Data was collected by our team of researchers who performed a comprehensive audit of institutions’ policy manuals (including the student-athlete handbook) and official websites (including the athletics website) to identify policies and practices on LGBTQ inclusion of every NCAA D-I institution, and a growing number of D-II and D-III institutions.
The eight policies and practices measured here have been empirically proven to impact the experiences of the LGBTQ community. Every athletic department in the sample had the capacity to offer accessible policies, resources, and trainings to staff, fans, and student-athletes.
Our researchers reached out, and continue to reach out, to campus leaders at every institution to confirm the accuracy of their scores. At a minimum, four individuals from each institution (the Athletic Director, Senior Woman Administrator, most senior athletic staff member for compliance, and most senior institutional staff member for LGBTQ inclusion) were contacted via email and phone and asked to make the research team aware of any policies or practices that were not previously identified.
Has the athletic department publicly endorsed a nondiscrimination policy that protects the sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression of their athletes?
Has the department publicly endorsed a policy protecting transgender varsity athletes?
Has the department endorsed a sexual misconduct policy protecting LGBTQ athletes?
Has the department endorsed a fan code of conduct that prohibits anti-LGBTQ language?
Does the department offer LGBTQ educational resources to student-athletes and staff?
Does the department publicly partner with the campus LGBTQ center?
Are department staff given an opportunity to participate in LGBTQ inclusion training?