Golden Grizzlies Compliance

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569 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2587

Campus Visits

Official
Visits
Definition

An ‘official’ visit is a visit to campus in which expenses are provided to a prospective student-athlete by Oakland University (food, lodging, travel).

Number Permitted

A prospective student-athlete may take a maximum of five expense-paid visits, with no more than one permitted to any single institution.

First Opportunity to Visit

In all sports except men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete may not come on an official visit prior to the first day of classes of the prospective student-athlete's senior year in high school. In men's basketball, a prospective student-athlete may take an official visit beginning January 1st of their junior year in high school.

Requirements Prior to Visit
  • Prospective student-athletes must provide Oakland University with a high school (or college) academic transcript and a ACT, PLAN, PSAT or SAT test score.
  • Prospective student-athletes must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center and on Oakland’s Institutional Request List (IRL)
Length of Official Visit

An official visit may not exceed 48 hours. The starting time for an official visit will vary depending on how a prospective student-athlete arrives to campus (i.e. drives to campus, stays in hotel, driven from airport, etc.).

Expenses Oakland May Pay For

Travel expenses -- Airfare or mileage for the prospective student-athlete, provided he or she returns to the original point of departure, their home, educational institution or competition site. Expenses may not exceed round trip transportation to/from the original point of departure. In basketball, Oakland may pay for a prospective student-athlete's parents’ travel expenses.

Lodging -- During the 48-hour visit period, lodging may be provided to the prospective student-athlete and his or her parents/legal guardians. Additional persons (e.g., prospect's brother, friend) may stay in the same room, but Oakland may not pay for any charges for additional occupants. In select instances, lodging may also be paid by the institution in the locale of campus prior to the visit for the prospect only.

Meals -- The prospect and his or her parents may be provided with three meals per day and an additional snack during the 48 hours of the visit. The prospect and their family must pay the cost of meals for additional persons (e.g. brother, friend).

Complimentary Admissions -- A prospective student-athlete may be provided up to three complimentary admissions to a home athletics event on an official visit. Admissions must be administered through a pass list. Oakland may provide up to two additional complimentary admissions for the prospect's parents, should a non-traditional family structure (divorce, separation) exist.

Number of Official Visits - Institutional Limit

The total number of official visits Oakland may provide prospective students are limited on an annual basis (August 1 through July 31) in the following sports:
  • Basketball - 12 official visits
  • Baseball - 25 official visits
For more information and additional rules related to campus visits, please refer to the Oakland University Prospective Student-Athlete Campus Visitation Policy.
Unofficial
Visits
Definition

A prospective student-athlete may visit an institution's campus at his or her own expense an unlimited number of times. These kinds of "Unofficial visits" may begin prior to his or her senior year in high school.

Location Restriction

While in the presence of coaches, prospects must remain on-campus during an unofficial visit. A prospect may interact off-campus with currently enrolled student-athletes, provided the off-campus interaction with student-athletes is not at the direction of the coaching staff.

Timing Restrictions

A prospective student-athlete is not permitted to make an unofficial visit during a dead period. Prospects are encouraged to check their sport's recruiting calendar, or to call ahead to ensure no timing issues arise.

In Men's Basketball, a prospective student-athlete is not permitted to make an unofficial visit during the month of July (unless that prospect has signed an NLI or written offer of admission/financial aid).

In Women's Basketball, a prospective student-athlete is not permitted to make an unofficial visit during the July evaluation periods (unless that prospect has signed an NLI or written offer of admission/financial aid).

Lodging

Prospects on an unofficial visit may stay in an enrolled student-athlete's room.

Meals

A prospect must pay the actual cost for any meals he or she eats on an unofficial visit.

Complimentary Admissions

A prospect may be provided up to three complimentary admissions to an Oakland athletics event on an unofficial visit. Complimentary admissions must be administered through a pass list. Oakland may provide up to two additional complimentary admissions for the prospect's parents should a non-traditional family structure (divorce, separation) exist. Oakland may not reserve additional tickets to be purchased by the prospect or those accompanying the prospect on an unofficial visit.

Oakland may not provide complimentary admissions to a conference or postseason tournament (including one that is held on Oakland's campus), these tickets must be purchased in the same manner as the general public.

Activities during a Campus Visit


During both official and unofficial visits, prospects should be introduced to typical campus life and should not include any type of entertainment excessive in nature (helicopter, limo). During a campus visit, the following are impermissible:
  • Personalized recruiting aids (such as personalized jerseys, decorative or special additions to an office or other facility the prospect will visit, audio or video scoreboard presentations)
  • Game-day simulations (e.g. running onto the field or court with the team during pregame introductions)
  • Any arranged activity revealing, demonstrating or displaying a prospect's athletics ability in any sport (tryout or practice session).
  • Receipt of free or reduced-price gear.
  • Access to an automobile for use by a prospect.
During both official and unofficial visits it is permissible for Oakland, through its regular team or other designated physician, to conduct a medical examination to determine a prospect's medical qualifications to participate in intercollegiate athletics. During the examination no athletics department staff member other than the athletics trainer may be present and the examination cannot include any test or procedure designed to measure the athletics ability or skill of the prospect.