Fans & Boosters
Dear Duquesne Fans and Supporters,
Duquesne University prides itself on the success of our Athletics programs. We are fortunate to have both excellent student-athletes and experienced coaching staffs that represent this institution in a positive manner.
The NCAA has specific rules and regulations pertaining to the interaction between the supporters of our program and our student-athletes. It is the responsibility of the University's Department of Athletics to provide you with information that helps you to navigate through these ever-changing guidelines.
As a resource for both members of our department, as well as alumni, boosters and fans who provide valued support for Duquesne Athletics, we have created this basic guide for the NCAA Division I standards that are associated with competing at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. It focuses primarily on the stipulations involved in the recruitment of student-athletes and any dealings with our currently enrolled student-athletes.
The Dukes are grateful to have such loyal and devoted fans! If you have questions or concerns regarding any NCAA rules, please do not hesitate to contact our Athletics Compliance Office at (412) 396-4917.
Thank you and GO DUKES!
Who is considered a "booster"?
A representative of the institution's athletics interests, or more commonly referred to as a "Booster", is an individual, independent agency, corporate entity or other organization who is known (or who should have been known) by a member of the institution's executive or athletics administration to:
Once you become a Booster, you maintain this status forever.
Boosters and the Recruiting Process
In general, Duquesne Athletics Boosters can not be involved in the recruiting process of prospective student-athletes to Duquesne University. The NCAA defines a prospective student-athlete (i.e. recruit) as a student that has started classes for the ninth grade. A student remains a prospective student-athlete until the start of college classes or an official team practice at Duquesne. Signing a National Letter of Intent with the Dukes does not remove the status/title of the recruit being considered a prospective student-athlete.
Permissible Booster Activities
Impermissible Booster Activities
Boosters and Student-Athletes
Boosters may not provide student-athletes with "extra benefits". Violations of this regulation will result in the student-athlete being declared ineligible, with one of the conditions involving the student-athlete's eligibility being reinstated is the repayment of the value of the extra benefit(s) received.
An extra benefit is any special gift or arrangement provided to a student-athlete, or student-athlete's friend or family member that is not available to the general student body at Duquesne. Examples of extra benefits are:
Boosters Employing Student-Athletes
Student-athletes are permitted to earn legitimate on- and off-campus employment income during the regular academic year as well as during the University's official vacation periods and the summer.
A Booster is permitted to intercede on behalf of an enrolled student-athlete who is looking to secure employment provided:
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How To Support Duquesne Student-Athletes as a Booster
Thank you for your Support of Duquesne Athletics!
NCAA rules are the responsibility of everyone from student-athletes to administrators to boosters. In order to learn more about NCAA rules and how they may affect Duquesne University Athletics, please visit the Duquesne Athletics NCAA Compliance web site at: GoDuquesne.com/compliance/duqu-compliance.html