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Dear Alumni, Faculty, and Friends:

Two of the most important cornerstones of the Villanova University Athletics program are the loyalty and enthusiasm of the Wildcat fans.

The Villanova Athletics Department appreciates your wonderful support which stimulates and encourages our student-athletes and energizes the entire Athletics Department.

However, we must be cautious not to let our enthusiasm for athletics lead us into conflict with the specific rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, The Big East and other affiliated Conferences, and Villanova University.

Institutional Control

The University is charged with the responsibility to exercise "institutional control" of its athletics interests, and we are committed to maintaining the kind of responsible program in which all of us can take great pride. Institutional control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation. The NCAA holds the University accountable for the acts of anyone identified as a Villanova University "athletics representatives".

The NCAA's definition of "a representative of the University's athletics interests" is very broad and encompasses many, if not all, of the individuals who regularly attend our athletics events. An "athletic representative" is an individual who involves himself/herself in any matter with an organization (e.g., booster club) which promotes Villanova University athletics, makes contributions to the Villanova University booster club or to the Villanova University Athletics Department, assists in any degree in recruiting prospects, provides benefits (e.g., summer jobs) to enrolled student-athletes or their families, or otherwise contributes in promoting the institution's athletics program. If you fall into this category, there are a number of activities regarding contact with student-athletes and prospective student-athletes that could put the University at risk of receiving NCAA sanctions.

Under NCAA legislation, "athletics representatives" are prohibited from any contact (including letters and telephone calls) with prospective student athletes and the prospects relatives or legal guardians for purposes of recruiting. Such contacts are to be initiated exclusively by authorized athletics department staff members.

Athletics representatives are subject to NCAA legislation which requires member institutions to revoke or withhold privileges from any individual who has engaged in conduct that is determined by the NCAA, affiliated Conferences, or Villanova University, to be in violation of NCAA legislation, regardless of whether such violation results in the imposition of sanctions. Such benefits or privileges may include, without limitations, ticket privileges being withheld by the University for that period of time which the NCAA, affiliated Conferences, or Villanova University deems appropriate. The revocation of ticket privileges may result in an individual being denied admittance to any University-hosted athletics event. For your convenience, we have summarized the applicable NCAA rules on our compliance website. Should you wish to receive more information on applicable NCAA policies, our compliance office will be pleased to send you a free copy of our "Guide to NCAA Rules for Alumni, Faculty, & Friends". This brochure is intended to provide you with basic information concerning NCAA rules that apply to a "representative of the University's athletics interests." Because of the complexity of NCAA rules, this brochure does not include all applicable situations and should not be relied upon exclusively. To obtain a copy of the brochure, or if you have any questions, please contact our compliance office at the address and telephone number below. You are a valuable part of the Villanova Athletics family and we truly value the role you play. Thank you for your loyal support of Villanova Athletics.

Sincerely,
Vince Nicastro
Director of Athletics


Office of Compliance
Department of Athletics
Villanova University
Jake Nevin Field House
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, Pennsylvania 19085
(610) 519-5305

 
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