NCAA Compliance


Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Donors, Family and Friends

"What You Need to Know to Help the Quinnipiac Bobcats Succeed!"

NCAA Rules Guide For Fans, Friends & Family (PDF Format)

Quinnipiac University's transition into Division I as a member of the Northeast Conference, ECAC Hockey and the Great Western Lacrosse League has been a resounding success. Our coaches and athletic staff strive every day to keep our teams at the top of their leagues.

To continue our quest for excellence, we need your help and support. A critical role of being on top is to capture the competitive edge, and by doing so, we need to play by the rules. The National Collegiate Athletic Association, also known as the NCAA, has governing rules that apply to coaches, staff, student-athletes, donors and supporters. Listed in this brochure are some helpful guidelines to help everyone maintain compliance with the rules.

Prospective student-athlete
Also known as a prospect or recruit, a prospective student-athlete is any high school student who has started classes for the ninth grade, regardless of his or her talent level.

Representative of athletic interests
Also known as an athletics representative or booster, a representative of athletic interests is anyone who:

Note: once you have been identified as a representative of athletic interests, you retain that identity indefinitely.

Recruiting contact
A recruiting contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or a prospect's parent or legal guardian and a Quinnipiac staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs other than an exchange of a greeting.

Extra benefit
An extra benefit is any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete or to a student-athlete's relative or friend, that is not available to the general student body of that institution (i.e., transportation, meals, clothing,housing, service, entertainment, etc.).

What's permitted?

Under NCAA rules, a representative of athletic interests is permitted to:

For more information regarding "What You Need to Know to Help the Quinnipiac Bobcats Succeed", please contact Tracey Flynn, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Student Services at (203) 582-8767.

What's not permitted?

Under NCAA rules, representatives of athletic interests are restricted from:

What happens if a rule is broken?

It is important to remember that, according to NCAA rules, Quinnipiac University is responsible for the actions of all its representatives of athletic interests—including alumni and fans, University personnel, parents of student-athletes, coaches and student-athletes.

If compliance with NCAA rules is not maintained by a person or persons, Quinnipiac is required to investigate the circumstance, and if it is determined that a violation has occurred, report its findings to the NCAA. This is also true, even if a violation was unintentional. Consequences to committing a violation range from a reprimand, loss of eligibility of a student-athlete, forfeiture of a game(s), to required reduction of a team's athletic scholarships and disassociation of a representative from his/her relationship with the athletic department.

It is also important to keep in mind that any contact a representative of athletic interests has with prospective or current student-athletes could negatively affect the athlete's eligibility, so please ask questions if you are unsure, and familiarize yourself with NCAA regulations.

Because the NCAA rules and regulations are constantly changing, please visit the NCAA's official web site ( for complete and up-to-date rules and eligibility information.

The Quinnipiac University athletic department prides itself on strict compliance with all rules
and eligibility regulations of the NCAA. For more information regarding "What You Need to Know to Help the Quinnipiac Bobcats Succeed," contact the athletic department's compliance office at (203) 582-8767 .

NCAA Rules Guide for Fans, Friends & Family