University of Southern California

USC Policy

Student Issues

Date issued: February 14, 2011

Athletes and Agents

Purpose and Scope

The university is committed to preventing any actions that a student or other party may take that threatens the NCAA eligibility of our student-athletes or the ability of our institution to remain in compliance with NCAA rules. In particular, we are committed to protecting our student-athletes from any contact, communication, or conduct with individuals who seek to inappropriately contact or represent student-athletes before their eligibility is exhausted or voluntarily terminated.

This policy applies to all faculty members (including full and part-time, retired, and visiting faculty, and faculty on leave or vacation), staff and employees (including full and part-time), and students (including full and part-time, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students) ("USC Parties").

In addition, this policy applies to all other third parties who enter university property to do business with USC or interact with its student-athletes in any athletic facilities and venues where USC teams meet, play, or practice ("Third Parties").

Policy

  1. It is a violation of this policy for any USC Party or Third Party to take any actions that threaten the NCAA eligibility of a student-athlete or the ability of our institution to remain in compliance with NCAA rules. The USC Party or Third Party must immediately disclose the facts about such actions in writing to the Vice President for Athletic Compliance.
  2. Any USC Parties or Third Parties who hold themselves out as directly or indirectly representing student-athletes for the purpose of marketing their athletic ability or reputation, or who have certification, licensing or registration as a sports or athlete agent, and any person working for or at the direction of any such individuals ("Agents") must immediately provide notification of such facts in writing to the Vice President for Athletic Compliance.

      The following notification requirements are applicable.

    1. For faculty and staff employees, notification must be given:
      • At the time of acceptance of an offer of employment with USC or, if the certification, license or registration is received after commencement of employment at USC, notification must be provided within 24 hours of certification, licensure or registration by the state, professional sports organization or other entity.
      • If the faculty member or staff employee is involved in forming a business or company (whatever its legal form) for the purpose of marketing an athlete's athletic skill or reputation, the individual must provide notification within 24 hours of formation or filing paperwork with the state (or other governmental body) concerning such business entity.
    2. For students, notification must be given:
      • At the time of initial full or part-time enrollment at USC or, if the certification, license or registration is received after commencement of studies at USC, notification must be provided within 24 hours of certification, licensure or registration by the state, professional sports organization or other entity.
      • If a student is involved in forming a business or company (whatever its legal form) for the purpose of marketing an athlete's athletic skill or reputation, the student must provide notification within 24 hours of formation or filing paperwork with the state or other governmental body concerning such business entity.
    3. For Third Parties, notification must be given:
      • At the time of entering into a contract, vendor agreement or other arrangement to do business with USC, and at the time of entry onto the property of USC, or any athletic facilities and venues where USC teams play or practice to interact with its student-athletes.
      • If the certification, license or registration is received after commencement of the Third Parties' contract, vendor agreement, or arrangement to do business with USC, notification must be provided within 24 hours of certification, licensure or registration by the state, professional sports organization or other entity.
      • If a Third Party is involved in forming a business or company for the purpose of marketing an athlete's athletic skill or reputation after the commencement of the third party contract, vendor agreement, or arrangement to do business with USC, the individual must provide notification within 24 hours of formation or filing paperwork with the state (or other governmental body) concerning such business entity.
  3. All such Agents must sign a document provided by the Vice President for Athletic Compliance attesting to the individual's understanding and agreement to comply with all of USC's rules regarding conduct for sports and athlete agents (including adherence to all applicable NCAA rules regarding agents).
  4. The Vice President for Athletic Compliance will notify the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics of all such Agents.
  5. All Agents must comply with rules pertaining to agents as published by the NCAA. These rules, which are strictly adhered to by USC, include but are not limited to, prohibiting Agents from:
    1. Providing student-athletes who have remaining eligibility with any type of benefit, including food, cash, services, merchandise, transportation, housing accommodations, or other benefits not available to the student body in general; and
    2. Entering into any type of verbal or written agreement to represent or to facilitate the future representation of a student-athlete who has remaining eligibility with regard to the student- athlete's athletic ability or reputation.
  6. USC Parties should also notify the Vice President of Athletic Compliance of any relative (i.e. grandparent, parent, sibling, spouse, children, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or cousin by blood or marriage) they know to be an Agent at least 24 hours prior to such individual's arrival on campus.

USC Parties who fail to fully comply with this policy shall be subject to remedial action and/or discipline in accordance with the Faculty Handbook, staff employment policies and procedures, and the Student Conduct Code in SCampus, as appropriate. Any disciplinary action under this policy shall take into account the severity of the offense and the individual's intent. USC reserves the right to terminate any agreement with a Third Party, or to revoke admission to any USC property or event to any Third Party, who fails to meet the notification requirements set forth above.

Athletes and Agents Disclosure Form

Responsible Office

Office of Athletic Compliance

Issued by

Elizabeth Garrett, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Todd R. Dickey, Senior Vice President, Administration
University of Southern California