Dr. Sean Dahlin (Sport Management)
Sexual violence on college campuses has been a significant public health issue for many years now. NCAA Division I institutions report a higher number of sexual assaults and violence. Particularly, athletes at the NCAA Division I level are more likely to perpetrate such violence, and, in many cases, coaches have been notorious for concealing the sexually violent behavior their athletes have carried out even with previous knowledge of it. With changes in Title IX that no longer required coaches to report sexual violence carried out by their athletes, moral clauses within coaching contracts are examined in this review in order to determine what moral and ethical standards athletic departments hold them to. The purpose of this legal review is to determine the process of reporting that college football head coaches at this level are legally and morally held to. The methodology used is examining what the law says and what contracts say that hold coaches to a higher moral standard. Based on current coaching contracts, moral and ethical clauses are lacking in many employment agreements, and there is not much moral or ethical accountability for coaches at the NCAA Division I level.
Keywords: Keywords: Sexual Violence, Moral Clauses, Title IX