From: Alison Williams <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 3:00 PM
Subject: Update on Investigation of Cross-Country Team


To the Wesleyan community:


We hope this message finds you all healthy and safe. As promised, we write today to update you regarding the conclusion of an investigation that began this fall concerning the Cross-Country team; and conducted by my team in partnership with Human Resources.


Through a review of all information and interviews with numerous alumni and current students on the team, it became clear to the investigative team that the experiences with Coach Crooke were personal and varied widely with individual experience and expectation. Our investigation procedures require us to consider the totality of the circumstances and the context in which the behavior is alleged to have occurred in determining whether a policy has been violated. In this case, it was concluded that there has been no violation of Wesleyan policy by Coach John Crooke.


However, written statements and personal interviews with past and current team members did show that the University should work toward improving the climate, culture, and experience of the current and future teams; and the investigative team has shared recommendations for consideration based upon this information. A number of people indicated Coach Crooke should be provided an opportunity to and a role in implementing significant change and he is prepared to do so.


The leadership of the Athletics Department is working with Coach Crooke to engage the current athletes in implementing changes connected to the culture in long-distance running that can lead to disordered eating and injury, access to athletic trainers focused on endurance athletes, and a review and revision of mechanisms for gathering feedback and input related to coaching staff.


We thank everyone who participated in this investigation, and look forward to moving forward on changes to make our Cross-Country team stronger than ever.




Alison Williams

Vice President for Equity and Inclusion/Title IX Officer