Ivy League Postpones 2020 Fall Athletic Season
The Ivy League became the first NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference on Wednesday to postpone athletic competition for the entire 2020 fall semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fall sports student-athletes will not use a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, regardless if they enroll. Student-athletes can seek a fifth-year of eligibility with their schools.
The Ivy League Council of Presidents issued the following joint statement:
“As a leadership group, we have a responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of the students who attend our institutions, as well as the faculty and staff who work at our schools. These decisions are extremely difficult, particularly when they impact meaningful student-athlete experiences that so many value and cherish.
With the information available to us today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall.
We are entrusted to create and maintain an educational environment that is guided by health and safety considerations. There can be no greater responsibility — and that is the basis for this difficult decision.”