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New Sexual Violence Prevention Education Policy Adopted by National Collegiate Athletic Association

Coaches, athletics administrators, and student-athletes must be educated in sexual violence prevention under a policy adopted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Board of Governors on August 8, 2017.

The new policy provides that annually, every member institution’s president or chancellor, athletic director, and Title IX coordinator will be required to attest that the school’s:

  • Athletic department is “knowledgeable about, integrated in, and compliant with institutional policies and processes regarding sexual violence prevention and proper adjudication and resolution of acts of sexual violence”;
  • Policies and procedures are distributed to all student-athletes; and
  • Policies and procedures are readily available in the athletics department.

The new policy, however, does not impose any requirements with respect to bans or restrictions on the participation in athletics of individuals accused of, or found responsible for, violations of policies against sexual violence. Institutions continue to have discretion with respect to those determinations.

NCAA member institutions should review their training and awareness programs to ensure that all members of the athletics department, including staff and student-athletes, are educated about sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, the institution’s procedures for filing and adjudicating complaints of sexual violence, and the resources available to support and assist those who have been affected by sexual violence. Athletic departments should consider including the institution’s policies and procedures relating to sexual violence in their student-athlete handbooks.

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Gregg E. Clifton is Office Managing Principal of the Phoenix, Arizona, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He is Co-Leader of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group and serves as one of the editors of the firm’s sports law blog.

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Mr. Long counsels institutions, coaches and athletes in a broad range of collegiate sports law matters, including those involving NCAA compliance, the NCAA Academic Performance Program (APP) and Title IX. Mr. Long conducts complex investigations on behalf of universities. Mr. Long represents Division I institutions before the Committee on Infractions and performs proactive services to assist colleges and universities with NCAA compliance. In addition, Mr. Long conducts Title IX compliance reviews and counsels institutions in Office for Civil Rights compliance investigations. 

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Bethany Swaton Wagner is an Associate in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She practices in the areas of employment and Title IX and NCAA compliance.

In her employment practice, Ms. Wagner focuses on preventative human resource policy development, training, and advice and counseling. She also develops and reviews policy and handbooks, particularly for multi-state issues and compliance. In addition, Ms. Wagner represents employers in employment-related litigation before administrative agencies and courts on the federal and state levels...

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