Senators Ask Power 5 to Address Sexual Violence

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In a letter sent to the commissioners of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences, eight U.S. Senators have called on leaders to address sexual violence within college athletics.

The letter addresses what the senators describe as the failures of the now-dissolved NCAA Commission to Combat Sexual Violence to recommend “meaningful solutions.” It asks the commissioners to consider evaluating their policies for addressing sexual violence and misconduct.

Some conferences and individual universities have newly implemented policies in place to prevent student-athletes with a history sexual assault from transferring into member schools, a fact which the letter acknowledges. “In the absence of NCAA leadership, several universities and athletic conferences across the country have proactively implemented policies to address sexual violence and serious misconduct on campus,” the letter reads.

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