College Sports and the Law

Welcome to the College Sports and the Law section of FindLaw's Education Law Center, with legal and practical information on the rules and regulations affecting college sports and student athletes. As with other aspects of post-secondary education, student athletics are subject to rules and regulations handed down by the institution in addition to state and local laws. And while student athletes who commit crimes are subject to the same consequences for their actions as non-athletes, schools usually have their own administrative rules pertaining to criminal charges. Other topics covered in this section include drug testing, the collective bargaining rights of student athletes, legal issues related to athletic scholarships, and more.

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