University of Iowa News Release
June 24, 2004
New Written Guidelines Govern Campus Visits By Athlete Prospects
New written guidelines governing on-campus recruiting visits by prospective
student-athletes have been approved by University of Iowa President David
Skorton and will be implemented immediately.
The guidelines prohibit underage drinking and sexual harassment; they note
that recruits under the age of 19 are not allowed in bars after 10 p.m.;
they require that entertainment of recruits be confined to the Iowa City-Coralville
area, and they require that the recruits be escorted to their overnight
accommodations no later than 12:30 a.m., unless they are participating
in activities supervised or arranged by UI coaching staff.
department and the Presidential Committee on Athletics, a UI charter committee
formerly known as the Board in Control of Athletics,
developed the new guidelines jointly. Their recommended guidelines were
submitted to Skorton on May 25. The Athletic Department Compliance Staff
will monitor implementation of the guidelines and subsequent compliance.
The guidelines will be incorporated into printed Orientation and Certification
guides that are given to all student-athletes. In addition, the rules will
be the subject of discussion between student-athletes and members of the
Athletics Student Services staff at certification and orientation meetings
that UI student-athletes are required to attend each August.
In addition, prior to hosting recruits, prospective student hosts will
meet with their head coach and members of the compliance staff to review
the guidelines. Recruits will be sent a copy of the guidelines when their
official campus visit is confirmed.
My thanks to Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby, his staff and coaches, and
to the faculty, staff and students who worked expeditiously and thoughtfully
to craft these guidelines," Skorton said. "They did an excellent
job of developing guidelines that clearly announce to everyone associated
with our athletic programs they must always adhere to the highest ethical
Skorton requested the written guidelines earlier this year following news
reports that a football recruit from Kansas had developed a sexual relationship
with a young woman while visiting the UI last fall. Subsequently, Skorton
asked Iowa Deputy Attorney General Douglas R. Marek to investigate the
allegation that the relationship had been facilitated by anyone from the
athletic department or the UI football program. After a month-long investigation
that included interviews with more than 30 people, Marek concluded that
the allegations were "without merit."
When the results of Marek's report were announced on April 2, Skorton asked
the athletic department to update or create written guidelines for all
recruiting visits. He asked that the policies include rules on documenting
how the policies are communicated to coaches, student-athletes who serve
as hosts for recruits, and for the recruits. The policies must also include "enforcement
mechanisms that can be documented," Skorton said.
The complete texts of the written guidelines can be accessed in PDF format
by clicking on the following links:
Student Host Receipt/Instructions: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2004/june/062404student-host.pdf
Student Host Guidelines: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2004/june/062406administering.pdf
For Prospective Student-Athletes And Their Student Hosts: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2004/june/062406host-instructions.pdf
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