Indiana University bans athletes with sexual violence past

Kevin Wilson
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson, right, runs off the field with the team as they head to the locker room after the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana takes on Maryland on Saturday in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University-Bloomington will no longer admit athletes with a history of sexual or domestic violence.

The Indianapolis Star reports that under a policy approved this month, the school is banning all prospective student-athletes, including transfer students and incoming freshman, who have been “convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence” from its programs.

The policy was started by athletic director Fred Glass, who consulted with the university’s Office of Student Welfare and Title IX, and its Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

In 2015, the Southeastern Conference initiated a ban on member institutions accepting transfer students with a history of serious misconduct, including sexual and domestic assault, while the Big Ten has so far left decisions up to individual institutions.

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