Seven months after the off-campus party at the heart of the unresolved rape case involving the Duke University lacrosse team, colleges across the country have profoundly changed how they respond to even the most minor indiscretions by athletes, reports the New York Times. As a result of that case, dozens of colleges and universities have rewritten athletic department policies, stiffened student-athlete codes of conduct and altered coaches' contracts to hold them responsible for players' actions.
Some have begun impressing accepted standards of behavior on potential recruits. “The Duke situation has had a chilling effect,” said Lee McElroy, the athletic director at the University at Albany in New York. “There's no question athletic administrators everywhere, maybe even corporate executives everywhere, saw the lessons learned. Athletic administrators have been quick to change.”