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Mountaineer Athletic Club: West Virginia University's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
Compliance Is Important
West Virginia University is committed and obligated to the principle of institutional control in operating its athletic program in a manner that is consistent with the letter and the spirit of the NCAA, the Big 12 Conference and University rules and regulations. There are very strict and specific rules governing your actions as a members of the Mountaineer Athletic Club and any violation - regardless of your intentions - could jeopardize the eligibility of our student-athletes and could possibly bring NCAA sanctions upon our athletic program. WVU takes compliance very seriously and we expect the same from every MAC member.
 
What Do We Do?
The athletic compliance office monitors, coordinates and verifies compliance with all NCAA requirements and educates various constituencies of the University and the community regarding NCAA and Big 12 Conference regulations. The athletic compliance office is dedicated to providing educational programs and interpretive support to ensure that all individuals with the athletics program understand and adhere to the university’s compliance expectations. It is the goal of the compliance program to place West Virginia University in a pro-active position by educating and overseeing the intercollegiate athletics program and maintaining a positive compliance environment.
 
Important Terms To Know
 
Prospective Student Athlete or "Prospect" - Any student who has started classes for the ninth grade. The individual remains a prospect even after he/she has signed a National Letter of Intent or accepted an offer of admission or financial aid to attend West Virginia University. A prospect becomes a current student-athlete only when he/she reports for preseason practice or the first day of fall classes, whichever occurs first.
 
Student-Athlete - A student who is presently participating in athletics or has completed his or her eligibility but is still enrolled at the University.
 
Extra Benefit - Any special gift or arrangement provided to an enrolled student-athlete, prospect, or to their relatives or friends, which is not available to the general student body.
 
Contact - Any face to face encounter between a prospect or a prospect's parent or legal guardian and a University staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of a normal greeting.
 
Frequently Asked Questions Below is a list of commonly asked questions which help identify you as a Representative of WVU's WVU intercollegiate athletic program. Please be aware that this list is not all-inclusive of the regulations surrounding your status and you should contact the Athletic Compliance Office at (304) 293-7562 or AthleticCompliance@mail.wvu.edu for any additional questions or concerns.
 
Q: Who is a Representative of WVU Athletics Interests?
A: You are a Representative of Athletics Interests (also known as a "Booster") if ANY of the following applies:
  • You are the parent or legal guardian of an enrolled student-athlete
  • You are a former student or fan of West Virginia University
  • You are or have ever have been a season ticket holder
  • You are or have been a member of the Mountaineer Athletic Club
  • You have made any financial contributions to West Virginia University
  • You have participated in promoting the WVU athletics program
  • You have assisted or have been requested to assist in the recruitment of prospects
  • You currently employ or have previously provided or helped arrange employment for enrolled student-athletes or prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent
Q: Is it possible to become a booster without doing anything listed above?
A: Yes. The NCAA has developed a four-part test to determine whether or not an individual has become a booster and/or provided a student-athlete, their relatives or friends with an impermissible benefit. If any of the following statements are true then providing benefits to prospects or student-athletes, their relatives and friends can result in the student-athlete being rendered ineligible and cause the individual providing the benefit to be classified as a booster:
 
1. Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete's parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) develop as a result of the athlete's participation in athletics or notoriety related thereto?
 
2. Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete's parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) predate the athlete's status as a prospective student-athlete?
 
3. Did the relationship between the athlete (or the athlete's parents) and the individual providing the benefit(s) predate the athlete's status achieved as a result of his or her athletic ability and reputation?
 
4. Was the pattern of benefits provided by the individual to the athlete (or the athlete's parents) prior to the athletes attaining notoriety as a skilled athlete similar in nature to those provided after attaining such stature?
 
If you answer NO to question 1, and YES to questions 2, 3, and 4, then there is an established relationship with the athlete. However, if you answer differently for any of the four questions, then by NCAA rules, there is NO pre-existing relationship and thus it is impermissible for you to provide any preferential treatment, benefits, or services to that athlete.
 
Q: Once an individual has been identified as a "Booster", how long does he/she retain this identity?
A: Forever.
 
For additional information and a more extensive information surrounding your status as a Representative of WVU's intercollegiate athletic program, please visit the Athletic Compliance Website. Should you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact an athletic compliance office staff member.

 
Keli Cunningham Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director - Governance / Compliance 293-6758 Keli.Cunningham@mail.wvu.edu
Lacey George Assistant Athletic Director - Compliance 293-7562 Lacey.George@mail.wvu.edu
Jordan Blizzard Director of Compliance 293-2879 Jordan.Blizzard@mail.wvu.edu
Harley King Director of Compliance 293-0138 Harley.King@mail.wvu.edu
Danielle Eppinger Assistant Director of Compliance 293-4281 danielle.eppinger@mail.wvu.edu


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