A COLLEGE ATHLETE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO:
ACADEMIC AND CAREER GOALS
1. Transfer to another institution, including those within the athletic conference of the
institution in which the athlete is enrolled, without athletic participation ineligibility or
2. Receive learning disability testing, remedial education, and other remedies for academic
under-preparedness if the athlete enters college via a waiver of normal institutional
3. Fully experience the institution’s academic opportunities and responsibilities, such as
participating in class projects, attending classes and special recommended campus
events, or taking examinations without athletic department interference, penalty or
threat of loss of scholarship.
4. Obtain employment other than as a professional athlete.
5. Engage an agent to explore the feasibility of a professional sports career or to obtain
commercial opportunities related to the use of the athlete’s name, likeness and image
(that do not identify the athlete’s institutional affiliation).
HEALTH AND WELFARE
6. Receive initial and continuing treatment for any injury directly resulting from
participation in the institution’s athletic program at no cost to the athlete or the
athlete’s parents/legal guardians.
7. Receive athletics injury insurance, at no cost to the athlete or his/her parents or legal
guardians, that covers usual and customary charges for treatment of athletics injuries
suffered while participating in the institution’s athletics program.
8. Receive permanent injury insurance that covers catastrophic injury (loss of life, limb,
etc.) and disabilities stemming from college sports injuries that may be discovered or
may continue after other athletic injury insurance has expired. To the extent that
athletic-injury-induced disabilities limit employment or other activities, the injured
athlete should be eligible for lifelong benefits to replace lost income (similar to workers’
9. Receive institutionally financed prevention education and baseline and/or monitoring
assessments for sports-related injuries and risks (e.g., neurological baseline assessments
related to concussion, presence of sickle cell trait, review of susceptibility to
10. Be protected from injuries caused by blows to the head or other vulnerable body parts
through the adoption of (a) policies and practices that limit physical contact during
practice and (b) competition rules promulgated by national governance associations and
enforced by qualified sport officials.
11. Receive exercise and supervision guidelines for identified potentially life-threatening
12. Receive a determination by a licensed physician for return-to-play following any injury
or other medical decision affecting the athlete’s safe participation;
13. Be protected by an ethics code, applicable to coaches and other employees, prohibiting
sexual or other relationship misconduct with athletes, physical or mental abuse or
pedagogical practices that endanger athletes’ health and welfare.
14. Be protected from discriminatory treatment because of disability, gender, national
origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation regarding governance policies, participation
opportunities, treatment and benefits, educational programs, activities and
15. Have full access to and be fully integrated within the common student experience at the
college athlete’s institution rather than being isolated via requirement to use ‘athletics
only’ programs and facilities.
ATHLETICS FINANCIAL AID
16. Be treated as a student rather than as an employee with regard to athletics grant-in-aid
awards. All athletics-related full or partial scholarship awards extend to graduation (a
maximum of five years) and not be reduced or cancelled during the award period based
on a coach’s evaluation of athletic ability, skill performance, contribution to team
success, illness, incapacitating injury or physical or mental condition.
17. Receive the services of an independent “Athlete Welfare Advocate” who shall provide
independent legal advice, at no cost to athletes or their parents or legal guardians,
regarding the application of athletic governance association rules and the athlete’s due
process rights when athletic eligibility or access to athletics related financial aid is
18. An appeals process for any decision that limits the athlete’s participation in athletics or
results in non-renewal or termination of financial aid, including institutional
“declarations of ineligibility” for violation of NCAA rules other than academic eligibility
or drug tests that does not include the involvement of an athletic department staff
19. Receive “whistle blower protection” for reporting to a non-athletics institutional
employee or to an employee of a national athletic governance association, any coach,
other athletics personnel, faculty, administrators or college athletes for alleged
misconduct or for violating institutional rules or the rules of a national sport governing
20. Be subject to only those team and athletic department disciplinary rules that are
consistent with student welfare best practices, as determined by an annual review by a
faculty oversight committee.
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