NCAA releases new handbook

The NCAA has developed a handbook for its member institutions to address universities' responsibilities in dealing with sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

The handbook is merely a means to assist campus personnel and does not include punitive measures.

"The contributors of this handbook have done the hard work of providing a road map to address the issue on campus," said Chuck Mitrano, commissioner of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference and a member of the Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct, which developed the handbook. "However, it will require institutions to be consistent and proactive."

The handbook offers strategies to help athletic departments develop programs to educate athletes and staff members about sexual assault and interpersonal violence, as well as bystander intervention.

The NCAA announcement comes in the wake of the NFL's decision to suspend players that violate its domestic violence policy and on the same day that Florida State, already under investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, announced its own educational campaign. The kNOw MORE campaign is aimed at raising awareness about sexual assault and sexual violence.

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in four women will be a victim of a sexual assault during her college years.