Health and Safety

NCAA, White House partner to combat sexual violence on campus

As part of a new campaign announced Friday, the NCAA is partnering with the White House to combat sexual violence on college campuses nationwide.

Living the dream - and waking up to reality

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” former Purdue swimming and diving coach Cathy Wright-Eger discusses the challenges coaches face in learning to help student-athletes dealing with mental health distress.

Skin - the athlete’s largest organ

Most sports involve some sort of protective gear to guard against injury. However, an often-overlooked part of the body that withstands daily damage if not properly protected is the body’s largest organ – the skin.

Weight loss in wrestling: current state of the science

The development of a safe, standardized approach to determining an athlete’s most appropriate weight class in collegiate wrestling was critically important. In the 16 years since the NCAA rules were put into effect, no collegiate wrestler has died as a result of unsafe weight cutting practices.

One coach’s X and O: pay attention, give permission

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s guide to mental health, “Mind, Body and Sport,” Newman coach Mark Potter explains how he came to grips with his own depression after 19 years as a coach and started spreading the message that it’s OK to seek help.

NCAA releases new handbook addressing sexual assault

The NCAA has released a new handbook addressing sexual assault and interpersonal violence. It’s the latest step in an initiative to prevent and reduce the crimes on college campuses.

Game face isn't the only face

In an excerpt from the Sports Science Institute’s upcoming book, ‘Mind Body and Sport – Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness,’ former Notre Dame offensive lineman Aaron Taylor provides a personal testimonial to the challenges of coping with anxiety and depression.

Division II Presidents Council supports unlimited meals and snacks

DII Presidents Council approved a proposal permitting unlimited meals and snacks for student-athletes in conjunction with their athletics participation.

Executive Committee Statement on Sexual Violence Prevention and Complaint Resolution

At the meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on August 8, 2014, the following Resolution was proposed and unanimously approved by the Executive Committee.

WHEREAS  NCAA Constitution Article 4.1.2 charges the NCAA Executive Committee with identifying core issues that affect the Association as a whole and with overseeing Association-wide issues and ensuring that each division operates consistent with the basic purposes, fundamental policies and general principle of the Association;

WHEREAS the Executive Committee regularly takes action to preserve and enhance student-athlete health, safety and well-being and promote nondiscriminatory and effective learning and competitive environments;

WHEREAS NCAA Constitution Article 2.2.3 requires each member institution to protect the health of, and provide a safe environment for, each of its participating student-athletes;

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance related to sexual harassment, bullying and violence against all students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq, which applies to all educational activities, including athletics programs, of higher education institutions receiving federal financial assistance and which states that sexual violence includes rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual coercion and gender-based harassment.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the Executive Committee recognizes the importance of addressing the abhorrent societal issue of sexual violence, especially when it occurs on our campuses.  The Executive Committee acknowledges that it is our members’ collective responsibility to maintain campuses as safe places to learn, live, work and play.  The Executive Committee expects NCAA members to ensure that the values and principles articulated in the Constitution to protect the health and safety of student athletes, operate fairly and ethically, and further to assure that student athletes are neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by special treatment and that institutions' athletics departments must:

  • Comply with campus authorities and ensure that all athletics staff, coaches, administrators and student-athletes maintain a hostile-free environment for all student athletes regardless of gender or sexual orientation; know and follow campus protocol for reporting incidents of sexual violence; report immediately any suspected sexual violence to appropriate campus offices for investigation and adjudication;
  • Educate all student-athletes, coaches and staff about sexual violence prevention, intervention and response;
  • Assure compliance with all federal and applicable state regulations related to sexual violence prevention and response; and
  • Cooperate with but not manage, direct, control or interfere with college or university investigations into allegations of sexual violence ensuring that investigations involving student-athletes and athletics department staff are managed in the same manner as all other students and staff on campus.


Executive Committee issues resolution addressing sexual violence

The NCAA Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution this week stating its expectation that athletics departments at NCAA-member institutions are expected to cooperate with campus authorities, maintain a hostile-free environment and follow campus protocols for reporting incidents related to sexual violence.


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