The New York Institute of Technology said Thursday that it is suspending all NCAA Division II programs for at least two years, citing the Covid-19 epidemic and associated costs.
President Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D. said that all athletic scholarships will be honored for New York Tech students so that they can continue with their academic programs and graduate on schedule. Currently, close to 250 student-athletes are enrolled at New York Tech.
“We have a rich legacy in competitive sports and are proud of everything our student-athletes have accomplished over the years. We thank everyone involved in our athletics program for their spirit, dedication, and professionalism,” Foley said. “For the next two years, unfortunately, we will no longer be competing with our peers in the East Coast Conference (ECC) and NCAA Division II.”
The Old Westbury school said it will continue to focus on student health and wellness initiatives and on enhancing academics and additional club and intramural sports.
At a future date, New York Tech will re-evaluate the decision to suspend its participation in NCAA competition.