staff, staff, June 27, 2014

Fred Glass & Tom Crean
US Presswire

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass today unveiled the Indiana University Student-Athlete Bill of Rights, a groundbreaking, 10-point document that sets forth the University?s commitment to student-athletes during their time at IU and beyond.

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A first-of-its-kind document, the Student-Athlete Bill of Rights expands and describes the University?s commitments to its student-athletes in all phases of student-athlete well-being and development. It comprehensively addresses subjects as wide ranging as post-eligibility degree support, scholarship commitment, and academic, athletic, leadership and lifeskills development, among other things.

?We are proud to be the first higher education institution ever to publish a Student-Athlete Bill of Rights,? said Glass. ?We developed the Bill of Rights to identify not only what we were currently doing for our student-athletes but what we should be doing. We have committed to this extensive set of benefits and set it out transparently in writing, so that we can be held accountable for them by our student-athletes and other stakeholders such as our faculty and trustees. While no other school has done this, we hope that others will follow for the betterment of the student-athlete experience.?

?For all of its nearly 200 years, Indiana University has been a higher education leader in teaching, research, academic freedom and international engagement, as well as athletics including producing the first African American to be drafted into pro football and breaking the Big Ten?s color barrier in men?s basketball,? Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. ?That visionary leadership continues with today?s publication of the first ever Student-Athlete Bill of Rights.?

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