Athletics

Intramural (IM) and Club Sports

The following information was written by MSU Recreational Sports and Fitness Services.

Students at MSU have the opportunity to be involved in intramural sports through our Recreational Sports and Fitness Services department.  Intramural sports are bound by the same rules governing all student organizations, meaning they cannot discriminate on the basis of “age, color, gender, disability status, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or weight.”  Students may participate in leagues with the gender they identify as.  For more information about the participant policies for club sports, check out the handbook here.

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services Transgender Policy

Individuals who identify as male or female will be eligible for the following leagues:

Leagues of Competition

Identifies as a Male

Identifies as a Female

CoRec Leagues

Eligible Male participant

Eligible Female participant

Men's Leagues

Eligible Male participant

Not eligible

Women's Leagues

Not eligible

Eligible Female participant

 

Teams with players who identify as a transgender man or transgender woman are responsible for ensuring their players comply with all Player Eligibility Guidelines.

 

MSU Rec Sports expects participation to be based on one’s "self-identified gender" and that it is done in good faith and is consistent with a player’s expressed gender identity.

  • A participant’s gender identity will be applied when there are gender specific rules or player ratio requirements for co-rec divisions.
    • Transgender individuals may play on the team that best matches their gender identity.
    • Player eligibility will be based on the gender identified on the official team roster.
    • MSU Rec Sports recognizes that, for many, coming to know one’s gender identity is not something that happens in an instant; it is a complex process that can occur over an extended period of time. Transgender participants are encouraged to communicate their gender identity with the Department. Should the player not feel comfortable working with the Department, the individual can contact the LBGT Resource Center.

 

If there is ever an issue with participation, please contact the LBGT Resource Center or Angela Michael in Rec Sports: alm@msu.edu.

Recreational Sports Facilities

Some  Recreational Sports Buildings have facilities that can be used as inclusive, such as single-occupancy and family locker rooms. See below for the facilities and what resources they currently have.

IM Circle

IM Circle has a gender inclusive locker room called a “Companion Locker Room.” This space is locked at all times. It is typically used by parents who may have a child of another gender who is too young to use the locker room alone. There are individual bathroom stalls that could be used for additional privacy within the Companion Locker Room should others be using it at the same time. To access the key, please see the building supervisor after 12:00pm. If you wish to access the “Companion Locker Room” prior to noon, please email Angela Michael, alm@msu.edu, to discuss options.

IM West

IM West has a gender inclusive locker room. Locker room 124 is located on the first floor east side of the building. To gain access to this locker room individuals will need to inquire at the IM West Service Counter. There are not individual stalls or locker rooms here at the IM West.

IM East

IM East does not have gender inclusive facilities.

Demonstration Hall

Demonstration Hall has two gender inclusive restrooms located on the east side of the arena. There are no locker rooms in this facility.