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.