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SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT NEGLIGENT IN HILLSMAN ALLEGATIONS...

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INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATORS HIRED BY SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE AGAINST THE FORMER SYRACUSE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH QUENTIN HILLSMAN, ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY'S ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT ON
FRIDAY 09, 03, 2021. 

SYACUSE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JOHN WILDHACK SAYS HE HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON THE INVESTIGATION AND THAT, FOLLOWING INTERVIEWS
WITH 55 STUDENT-ATHLETES, STUDENT MANAGERS, COACHES AND ADMINISTRATORS, TWO KEY FINDINGS HAVE BEEN CONCLUDED: 

*WHILE A NUMBER OF PLAYERS ENJOYED POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WITH THE PROGRAM, A CONCERNING NUMBER OF PLAYERS AND MANAGERS WHO CAME FORWARD DESCRIBED AN UNHEALTHY ENVIRONMENT AND CULTURE.
*ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT PROCESSES AND PERSONNEL DID NOT ADEQUATELY IDENTIFY, ESCALATE, OR ADDRESS CONCERNING BEHAVIOR OR COMPLAINTS RAISED BY STUDENT-ATHLETES.

IN RESPONSE TO THESE FINDINGS, WILDHACK SAID THE UNIVERSITY WILL IMPLEMENT SEVERAL CHANGES TO ENSURE STUDENT SAFETY AND RESTORE ACCOUNTABILITY WITHIN HIS DEPARTMENT.

THOSE CHANGES WILL INCLUDE:
*MAKING SEVERAL CHANGES TO THE COACHING AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF.
*CONTRACTING WITH REAL RESPONSE, A REAL TIME ANONYMOUS REPORTING PLATFORM FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES WHERE THEY CAN ANONYMOUSLY
REPORT ANY ISSUES ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES. REAL RESPONSE, PROVIDES A CENTRALIZED DOCUMENTATION REPOSITORY THAT WILL HELP THE
ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT IDENTIFY AND RESPOND TO THESE ISSUES QUICKLY.
*REFORMING ITS PROCESSES TO ENSURE THAT IT PROMPTLY RECEIVES, ESCALATES AND ADDRESSES ANY COMPLAINTS FROM STUDENT-ATHLETES,
MANAGERS OR STAFF.
*ENGAGING A CULTURE CONSULTANT TO PROVIDE TRAINING TO COACHES AND ADMINISTRATORS ON STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING STUDENT-ATHLETE WELLBEING WHILE CREATING WINNING ATHLETICS PROGRAMS.

"THE UNIVERSITY THANKS THE MANY WITNESSES WHO CONFIDENTIALLY CAME FORWARD TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH THE PROGRAM,"
SAID WILDHACK IN HIS STATEMENT. 

CITING A CONCERN FOR CONFIDENTIALITY OF PEOPLE INTERVIEWED AS PART OF THE INVESTIGATION, WILDHACK SAID THE STATEMENT HE SENT OUT WOULD BE THE ONLY INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE UNIVERSITY TO THE PUBLIC. A COPY OF THE INDEPENDENT REPORT WAS NOT INCLUDED IN THE STATEMENT.

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