Philosophy of Athletics
The following statement of philosophy shall serve as a guide for the planning and
implementation of the athletic programs of West Chester University.
- The University believes in striving for competitive excellence, victory in competition,
broad participation, sportsmanship and positive societal attitudes in all of its athletic
- The University believes in offering intercollegiate athletic opportunities to as many
students as fiscally possible. Opportunities should be available for students who
are recruited, and for those not recruited; those who are on athletic financial aid,
and those who are not.
- Insofar as geographical location and traditional scheduling patterns permit, the University
believes in scheduling a majority of its athletic competitions with the Pennsylvania
State Athletic Conference and other Division II members of the NCAA.
- The University recognizes the dual objectives of its athletic program to serve both
the University family (participants, students, alumni, faculty and staff) and the
- The University believes in permitting athletically related financial aid under rigorous
- The University believes in distributing its resources to its athletic programs according
to a tiered schedule that is rationally developed and follows a written policy.
- The University believes that primary emphasis is given to in-season competition, but
exceptional teams and individuals are encouraged to participate and supported in post–season
- The University embraces the value that a diverse student body brings to its academic
and developmental mission. Therefore it supports equal opportunity/affirmative action
throughout its athletic programs and specifically invites and encourages women and
minorities to participate. The University is committed to achieving gender equity.
Adopted as a recommendation to the University Administration by the Athletics Advisory
Board at the 15 April, 2010 meeting.