UC Santa Cruz Mission Statement

The Mission of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California, Santa Cruz is to facilitate and enrich equitable educational and personal growth opportunities for our students through their participation in UCSC’s evolving NCAA Division III athletics program.  UCSC Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to the complete welfare of all student-athletes and advocates an environment that promotes excellence in athletic and academic performance, ethical conduct, sportsmanship, diversity, and equity, regardless of gender and ethnicity.

Through full integration into the fabric of the UCSC campus community, Intercollegiate Athletics supports the University of California’s mission of public service and seeks to generate a unifying spirit among all institutional constituencies, without exception.  We will represent the ideal model of intercollegiate athletics, in which athletic excellence is sought while fully supporting and adhering to the institutions academic mission.  We will attract, retain, and graduate the finest student-athletes who will in turn, become loyal, supportive, and proud alumni, as well as productive citizens.

We will fulfill our mission by accomplishing the following objectives:

  • Strictly adhering to the by-laws of the NCAA Division III.
  • Providing student-athletes, coaches, faculty, and staff with a supportive environment in which goals can be set, supported, and realized.
  • Ensuring that the student-athletes’ academic progress is monitored and never compromised.
  • Providing equitable opportunities to participate, and quality of service to both male and female athletes and programs.
  • Hiring the best possible teachers/coaches and support staff.
  • Providing the best possible facilities, equipment, and supplies.
  • Scheduling appropriately to provide challenging opponents and competitive balance.
  • Recruiting the best student-athletes who will succeed in our academic and athletic environments.
  • Preparing individuals and teams to realize their full competitive potential.
  • Communicating the mission, goals, and accomplishments of our program to the campus, community, and alumni as frequently as possible.


The University of California, in accordance with applicable Federal and State law and University policy, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, or service in the uniformed services as defined by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994. The University also prohibits sexual harassment. This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, treatment in University programs and activities and employment.

University policy also prohibits retaliation for bringing a complaint of discrimination or participating in a complaint process or investigation pursuant to this policy.

Please note that any policies, procedures, and rules are subject to change at any time.  If there is a conflict between policies, procedures and rules, the UC Board of Regents policies will always prevail.  The University and its Athletic Department has the right to change, modify, add or discard any policy, procedure and rules at any time.