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Our Commitment to Our Student-Athletes

At the University of Maryland, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our students is paramount and resolute. For our student-athletes, that means both on and off the field. The death of Jordan McNair has made this even more acute, and we must do everything in our power to prevent a tragedy like this from ever happening again.

Immediately following Jordan’s passing, the university launched a review into the procedures and protocols surrounding athletes’ health and safety. We have already made changes to how we practice and train, and the results of the review will inform our ongoing work.

There is also currently an investigation underway by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents into the culture of our football program. We welcome this oversight and look forward to implementing additional changes along with the steps we’ve already taken to safeguard our student-athletes. Regardless of what the investigation yields, it is important to know that we will not tolerate any behavior from any employee that is detrimental to the mental or physical well-being of our student-athletes.

The University of Maryland is committed to accountability, transparency, and fairness and is working to ensure our program upholds the values of our University.

Taking Action

Learn how the University of Maryland has made immediate changes and will continue to make enhancements to our athletic program



See how the University has responded to the tragic death of Jordan McNair and accusations regarding our football program.


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Get answers to your questions around our commitment to student-athlete safety, the ongoing reviews and more.


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