A letter sent June 28 urges the university to have a policy that prevents “the recruitment of any athlete with a history of sexual violence.” A spokesman said WSU athletics would not comment until the letter is reviewed by president Kirk Schulz and the school’s administration.
The leaders of three student groups at Washington State University recently sent a letter to president Kirk Schulz and athletic director Bill Moos asking the school to implement a policy regarding the recruitment of athletes.
The letter, sent June 28, urges the university to have a policy that prevents “the recruitment of any athlete with a history of sexual violence.”
It refers to “those who have pled guilty to or been convicted of dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual harassment, rape, sexual assault, or sexual violence.”
“It is important that one of the most visible and foundational departments at our university take a harsh stance against those who commit such violent acts,” the letter said.
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The letter was signed by student body president Jordan Frost, graduate and professional student association president Shane Reynolds, and student-athlete advisory committee president Abu Kamara, who is on WSU’s track and field team.
After sending the letter, Frost said he heard back from the president’s chief of staff because Schulz was on vacation, and Frost has since communicated with the president.
Christine Hoyt, the president’s chief of staff, also suggested that members of WSU’s administration, including employees who work with student affairs and Title IX, have a meeting with Frost and Reynolds, Frost said.
Anne McCoy, deputy director of athletics, was included on the list of those suggested to be in attendance for the meeting, which Frost said is supposed to occur this month but has not yet been scheduled.
Frost said he has spoken by telephone with Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor and advocate for ending sexual violence in college athletics, about how he should approach the meeting.
Since sending the letter in June, Frost said no employee from WSU athletics has reached out to acknowledge receiving the letter or to discuss further steps.
A spokesman said WSU athletics would not comment until Schulz, Moos and the school’s administration had reviewed and discussed the letter.
Even though any student, regardless of whether he or she is an athlete,…