NCAA Now Requires Training for Sexual Violence Prevention

NCAA coaches, athletes, and athletic administrators will be required to participate in annual training for sexual violence prevention.  The new policy comes after campus sexual assaults made headlines and numerous universities in the U.S.

“Too many schools thought that they could handle, the athletic department could handle complaints about sexual assault within the athletic department and that’s just not true,” said Nancy Hogshead-Makar during an interview with First Coast News.  Hogshead-Makar, who is a frequent Generation W speaker, runs Champion Women, an advocacy group for girls and women in sports based in Jacksonville,  “It is really positive that schools have to report to the NCAA that they have done training.”

According to Hogshead-Makar, the NCAA policy change on sexual assault is a step in the right direction but does not go far enough. She believes the school’s desire to win allows star-athletes to get away with sexual assault in some cases. “Only the NCAA can alter that economic message of you just got to win,” she said.

Under the new policy, universities will also be required to make sure coaches and athletes have knowledge about the school’s policies on sexual violence and athletes have contact information for the campus’ Title IX coordinator readily available. The training will also deal with domestic violence, dating violence and stalking violence.

The names of schools that have confirmed compliance with the new guidelines will be posted on the NCAA’s website in an annual report given to the Board of Governors.

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