Studying drugs, sex and ethics in college sports

A public forum on ethcial issues

Debate to consider college athletics, ethics

A new report this week showing most colleges and universities increased spending on sports even as spending on academics stayed flat or declined adds fuel to the growing debate on the place of athletics in US colleges and treatment of student athletes.

Recent efforts by some college athletes to seek more rights including compensation have focused attention on the amount of money colleges are making, and spending, on their sports programs.

This issue, and others in athletics, is in fact complicated and nuanced and deserving of careful research and reasoned thought. To its credit the University of Wisconsin is doing just that this week as the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's 6th annual Bioethics Symposium brings in top experts from campus and around the country to explore issues of ethics and athletics.

Drugs in sports, gender identification and the role of athletics on college campuses are among the issues that will be debated by the like of UW Bioethicist Norm Fost, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Law School professor Walter Dickey and Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch. It's from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Health Sciences Learning Center, open to the public and admission is free.

Credit to the UW Medical School for its consideration of such a timely agenda.

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