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Arrington Class Settlement Information

The final approval and effective date of the Arrington class settlement agreement for the medical monitoring portion of Arrington v. NCAA was November 18, 2019. The agreement has implications for NCAA member schools and their concussion-related policies and procedures. Members should review this information with applicable legal and other advisors, and school staff who might assist in appropriately evaluating this information as it applies to individual institutional risk and practices.

Member schools and class members can find the following information on this page, in addition to the resources provided in the info boxes on the right side.

  • Medical monitoring certifications for member schools
  • Concussion reporting for member schools
  • Medical monitoring program details for student-athletes

Concussion reporting for member schools

The settlement terms require a process for NCAA member schools to report instances of diagnosed concussions and resolutions in student-athletes. In January 2020, all three NCAA divisions adopted rules requiring an active member school to collect and report on concussions diagnosed on or after May 18, 2020.

The initial concussion reporting cycle will begin on July 1, 2020. The online reporting portal will be available to the membership on July 1, 2020. Member schools can find more information about the reporting process here. Answers to anticipated questions about the concussion reporting process can be found in the FAQ here.

Note: Concussion reporting obligations are separate from and not related to the certification process, which closed on May 18, 2020.

What should member schools do now?

The NCAA national office will continue to provide information and address membership questions about the Arrington settlement activities in the coming months. In the meantime, if they have not already done so, member schools should carefully review applicable concussion reporting legislation and begin planning for the initial reporting period which will begin on July 1, 2020. Additional questions may be submitted to the NCAA National Office via the Sport Science Institute at ssi@ncaa.org.

This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or a substitute for legal advice.

Medical monitoring program for student-athletes

NCAA student-athletes who played an NCAA sport at a member school on or prior to July 15, 2016, and who did not opt out of participation may be entitled to free medical screening and may receive free medical testing, known as medical monitoring, up to two times over the next 50 years. Class members do not need to have been diagnosed with a concussion to be a member of the medical monitoring class.

Class members who would like to participate in the medical monitoring program can register and sign up for updates at www.collegeathleteconcussionsettlement.com.

Medical monitoring certifications

The settlement agreement provided NCAA member schools with an opportunity to benefit from a release from certain legal claims that might otherwise be brought by members of the settlement class. To have benefitted from the release, member schools must have certified in writing by May 18, 2020, that they have put in place a concussion management plan that meets the requirements of Section IX.A. of the settlement agreement.