UAF athletics adds additional policy to help protect against sexual misconduct

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska. (KTVF) The University of Alaska Fairbanks athletic department is planning to add an additional policy to to help prevent sexual misconduct and assault. This comes after the National Collegiate Athletic Association released a new policy requiring schools to vet student-athletes on an annual basis.

The University of Alaska is taking precautionary measures including limiting in person classes and extending spring break, surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

Athletes are required to disclose acts of violence, a list that includes sex offenses, domestic violence, murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault. UAF Vice Chancellor Keith Champagne believes that the new policy from the NCAA does not go far enough.

"We are very committed to a culture of safety and student well-being across the campus," said Champagne. "First we like the NCAA's policy, but we don't think it goes far enough. What we've been considering on a local level at UAF is to have a sexual misconduct or a sexual assault disqualification policy."

The UAF athletic department is planning to have the framework for their sexual misconduct/assault disqualification policy within the next three to six months.

"We share the commitment of having a culture of safety and student well-being. We are an institution that won't condone and/or tolerate sexual misconduct and violations of Title IX." said Champagne.

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