student athletes

1. Retire the term “student-athlete.”This proposal affirms that athletes are an integral part of the student body. There is no more need to call them student-athletes than there is to call members of the marching band student-band members. The term student-athlete was created by the NCAA in the 1950s to deflect the threat that its newly implemented athletic scholarship policy might lead Workers Compensation Boards to view athletes as paid employees. The words faculty use to refer to athletes should not be determined by the public relations needs of the NCAA. Replacing the term with “student” or “college athlete” in university documents is an action faculty can take immediately.


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