Policy on University Responsibilty to Injured Student-Athletes
Participation in intercollegiate athletics carries with it the inherent risk of injuries. Students participating as athletes assume certain risks that they may suffer injuries in connection with intercollegiate athletic activities. When such injuries occur, the University cannot assume indefinite responsibility for continuing medical care that might be subsequently required. Subject to the limitations stated hereinafter, however, the University does choose to accept certain limitations.
1. University Obligations. When a student-athlete is injured during practice, competition or University-sponsored travel to or from competition sanctioned by the Athletics Department, the University will provide the following assistance to the injured student-athlete. For the purposes of this policy, University-sanctioned activity includes all practices on University facilities of which the coach knows or should have known, NCAA-sanctioned practices, and any event to which a student-athlete travels with University support or financial assistance.
a. Athletic financial assistance in an amount no less than what the student-athlete was receiving at the time of the injury will be continued until the student-athlete receives his/her baccalaureate degree or through the fourth year of enrollment, whichever comes first.
2. Limitations. The foregoing is subject to the following limitations:
a. Any student-athlete who sustains an injury or has a diagnosed illness prior to enrollment at the University must notify his or her coach and athletic trainer. Without such notification, subsequent reinjury or exacerbation of the illness will not entitle the student-athlete to the benefits described in Part I of this policy, and even with prior notification, may not allow for coverage.
3. Non-athletically-related injuries and pre-existing injuries. The University has chosen to accept certain obligations for injuries sustained by student-athletes in connection with intercollegiate athletics activities. However, the University cannot accept responsibility for all injuries or illnesses suffered by student-athletes. The following is the University's policy regarding non-athletic related injuries and pre-existing injuries and illnesses.
a. The University assumes no responsibility for an injury sustained by a student-athlete while participating in a noncountable athletically related activity.
4. General Provisions
a. This policy is intended to be minimal, setting the limits to entitlement. The Director of Athletics may, at her discretion, extend aid to student-athletes whose coverage by this policy is uncertain or for other reasons she deems appropriate. In no event, however, may aid of any sort be extended beyond the fifth year of enrollment or a point at which a student-athlete receives a baccalaureate degree and completes his or her eligibility.