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Taking Action

The University is committed to swiftly implementing the recommendations from the two external assessments of our football program to enhance the well-being and safety of our student-athletes across all sports. Our work focuses on four main areas:


Strengthening Policies and Practices for Safety & Well-Being

The death of Jordan McNair has touched the lives of every member of our community, and Jordan's legacy will forever live on as a part of Maryland Athletics. We are committed to honoring his life by making sure something like this never happens again.

  • The independent safety review of our policies and procedures made twenty recommendations for enhancing the welfare of our student-athletes, all of which have been implemented.
  • We appointed an Athletic Medicine Review Board (AMRB), which is comprised of independent experts who will routinely review our policies and implementation.
  • We are transitioning to a model where its athletic medical staff, including the head team physician, athletic trainers, nutritionists and mental health practitioners, will be employed outside of the athletics department, as part of the Division of Student Affairs in the University Health Center (UHC). This model will further enhance the physician-directed, autonomous care our student-athletes receive and advance our efforts to provide comprehensive, integrated, patient-centered care for our student-athletes.

Increasing Mechanisms for Feedback and Review

We are working to make changes that ensure that the underlying structure of our athletic department creates opportunities for our student-athletes to speak out if they have concerns, and to increase oversight and accountability for key positions.

  • In August, we launched Terps Feedback, an online platform for all of our student-athletes to provide feedback in real time.
  • We have updated our process for conducting end-of-year surveys to encourage greater participation and will continue to review this annually.
  • We have implemented a process by which complaints regarding the well-being of our student-athletes are evaluated by a team of professionals within the department and shared with the faculty athletic representative.
  • We have also increased the attendance of our Faculty Athletic Representative, members of the Athletic Council, and the Athletic Department’s senior leadership at practices across all of our sports.
  • The reporting lines of our football strength and conditioning coach have been changed to now report to our Associate AD for Sports Performance, which is consistent with the strength and conditioning coaches for our other sport programs.

Upholding Our Maryland Values

Maryland Athletics is committed to upholding and enhancing the academic mission of our university and dedicated to our values of inclusivity, innovation, engagement and transparency.

  • Critically important in this work is our new Head Football Coach, Michael Locksley, who was appointed in December of 2018. Coach Locksley, a Washington, D.C. native with deep personal and professional connections to the area, is working with our team, our campus and our community to build back trust in our football program.
  • We have developed a Code of Ethics for our entire athletics staff that will firmly communicate our values as an organization and demonstrate our commitment to the highest standards of integrity and ethical principles.
  • We are utilizing College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Strength Coaches Association’s conduct and ethics best practices for our strength and conditioning staff.

Promoting Professional Excellence

Building on our strategic vision, and aided by the commission recommendations, Maryland Athletics will effectively and efficiently enhance our organizational structures to support our athletic, academic and development objectives for our student-athletes.

  • To further our commitment to sharing our progress and efforts with our community, we are working closely with the appointed advisory council recommended by the Commission. The purpose of this group is to assess and provide feedback and guidance on our reforms.
  • Some of the recommendations by the commission are consistent with existing policies in place. For example, our compliance office already has a direct relationship with the President’s Office with quarterly meetings between the President and the Associate AD of Compliance. In addition, the role and reporting lines of our HR director and the central human resources department are consistent with other units across campus.


The work across these four areas will serve as our starting point for further reforms and an opportunity for us to share what we have learned. We are committed to regularly updating our community on our efforts.

Practice-Specific Changes

  • We have added on-site cooling stations to football training camp and practices
    consisting of portable spray misters, recovery drinks and cooling towels. Additionally,
    cooling stations were initiated for designated outside sports.
  • We increased the number and length of recovery breaks for applicable sports.
  • The department’s policies have been updated to reflect that prior to each practice
    and event where a physician is present, a medical timeout should be initiated by the
    athletic training staff and physicians.
  • We have completed a comprehensive review of AED access and have purchased
    additional AEDs for all facilities both indoor and outdoor.
  • We have updated out lightning policy to move from an 8 mile evacuation to a 10 mile
    evacuation per best practices.
  • We have implemented an updated Environmental heat plan for practices in hot
  • Our athletic training staff now have enhanced trauma bags accessible for all
    practices and games that include rectal thermistors to assess core temperature and
    tarps for cooling. All trauma bags have AEDs.
  • We have established a standard procedure for the annual education of student-
    athletes who are utilizing any stimulant or related medications about the potential
    impact on heat and exercise tolerance.
  • A first responders training with the local first responders (e.g.Fire Department and
    EMS) will be held annually each summer to help them understand the best way to
    access athletic facilities during emergency situations.


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