This bill — known as the NCAA Act — would require college athletics association to implement specific rules aimed at protecting student-athletes’ health, education, safety, and due process for alleged misconduct. If college and universities participate in an athletics association that hasn’t put in place those rules, they wouldn’t be eligible to receive Title IV funds under from the Dept. of Education.
The following requirements would be imposed on college athletics associations, including the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA):
Conducting annual baseline concussion tests before a student-athlete can participate in contact sports;
Providing due process procedures for students and institutions prior to punishing a student athlete;
Athletically-related student aid must be guaranteed for the duration of the student’s attendance, up to four years, and be irrevocable due to skill or injury;
Member institutions must be allowed to pay stipends to student athletes.
This legislation would also establish a Presidential Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics to review, analyze, and report to the President and Congress about certain aspects of college sports, including their financing, safety, and oversight among other policy areas.
Specifically, the Commission would be tasked with examining:
The interaction of athletics and academics;
The financing of college sports;
The recruitment and retention of student athletes;
Oversight and governance practices;
Health and safety protections for student athletes;
Due process and protections for student-athlete rules and regulations are enforced;
Any other issues it considers relevant to understanding the state of college sports.