NCAA en­acts as­sault pol­icy

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kyle Fredrick­son

The NCAA has taken a ma­jor step to­ward en­sur­ing ev­ery mem­ber in­sti­tu­tion is ac­tive in its un­der­stand­ing of sex­ual vi­o­lence on col­lege cam­puses.

The NCAA’s board of gov­er­nors ap­proved a pol­icy Thurs­day that re­quires school pres­i­dents, ath­letic di­rec­tors and Ti­tle IX co­or­di­na­tors to at­test an­nu­ally that their depart­ment’s stu­dent ath­letes, coaches and ad­min­is­tra­tors have been ed­u­cated in sex­ual-vi­o­lence preven­tion.

Each school must prove it is “com­pli­ant with in­sti­tu­tional poli­cies and pro­cesses re­gard­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence preven­tion and proper ad­ju­di­ca­tion and res­o­lu­tion of acts of sex­ual vi­o­lence.” Schools must also en­sure their poli­cies, in­clud­ing the name/con­tact in­for­ma­tion of the cam­pus Ti­tle IX co­or­di­na­tor, are “read­ily avail­able in the ath­let­ics depart­ment and are dis­trib­uted to stu­dent-ath­letes.”

Schools that don’t com­ply with the pol­icy will be made known to the pub­lic, while schools that do com­ply will be in­cluded in the NCAA’s an­nual re­port to the board of gov­er­nors and pub­lished on ncaa.org.

The pol­icy was rec­om­mended by the NCAA’s Com­mis­sion to Com­bat Sex­ual Vi­o­lence — a 26-mem­ber group com­posed of univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors, ath­letic di­rec­tors, ad­min­is­tra­tors and oth­ers — that in­cludes rape survivor and hu­man rights ac­tivist Brenda Tracy.

Tracy vis­ited the Univer­sity of Colorado cam­pus last month to dis­cuss the issue of sex­ual vi­o­lence on cam­pus as part of CU’s ef­fort to move for­ward af­ter its han­dling of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ac­cu­sa­tions against former as­sis­tant foot­ball coach Joe Tump­kin.

“We want to be a leader in this space,” CU ath­letic di­rec­tor Rick Ge­orge told The Den­ver Post. “We learned a lot from (Tracy).”

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