PRINCETON, N.J.—In line with its dedication to safeguard the well being and wellbeing of student-athletes, the better campus group and normal public, the Ivy League Council of Presidents has determined that league colleges won’t conduct intercollegiate athletics competitors in winter sports activities in the course of the 2020-21 season. As well as, the Ivy League won’t conduct competitors for fall sports activities in the course of the upcoming spring semester. Lastly, intercollegiate athletics competitors for spring sports activities is postponed via a minimum of the tip of February 2021.
The unanimous selections by the Ivy League Council of Presidents observe prolonged consideration of choices and methods to mitigate the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, an evaluation of present rising charges of COVID-19 – domestically, regionally and nationally – and the ensuing must proceed the campus insurance policies associated to journey, group dimension and guests to campus that safeguard the campus and group.
Athletics coaching alternatives and practices for enrolled student-athletes will probably be permitted, supplied they’re structured in accordance with every establishment’s procedures and relevant state and native rules. This method is according to the phased method applied by the Ivy League for all sports activities within the fall 2020 time period.
The Council will proceed to carefully monitor and consider the general public well being local weather and think about adjustments to insurance policies when warranted with a purpose to return to extra regular campus operations, together with potential spring intercollegiate athletics competitors.
Winter and fall sport student-athletes won’t lose a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, whether or not or not they enroll. College students who want to pursue competitors throughout a fifth-year of undergraduate schooling at their residence establishment, if permitted, or as a graduate scholar elsewhere might want to work with their establishments in accordance with campus coverage to find out their choices past their present anticipated commencement date.
The Ivy League Council of Presidents provided the next joint assertion:
All through the final 9 months, we now have requested our campus communities to make extraordinary changes with a purpose to do our half in combating the worldwide pandemic and to safeguard the well being and wellbeing of our college students, school members, employees and the communities by which they stay and work.
Regrettably, the present developments relating to transmission of the COVID-19 virus and subsequent protocols that should be put in place are impeding our sturdy need to return to intercollegiate athletics competitors in a protected method.
Pupil-athletes, their households and coaches are once more being requested to make monumental sacrifices for the great of public well being— and we don’t make this determination frivolously. Whereas these selections include nice disappointment and frustration, our dedication to the security and lasting well being of our student-athletes and wider communities should stay our highest precedence.
We sit up for the day when intercollegiate athletics — that are such an vital a part of the material of our campus communities — will safely return in a way and format everyone knows and admire.
Ivy League Council of Presidents
Christina Paxson, Brown College
Lee Bollinger, Columbia College
Martha Pollack, Cornell College
Philip Hanlon, Dartmouth School
Lawrence Bacow, Harvard College
Amy Gutmann, College of Pennsylvania
Christopher Eisgruber, Princeton College
Peter Salovey, Yale College