The New Mexico State University (NMSU) Athletics Compliance Department takes great pride in abiding by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) rules and guidelines that govern Division I competition. For the benefit of the many alumni, fans and booster club members who are so active in supporting and assisting the Aggies throughout the year, we would like to remind everyone of a few definitions and rules that apply to all athletic representatives and boosters.
It is the responsibility of NMSU to control its intercollegiate athletic program in compliance with the rules and regulations of the NCAA.
NMSU’s responsibility for the conduct of its program includes responsibility for the actions of its staff members and for the actions of any other individual, booster or organization engaged in activities promoting the athletic interests of the institution.
NMSU must monitor its program to assure compliance and to identify and report to the NCAA instances in which compliance has not been achieved. An institution found to have violated NCAA rules is subject to disciplinary and corrective actions as determined by the NCAA.
Athletic Representative or Booster
You are considered to be a NMSU representative if you:
- Are a present or past member of a NMSU Booster Club or agency that promotes the Aggies intercollegiate athletic program;
- Have made financial contributions to the athletic department or to an athletic booster organization of NMSU;
- Are, or have been providing benefits (e.g., summer jobs, meals, etc.) to enrolled student-athletes, their family members, or friends;
- Are, or have been involved in any manner of promoting the NMSU intercollegiate athletic program.
Please note: Once an individual is identified as an athletic representative, that person retains that identity indefinitely. NMSU is ultimately responsible for the acts of all “representatives of athletic interests” in relation(o) to NCAA rules and regulations.
A GOOD RULE OF THUMB IS TO TREAT ALL STUDENTS AS PROSPECTS.
GUIDELINES AND REMINDERS FOR BOOSTERS
- A booster may not contact the prospect, prospect’s coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate or recruit the prospect.
- A booster may not expend funds to entertain or provide transportation for a prospective student-athlete, family members, or friends.
- A booster may not become directly or indirectly involved in making arrangements for a prospect, or the prospect’s relatives, or friends to receive money or financial aid of any kind.
- A booster may not contact a prospective student-athlete through letter writing, telephone calling, or other forms of communication.
WAYS THAT AN AGGIE BOOSTER MAY GET INVOLVED
- Do discuss summer employment opportunities with a prospect after he or she has signed a National Letter of Intent with NMSU.
- Do attend high school athletic events without contacting prospective student-athletes.
- Do continue existing friendships with families and friends of prospective student-athletes.
- Do send recommendation letters, newspaper clippings, or similar information about prospective student-athletes, to Aggie coaches.
WAYS THAT AN AGGIE BOOSTER MAY HELP
- Do invite a student-athlete to participate in non-profit, charitable, or educational events.
- Do invite a student-athlete into your home for an occasional meal.
- Do contact the NMSU Compliance Office for approval prior to a student-athlete engaging in outside speaking or promotional activities.
- Do pay a student-athlete the commensurate rate for actual and legitimate employment.
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