Prospective Student-Athletes

Current Student-Athletes


Alumni, Parents and Friends

Local Merchants


A. Introduction
B. Athletics Compliance Contact Information
C. Terms & Definitions
D. Reporting Potential Violations
E. Helpful Links


Dear Friends of Columbia Athletics:

We are grateful for your loyal and continuing support of Columbia University’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education and rely upon you to partner with us in creating a championship environment. As a Division I athletics program that is a member of the NCAA and the Ivy League, Columbia University is obligated to uphold the rules and regulations that have been established to govern intercollegiate athletics participation in its 29 varsity sports.

We ask our supporters to help keep Columbia University’s tradition of athletic integrity intact by following NCAA, Ivy League, and University regulations.

This portion of the website endeavors to apprise the Columbia University community including its prospective and current student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff, alumni, donors, boosters and friends of the most relevant and significant items concerning NCAA rules.

Thank you for your continued enthusiasm for Columbia Athletics.

Roar, Lion, Roar!

Best regards,
M. Dianne Murphy
Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education


If you have questions, comments, or concerns pertaining to NCAA, Ivy League, or Columbia University regulations, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Director of Compliance
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education
Columbia University
Dodge Physical Fitness Center
3030 Broadway, Mail Code 1929
New York, NY 10027

Phone: (212) 854-8666
Fax: (212) 854-1572


Many times, the NCAA rules and regulations may seem complex and difficult to understand. Below we’ve tried to identify and define some of the most frequently used terms.

Prospective Student-Athlete
A prospective student-athlete, often known as a “prospect” and/or “recruit” is an individual who has either started classes in the ninth grade OR has received any benefit from an institution or a booster. These types of benefits include, but are not limited to:
Providing an individual an expense-paid visit to a collegiate institution; and
Providing an individual (or their relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students at large, not just student-athletes.

Enrolled Student-Athlete
An enrolled student-athlete, also known as a “student-athlete” or “current student-athlete”, is an individual whose enrollment was solicited by a member of the athletics staff or other representative of athletics interest with a view toward the student’s ultimate participation in the intercollegiate athletics program. Any other student becomes a student-athlete only when the student reports for an intercollegiate squad that is under the jurisdiction of the athletics department.

Representative of Athletics Interest
A “representative of the institution’s athletics interests” is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity (e.g., apparel or equipment manufacturer) or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution’s executive or athletics administration to:

a) have participated in or to be a member of an agency or organization promoting the institution’s intercollegiate athletics program;
b) have made financial contributions to the athletics department or to an athletics booster organization of that institution;
c) be assisting or to have been requested (by the athletics department staff) to assist in the recruitment of prospective student-athletes;
d) be assisting or to have assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families; or
e) have been involved otherwise in promoting the institution’s athletics program.”

Recruiting involves any solicitation of a prospect (or family members) by the Columbia Athletics staff to encourage him/her to enroll at Columbia University and participate in the intercollegiate athletic programs. Only Columbia coaches who have passed the NCAA Coaches Certification Test may be involved in recruiting prospects. Boosters are prohibited from becoming involved in recruiting activities. The only exception for a booster to have contact with a prospect is in the case of an established relationship with family friends or neighbors. In this instance, contact may not be made for recruiting purposes and may not be initiated by a Columbia coaching staff member. (Please see the booster section for more information).

A contact is 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 conversation in excess of a greeting occurs. Any face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or takes place on the grounds of the prospect's school or competition site is considered a contact, regardless of the conversation that occurs.

Extra Benefit
An extra benefit is any special arrangement by an institutional employee or a representative of athletics interests to provide a student-athlete, or the student-athlete's friends or relatives, a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA.

Extra benefits a student-athlete may NOT receive include, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

money, special discount, payment or arrangement of credit on a purchase (airline ticket, clothing) or service (dry cleaning, laundry);
a professional service without charge or at a reduced cost (typing of papers for athletes);
use of a telephone, pager, cell phone or credit card for personal reasons without charge or at a reduced rate;
services (movie tickets, dinners, use of a car) from commercial agencies (theaters, restaurants, car dealers) without charge or at a reduced rate;
free or reduced-cost admission to professional athletic contests from professional sports organizations;
a loan of money;
use of an automobile;
signing or co-signing a note with an outside agency to arrange a loan;
preferential treatment, benefits or services (loans on a deferred pay-back basis because of athletic reputation or skill or pay-back potential as a future professional athlete);
rent-free or reduced rate housing during the academic year OR during the summer;
use of personal property (boats, summer homes, cars, computers);
holiday or other presents;
any thing given because an individual is a student-athlete.

Columbia University takes great pride in the fact that its coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans make rules compliance a priority. However, we understand that mistakes are sometimes made. The athletics department wants to be sure that all potential violations are investigated and addressed as appropriate. If you are aware of a possible violation of NCAA, Ivy League or Columbia University rules, please contact the Director of Compliance at (212) 854-8666.

Columbia University Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Barnard College Office of Admissions

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Ivy League Recruitment and Admissions Statement

NCAA Eligibility Center

SAT Testing Dates

ACT Testing Dates