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KENNESAW, Ga. -- Kennesaw State is making major changes to its women's basketball team after several players accused the coach of harassment.

A 28-page report released on Thursday looks into allegations that coach Nitra Perry verbally harassed her student-athletes.In it, the school's General Counsel says many parents would find the treatment to be unacceptable in a non-sports setting. But this is a sports setting, so coach Perry will keep her job.

Among the findings it says, "Although the student-athletes and parents state that Coach Perry has created a hostile, intimidating environment within the program, the alleged actions appear to be generally acceptable within many Division One women's basketball programs."

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Former players told 11Alive's Ryan Kruger that Perry was demeaning and intimidating.

The investigation began after former player Breonna Mosely gave an interview with student run Owl Radio and TV.

"I feel like I'm still traumatized from the treatment," Mosely said. "I feel like it affects me in areas of my life"

Changes include:

• Appointing a new program administrator for women's basketball to assist with its management to ensure that interactions between student-athletes and coaches meet Kennesaw State University standards;

• Developing a formalized grievance and complaint procedure to enhance communication for student-athletes and their parents;

• Instituting more detailed policies and procedures related to scholarship awards for student-athletes; and

• Reinforcing with all coaches in the Department of Athletics that decisions regarding a student-athlete's physical eligibility to participate in team activities are made by the athletic trainer and team physician.

In addition, Coach Perry will receive written notification and has agreed to participate in a formal mentorship/professional development program with a seasoned coach who will help her improve her coaching style and technique.

In a statement, the school's athletic director says he's pleased Perry has embraced the recommendations and he has confidence she will build a stronger team.

Read the report below (or click here for the .PDF document)

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