A new policy passed by Indiana University will ban from enrollment any prospective student-athlete who has been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony involving sexual violence.
The ruling, approved by the university's Faculty Athletics Committee earlier this month, is similar to an SEC ruling that banned member schools from accepting transfer student-athletes who have a history of sexual assault, domestic assault or other forms of sexual violence.
“I think this will be an important policy to help protect members of the Indiana University community,” athletics director Fred Glass told IndyStar.com.
The policy defines sexual violence as “dating violence, domestic violence, rape, sexual assault or sexual violence as defined by the Indiana University policy on sexual misconduct.”
“It’s something the SEC, with their transfer ban, I think raised the issue generally,” Glass said. “We’ve been working on that since that time, in trying to put something together that makes sense for Indiana University.”