Opposition to SB 338 (Wright)
Intercollegiate Athletics: discontinuation of intercollegiate athletic teams

AS-2456-99/AA - May 6-7, 1999

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University oppose SB 338 (Wright) Intercollegiate Athletics: discontinuation of intercollegiate athletic teams; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU support the timely notification of potential and current student athletes prior to the discontinuation of any intercollegiate athletic team.

RATIONALE: SB 338 provides for notification one year prior to the discontinuation of an intercollegiate sports team to 1) the public via newspapers of general circulation, 2) potential athletes via written communication, and 3) the student body or organization via written communication. Each group would be provided with a "written account of the basis of, or purpose to be served by, the proposed discontinuation."

Existing policies and procedures on CSU campuses already require timely notification of potential and current student athletes prior to the discontinuation of any intercollegiate athletic team. Changes to all programs on CSU campuses are subject to detailed review and consultation. Questions of academic quality, access, funding, community impact and diversity are given careful consideration. The intercollegiate athletics advisory boards on CSU campuses have been effective, accessible avenues for public and community input. This legislation would place undue burdens upon CSU campuses and would elevate the status of intercollegiate athletic programs above the core academic programs of the universities.

Furthermore, the proposed legislation may give the appearance of attempting to subvert Title IX and the CSU Consent Decree which attempt to address systemic and long-standing gender inequities in intercollegiate athletics by changing the ratio of male and female intercollegiate athletes on a given campus.

APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY – May 6-7, 1999



 
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