University Faculty and Staff
As an NCAA and Pac-12 Conference member institution, Arizona State University is obligated to follow the rules governing intercollegiate athletics. That obligation is institutional in nature and therefore extends beyond Sun Devil Athletics to all ASU employees (see SDA 104: Rules Compliance). As a general matter, NCAA and Pac-12 rules require student-athletes be treated like other students and prospective student-athletes like other prospective students.
The Compliance Office has summarized NCAA rules into three important guidelines, which are explained in the video above and the tip sheet found here.
In addition, the following summarize some of the specific rules relating to prospects:
Transportation – ASU employees may not provide transportation to prospects or prospects’ family members.
Benefits – ASU employees may not provide prospects or prospects’ family members any money, items of value (e.g., t-shirts, hats, souvenirs), or discounts on items or services unless the same benefits are provided to all prospective students.
In-person contacts – Face-to-face contact between a prospect and an ASU employee that is directed by a Sun Devil Athletics coach or otherwise related to athletics is prohibited unless it occurs (a) on campus or (b) if off campus, during a prospect’s official visit and within 30 miles of campus.
Telephone calls – ASU employees may not call prospects regarding the athletics program or at the direction of a Sun Devil Athletics coaching staff member. ASU employees may receive calls from prospects so long as those calls are unrelated to athletics. All athletically related questions must be directed to Sun Devil Athletics.
Electronic communications (e.g., email, text messaging, Facebook, Twitter) – Emails to a prospect that relate to athletics are prohibited until September 1 of the prospect’s junior year. All other electronic communications (e.g., friending prospects on Facebook, following prospects on Twitter, instant messaging prospects) are prohibited. Like telephone calls, employees of the University can receive electronic communications from prospects provided the communications do not relate to athletics.
Publication of a prospect’s recruitment – ASU employees are prohibited from publicizing the recruitment of any prospect or a prospect’s visit to campus (e.g., posting a picture of a prospect’s visit on social media).
It is the Sun Devil Athletics Compliance Office's job to assist staff members who have questions about NCAA legislation. Please contact the Compliance Office at 480-965-5760 or SunDevilsAsk@asu.edu with any questions.