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UCLA football players demand athletic department take steps to insure their health, safety

The relationship between colleges and student-athletes continues to evolve in real time, as an increasing number of players are growing more and more willing to make their voices heard in light of world events.

The latest example comes from UCLA, where a group of 30 football players are demanding the athletic department take measures to insure their safety as practice facilities reopen in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the document obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the players issued three major demands of the UCLA athletic department: oversight by third-party health officials of all team activities, the ability to report violations of guidelines anonymously, and a guarantee that no loss of scholarships would result if any players felt uncomfortable participating this fall.