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Transgender Student-Athlete Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics

Responsible Department
Athletics
Effective Date
12/31/1969
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    Policy Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to provide transgender student-athletes with fair and equal opportunities within the intercollegiate athletics program, and to provide guidance for implementing the procedures outlined below to ensure the safety, privacy, and dignity of transgender student-athletes and their teammates at the University of North Georgia (“University”).

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    Definitions

    1. Transgender: An individual whose Gender Identity does not match his/her assigned birth gender.

    2. Male-to-Female (MTF) Transgender Person: A person who was assigned to the male gender at birth but has a female Gender Identity.

    3. Female-to-Male (FTM) Transgender Person: A person who was assigned to the female gender at birth but has a male Gender Identity.

    4. Gender Identity: One’s inner concept of self as male or female or both or neither. One’s gender identity can be the same or different than the gender assigned at birth.

    5. Gender Expression: The ways in which people externally communicate their gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, haircut, voice, and other forms of presentation. Gender Expression also works the other way as people assign gender to others based on their appearance, mannerisms, and other gendered characteristics.

    6. Gender Transition: The process by which a Transgender individual lives consistently with his/her Gender Identity, and which may include changing the person’s body through hormones and/or surgical procedures. Transition can occur in three ways: (1) social transition through changes in clothing, hairstyle, name and/or pronouns; (2) hormonal transition through the use of medicines such as hormone “blockers” or cross hormones to promote gender-based body changes; and (3) surgical transition in which an individual’s body is modified through the addition or removal of gender-related physical traits.
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    Policy Statement

    Consistent with NCAA Policy, the University has developed the policies below for the participation of transgender student-athletes in its NCAA intercollegiate athletic programs.

    1. Participation in Single-Gender Intercollegiate Athletic Teams.

      1. Transgender Student-Athletes Not Undergoing Hormone Treatment.

        1. Any transgender student-athlete who is not taking hormone treatment related to Gender Transition may participate on sex-separated intercollegiate athletics teams in accordance with his or her assigned birth gender.

        2. A FTM Transgender Person who is not taking testosterone related to Gender Transition may participate on a men’s or women’s team.

        3. A MTF Transgender Person who is not taking hormone treatments related to Gender Transition may not compete on a women’s team.

      2. Transgender Student-Athletes Undergoing Hormone Treatment.

        In any case where a student-athlete is taking hormone treatment related to Gender Transition, the treatment must be monitored by a physician and the Athletics Department must receive regular reports about the student-athlete’s continuing eligibility.

        1. A MTF Transgender Person who is taking medically prescribed hormone treatment related to Gender Transition may participate on a men’s team at any time, but must complete one year of hormone treatment related to Gender Transition before competing on a women’s team.

        2. A FTM Transgender Person who is taking medically prescribed testosterone related to Gender Transition may not participate on a women’s team after beginning hormone treatment.

        3. A FTM Transgender Person who is taking medically prescribed testosterone related to Gender Transition may compete on a men’s team with an NCAA-approved medical exception.

        4. In any case where a student-athlete is taking hormone treatment related to Gender Transition, the use of an anabolic agent or peptide hormone must be approved by the NCAA before the student-athlete is allowed to participate in competition while taking these medications.

    2. Participation in Mixed-Gender Intercollegiate Athletic Teams.  A mixed team has both female and male participants and may be restricted in championship play according to specific national governing body rules.

      1. Transgender Student-Athletes Not Undergoing Hormone Treatment.

        1. For purposes of mixed-gender team classification, a FTM Transgender Person who is not taking testosterone related to Gender Transition will count as female.

        2. For purposes of mixed-gender team classification, a MTF Transgender Person who is not taking hormone treatments related to Gender Transition will count as male.

      2. Transgender Student-Athletes Undergoing Hormone Treatment.

        1. For purposes of mixed-gender team classification, a MTF Transgender Person who is taking medically prescribed hormone treatment related to Gender Transition will be counted as a male participant until he/she has completed one year of hormone treatment, at which time, the student-athlete will be counted as a female participant.

        2. For purposes of mixed-gender team classification FTM Transgender Person who is taking medically prescribed testosterone related to Gender Transition will be counted as a male participant and must request a medical exception from the NCAA prior to competing on a mixed-gender team since testosterone is a banned substance.

    3. Enforcement and Non-Retaliation

      Any member of the Athletics Department Staff who violates this policy by threatening to withhold athletic opportunities, harassing a student-athlete on the basis of the student-athlete’s Gender Identity, or Gender Expression, or by breaching medical confidentiality, will be subject to disciplinary action.

    4. Privacy

      Protecting the privacy of transgender student-athletes is a top priority for the Athletics Department and affiliated personnel, particularly when in the presence of the media. All medical information shall be kept confidential in accordance with applicable institutional, state, and federal privacy laws.
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    Support Information

    See NCAA Inclusion of Transgender Student-Athletes Handbook at

    https://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Transgender_Handbook_2011_Final.pdf

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    Procedures

    Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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