Cornell overturns rule giving women extra points for goals

Amber Athey
Investigative Reporter

  • Cornell's Bias Assessment and Review Team stepped in earlier this year to overturn an intramural sports rule that awarded women more points for goals than men in co-ed matches.
  • Two bias reports were filed about the rule in February, after which a BART member demanded that the Athletics Department immediately revise the rule and inform all participants of the change.
  • Cornell University took action to close the “goal gap” earlier this year after receiving complaints that goals scored by women in intramural sports counted for more points than goals scored by men.

    According to a summary of bias incidents listed on Cornell’s website, the Bias Assessment and Review Team (BART) received two reports in February about the co-ed intramural sports rule.

    “A student reported that...goals scored by a woman were worth more than those scored by men.”   

    “On February 10, 2017, a student reported that while participating in co-ed intramural sports, they were informed that goals scored by a woman were worth more than those scored by men,” the summary states.

    [RELATED: UMN Bias Response Team unable to define ‘bias’ or ‘response’]

    A BART member first reached out to the student to “provide care and concern,” as well as to discuss the “potential goals and outcomes” of the team’s intervention, after which they “connected with the appropriate administrators in Athletics and the Title IX Coordinator to immediate[ly] revise the rule and to send a message to all participants informing them of the change.”

    The initial bias report was tagged as “Discrimination – Based on Gender/GI/GE,” as was the second report, though no additional details are provided concerning the latter report.

    Campus Reform reached out to the intramural sports division at Cornell but did not receive a response by press time.

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    Amber Athey

    Amber Athey

    Investigative Reporter

    Amber Athey is an Investigative Reporter for Campus Reform. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Government and Economics, and is currently a member of the 2016-2017 Koch Associate Program. 

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