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posted Jun 14, 2011, 1:51 PM by Kim Callicoate   [ updated Feb 15, 2012, 8:28 AM ]

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Official vs. Unofficial Visits

posted Apr 14, 2010, 12:40 PM by Kim Callicoate

Several times during the year you may read in the local papers and/or magazines about prospective student-athletes visiting an institution.
There are two types of visits to an institution's campus that a prospective student-athlete may take. The first is an unofficial visit. An unofficial visit is a visit in which the prospect and the prospect's family pay for the expenses associated with visiting the institution. The only expenses/entertainment that a prospect may receive during an unofficial visit is three complimentary admissions to a campus athletic event and a tour of practice and competition sites along with other institutional facilities within a 30-mile radius of campus. Prospects may visit an institution's campus "unofficially" as many times as they desire.
The second type of visit is called an official visit. This is the visit where lodging, meals and limited entertainment are provided to the prospect and his/her parents or legal guardian. Furthermore, the round trip travel expenses can be provided to the prospect for his or her direct travel to and from the institution's campus. The entertainment may consist of complimentary admissions to campus athletic events and facility tours similar to the unofficial visit. A prospect is usually assigned to a student-host for the visit. The student-host can be provided with $30 per day for reasonable general entertainment purposes (e.g., movie, other events). Prospects may only make one official visit to any single institution and are limited to a maximum of five official visits to Division I or II institutions. For more information regarding official and unofficial visits, or any other question pertaining to NCAA regulations, please contact the Athletic Compliance Office or visit our website.

The Role of the Athletic Compliance Office

posted Mar 15, 2010, 6:42 AM by Kim Callicoate

The Athletic Compliance Office works to identify and reduce areas of risk within the athletic program that could negatively impact the University. If a problem arises, it is the responsibility of the Athletic Compliance Office to determine how the problem occurred, how it could have been prevented and how to reduce the chances of it occurring in the future.
The two main functions of the Athletic Compliance Office are to educate and monitor. The compliance staff meets regularly with coaches and student-athletes to provide information and materials on the applications of the complexities of the NCAA Bylaws, and at the same time provides as much information as possible to the UMass Community. The staff also monitors functions of the athletic department that are governed by NCAA legislation.
A misconception about the role of the Athletic Compliance Office is that because UMass has an athletic compliance office, no problems will occur. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Many people are involved in the operation of an athletic program that make decisions daily that affect the program positively or negatively. Just as having a fire station does not stop fires from occurring, a compliance office cannot stop violations from occurring within an athletic program. All components within an athletic program must work together and each component must function properly, effectively and efficiently to insure compliance. It must be a shared responsibility. Each person interested in UMass athletics assists the athletic program by knowing and complying with NCAA rules. For more information please contact the Athletic Compliance Office.

No Pass, No Play

posted Mar 1, 2010, 6:48 AM by Kim Callicoate

In order to practice and compete in college athletics, student-athletes must meet two standards for academic achievement: Remain in good academic standing and maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree.
Good academic standing: A student-athlete who represents UMass in intercollegiate athletics must remain in good academic standing, just like any other member of the general student body. "Good academic standing" is defined by the University, and includes a minimum grade point average and required courses.
Satisfactory Progress: The satisfactory progress requirements set forth by the NCAA are very complex, and are calculated by the Registrar's Office. One of several satisfactory progress requirements is percentage of degree completion. According to the NCAA, to remain eligible, student-athletes must have completed 40% of the requirements for their specified degree program at the end of their second year of enrollment. By the end of their third year of enrollment, the student athlete must have completed 60% of the degree program, and 80% by the end of their fourth year of enrollment.
Failure to maintain either good academic standing or satisfactory progress toward a degree will render the student athlete ineligible. The underlying principle behind the two rules is to ensure the student-athlete is on track to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. If you have any questions about academic eligibility, or any other compliance issue, please consult the Athletic Compliance Office.

posted Feb 17, 2010, 7:45 AM by Kim Callicoate   [ updated Apr 14, 2010, 12:42 PM ]


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