-year college are considered prospective student-athletes. *Note: An individual is considered a prospect (whether or not they have signed a National Letter of Intent) until the first day of initial collegiate enrollment or the first day they report for practice, whichever is earliest. Therefore, all NCAA regulations concerning contact with a prospective student-athlete are applicable until that time.

Do's and Don'ts for a Representative in Regards to a Prospective Student-Athlete:
(The following lists of examples are not all-inclusive. As always, ask before you act!)

You MAY:

  • Forward information about prospective student-athletes to the appropriate coaching staff.
  • Have telephone contact with a prospect regarding permissible pre-enrollment activities such as summer employment, provided the prospect has graduated from high school and signed a National Letter of Intent; you must contact the compliance office prior to making these employment arrangements.
  • Have a telephone conversation with a prospect only if the prospect initiates the call; such a call may not be prearranged by an institutional staff member, and you are not permitted to have a recruiting conversation, buy may exhibit normal civility; you must refer any questions about our athletics program to an athletics-department staff member.
  • View a prospect's athletic contest at your own initiative provided you do not contact the prospect or his/her parents; you may not contact a coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.
  • Continue established family relationships with friends and neighbors; contact with sons and daughters of these families is permitted so long as it is not made for recruiting purposes or encouraged by Nevada coaches.


  • Write, e-mail or telephone a prospective student-athlete or his/her parents in an effort to recruit them to Nevada.
  • Become involved in making arrangement to provide money, financial aid or a benefit of any kind to a prospect or the prospect's family and friends.
  • Make contact with a prospective student-athlete or his/her parents when the prospect is on-campus for an official or unofficial recruiting visit.
  • Contact a prospect to congratulate him/her on signing a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Nevada.
  • Transport, pay or arrange for payment of transportation costs for a prospect or his/her relatives or friends to visit campus (or elsewhere).
  • Pay or arrange for payment of summer-camp registration fees for a prospect.
  • Provide ANYTHING to a prospect, the prospect's family or friends without prior approval from the compliance office.

Support of alumni and friends is welcomed and appreciated. We ask, however, that you help to keep Nevada's tradition of athletics integrity intact by following NCAA regulations. Your assistance will help ensure that the eligibility of prospective and currently-enrolled student-athletes is protected and preserved. Your efforts to know and follow the NCAA legislation are greatly appreciated because violations could affect the eligibility of involved prospects or student-athletes and/or result in NCAA penalties being imposed on the University of Nevada.

To that end, it should be our goal, as the best alumni and fans in the country, to preserve and protect each and every student-athlete's eligibility. All NCAA legislation cannot be covered in a limited space such as this page. Therefore, any additional questions should be forwarded to the compliance office in the department of athletics. Please remember to ask before you act!

For questions regarding this information, or any issues related to Nevada's compliance with the rules and bylaws of the NCAA, please call, (775) 682-6945.

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