UC Aims to Expand Student-Athlete Protections

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A University of California panel has approved a policy that would greatly expand the number of student-athletes guaranteed financial aid to complete their studies if they have a career-ending injury.

The proposal voted on Wednesday came from a working group of UC athletic directors tasked with making recommendations for improving the well-being of students who participate in intercollegiate sports.

The policy would extend the protections to students receiving athletic scholarships at the Davis, Irvine, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Diego campuses of the university system. A 2012 state law provided the protections to student-athletes at UC Berkeley and UCLA.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, which participated in the discussions, says the university awarded 2,686 athletic scholarships last year, including 968 to students at Berkeley and UCLA.

The guaranteed financial aid was approved Wednesday by a committee of the University of California governing board. It is set to go to the full board on Thursday.