UCF Alumni Club Functions
Prospects from your area may be invited to UCF functions as long as they are not singled out to be the only students included in the function. If all students invited to the function are receiving a complimentary meal, it would also be permissible for UCF prospects to receive that meal. In the same manner, because prospects cannot be contacted, invitations to UCF functions must be given in the same manner that they would be given to all students participating in the function. Invitations may be sent to the high schools or advertised in the newspaper in the area indicating what the invitation entails. The invitation may be sent to all high school seniors in the area, seniors who are interested in attending UCF, seniors who have been accepted to UCF, etc. but cannot be issued only to prospects who will participate in athletics at UCF. In addition, prospects who attend functions cannot be singled out to be introduced, as that would be a violation of NCAA publicity legislation relating to prospects. Treat prospects in the same manner that all other students are treated.
Prospects may attend UCF Alumni Club functions that are open to the general public as long as the prospects pay for their own meal and entertainment, and provide their own transportation to attend. An exception to this would be if the function and meal were free to all high school seniors from the local community, as stated above. The same restrictions would still apply after a prospect commits to or signs a National Letter of Intent with UCF. A UCF signee must be treated the same as any other high school student. Again, the prospect could not be singled out to be introduced at the function.
In addition, as an athletics representative, you are not precluded from continuing friendships with the families of prospective or enrolled student-athletes. You simply cannot encourage a prospect's participation in the UCF athletics program or provide benefits to the student-athlete that you were not providing before he or she became a prospect or enrolled student-athlete.
Any inappropriate, even inadvertent, activity on your part could result in a violation of NCAA regulations and may place the student-athletes eligibility in immediate jeopardy. We take this opportunity to remind you that while there are many things you can do to support UCF's athletics program, we must ask that you leave the recruitment of, and contact with, prospects to the various coaching staffs. This will ensure that we continue to attract top student-athletes to UCF the right way. Thank you for your loyalty and continued support of all of our athletic programs and the compliance efforts of the University.