July 21, 2020
Many colleges and even high schools are asking their athletes to sign COVID-19 waivers absolving the institutions of liability if they contract the virus, but experts question whether the documents will hold up in court.
Partner Sherry Culves, who practices in the areas of education, employment law, and general litigation, said Nelson Mullins’ approach in dealing with waivers “leans more towards an acknowledgement of the risk, and sort of a safety pledge, where we’re asking student athletes,” as well as coaches and others, to “understand they all have a role to play in promoting a safe environment.”
“Each institution is going to have to take a look at what’s right for their community,” she said.
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