UMass Intercollegiate Athletics Guide To NCAA Rules

The University of Massachusetts athletic compliance office is committed to assisting the Department of Athletics in taking institutional responsibility to abide by NCAA rules and regulations. Through the cooperation of administrators, coaches, faculty, student-athletes and representatives of the university's athletic interests, the University is dedicated to maintaining control of its athletic programs in a manner that is consistent with the standards set by the NCAA.

Early and frequent education is a key component of assuming the principle of institutional control. This site is maintained to provide important information that all alumni, athletic representatives and fans, as well as current and prospective student-athletes should know.

The information contained on this site is provided to give you a general overview of key NCAA rules and regulations. If you have the need to inquire further, please do not hesitate to direct your questions to the University of Massachusetts compliance office.


 

Leave the (Social Media) Recruiting to the Coaches


Popular social media platforms - Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat - are part of how we disseminate news and communicate with each other every day. They are also utilized in creative ways within the college athletics recruiting landscape. NCAA regulations concerning correspondence and publicity govern much of this activity, so we urge you to partner with us in protecting the eligibility of our current and future Minutemen. 

Representatives of athletics interests, or boosters are considered third parties in recruiting - all recruiting activity must take place directly between a prospective student-athlete and the UMass respective coaching staff. Social media platforms represent one of the most informative and complex areas of recruiting, both for coaching staffs and especially third parties. In 2014, more than 300 NCAA violations were filed regarding impermissible booster contact with prospective student-athletes via social media. 

So, where do you fit in with social media and our current and future student-athletes?

Institutions are responsible for impermissible recruiting contact between boosters and prospective student-athletes. Any impermissible booster activity must be reported by UMass as an NCAA violation.

On social media, you MAY

--- Friend/follow UMass staff members and current student-athletes; 

--- Tweet about/congratulate Georgia Tech teams and accomplishments of individual or groups of currentstudent-athletes; 
--- Retweet or reply to a message from a current student-athlete; 
--- Follow/friend a prospective student-athlete; Send congratulatory messages to UMass signees only after officially announced and publicized by UMass. 

On social media, you MAY NOT

--- Tweet about prospective student-athletes who have not been confirmed as signees; 
--- Send messages of any kind to prospective student-athletes and/or their family, friends, coaches, etc.;
--- Create a social media account (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) aimed at recruiting and/or encouraging prospective student-athletes to consider Georgia Tech; 
---  Publicize any activity, including campus visits, involving prospective student-athletes. 
---  Encourage current student-athletes to endorse or mention your business or any other commercial venture.




 
 
GRADUATION RATES
The data and link below provide information regarding graduation success rates as well as Federal Graduation Rates for UMass student-athletes. The most recent reporting year is for the 2004-05 Freshman Cohort.  Graduation Success Rate, or GSR, takes into account transfer student-athletes and has been determined to be a more accurate indicator of the graduation rates of student-athletes.  Graduation data for all students at the University of Massachusetts may be accessed by following the link provided in the sidebar on the left hand side of the page.
 
  
IPEDS and GSR DATA

 

Years of GSR data

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

 

UMass GSR average for all teams

80%

80%

79%

79%

81%

 

GSR national-average – D-I institutions

77%

77%

78%

79%

79%

 

IPEDS

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

UMass Federal Rate average for all teams

72%

65%

64%

63%

65%

Federal Rate national-average for student-athletes – D-I Institutions

63%

63%

64%

64%

64%

UMass Student Body Federal Rate

69%

67%

70%

73%

70%

 

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