The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that all cities and college campuses seeking to host future NCAA championship events must fill out a lengthy, seven-page questionnaire about whether men can use women’s bathrooms and waltz into women’s locker rooms to take showers.
The NCAA Board of Governors announced its new bathroom-and-locker-room survey on Friday.
“The board’s decision reaffirms the NCAA’s commitment to operate championships and events that promote an inclusive atmosphere in which student-athletes participate, coaches and administrators lead and fans engage,” the 391-word introduction to the survey declares.
“Has your city, county/parish, and/or state passed anti-discrimination laws that are applicable to all persons?” one of the several survey questions asks.
“Does your city, county-parish and/or state regulate choice of bathrooms that may affect fans attending the Event?” another question asks.“If the Event is planned to be held on institutional/campus property, does your institution have provisions that interfere with any person’s choice of bathroom or locker room?” a third question queries.
Binary boxes reading “YES” and “NO” follow each question.
The new survey stems from a rule adopted by the NCAA Board of Governors in April which proclaims that all championship sites must “demonstrate how they will provide an environment that is safe, healthy and free of discrimination and also safeguards the dignity of everyone involved in the event,” according to Inside Higher Ed.
The NCAA adopted the new rule just after North Carolina passed a state law requiring people to use the restroom that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificates.
The North Carolina law has been the source of national debate and multiple boycotts. (RELATED: NBA Moves All-Star Game Out Of North Carolina Due To Bathroom Law)
In 2015, Inside Higher Ed notes, the NCAA criticized Indiana’s now-amended Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was designed to allow individuals and business owners to challenge laws they believe impose heavy burdens on their religious freedom. (RELATED: Angie’s List Haunted By Huge Fraud Lawsuit As It Criticizes Indiana Religious Freedom Act)
The NCAA’s headquarters is located in Indianapolis.
In November, the NCAA announced that it would not move the 2016 Final Four out of Houston in response to a referendum which roundly crushed a proposed Houston ordinance which would have extended bans on employment and housing discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national original and other classifications to gay people, bisexual people and transgender people. (RELATED: NCAA Won’t Relocate Final Four After Houston Voters Ban Cross-Dressing Men From Women’s Bathrooms)
Foes of the proposed Houston law characterized it as the “bathroom ordinance,” saying it would allow men who wear women’s clothes — and sexual predators — to use public women’s bathrooms. (RELATED: See And Decide: Is Target Bathroom Voyeur A Man Or Woman?)
Critics also said the ordinance would conflict with religious liberty and generate a raft of expensive litigation against Houston’s small businesses.
The NCAA announced its news bathroom-and-locker-room survey as it continues its glacially-paced investigation of the sickening athletic scam at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Evidence concerning North Carolina’s 18 years of rampant academic fraud surfaced as early as 2011. (RELATED: NCAA Gets Serious About Cheating By Punishing Some Tiny, Obscure College In Michigan)