Every higher education institution and athletic department is unique. Our aim is to offer resources and provide examples of how all institutions – no matter their size, budget, or location – can implement or update their LGBTQ+ inclusion policies and practices in ways that best suit the culture of their institution.

 

For a full guide on how we do so, see: 2021 AEI Guide and Metrics

 

For Metric 1 (Has the athletic department publicly endorsed a nondiscrimination statement that protects the sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression of their athletes?), institutions can earn 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 points.

 

Note: These sections are added to a potential total of 25 but are scored separately. A school might receive 0 points because they link to the university-wide policy (e.g., accessibility) but receive 15 points if that policy includes all required aspects (e.g., implementation), earning them a total of 15/25.

 

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

Accessibility

 

10/10 Points 

Athletics has a written out nondiscrimination policy that is not a copy of the university nondiscrimination policy.

Example: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (15/15 for Implementation + 10/10 for Accessibility)

 

5/10 Points 

Athletics has a version of the university nondiscrimination policy publicly available from the athletics website (beyond just a link).

Example: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff  (15/15 for Implementation + 5/10 for Accessibility) 

 

0/10 Points 

Athletics links directly to the university’s non-discrimination policy but provides no other information. Athletics has no reference to any nondiscrimination policy, including the university nondiscrimination policy, or has one that is not publicly available.

 

Implementation

 

15/15 Points 

Nondiscrimination policy protects sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Example: Jacksonville State University (15/15 for Implementation + 0/10 for Accessibility)

 

10/15 Points 

Nondiscrimination policy protects sex, sexual orientation, and gender/gender identity, but not gender expression.

Example: Morgan State University (10/15 for Implementation + 0/10 for Accessibility)

 

5/15 Points 

Nondiscrimination policy broadly protects sex and gender but does not specify sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Nondiscrimination policy protects only sex and sexual orientation.

Example: Houston Baptist University (5/15 for Implementation + 0/10 for Accessibility)

 

0/15 Points 

Nondiscrimination policy protects only sex.

 

For Metric 2 (Has the department publicly endorsed a policy protecting transgender varsity athletes?), institutions can earn 0, 5, 10, or 15 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

15/15 Points 

Athletics has a transgender inclusion policy that is specific to their department (e.g., not the generic NCAA policy) with contact information or a listed point person on this policy. 

Example: Stanford University

 

10/15 Points 

Athletics has a transgender inclusion policy that is specific to their department with no contact information or a listed point person. 

Example: Ball State University

 

Athletics has a version of the NCAA transgender guidelines publicly available from the athletics website (beyond just a link to the NCAA guidelines) with contact information or a listed point person on this policy.

Example: University of the Incarnate Word

 

5/15 Points 

Athletics has a written version of the NCAA transgender guidelines (beyond just a link to the NCAA guidelines) with no contact information or a listed point person on this policy.

Example: University of Montana

 

Athletics provides a link to the NCAA transgender guidelines, states that they follow those guidelines, but provides no additional information.

Example: Binghamton University

 

0/15 Points 

Athletics does not have a transgender inclusion policy or has one that is not publicly available.

 

For Metric 3 (Has the department endorsed a sexual misconduct policy protecting LGBTQ+ athletes?), institutions can earn 0, 5, 10, or 15 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

15/15 Points 

Athletics has a sexual misconduct policy that includes protection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with contact information or a listed point person on this policy.

Example: Kent State University

 

10/15 Points 

Athletics has a sexual misconduct policy that includes protection of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with no contact information or a listed point person on this policy.

Example: University of Portland

 

Athletics has a written out version of the university sexual misconduct/Title IX policy publicly available from the athletics website (more than just a link) with contact information for a point person in athletics on this policy.

Example: South Dakota State

 

5/15 Points 

Athletics has a written out version of the university sexual misconduct/Title IX policy available on the athletics website but no contact information for a point person.

Example: St. Joseph’s University

 

Athletics website and/or student handbook provides a link to the university sexual misconduct/Title IX policy but has no additional information.

