Dickinson State Univeristy announced Tuesday, May 9th that they plan to cut the baseball and men’s and women’s golf teams effective the 2018-19 academic year.
The sports will remain active through the 2017-18 seasons, but will be discontinued in the fall of 2018.
In a press release, DSU says the decision was made as part of larger university reductions.
They go on to say, DSU must implement reductions of $4.9 million in the upcoming biennium which begins in July 2017. Cutbacks are being made across the campus community, with just under $400,000 coming from athletics.
“The mission of the institution is to ensure we give students the best possible education,” said DSU President Dr. Thomas Mitzel. “We recognize that education spans across academics, athletics and programs — all of which were considered in the budget planning process.
DSU says they will allow students athletes in the affected programs to contact other schools and will grant their release if they decide to transfer.
The university also says there is a chance golf and baseball could continue if they are able to raise their own external funding.