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Congratulations on the accomplishments of your son or daughter thus far. Undoubtedly, this is an exciting time for you and your family. The Department of Athletics is proud to have the opportunity to teach and, more importantly, learn from our student-athletes as we strive to embrace the university's mission of excellence.
Your adherence to all applicable NCAA rules and regulations is essential as we strive to maintain and enhance our national athletic prominence while protecting the University’s tradition of integrity and values. As you cheer on the Irish, please be mindful of your interaction with members of the Notre Dame community. The Compliance Office staff stands ready to assist you as you make important decisions that could affect future collegiate eligibility. As part of your continuing effort to ensure compliance with NCAA rules, please remember the following:
A representative of Notre Dame’s athletics interests (i.e., a booster) is an individual or a business that:
According to NCAA rules, once an individual becomes a representative or “booster” of the University’s athletics programs, he or she retains this status forever. This is true even if the individual no longer contributes to the athletics program.
Permission for occasional meals should be requested through the Compliance Office (574-631-9647) prior to each meal. "Occasional" is typically defined as once per month. Click on the Forms tab above in order to access the approval form.
Only an amateur student-athlete is eligible for intercollegiate athletics participation in a particular sport. Freshmen and transfer student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I institution are required to complete the amateurism certification process outlined by the NCAA via the Eligibility Center. Student-athletes could lose their amateur status if they:
According to the NCAA, a student-athlete may not agree verbally or in writing to be represented by an athlete agent in the present or in the future. If the student-athlete enters into such an agreement, the student-athlete is ineligible for intercollegiate competition.
Also, a student-athlete may not accept transportation or any other benefits from an athlete agent. This prohibition applies to the student-athlete and his or her relatives or friends.
The term "agent" includes actual agents, runners (individuals who befriend student-athletes and frequently distribute impermissible benefits) and financial advisors.
It is not a violation of NCAA rules if a student-athlete merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not established) or socializes with an agent. For example, a student-athlete could go to dinner with an agent and no NCAA violations would result if the student-athlete provided his or her own transportation and paid for his or her meal. It’s important to note that the NFL Players’ Association stipulates that an agent may not contact a football student-athlete (or their family or friends) until December 1 of their junior year.
Agent Information for Student-Athletes - Additional Resources
Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA)
Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act (SPARTA)
The Compliance Office can assist student-athletes in making important decisions regarding life after college athletics and in navigating difficult choices involving professional aspirations.
We fully expect that the parents and families of student-athletes display tokens of support for their sons and daughters (t-shirts, buttons including pictures and/or names). As these items are created and distributed, please do not do so for a profit or as a fundraiser. NCAA bylaws do not allow the use of a student-athlete's name, likeness (nickname), picture or appearance to be sold by outlets outside the institution. Additionally, items should not include endorsements of commercial products.
Student-athletes are highly encouraged to personalize any items that they autograph to the recipient. This ensures that items are less likely to appear for sale on internet auction sites for the financial gain of a third party vendor.
It's important to note that any participation items or awards provided to a student-athlete (workout apparel, conference awards) may not be upgraded, traded, or sold for any item of value. This would constitute the receipt of an extra benefit.
The University of Notre Dame receives several hundred requests for memorabilia from organizations each year. Requests should be forwarded to the Event Marketing Office. All requests are given serious consideration, however, due to the high volume of requests received, the following guidelines must be followed to assure fairness.
Items used for donation requests are typically
promotional giveaways. Requests should be made at least six weeks in advance of
an event. In order to submit a request, please contact:
University of Notre Dame
Event Marketing Donation Requests
Notre Dame, IN 46556
To maintain eligibility at the University of Notre Dame, student-athletes must have satisfactorily completed:
The Federal Pell Grant
The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant available to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Federal Pell Grant awards ranged from $600 to $5,550. The Pell Grant may be received beyond the cost of a full grant-in-aid and does not count against team limits.
Eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant depends on your financial need (demonstrated through the FAFSA), your cost of attendance, and your status as a full-time or part-time student. Student-athletes may apply annually for the Federal Pell Grant by completing the the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Pell Grant is disbursed each semester (excluding summer) to the student's account. Money may be accessed by following the Refund Policy Instructions on the Student Accounts web site.
The NCAA and Notre Dame test for substances found on the list of “NCAA Banned-Drug Classes.” Testing is done year round. All nutritional supplements carry some risk of containing an NCAA-banned substance because they are not well regulated and may be contaminated. Your son or daughter's failure to review a supplement with his or her sports medicine staff prior to use may result in a positive drug test. Ultimately, student-athletes are responsible for anything they ingest. Please be aware that a no-show is considered a positive test.
The NCAA opposes all forms of legal and illegal “sports wagering.” This means that your son or daughter cannot place any wager—regardless of the nature or value of the item at stake (e.g., cash, dinner, clothing, a drink)—on any sporting event whatsoever, including such seemingly innocent events as a round of golf or a football drill run in practice. Your son or daughter obviously cannot place bets on professional or college sports games, either through the Internet, a bookie, or at a casino. The NCAA gambling rules even apply to fantasy leagues, March Madness brackets, Super Bowl squares and other similar activities. Such activities are prohibited if the activity both requires a fee to participate and awards a prize or prizes to the winner. In other words, your son or daughter can play fantasy football only if there is no entry fee to participate.
We encourage you to visit additional pages on our web site and, in particular, those links found under the Student-Athletes tab. Please contact the Compliance Office as questions arise.
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