November 21st, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Youngstown State University’s hire of an athlete it found responsible for sexual assault to coach the women’s tennis team coach has sparked outrage and an online petition urging the school to adopt a stronger personal conduct policy. A USA TODAY Network investigation that first uncovered the university’s decision, published on Nov. 7, detailed how YSU in 2016 suspended tennis player Bassem El Mekawi for sexually assaulting a female athlete, then readmitted him to the school and hired him as an assistant men’s tennis coach and finally an assistant women’s tennis coach. A day after the article, the school announced it was “reviewing the need to develop additional processes to ensure that the campus activities of students readmitted to the university are appropriate given the nature of their Code violation.” On Wednesday, the university released a second statement, saying it has “begun a comprehensive and strategic review of our current policies, procedures and practices regarding student conduct and Title IX,” the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. A petition launched on urging university leaders to adopt the same personal conduct policy in place at the NCAA’s Big Sky Conference has gained more than 300 signatures so far. – Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY NETWORK, Read More

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