Intercollegiate athletics give rise to a wide range of legal and compliance issues, and compliance with federal laws and regulations is especially important given the high visibility and intense scrutiny of college athletics. Perhaps the most well known federal law affecting intercollegiate athletics is Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, and presents a compliance challenge for many colleges and universities with athletics programs.

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Resource Pages


Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Clarification: The Three Part Test--Part 3 (Dear Colleague Letter)

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Right of Northwestern University Football Players to Unionize: Background and Related Issues (CRS Report)

NCAA Sexual Violence Policy Announcement

White Paper by NCAA & CUPA-HR on Payment of Coaches and Athletic Trainers under Federal Law

Can College Athletes Form a Union?

Partnering for Success: Buildling Effective Relationships Between Athletics Compliance and Risk Management and University Compliance
University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA)

NCAA Handbook on Equity and Title IX in Intercollegiate Athletics
2012, NCAA

AGB Statement on Board Responsibilities for Intercollegiate Athletics
2009, AGB

Title IX as Applied to Intercollegiate Athletics
2011, Janet P. Judge, NACUA

Congressional Research Service Report: Title IX, Sex Discrimination, and Intercollegiate Athletics: A Legal Overview
2008, Jody Feder

Champions of Respect: Inclusion of LGBTQ Student-Athletes and Staff in NCAA Programs
Mar 18 2013, NCAA

Inter-Association Consensus Statements on Best Practices for Sports Medicine Management for Secondary Schools and Colleges
National Athletic Trainers Association, Sept 3 2013

OCR "Dear Colleague" Letter on Equal Access to Extracurricular Activities by Students with Disabilities
Jan 25 2013, U.S. Dept. of Education

Inclusion of LGBTQ Student-Athletes and Staff in NCAA Programs

NACUANOTE: Staying Out of the Penalty Box -- Navigating the NCAA Division III Financial Aid Reporting Program
Andrea Stagg, Feb 15 2013, Justin Sievert, NACUA