NCAA president Mark Emmert says it is the responsibility of each college or university to handle issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

By SI Wire
September 24, 2014

NCAA president Mark Emmert says it is the responsibility of each school to handle issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"If a student-athlete engages in bad behavior, they have to be subject to the same standards of conduct as everyone else," Emmert said, according to the Associated Press.  "Most universities understand that's a reflection on the university. Universities have a lot more at stake in holding students accountable for their behavior. I wouldn't say it's done right all the time, but it is done right most of the time."

In May, the U.S. Department of Education released a list of 55 schools that are under investigation for their handling of sexual assault claims. 

Last week, the NCAA and White House announced a new campaign called "It's On Us" that is trying to make men and women take responsibility for themselves and their behavior. 

"The real question is, 'Should-athletes be held to a higher standard?' I want them to be held to the same standards that you and I are," Emmert said. "I don't know that we need to hold them to a higher standard.”

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