N.C.A.A. Board of Governors expands Sexual Violence Policy

  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.C.A.) will make it harder for athletes involved in sexual assault or other acts of violence to slip through the cracks.
  • According to the new N.C.C.A. policy, all incoming, current and transfer college athletes must disclose annually to their school whether their conduct has resulted in an investigation, discipline through a Title IX proceeding or a criminal conviction.
  • It covers sex offenses, dating and domestic violence, murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and assaults that cause serious bodily injury or involve deadly weapons.
  • A failure to accurately and fully disclose investigatory activity, a disciplinary action or criminal conviction may result in penalties, including a loss of athletics eligibility as determined by the school.
  • Schools will need to take reasonable steps to confirm the information provided and share it with other member schools if the student-athlete attempts to enroll in a different college or university.
  • NCAA member schools must also adopt written policies directing staff to gather that information from new recruits’ and transfer athletes’ previous institutions.
  • This disclosure will be required beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.