Approved by: President
History: Issued             -- March 12, 2012
Revised           --
Last Reviewed -- February 1, 2019
Related Policies: Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Title IX Compliance Policy; Sexual Offenses Policy (Employees and Third Parties); Sexual Offenses Policy (Student); Non-Retaliation Policy
Additional References: Title IX Website; Office of General Counsel - Title IX
Responsible Official: Title IX Coordinator tel. (202) 319-4177


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 sex. 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 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 Title IX Coordinator, Frank Vinik, 170 Leahy Hall, tel. (202) 319-4177,

Individuals also may utilize grievance procedures linked in the University's Sexual Offense Policy (Student) or Sexual Offenese Policy (Employees and Third Parties) as applicable.

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 Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (tel. 202-319-6170, or through the Compliance and Ethics Helpline at tel. (855) 350-9396 or online at Reports made through the Helpline may be made anonymously.