NCAA President: Schools must handle domestic violence

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