Rowan will allow female athletes to practice in sports bras after online outrage

November 9, 2018

Rowan President Ali Houshmand speaks at a town hall meeting in October. On Friday, he reversed an earlier policy requiring student athletes wear shirts while practicing.

By Staff

In a reversal of an earlier policy, Rowan University will allow female student-athletes to practice in sports bras after an essay by a former women’s cross-country runner prompted online outrage.

University President Ali A. Houshmand wrote in a statement Friday that the Athletic Department had a long-standing “verbal” protocol requiring all athletes wear shirts, even during practice, “as a matter of keeping a level of standards throughout its men’s and women’s programs.”

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