Contact – any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s parents, relatives, or legal guardian(s) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged or that takes place on the grounds of the prospect’s educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospect or the prospect’s high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of whether any conversation occurs. However, an institutional staff member or athletics representative who is approached by a prospect or the prospect’s parents, relatives, or legal guardian(s) at any location shall not use a contact, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the staff member or athletic representative does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.
Extra Benefit – any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of the institution’s athletics interest (“booster/donor”) to provide a student-athlete (or a student-athlete’s relative or friend) a benefit that is not generally available to other LU students and their relatives and/or friends.
Nonqualifier – a student who has not graduated from high school or who, at the time specified in the regulation, present neither the core-curriculum grade-point average nor SAT/ACT score required for a qualifier.
Partial Qualifier – a student who does not meet the requirements for a qualifier but who, at the time of graduation from high school, presents the core-curriculum grade-point average and the corresponding ACT or SAT score.
Professional athlete – one who receives any kind of payment (not necessarily monetary), directly or indirectly, for athletics participation except as permitted by the governing legislation of the Association.
Prospective Student-Athlete – is a person who has started classes for the ninth (9th) grade, regardless of his/her athletics ability and/or participation.
Qualifier – a student who, for purposes of determining eligibility for financial aid, practice and competition, has met all of the following requirements: (a) graduation from high school, (b) successful completion of a required core curriculum consisting of a minimum number of courses in specified subjects, (c) specified minimum grade-point average in the core curriculum, (d) specified minimum SAT or ACT score.
Recruiting – any solicitation of a prospect or a prospect’s relatives [or legal guardian(s)] by an institutional staff member or by a representative of the institution’s athletics interest for the purpose of securing the prospect’s enrollment and ultimate participation in the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program.
Representative of Athletic Interests (Booster/Donor) – all alumni, friends, and employees of an institution are classified as “representatives of athletic interests”; the NCAA specifies that once an individual has been categorized as a representative or “booster/donor” of an institution’s athletic program this status is retained forever.
Student-athlete – a student whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of athletics interests with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program.