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Proposed Title IX Rules regarding Students’ Eligibility for Athletic Teams

April 11, 2023

On April 6, 2023 the U.S. Department of Education shared an unofficial version of proposed Title IX regulations regarding sex-related eligibility criteria for male and female athletic teams. The department also provided a fact sheet, U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Change to its Title IX Regulations on Students’ Eligibility for Athletic Teams.

Once these regulations are posted to the Federal Register, the notice-and-comment period will commence, and institutions and individuals will have 30 days to submit written responses to the proposed federal rules. After the notice-and-comment period, the department will review submitted comments, finalize the regulations, and provide a timeline for institutions to come into compliance.

At present, UW Intercollegiate Athletics follows the guidance of the NCAA Transgender Student-Athlete Participation Policy, which provides for a sport-by-sport eligibility criteria for transgender student-athletes to participate in athletic competition. The NCAA policy aligns with policy set by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and International Olympic Committees.

UPDATE: The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was posted to the Federal Register on April 13, 2023. Comments must be received on or before May 15, 2023.