The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics seeks assistance with the monitoring of complimentary admissions to UI athletic events in order to comply with NCAA rules. The NCAA defines a prospective student-athlete as any "student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual's relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally." Prospective student-athletes and their families, as well as high school, prep school and two-year-college coaches, are not permitted to receive "hard tickets" unless they purchase them in the same manner as members of the general public. Complimentary admission is granted solely through a pass-gate system, approved and controlled by the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Because many university employees and departments purchase athletic tickets for themselves and the entertainment of guests - and some of these guests (or their family members) could, by definition, be prospective student-athletes - the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics asks units to: * Guard against personal or departmental tickets being distributed to prospective student-athletes and coaches. * Make your guests aware of these rules if they are unable to use the tickets, so they do not redistribute tickets to prospective student-athletes and their families. * Maintain a file or log for distribution of tickets, whether personal or departmental. * Instruct all staff members of the monitoring system in place in your unit and its function. * Keep this file in your office for possible periodic monitoring by the university's compliance office. For the purpose of NCAA audits, this file should be kept for five years. Questions or comments should be directed to compliance coordinator Rick Allen at 333-5731.