ABOUT DAMNED TIME: Indiana University Bans Students With Sexual Violence Records From Sports

Indiana University takes a huge step into the 21st century, announcing an end to allowing students with histories of sexual violence to participate in its athletic programs.

As reported by the Huffington Post, the new policy, released on Wednesday, bars the athletic participation of any transfer student or freshman “who has been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence…, or has been found responsible for sexual violence by a formal institutional disciplinary action at any previous collegiate or secondary school.”

“Sexual violence” under this provision is defined as “dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, or sexual violence as defined by the Indiana University Policy on Sexual Misconduct.”

According to the Indy Star, Indiana University Athletic Director Fed Glass told the paper that the new policy was influenced by a similar ban implemented by the Southeastern Conference in 2015. This prohibition covers 14 colleges.

The SCE policy bars any school in the conference from allowing any student with a history of “serious misconduct” from participating that schools athletics programs. The ambiguous term, “serious misconduct includes domestic violence, sexual assault, and other variants of sexual violence.

It’s something the SEC, with their transfer ban, I think raised the issue generally,” Glass told IndyStar. “We’ve been working on that since that time, in trying to put something together that makes sense for Indiana University.”

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