Mission and Policies


Luther College, since the inception of intercollegiate athletics for its students, has affirmed that athletics is integral to the fulfillment of its mission. The educational experience at Luther College not only disciplines the mind but also develops whole persons and prepares them to serve with distinction for the common good. The intercollegiate athletic program helps fulfill this mission by developing strength of body, discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship, character, integrity, leadership, and sense of fair play. The Luther College Athletic Department is committed to providing an environment that encourages high levels of athletic performance and enables individuals and teams to challenge for conference, regional, and national championships.

Luther College Athletics is Committed to Safety, Fairness and Respect for all Participants

Collegiate athletics provides an opportunity for students to compete with and against others who come from a variety of backgrounds, but all of whom share the common goal of achieving athletics excellence.  Valuing this common ground enhances the social and competitive experience for all and is important to team success and to individual development. Teams that value each member's contribution to the unit, while respecting individual differences, provide a healthy foundation for the team and each member of the team to focus on achieving their athletics and educational goals.

We have an obligation to provide equal opportunity for our student-athletes, staff, fans, officials and visitors.  All those involved in athletics shall be aware of these obligations and treat them as core values. Discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people (actual or perceived) negatively affects all who participate in athletics competition.  If discrimination is accepted as part of the common practice of an athletics department, it undermines the core principle of equal opportunity. 


Luther College strives to conduct the athletics program in compliance with American Rivers Conference and NCAA rules and regulations. Institutional representatives failing to comply with rules prescribed by the governing bodies will be subject to corrective action including termination. The Athletic Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, age or gender.

Home Event Policies

Groups or organizations that are interested in participating in a home athletic event must email Alex Smith, Associate Athletic Director, a minimum of two days prior to the event to be considered. This includes pregame, halftime, and postgame performances or public address announcements. Direct solicitation to spectators at the event is strictly prohibited.

Sportsmanship Statement

Luther College promotes good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, and spectators. The Athletics  Department requests your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials at every athletic event in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from the site of competition.

Thunder and Lightning Policy

The Luther College Athletic Department (i.e., Administrators, Coaches/assistant coaches, certified athletic trainers, event managers, and game officials) will follow the NCAA Guidelines for Lightning Safety and the NATA position statement on lightning. Lightning and inclement weather are consistent and significant conditions affecting outdoor athletic practices/contests. The Luther College Athletic Department is dedicated to the safety of all student athletes, coaches/staff, and all spectators and will adhere to the following policy and safety guidelines to minimize risk of injury during inclement weather. Click Here for complete Thunder and Lightning Policy and Protocol (pdf).