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College Sports, Division I

New Division I Interpretation: Photographs as Attachments to General Correspondence and Electronic Transmissions

On August 30, 2012, the academic  and membership affairs staff issued an interpretation concerning the attachment of photographs to general correspondence and electronic transmissions. Specifically, the staff determined that “an institution may send a photograph to a prospective student-athlete as an attachment to general correspondence (printed on plain white paper with black ink) or electronic transmissions, provided the information in the photograph was not altered or staged for a recruiting purpose.”

This interpretation referenced  NCAA Division I Bylaws 13.4.1.1 (printed recruiting materials), 13.4.1.2 (electronic transmissions), 13.4.1.2.1 (exception — men’s basketball), 13.4.1.3 (other recruiting materials); and an official interpretation (3/14/2007).

In light of this interpretation, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions’ athletics compliance offices include the interpretation in the next scheduled rules-education session for its athletic department staff members and coaches.

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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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