Senators: Colleges Shouldn't Have COVID-19 Waivers

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A pair of United States senators don’t believe colleges should be forcing student-athletes to sign COVID-19 waivers that “sign away their right to hold their school accountable.”

CBS Sports reported that senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) have crafted a bill that would keep liability on schools during the pandemic. A number of schools, including Ohio State and SMU, have asked athletes to sign waivers before returning to offseason workouts on campus. While the waivers typically ask athletes to take responsibility for their own health, SMU’s took it further by asking the athletes to waive all rights to litigation.

 “Forcing college athletes to sign away their rights or risk losing their scholarships in the middle of a pandemic is just the latest in a litany of unacceptable actions schools have taken to exploit these young people,” Blumenthal tweeted.

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