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Compliance Corner: Holiday Reminders

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    With the holidays upon us, the Office of Athletics Compliance would like to remind faculty and staff of a few rules and regulations that affect them during this season of giving.

    Extra Benefits: According to NCAA rules, an extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee, or a representative of the institution’s athletics interests, to provide a student-athlete, or a prospective student-athlete, or their friend or family member, a benefit not also available to the general student population, or a particular segment of the student body. Here are a few examples:

    • Holiday presents/gifts
    • Money, loans, bonds, or co-signing of loans
    • Free transportation (use of a car, boat, airline tickets, bus tickets, etc.)
    • Free storage
    • Free merchandise (clothes, video games, etc.)
    • Free entertainment (sporting events, movies, concerts, nightclubs, etc.)
    • Free lodging (hotel rooms, staying at apartment/house)
    • Free meals
    • Discounted merchandise because of status
    • Free use of a credit card, calling card, etc.

    Recruiting: Fans are not permitted to use social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to contact or otherwise attempt to correspond with prospects. This includes, but is not limited to, posting on a wall, using the inbox/email feature, instant messaging, “@replies,” “mentions,” or direct messaging. As electronic communication technology continues to advance, the opportunities for supporters of an athletics program to have impermissible contact with a prospect, or the family of a prospect, greatly increases; however, the institution’s responsibility for that contact remains the same.

    As always, your efforts to help the University of Miami maintain a culture of compliance are greatly appreciated. For more compliance information, follow the UM Athletics Department on Twitter (@UCompliance), like them on Facebook (, or contact them via email,


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