Va. university adopts Tracy Rule, banning athletes disciplined for sexual violence

The rule mandates that background checks be done on those playing varsity sports and disallows them if they've been found guilty in a Title IX hearing.

A small public university in southwest Virginia has become the nation’s second school to adopt the most comprehensive serious misconduct policy in college sports.

University of Virginia’s College at Wise formally adopted the Tracy Rule, which requires thorough background checks for athletes and bans those found responsible in a Title IX hearing or court for sexual or violent offenses from playing on varsity sports teams.

Named for gang-rape survivor and activist Brenda Tracy, the Tracy Rule goes beyond the NCAA policy, disqualifying athletes if they have been found at fault for such an offense in a court or disciplinary proceeding.

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