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Title IX Compliance Officer

Each institution receiving federal funds is required to designate a Title IX compliance officer. The UC Davis Title IX compliance officer is

Wendi Delmendo
wjdelmendo@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-9466

Gender Equity in UC Davis Athletics

Fact sheet: Women's athletics at UC Davis

Women’s athletics are a high priority at UC Davis, which has received national honors for the strength and variety of its women’s sports, including twice being named the best Division II school for women athletes by Sports Illustrated for Women. Three times since 1991, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has selected a student-athlete from UC Davis as the NCAA Woman of the Year.

UC Davis currently sponsors 14 women’s varsity sports, more than the Division I national average of 10.3, and five more than the nine men’s varsity sports at UC Davis.

UC Davis is committed to gender equity.

UC Davis and its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics are committed to gender equity and adherence to federal Title IX requirements.

The program is considered a leader in gender equity and will continue to develop programs and procedures to maintain its leadership role. When UC Davis embarked in 2003 on its transition from Division II to Division I athletics, officials established eight core principles to guide the campus through the process and future Division I competition.

Those principles included a mandate that UC Davis not retreat from its Title IX (gender equity) progress, and in fact must continue to expand its efforts and compliance.

UC Davis supports an outstanding program in women’s sports.

Sports Illustrated for Women named UC Davis as the best Division II school for women athletes in 1999 and 2000, and UC Davis has produced three student-athletes who have been named the NCAA Woman of the Year, an honor begun in 1991.

UC Davis female student-athletes have won countless conference, regional and national honors. Included are NCAA Division II championships in 1990 and 1993 in tennis, rowing in 2002 and 2003, and softball in 2003. Eight different women’s teams have been represented at NCAA Championships since UC Davis moved to Division I in 2007-08, including basketball making a historic appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2011.

In 2002, then-Assemblymember Helen Thomson (D-Davis) named Pam Gill-Fisher, senior associate athletic director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the time, the 8th Assembly District Woman of the Year for her many contributions to women’s sports.

The campus expands opportunities for women athletes.

The campus has demonstrated a history and continuing practice of expanding its women’s varsity sports program.

In the past 14 years, the following six women’s varsity sports have been added: lacrosse, rowing and water polo (1996-97); indoor track and field (1999-2000), golf (2005-06) and field hockey (2009-10). Women’s rowing was one of four teams discontinued at the end of 2009-10 for budget reasons.

Today, UC Davis sponsors 14 women’s varsity teams: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field, indoor track and field, volleyball and water polo. All are NCAA sports.

In 2010-11, UC Davis has 614 student-athletes participating in varsity sports. Of the total, 286, or 46.6 percent, are male and 328, or 53.4 percent, are female.

UC Davis’ organization fosters gender equity.

UC Davis maintains a combined men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletics program.

UC Davis created a Title IX workgroup to address gender equity issues many years before other universities took steps to carry out the mandate of Title IX.

Intercollegiate Athletics uses a Plan for Equity in Athletics to ensure fair distribution of resources and staffing.

Scholarships are distributed fairly and on a gender-neutral basis in accordance with NCAA requirements.

The budget for athletics scholarships for 2010-11 totals more than $6 million.

Of that total, male student-athletes receive more than $2.8 million, or 46.7 percent, and female student-athletes receive more than $3.2 million, or 53.3 percent. (These figures include scholarships being paid to student-athletes who chose to stay at UC Davis after their sports were discontinued at the end of 2009-10 for budget reasons.)

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Last updated January 9, 2012