Compliance Office – Duke University

The Duke University Athletics Compliance Office takes pride in ensuring that Duke student-athletes, coaches, staff, and supporters observe and abide by the rules that govern collegiate athletics. The Duke Athletics Department is founded on integrity. Through a combination of communication, education, and consistent monitoring, the Office of Athletics Compliance is committed to ensuring that all those involved with Duke Athletics uphold the rules of the NCAA, the ACC, and the University.

We know that members of the Duke Community would never intentionally place the University in danger of violating NCAA legislation. However, please be mindful that inadvertent action on your part can put the University at risk and/or jeopardize the eligibility of enrolled or prospective student-athletes. If you are unsure about your role in helping Duke Athletics or have questions regarding NCAA, ACC, or Duke regulations, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Duke’s Compliance Staff. Together, we can continue to maintain the highest standards of integrity in our athletics program.

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All agents, advisors and representatives thereof are required to register with Duke University prior to having any contact with Duke student-athletes or their families/friends regarding possible future representation. After reading the Duke Agent Policy linked here (PDF) you may complete the form (DOC) to register.

Please note that agents and their representatives are required by North Carolina state law to register with the North Carolina Secretary of State. A link to that office’s site can be found here.

As a supporter of Duke Athletics, there are several NCAA, ACC and Duke rules and regulations to which you must adhere. We are here to assist you by answering your questions and helping you understand the rules. While this site provides a brief overview of the rules (in the text below, as well as in the “Education” section) and provides links to other helpful sources, we encourage you to always “Ask Before You Act!”

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Duke’s Compliance Staff.

Under NCAA rules, a Duke Representative of Athletics Interests (also known as a “Booster”) is any individual who has:

  • Made any type of contribution to the Duke Department of Athletics;
  • Joined the Iron Dukes or any sport-specific support group;
  • Provided benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes or their families;
  • Assisted, in any manner, in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
  • Participated as a varsity student-athlete at Duke University;
  • Had a child who has participated as a varsity student-athlete at Duke University; hours
  • Promoted the Duke athletics program in any way.

Notes: Once someone is identified as a booster, they remain a booster for LIFE.

A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is permitted to:

  • Notify our coaches about prospects in their area;
  • Attend high school or two-year college athletic contests or other events where prospects may compete, but cannot contact the prospect, the prospect’s relatives or coach;
  • Continue existing friendships with families of prospects, but cannot attempt to recruit the prospect;
  • Engage in permissible pre-enrollment activities with a prospect such as summer employment, provided the prospect has already signed a National Letter of Intent; and
  • Have a phone conversation with a prospect, but only if the call is initiated by the prospect and there is no recruiting conversation;

A Representative of Athletics Interests/Booster is not permitted to:

  • Make in-person on- or off-campus recruiting contact with a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her parents/legal guardians;
  • Write or telephone a prospective student-athlete and/or his or her family members/legal guardians; hours
  • Contact a prospective student-athlete’s coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to recruit or evaluate the prospect.

NCAA rules prohibit boosters from providing enrolled student-athletes any “extra benefits.” The NCAA considers any special discounts or arrangements (ie, those not available to the general public or student body) provided to enrolled student-athletes or their family/friends to be an extra benefit; Student-athletes receipt of extra benefits could jeopardize the student-athlete’s eligibility.

Provision of such benefits to prospective student-athletes or their family/friends is also precluded, as it would be deemed a “recruiting inducement”.

Examples of Extra Benefits and Recruiting Inducements include, but are not limited to:

  • Arrangement of employment for relatives or friends;
  • Gifts of clothing or equipment;
  • Co-signing of loans;
  • Providing loans to relatives or friends;
  • Cash or like items;
  • Any tangible items, including merchandise;
  • Free or reduced-cost services, rentals, or purchases of any type;
  • Free or reduced-cost housing;
  • Use of athletics equipment;
  • Sponsorship of, or arrangement for, an awards banquet for prospective student-athletes; and
  • Presentation of award to prospective student-athletes for outstanding athletics achievements.

As a parent of a Duke University student-athlete, there are several NCAA, ACC and Duke rules and regulations to which you and your child must adhere. We are here to assist you throughout your child’s career as a student-athlete by answering your questions and helping you understand the rules. While this site, as well as the “Student-Athlete” page that can be found under “Boosters” above, provides a brief overview of the rules (in the “Education” section) and links to other helpful sources, we encourage you to always “Ask Before You Act!”

2021-2022 Parent Education (PDF)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Duke’s Compliance Staff.

The transition from high school to collegiate athletics is both exciting and challenging. To ensure your success throughout this process, it is important that you understand the NCAA rule governing prospective student-athletes.

You are a prospective student-athlete if you are a high school student who has begun the ninth grade, regardless of whether you participate in athletics. In addition, you are considered a prospective student-athlete if an institution provided you or your family financial assistance or any other benefit that is not offered to other prospective student-athletes.

The NCAA maintains a document, known as the NCAA Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes (linked below under “Helpful Links/Initial Eligibility”) that outlines various steps of the recruiting and eligibility process.

Students should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of their junior year in high school. The NCAA Eligibility Center will certify the academic and amateur credentials of all college-bound student-athletes who wish to compete in NCAA Division I or II athletics. You may register online at the NCAA Eligibility Center link. At the end of the student’s junior year, a transcript, including six semesters of grades, should be sent to the Eligibility Center directly from the high school. Additionally, students should have their SAT or ACT scores forwarded directly to the Eligibility Center (by using code “9999”) whenever they take the exam.

A student may apply to Duke University early in their senior year. You can apply online at the Undergraduate Admissions site linked below as Undergraduate Admissions under “Duke Links.”

The Duke Compliance Office understands the challenge of being a student-athlete; you practice hard and play even harder, while still excelling in the classroom. However, it is important that you understand that being a student-athlete at Duke University is a privilege. As you are a representative of Duke University and a leader in your community, your adherence to the governing rules is essential. Decisions you make will affect your eligibility. You are responsible for your academic and athletic eligibility… it’s your choice.

There are several NCAA, ACC, and Duke rules and regulations to which you must adhere. We are here to assist you throughout your career as a student-athlete by answering your questions and helping you understand the rules. While this site provides a brief overview of the rules (in the “Education” section) and serves as a resource for any compliance forms you may need, we encourage you to always “Ask Before You Act!”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of Duke’s Compliance Staff.