Responding to Requests for Public Information

4.   Examine our policies and practices regarding how we respond to requests for public information. 

Conclusions:

When student-athletes have been involved in violations of standards of behavior, representatives of the media seek to obtain information from various sources within the Department including coaches, student-athletes, and administrators.  
 
The general consensus among the head coaches, student-athletes, and the Director of Athletics is that one member of the staff should be identified as the spokesperson for the Department in situations where a student-athlete has been accused/arrested for a serious crime.

Recommendations:

  1. When a student-athlete is involved in an issue categorized as being serious under the overall policy, the initial spokesperson for the Department should be the Director of Athletics.
  2. When a student-athlete is involved in an issue categorized as being serious under the overall policy, Missouri State’s President and General Counsel should be consulted prior to releasing information to the media.
  3. To improve their effectiveness in responding to media interviews and requests for information, head coaches and athletics administrators should participate in the Missouri State University training program, "Working with Media in Good Times and Bad."