NCAA wants schools to create safer environments

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by Kevin Holden

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- NCAA President Mark Emmert wants universities to create safer on-campus environments for minors and is urging victims of child sex-abuse to come forward with their allegations.

The comments were posted in an open letter on the governing body's website one week after Emmert told The Associated Press he had sought advice from the U.S. Department of Education.

Emmert writes that nobody knows how pervasive the allegations might be on campus, not just in athletic departments. He's calling on school officials to impose swift, definitive consequences for offenders and to make sure all school employees are held to the same high standards. He also wants schools to watch for signs and signals that abuse could be taking place.

Emmert also encourages victims or witnesses to report allegations to the appropriate authorities.

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