Apr 24, 2017
Indiana University bans athletes with history of sexual violence

Indiana University has adopted a new policy that bans its athletic teams from accepting incoming student-athletes with a history of sexual violence.

The policy, approved earlier this month by the university’s Faculty Athletics Committee, specifically bans “any prospective student-athlete — whether a transfer student, incoming freshman, or other status — who has been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence (as defined below), or has been found responsible for sexual violence by a formal institutional disciplinary action at any previous collegiate or secondary school.”

“I think it’s new ground,” Athletic Director Fred Glass told The Indianapolis Star. “My hope is that we’re leading in this area, and maybe others will follow with, maybe not the exact same policy, but one that fits their particular institutions.”

The SEC implemented a similar ban on its member schools in 2015. Programs are barred from accepting transfers who have a history of “serious misconduct,” which includes domestic and sexual assault.

The Big Ten does not have such a policy, and instead leaves those decisions up to its member schools.

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