IU Bans Student-Athlete Transfers With History Of Sexual Assault
BLOOMINGTON, IN -- Taking a stand against sexual assault, Indiana University recently changed its policy about prospective student-athletes with a record of sex crimes.
The new policy states that any prospective student-athlete who has been convicted of, pled guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence is ineligible for competition or practice at IU.
The ban also covers somebody who has been found responsible for sexual violence by disciplinary action at a previous university or school.
For the purposes of the new policy, sexual violence is considered any of the following: dating violence, domestic violence, rape or sexual assault.
Prospective student-athletes are subject to a criminal background check and internet search -- part of an existing policy. Coaches are also expected to talk to teachers, coaches, administrators, teammates and family members of prospective student-athletes.
A student-athlete's automatic disqualification can be reversed only by a panel of the university Title IX coordinator, a university general counsel and a faculty athletics representative.