Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Justice

Athletic Department and University Policies

Non-Discrimination Policy

Vanderbilt University Athletics strongly supports and abides by the University’s non-discrimination policy, which states: “Vanderbilt University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, or genetic information in its administration of educational policies, programs, or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan programs; athletic or other University-administered programs; or employment. In addition, the University does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their gender expression consistent with the University’s nondiscrimination policy.”

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Vanderbilt University Athletics strongly supports and abides by the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Athletics contact: Deputy Athletic Director Kristene Kelly

Project Safe

The mission of the Project Safe Center is to provide information, support, referrals, and education about sexual and intimate partner violence (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking), as well as consent, healthy relationships, and healthy sexuality to the Vanderbilt University community.

  • 24-Hour Hotline: 615.322.7233
  • For more information, click here.

Vanderbilt Title IX Office

Vanderbilt University Title IX Office

Transgender Inclusion Policy

Vanderbilt Athletics supports the mission and work of Trans@VU. For more information on the variety of resources available to transgender, trans, gender-variant, non-binary, agender, and other non-cisgender people and allies at Vanderbilt, click here

From an athletic competition and eligibility standpoint, Vanderbilt follows the transgender inclusion policies of the NCAA.

Fan Code of Conduct

Vanderbilt is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all teams and fans to enjoy. Vanderbilt Athletics reserves the right to institute measures for any language, actions or demonstrations in violation of the Vanderbilt Athletics Fan Code of Conduct. This includes, but is not limited to, ejection from the facility and revocation of future ticket privileges. Violation of laws or city ordinances may result in arrest or prosecution.

In all Vanderbilt Athletics venues, our guests are expected to:

  • Show respect to all student-athletes, coaches, officials and surrounding fans at all times.
  • Assume responsibility for their conduct.
  • Comply with zero-tolerance policies related to any form of harassment, discrimination or abusive language. Use of foul, abusive, obscene, or discriminatory language, signage or gestures (on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, race, national origin, religion, military status, disability status or any other characteristic) is prohibited.
  • Adhere to requests and directives from game day event staff and law enforcement personnel regarding venue operation and emergency response procedures.
  • Refrain from entering the playing surface without proper authorization or credentials.

If you have an issue and need assistance at any sporting event, please text the issue to our fan assistance line at (615) 308-9330 and a member of our fan engagement team will respond appropriately.

Stadium Policies

Racial Justice, Advocacy and Community Building

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion endeavors to help make Vanderbilt University a leading learning institution where achieving equity, diversity, and inclusion are its highest priorities as it trains global citizens who will contribute to the development of a better nation and world.

For more information, click here.

Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center

Founded in 1984, the center was named in honor of the first African American student admitted to Vanderbilt University in 1953, Bishop Joseph Johnson (B.D. ’54, Ph.D. ’58).  The BCC has served as the epicenter of the Black experience at Vanderbilt. Evolving to the growing needs of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff, the Black Cultural Center continues to offer innovative programming, resources, and opportunities for fellowship.  Rich in history and culture, the BCC is a welcoming oasis for all who visit.

For more information, click here.

Public Theology & Racial Justice Collaborative

The Vanderbilt Divinity School Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative engages in partnerships focused on eradicating racism and all its reciprocal forms of injustice and hatred.  The collaborative seeks to be a hub for a national conversation on public theology and racial justice by bringing together activists, scholars, and practitioners to engage students, faculty, and community members at Vanderbilt, Nashville, and beyond.

For more information, click here.

LGBTQI Resources and Support

LGBTQI Resources

LGBTQI Life, located within the K.C. Potter Center on West Side Row, is a cultural center and a place of affirmation for individuals of all identities, and a resource for information and support about gender and sexuality. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to stop by during office hours, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Summer hours may differ.


Vanderbilt Athletics works closely with the university’s Office of LGBTQI Life to make training sessions available to athletic department staff on an annual basis. For more information and to enroll in trainings and workshops, click here.

LGBTQI Training for Student-Athletes: Vanderbilt’s Office of LGBTQI Life presents a workshop annually for incoming student-athletes as part of the award-winning Summer Bridge program. For more information, click here.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

University Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center supports the mental health needs of Vanderbilt students, encouraging their work toward their academic and personal goals. Our highly skilled and multidisciplinary staff develop evidence-based treatment plans tailored to each individual’s unique background and needs by working together with students, campus partners, and community providers. The UCC also emphasizes prevention and education through collaboration and consultation focused on the development of the skills and self-awareness needed to excel in a challenging educational environment. We offer culturally responsive services in a safe and affirming space and are committed to engaging in an ongoing dialogue that provides our team with opportunities to grow in the context of their own cultural identity development. The UCC is committed to understanding the role of diverse experiences and backgrounds in order to best promote mental health and wellbeing in the lives of individuals and in our community.

Vanderbilt Athletics supports the work of the UCC and has partnered with the Center to offer expanded mental health resources and services to student-athletes.

For more information, click here.

Center for Student Wellbeing

The Center for Student Wellbeing’s seven areas of focus include promoting self-care and personal growth, enhancing intellectual progress, cultivating mindfulness and reflection, strengthening physical and emotional health, providing alcohol and other drug education and recovery support, supporting students in distress, and fostering community through meaningful connections.

For more information, click here.

SEC and NCAA Resources

SEC Resources

Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Lee, baseball coach Tim Corbin, and a rotating group of student-athletes are members of the Southeastern Conference’s Council on Racial Equality and Social Justice.

For more information, click here.

NCAA Resources

NCAA Office of Inclusion: The NCAA office of inclusion advances diversity, equity and inclusion in college athletics for over 1,100 member schools and athletics conferences. The office supports student-athletes and individuals who teach and lead across the core areas of disability, international, LGBTQ, race/ethnicity and women. The NCAA’s senior vice president for inclusion, education and community engagement, Derrick Gragg, is a Vanderbilt alum and former football player.

NCAA Student-Athlete Well Being

NCAA Fairness and Integrity

Vanderbilt Resources

Black Athletic Director Alliance: Vanderbilt athletic director Candice Lee is a founding member of the Black AD Alliance and a member of the organization’s executive committee. Follow on Twitter @blckadalliance.

Vanderbilt Athletics Student Athlete Development: The Student-Athlete Development Program represents the comprehensive commitment by the Vanderbilt Athletic Department to foster the total growth and development of our student-athletes. We Are committed to personal development, career development, community service, and leadership development. Follow @VU_SADev on Twitter.

Sports & Society Initiative: The Vanderbilt Sports & Society Initiative was founded by the late athletic director David Williams in 2018 to examine issues related to race, gender, politics, culture and sports. A faculty committee oversees academic projects of the Initiative while the Athletic Department hosts annual public programming. Follow @SportsSocietyVU on Twitter and subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter by emailing andrew.j.maraniss@vanderbilt.edu.