Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally-funded education programs or activities.

At the California Institute of Technology we take compliance with Title IX seriously and we are committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, including discrimination on the basis of sex.

The following are examples of types of sex-based discrimination that are prohibited by Title IX:

  • Sexual harassment and sexual violence, including sexual assault, that occurs in connection with Caltech academic, athletic, extracurricular, or Institute programs, regardless of the location.
  • Failure to provide equitable opportunity for a student or employee based on sex.
  • Lack of athletic opportunities for women.
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender, gender expression, and gender identity

The department of athletics strives to provide a first class educational experience for our student athletes, coaches, opponents, visitors and community.  The principals of safety, fairness and equity are paramount to our programs and are our highest priority.  If you need assistance or have questions about the environment at the athletic facilities, the actions of an employee or student or see anything at all that may seem inappropriate, please connect immediately with a coach, administrator, building supervisor, call security (x 5000) The department of athletics, physical education and recreation is a full and integrated partner on campus and collaborates closely in programming, education, prevention and response to any and all claims with the office of the Title IX coordinator.

Student Resources

Scholar-Athlete Handbook (pending - contact Mark Becker, Assistant Director for Intercollegiate Operations, for a physical copy)


Athletic Training


Inclusivity/LGBTQ+ Statement

The Department of Athletics, Physical Education & Recreation is committed to providing equal opportunity to all students, faculty, staff and other members, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender epression, in accordance with the department and Division of Student Affairs' mission statement.  Our staff has undergone Safe Zone and other training as part of our effort to be wholly inclusive and available to help with any questions or concerns.

Our facilities include men's and women's locker rooms with showers, as well as two non-gendered, single-use restrooms on the first floor of Braun Athletic Center and a large, single-use changing room in on the east wall of the pool deck.  Additional privacy space can be accommodated upon request.

Additional campus resources can be found through the Center for Diversity.


Club sports are managed by the Graduate Student Council, while intramurals are run through the houses - please contact your house's athletics officer if you intend to participate.  All intramurals are co-rec, with only possible minimum/maximum player-ratio requirements for male and female team members. Additional questions can be directed to Heather Morgan, Assistant Director for Recreation (hmorgans@caltech.edu).


Intercollegiate Athletics are subject to NCAA legislation, which can be found below.  Please contact Mark Becker (mbecker@caltech.edu) with any questions about participation or inclusion in our varsity programs, especially if you do not identify specifically with any of the below legislation.



NCAA Bylaws related to hormonal treatment and mixed teams.
Two areas of NCAA regulations can be impacted by transgender student-athlete participation: use of banned substances and mixed team status.
A mixed team is a varsity intercollegiate sports team on which at least one individual of each gender competes (Revised: 5/8/06). NCAA Bylaw 18.02.2  for purposes of meeting the required minimums set forth in Bylaws 18.2.3 and 18.2.4, a mixed team shall be counted as one team. A mixed team shall count toward the minimum sponsorship percentage for men’s championships.
• NCAA rules state that a male participating in competition on a female team makes the team a “mixed team.” The mixed team can be used for sports sponsorship numbers (provided other conditions, such as being an acceptable NCAA sport, outlined in Bylaw 20.9 (Division I), 20.10 (Division II) and  20.11 (Division III) are met) and counts toward the mixed/men’s team minimums within the membership sports-sponsorship requirements. Such a  team is ineligible for a women’s NCAA championship but is eligible for a men’s NCAA championship.
• A female on a men’s team does not impact sports sponsorship in the application of the rule - the team still counts toward the mixed/men’s numbers.  Such a team is eligible for a men’s NCAA championship.
• Once a team is classified as a mixed team, it retains that status through the remainder of the academic year without exception.
NCAA Bylaw 31.2.3 identifies testosterone as a banned substance, and provides for a medical exception review for demonstrated need for use of a  banned medication. It is the responsibility of the NCAA institution to submit the request for a medical exception (see www.ncaa.org/drugtesting) for testosterone treatment prior to the student-athlete competing while undergoing treatment. In the case of testosterone suppression, the institution must submit written documentation to the NCAA of the year of treatment and ongoing monitoring of testosterone suppression.
NCAA Policy on Transgender Student-Athlete Participation
The following policies clarify participation of transgender student-athletes undergoing hormonal treatment for gender transition:
1. A trans male (FTM) student-athlete who has received a medical exception for treatment with testosterone for diagnosed Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for purposes of NCAA competition may compete on a men’s team, but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing that team status to a mixed team.
2. A trans female (MTF) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for Gender Identity Disorder or gender  dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for the purposes of NCAA competition may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment.
Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to gender transition may participate in sex-separated sports activities in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.
• A trans male (FTM) [Caltech edit: or transmasculine] student-athlete who is not taking testosterone related to gender transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.
• A trans female (MTF) [Caltech edit: or transfeminine] transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatments related to gender transition may not compete on a women’s team.
Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) Reports

Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in Title IV, the federal student aid program, and has an intercollegiate athletic program, must comply with the EADA by preparing an annual report officially called The Report of Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data; more commonly called the EADA Report.

The requirements for reporting include two elements.  First; a report must be made available to students, prospective students, and the public by October 15th of each year.  Second; the data must be reported on-line within 15 days of making it available to the public.  This data is submitted on-line to the Secretary of Education after which it is migrated to the Office of Post Secondary Education (OPE) public website at http://ope.ed.gov/athletics.

This report is made available to fulfill the first element of making the data available publicly.  It contains elements which are in addition to those required by the on-line survey submission.  You are encouraged to visit the OPE public site after October 30th to view the on-line report or view the PDF of the online survey through the following link.


2011 EADA Report 

2012 EADA Report 

2013 EADA Report  & Survey 

2014 EADA Survey

2015 EADA Report 

2016 EADA Report & Survey

2017 EADA Report

2018 EADA Report

2019 EADA Report