8.7. Undue Influence
Rule: Despite compliance with the other provisions of these Rules, any student who attends a member high school as a result of undue influence as defined in these Rules, is ineligible for a minimum of one year. Violations of the Undue Influence Rule can also result in penalties to the school, athletic program, and ineligibility for a coach set out in Rule 5. The penalty and any additional period of ineligibility will be determined by the Executive Director based on a consideration of the number of violations involved, the number of student-athletes involved, the nature of the violation(s), and the extent to which the violation may have been knowing, deliberate, or in reckless disregard of the provision of this rule and the commentary that accompanies this rule.
For purposes of this Rule, "undue influence" is the attempt by any person (including but not limited to coaches, boosters, teachers, administrators, students, parents, alumni) to induce a student (via in-person contact, phone, text, social media platforms, email, or the like) to attend a public or private member school or become eligible to represent a public or private school for purposes of athletic or activities participation.
(a) Undue influence includes, but is not limited to the offer or acceptance of:
(1) Recruiting to a particular school for the purpose of athletic or activities participation
(2) Financial assistance (including free or reduced tuition) provided on the basis of a student's potential or participation in OSAA-sanctioned activities.
(3) Promising employment or any other financial benefit to the student or any member of the student's family, including payment for work that is not performed, or that is in excess of the amount regularly paid for such service.
(4) Free or reduced rent for families, including residence with any school connected person.
(5) Transportation by any school connected person.
(6) Any privilage not afforded to non-athletes.
(7) Help in securing or promising a college athletic scholarship.
It shall not be considered undue influence for authorized representatives of a private high school to contact students attending private feeder schools to induce their attendance at the private high school or for authorized representatives of public high schools to so contact students within that public high school's attendance boundaries.
Rationale: The objective of the Undue Influence rule is to prevent member schools, and persons affiliated with a member school, from exerting an undue influence on students with a goal of securing or retaining a student for athletic or activities purposes. This rule serves the substantial interests of Association members of prioritizing academics over competition, protecting young students from exploitation, ensuring an even playing field among competing schools, providing for equitable competition in Association sports and activities, and protecting the physical welfare of students engaging in contact sports.
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