Gender Equity in Athletics

 

Title IX and Intercollegiate Athletics: Related Policies at Utica College


Title IX provides that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Although Title IX prohibits sex discrimination campus-wide, it has been defined to apply to intercollegiate athletics in three specific areas: Participation, Scholarships and Treatment of Existing Athletes and Programs. Title IX compliance requires equity as that term has been defined under the law in each of these three areas. Utica College believes that all students have a right to participate in an athletic program free of discrimination, including sexual gender based misconduct and retaliation. Utica College believes in the educational value of intercollegiate athletics and as such offers competitive NCAA Division III athletic programs with core conference membership in the Empire 8.

Participation in intercollegiate athletics is a privilege and as such, those who participate agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA, Empire 8, other affiliate Conferences, and Utica College. Please refer to the Utica College Student Handbook and the Utica College Student-Athlete handbook for more information.

Participation.

Title IX provides three separate avenues for compliance in relation to the accommodation of interests and abilities portion of Title IX. Students who wish to compete on a varsity sport that is not currently offered at Utica College may file a petition to gain varsity status for that sport. Petitions will be reviewed annually. In general, factors considered shall include overall program, gender equity, student interest and ability and the availability of regional competition.

Athletic Scholarships.

For Utica College, this area is not applicable due to the College’s NCAA DIII affiliation.

Treatment.

Title IX expects athletics programs to treat its male and female student athletes equally with regard to the following areas:
a. The provision of equipment and supplies;
b. Scheduling of games and practice time;
c. Travel and per diem allowance;
d. Opportunity to receive coaching and academic tutoring;
e. Assignment and compensation of coaches and tutors;
f. Provision of locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities;
g. Provision of medial and training facilities and services;
h. Provision of housing and dining facilities and services;
i. Publicity;
j. Recruitment.

Equity in this area means that there is equality when assessing how men as compared to women are treated in the aggregate. For example, men and women that play the same sport would not necessarily receive the same benefits but that an equitable number of men and women across the programs are treated alike. Also, because sports differ, they may for example require different gear, medical attention, and the assignment of an unequal number of coaches. Accordingly, given the unique features surrounding sports, Utica College believes that student athletes should be treated equally.

No matter the source of the funds used to support student athlete activities and treatment (e.g., fund-raised, donated, contractually-secured), Utica College will treat student athletes equitably in support of their participation.