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2019 Convention legislation: autonomy conferences

Guaranteed access to mental health services for student-athletes on the docket

Student-athletes in the Division I autonomy conferences would be guaranteed access to mental health services if legislation is adopted at the 2019 NCAA Convention in Orlando, Florida, later this month.

The Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences will consider legislative proposals for the year in their business session Thursday, Jan. 24, including whether to require schools to make mental health services and resources available to student-athletes.

The proposal is the latest move to improve the college experience for student-athletes and underscores the commitment to all aspects of student-athlete health. If adopted, the rule would require schools to make mental health services and resources available through the athletics department and/or the institution’s health services or counseling services department. In addition, schools must distribute mental health educational materials and resources, including a guide to the mental health services and resources available at the school and information regarding how to access them, to student-athletes throughout the year.

The proposal is consistent with the Interassociation Consensus: Mental Health Best Practices released in 2017.

The autonomy conferences also will vote on allowing team meetings during the week immediately after the season, which current legislation requires to be free of athletically related activities.

Autonomy Proposals

Proposal Source What would change?
2018-110 – Meals for GA in women’s rowing and swimming and diving Atlantic Coast Conference For graduate assistant coaches in women’s rowing and swimming and diving, would replace training table meals with meals incidental to organized team activities.
2018-111 – Replace “relatives” and “parents or legal guardians” with “family members” Atlantic Coast Conference Would replace the terms “relatives” and “parents or legal guardians” with “family members” in all autonomy provisions.
2018-112 – Housing and meals during required summer athletic activities before  enrollment and to student-athletes not enrolled in summer school Big 12 Conference Would allow schools to provide room and board to incoming student-athletes participating in required summer athletic activities before initial summer school enrollment and to student-athletes participating in summer activities who aren’t enrolled in summer school.
2018-113 – Housing and meals during required summer athletic activities before  enrollment Big Ten Conference Would allow schools to provide room and board to incoming student-athletes participating in required summer athletic activities before initial summer school enrollment.
2018-115 – Game tickets during official visits Southeastern Conference Would reduce, from six to five, the maximum number of free home-game tickets a prospective student-athlete can receive during an official visit.
2018-116 – Game tickets during unofficial visits Big 12 Conference Would allow schools to reserve tickets in addition to the maximum number of free tickets for the use of additional people with a prospective student-athlete on an unofficial visit. The tickets would be offered at face value.
2018-117 – Parking on unofficial visit Atlantic Coast Conference Would allow schools to arrange for special parking on unofficial visits.
2018-118 – Requiring access to mental health services Pac-12 Conference Would require schools to provide student-athletes access to mental health services.
2018-119 – Omega-3 fatty acids Big 12 Conference Would allow schools to provide omega-3 fatty acids to student-athletes.
2018-120 – Team meetings during the seven-day required break from athletically related activities after a season ends Atlantic Coast Conference Would allow a team to have an end-of-season team meeting during the required week off from athletically related activities, provided no countable athletically related activities occur.