Today, Interim Director of Athletics Peter Roby ’79 announced the release of a comprehensive plan (PDF) to ensure gender equity in all of Dartmouth’s NCAA Division I varsity athletics programs.
“I am confident that the gender equity plan will enhance the experience of current and future student-athletes,” Roby says. “By improving participation opportunities, enhancing training and playing facilities, addressing compensation issues, and expanding team administrative staffing and promotion, we will create a more equitable and inclusive environment for Dartmouth Athletics.”
The plan is based on an external gender equity review, an NCAA and Ivy League compliance review by the Ivy League, and a process and controls assessment by PwC. The three reviews directly inform the new gender equity plan, which is designed to ensure that all aspects of the varsity athletics program comply with Title IX by the 2023-2024 academic year and future years.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core Dartmouth values, and we aspire to create a more inclusive campus for everyone in our community,” President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 says. “This plan, informed by the three reviews and input from many stakeholders, seeks to make Dartmouth’s student-athlete experience better and strengthen the athletics administrative support and infrastructure.”
The external reviews of athletics began in 2021, following a legal settlement with a group of student-athletes regarding Dartmouth’s compliance with Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in programs and activities at universities that receive federal funding.
Dartmouth will issue annual status reports on the implementation of the plan that will be posted on the Athletics website on March 15, 2023, March 15, 2024, and March 15, 2025.