October 23, 2013, Charlottetown (ISN) – The following is a UPEI Statement from Vice-President Administration and Finance Jackie Podger in response to a recent article in The Guardian published on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. This statement was distributed by Integrated Communications at the University of Prince Edward Island.
UPEI offers sport and recreation opportunities that are open to all, allocating scarce resources based on needs, demand, and the University’s over-arching goals. In the last number of months, the Department of Athletics and Recreation has been reviewing all of its operations and has initiated a number of processes and programs to improve our offerings.
Our primary goal is to ensure that all of our stakeholders—varsity and club student-athletes; coaches; students, staff, and faculty; parents; alumni; members; supporters; and the broader Panther community—experience quality athletics and recreation programming, in an equitable manner, and in ways that contribute to our overall success.
Some initiatives include our Student-Athlete Advisory Council, to ensure the best possible student-athlete experience, and the reconvening of a community engagement group from which to receive input and support.
Because of these continuing efforts, we were disappointed to hear of former soccer coach Mr. Redmond’s gender equity complaint, filed through the Human Rights Commission. We always have taken concerns about “fair play” very seriously and, therefore, UPEI will be cooperating fully with the Commission, following its process.