Complaints Lead to Call for Coaching Codes of Conduct

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Harassment allegations against a coach in British Columbia have sparked the Canadian province to urge universities to create coaching codes of conduct.

According to the National Post, the University of Victoria developed a code after verbal harassment allegations were made against women’s rowing coach Barney Williams. However, the University of Victoria’s code doesn’t specifically address sports, instead using a campus-wide discrimination and harassment policy.

That’s common in British Columbia, where 14 of the 25 public post-secondary institutions have competitive sports teams, but only seven have a coaching code of conduct. According to the National Post, most of those codes rely on general policies that relate to every employee.

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