In an email from Brown President Christina H. Paxton to alumni:
Effective immediately, Brown will cease training, competition and related operations at the varsity level for the following sports: men and women’s fencing; men and women’s golf; women’s skiing; men and women’s squash; women’s equestrian; and men’s track, field and cross country (which are three varsity sports under federal Title IX rules governing access to opportunities in sports). In addition, club coed sailing and club women’s sailing each will transition to varsity status.
The email subject is "Excellence initiative to reshape athletics at Brown" and the whole email is long (I will paste it in if people are interested). A key justification is:
The large number of varsity teams at Brown (currently the third highest in the country) has hindered our ability to fully achieve these aspirations. The Excellence in Brown Athletics Initiative, which I am announcing today, has the goals of improving the competitiveness of our varsity athletics, enhancing the strength of our club sports, and upholding our commitment to provide equal opportunities in athletics for women and men at Brown.
Here is the release.