DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The Southeastern Conference has expanded its ''serious misconduct'' rule for transfer students to include ''dating violence, stalking or conduct of a nature that creates serious concern about the safety of others.''

League presidents and chancellors voted Friday to amend the bylaw as the SEC wrapped up its annual spring meetings.

The new rule also mandates that schools perform background checks on transfers that satisfy the SEC's ''minimum due diligence expectations'' prior to allowing the student-athlete to practice or compete.

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Commissioner Greg Sankey said future conversations about the bylaw might include broadening it to include incoming freshmen. For now, though, the rule has no bearing on Mississippi State defensive end Jeffery Simmons, who will be allowed to enroll in school and join the football team while facing misdemeanor assault charges for beating a woman during a fight in March.

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