Indiana University Is No Longer Admitting Incoming Athletes With Histories of Sexual or Domestic Violence

Indiana University Bloomington just adopted a new policy that is banning incoming student athletes with histories of sexual or domestic violence into its sports programs, Jezebel reports.

In a 2015 campus survey assessing sexual assault on campus, 17 percent of female students said to be survivors of rape or attempted rape — a number that is close to the Bureau of Justice Statistics' estimate that one in five women get raped at college.

The Athletic Department's new directive states:

"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 (excluding limited discipline applied by a sports team or temporary disciplinary action during an investigation) shall not be eligible for athletically-related financial aid, practice or competition at Indiana University."

Inspired by a similar ban by the Southeastern Conference in 2015, vice president and director of athletics at IU, Fred Glass, told IndyStar that the issue of campus sexual assault has been being looked into since last February when Title IX coordinator and Associate Dean of Students was accused of sexual assault, and then again in May when a lecturer was accused.

"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," Glass said.

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