The Catholic University of America

Equity in Athletics (Title IX) Policy

 
Approved by: President  
History: Issued   -- March 12, 2012    
  Revised --    
  Additional History  
Related Policies: Equal Opportunity Policy; Discrimination Complaint Policy; Sexual Harassment Policy; Non-Retaliation Policy  
Additional References: Discrimination Complaint Procedures; Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures; Title IX Website; Office of General Counsel - Title IX  
Responsible Official: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator tel. (202) 319-6594  


I.      Introduction

The Catholic University of America believes that all student-athletes should have the opportunity to participate in an athletic program free from discrimination, including sexual harassment and/or retaliation. Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 no person may be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in programs on the basis of gender. The University is an NCAA Division III school and is therefore prohibited from providing financial assistance to students on the basis of their athletic ability.

II.     Equity in Athletics

The University seeks to fully and effectively accommodate the interests of both sexes in University athletic programs, and to provide equity both among athletes and programs. Title IX requires equity for men and women with regard to participation and treatment in athletics programs. Equity refers to how men as compared to women are treated in the aggregate given the unique features of their sports. This may include factors such as the provision of equipment and supplies; scheduling of games and practice time; travel and per diem allowance; opportunity to receive coaching and academic tutoring; assignment and compensation of coaches and tutors; provision of locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; provision of medical and training facilities and services; provision of housing and dining facilities and services; publicity and recruitment.

Men and women shall be treated equitably across multiple programs when considering the unique requirements of each, such as different equipment, medical attention, and numbers of coaches; however, it is not expected that such treatment will be identical.

III.     Petitions

Those students who wish to compete on a varsity sport that is not currently offered at the University may file a petition with the Director of Athletics or the Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator to gain varsity status. Petitions will be reviewed annually. Factors considered shall include gender equity, interest and ability, intercollegiate competitive opportunities, facility space and available resources, among others.

IV.    Complaint Procedures

Individuals who believe that a student or students have been denied equitable treatment in intercollegiate athletics should report their concerns to the University’s Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Lisa Wood, 170 Leahy Hall, tel. (202) 319-6594, TITLEIX-COORD@cua.edu.

Individuals also may utilize the Discrimination Complaint Procedures linked in the University’s Discrimination Complaint Policy, or the Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedures linked in the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy.

Retaliation for filing a good faith concern or complaint under this policy, or cooperating with any investigation related to any concern or complaint, is strictly forbidden and is prohibited by the University’s Non-Retaliation Policy, regardless of whether the matter reported is substantiated. Individuals who believe they have been subjected to retaliation should report the conduct to the Compliance and Privacy Officer (tel. 202-319-6170,CUA-COMPLIANCE@cua.edu) or through the Compliance and Ethics Helpline at tel. (855) 350-9396 or online at www.thecatholicuniversityofamerica.ethicspoint.com.