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University of Iowa News Release

June 25, 2004

UI Revises Guidelines Governing Campus Visits By Prospective Student-Athletes

Revised and updated 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.

The UI Athletic 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. "In particular, I want to thank Fred Mims, Jane Meyer, Charlotte Westerhaus, and Betsy Altmaier. They did an excellent job of developing guidelines that clearly indicate to everyone associated with our athletic programs they must always adhere to the highest ethical standards."

Mims is associate athletic director; Meyer is senior associate athletic director; Westerhaus is assistant to the president and director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity; and Altmaier is professor of psychological and quantitative foundations in the UI College of Education and faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Big Ten Conference.

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 someone 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 written guidelines for all recruiting visits. He asked that the policies include rules on documenting how the policies are communicated to coaches, to student-athletes who serve as hosts for recruits, and to 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:

Administering Student Host Guidelines:

Guidelines For Prospective Student-Athletes And Their Student Hosts:

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott,, phone 319-335-0552, cell 530-6972