Georgia hoops’ policy: No hickeys, orgies, multiple girlfriends
When a group of University of Maryland journalism students recently conducted a public records audit, it did so hoping to examine the social-media policies at universities around the nation, to determine if schools’ monitoring of their athletes’ social-media accounts violated law.
The study concluded, "University of Maryland journalism students’ research uncovers legally questionable policies."
But a closer look at the policies of the 83 universities polled revealed some eye-opening facts, like the University of Georgia’s policies on relationships and girlfriends for its men’s basketball players. In the section titled "Treat women with respect," among the points made are:
• No means no, date rape is serious
• You don’t own your girlfriend
• Stay out of gray areas, Orgies and g*** b**** are inappropriate
• Never assault or intimidate a woman
• Birth control is your responsibility too
• Don’t spend all your energy in the bed all night
• Hicky’s / passion marks should not ever be noticed by coaches
• One. Not two or three girlfriends . . .
Two or three girlfriends? Between school and basketball, where’s the time? And what kind of scholarship money are the Bulldogs getting?
Another section in the Georgia policy, one which the Maryland study found more concerning, was in the area of privacy. The Georgia policy covers "apartment and dorm cleanliness," and more specifically inspecting the dorms to ensure they adhere.
"We’re paying, so we’re inspecting. I can enter the dorm at any time," the policy reads.
The study said that Georgia basketball coach Mark Fox declined to comment through a spokesperson, and added, "None of the other policies that were examined detailed an assertion that coaches could enter dorm rooms at-will."
H/t: SI Wire