Example: Appalachian State University

 

0/15 Points 

Athletics does not have a sexual misconduct policy or one that is not publicly available.

 

For Metric 4 (Has the department endorsed a fan code of conduct that prohibits anti-LGBTQ+ language?), institutions can earn 0, 5, 10, or 15 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

10/10 Points 

Athletics has a fan code of conduct that covers all sports and all venues and states that homophobic and transphobic language (or any abusive language that refers to sexual orientation or gender identity) is not permitted.

Example: University of California, Berkeley

 

5/10 Points 

Athletics has a fan code of conduct that addresses homophobic and transphobic language (or any language that refers to sexual orientation or gender identity), but only covers specific sports or venues (such as football).

Example: Virginia Tech

 

Athletics has a fan code of conduct that covers all sports and addresses sexist, racist, and abusive language alone. 

Example: Drake University

 

0/10 Points 

Athletics does not have a publicly available fan code of conduct or has a code of conduct that does not address abusive language.

 

For Metric 5 (Does the department publicly partner with their campus LGBTQ+ center?), institutions can earn 0, 5, 10, or 15 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

15/15 Points 

Athletics has a consistent and recurring annual partnership with the campus LGBTQ center or an LGBTQ-focused student group.

Example: George Mason University

 

10/15 Points 

Athletics has had some partnership with the campus LGBTQ center/LGBTQ-focused student groups in the last two years.

Example: Rutgers University

 

5/15 Points 

There is evidence of an occasional partnership between Athletics and the campus LGBTQ center/LGBTQ-focused student groups.

Example: Wake Forest University

 

0/15 Points 

There has been no evident partnership between Athletics and LGBTQ inclusion groups, including the campus LGBTQ center.

 

For Metric 6 (Does the department offer LGBTQ+ educational resources to athletes and staff?), institutions can earn 0, 5, or 10 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

10/10 Points 

Athletics has written out LGBTQ resources on their website that include descriptions of resources and a contact person on campus for these resources.

Example: The Ohio State University

 

5/10 Points 

Athletics has links to LGBTQ resources on their website but provides no additional information.

Example: Eastern Illinois University

 

Athletics has written out LGBTQ resources on their website that include descriptions of resources but no contact person on campus for these resources.

Example: California State University Bakersfield

 

0/15 Points 

Athletics does not have publicly available LGBTQ resources.

 

For Metric 7 (Are athletics staff given an opportunity to participate in LGBTQ inclusion training?), institutions can earn 0 or 5 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

5/5 Points 

Athletics offers pro-LGBTQ inclusion training that is accessible to/tailored to their staff on their website.

Example: University of Nebraska

 

0/5 Points 

Athletics does not offer pro-LGBTQ inclusion training for staff or has a training that is not publicly available.

 

For Metric 8 (Are student-athletes given an opportunity to participate in LGBTQ inclusion training?), institutions can earn 0 or 5 points.

A description of what we search for and an example of a policy that earns each of the scores are as follows:

 

5/5 Points 

Athletics offers pro-LGBTQ inclusion training that is accessible to/tailored to their athletes on their website.

Example: University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

 

0/5 Points 

Athletics does not offer pro-LGBTQ inclusion training for athletes or has a training that is not publicly available.

 

Not sure how to write or enact a transgender and nonbinary athlete policy?

See Athlete Ally’s ideal Transgender and Nonbinary Inclusion Policy and Strategy Document for Implementing a Trans and Nonbinary Inclusion Policy.

 

Are you looking to collaborate with athletes, staff, and others on campus about LGBTQ inclusion in sports? 

Check out Athlete Ally’s Campus Chapters and learn more about how to start one on your campus.

 

Are you interested in hosting a Pride Game? 

See Athlete Ally’s Pride Night in a Box toolkit.

 

Are you looking for a free, virtual pro-LGBTQ training that is specific to sports for athletes or athletics staff?

See Athlete Ally’s Champions of Inclusion

 

Are you interested in learning more about transgender-inclusive policies?

See Athlete Ally’s FAQ: LGBTQA+/Transgender & Gender Expansive Policies (Athlete Ally + Out in Athletics)