TITLE IX AND ATHLETICS POLICY
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. This Policy states Villanova University's intention to comply with Title IX and supplements the overall school policy prohibiting discrimination and harassment, http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/hr/policies/employmentpractices/discrimination_harassment.html, which applies to all members of the athletics department, both staff and student-athletes.
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.
Villanova University believes that its student-athletes should be provided equitable participation opportunities, receive equitable athletic scholarships (where applicable) and that the overall men's and women's athletic programs should be afforded equitable treatment. Villanova University values the educational aspect of athletics and as such offers opportunities to compete in a NCAA Division I varsity athletics program and is a member of the Big East, the Colonial Athletic Association and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferences, as well as club level and intramural programs.
Participation. Villanova shall endeavor to satisfy one of the three tests prescribed by Title IX for a school to demonstrate Participation equity by doing one of the following: 1) providing participation opportunities to each gender at rates substantially proportionate to their respective enrollment rates; or 2) demonstrating a history of continuing expansion of programs for the underrepresented sex; or 3) offering teams for the underrepresented sex for which there is sufficient interest, ability and competition within Villanova's normal competitive region.
Those who wish to compete on a varsity sport that is not currently offered at Villanova University may file a petition to request varsity status. Petitions will be reviewed annually. Factors considered shall include gender equity, interest and ability, intercollegiate competitive opportunities, among others.
Athletics Scholarships. Villanova University shall offer equitable athletic scholarships to male and female intercollegiate student athletes. When determining equity between male and female student athletes, Title IX expects that the percentage of athletics-based aid provided to male and female student-athletes will essentially mirror the percentage of men and women who play sports.
Treatment. The overall treatment of men and women on the intercollegiate level is expected to be equitable in the following areas:
The test for equity in treatment does not involve a sport to sport comparison but rather a comparison of treatment in the aggregate, i.e., whether the men's and women's programs overall are treated equitably in light of the unique nature of individual sports in each of these areas.
If you believe that you are not being treated equitably under this Policy or if you are interested in filing a request for varsity status for an athletic team not currently offered at the varsity level, please contact Villanova University's Title IX Coordinator:
Villanova University's Commitment to No Retaliation
Employees and students who ask questions, seek advice or report a suspected violation of this Policy are protected by Villanova University's non-retaliation policy set forth at http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/hr/policies/employmentpractices/discrimination_harassment.html. Retaliation will not be tolerated. If you suspect that you or another employee or student may be the victim of retaliation, you should contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Deputy Coordinator for Athletics immediately. Those who violate this no retaliation policy are subject to discipline.