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College Sports, Division III

New NCAA Division III Interpretation: Institution That Does Not Require a Paid Acceptance or Financial Deposit for Admission or Financial Aid

On March 20, 2012, the Interpretations and Legislation Committee issued an interpretation concerning for Division III member institutions that do not require a paid acceptance or financial deposit for admission or financial aid. Specifically, the committee determined “it is permissible for an institution that does not require a paid acceptance or financial deposit in response to a written offer of aid or admission, but has received a commitment from the prospective student-athlete that is required of all incoming students, to release publicity about the prospective student-athlete, and after May 1 of the prospective student-athlete’s senior year of high school, may use any form of communication with the prospective student-athlete.”

This interpretation referenced NCAA III Bylaws 13.02.11.4 (exception — after receipt of financial deposit) and 13.10.7 (announcement of acceptance).

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance: a) include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for the athletics staff and coaches; and b) review current sports information procedures regarding publicity of incoming prospective student-athletes.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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