NCAA adopts new policy on student athletes accused of sexual harassment
On May 1, the NCAA Board of Governors adopted a new policy that will require student athletes to annually disclose acts of violence that resulted in an investigation, discipline through a Title IX proceeding, or criminal conviction. The policy also requires institutions to adopt written policies that direct staff to gather this information from the previous institutions of new recruits (including incoming college students) and of transfer athletes.
The policy will take effect at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
According to the Board of Governors, this policy is a “culmination of discussions” that began in January.
“The action is the latest step by the Association, consistent with its values, in supporting NCAA member schools to address sexual violence on their campuses,” stated Michael V. Drake, Board chair and president of The Ohio State University.
A press release from the NCAA Board of Governors is here. A summary of the policy changes is here. An article from the USA Today is here.