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Update: Minnesota Football Team Ends Bowl Boycott

The University of Minnesota football team ended their boycott of the Holiday Bowl after attempting to overturn the suspension of 10 players for alleged acts of sexual assault and agreed to participate in the upcoming December 27th game against Washington State University. After lengthy meetings with University President Eric Kaler and Athletic Director Mark Coyle, … Continue Reading

Players To Boycott Football Activities, Bowl Game, Over Suspensions Of Teammates

University of Minnesota football players announced on December 15 that they are boycotting all football activities, including their December 27 Holiday Bowl game against the Washington State Cougars, to protest the University’s decision to suspend 10 teammates over a sexual assault allegation, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. The University adopted an affirmative sexual consent … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Declines To Consider Antitrust Case Against NCAA

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review a decision holding that NCAA athletes did not have to be paid beyond the cost of attending college. NCAA v. O’Bannon, Nos. 14-16601, 14-17068 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2015), cert. denied, No. 15-1167 (Oct. 3, 2016). A U.S. district court had decided the NCAA’s use of the … Continue Reading

University of Tennessee Settles Title IX Lawsuit For $2.48 Million

The University of Tennessee announced on July 5, 2016, that it had settled a Title IX lawsuit filed against it by eight female plaintiffs for $2.48 million. The women alleged that the University fostered a culture of indifference by ignoring sexual assaults committed by athletes, which, in turn, created a hostile environment for females on … Continue Reading

New York’s ‘Enough is Enough’ to Become Law

Legislation to curb sexual assault on college campuses in New York is set to become law. Governor Andrew Cuomo had introduced the bill in January 2015. The “Enough is Enough” bill encourages victims of sexual assault on campus to report the incident and bolsters support services for victims. Significantly, the legislation adopts a statewide affirmative … Continue Reading

Department of Education Issues New Guidance on Title IX Coordinators

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has issued a Dear Colleague Letter (“DCL”) to superintendents, presidents, and other senior officials of educational institutions reminding them of their obligation to designate a Title IX coordinator and to support the coordinator fully in efforts to ensure the institution is in compliance with Title IX. … Continue Reading

Law Professors Raise Concerns With Title IX Procedures

Do certain Title IX procedures abridge the due process rights of the accused for the sake of Title IX compliance? The University of Pennsylvania Law School has become the second law school in recent months to provoke a public response from law professors arguing the University’s new procedures for investigating and adjudicating complaints of sexual … Continue Reading

California Bill Would Create New Sexual Assault Definition For College Campuses

Students on both public and private college campuses must get “affirmative consent” before engaging in sexual activity, according to a bill passed unanimously the California legislature. The bill awaits Governor Jerry Brown’s signature. California Senate Bill 967, also known as the “yes means yes” law, makes clear that all colleges taking student financial aid funding … Continue Reading

Colleges and Universities Must Address Sexual Violence Against Students

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit filed by five current and former female undergraduates who claimed the university  mishandled their complaints of sexual assault. UConn was accused of mishandling rape cases and refusing to condemn or intervene following  reported harassment of female students, in … Continue Reading

Ohio State Fires Band Director For Alleged Environment Of Ongoing Sexual Harassment

Ohio State University (“University”) fired the director of its marching band following a two month investigation into an alleged culture of sexual harassment and alcohol abuse in which student band members were told to participate in numerous hazing activities, including mimicking sexual acts and marching on the football field in their underwear in a ritual … Continue Reading

University to Expand Opportunities for Female Athletes, Settling Title IX Action

Quinnipiac University has agreed to maintain its women’s volleyball team and expand athletic opportunities for its female students as part of a proposed settlement to end a lengthy court battle regarding the school’s lack of Title IX compliance. The question of Quinnipiac’s Title IX compliance initially arose in 2009, when five members of the school’s … Continue Reading

Jackson Lewis Sports Practice Attorneys To Speak At Title IX Conference

The Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group is pleased to announce that Jackson Lewis attorneys, Gregg Clifton, Paul Kelly, Doug Smith, and Bethany Swaton, will be attending and speaking at the Association of Title IX Administrators (“ATIXA”) Inaugural National Conference held on June 23 – 24, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.  This conference coincides with the … Continue Reading

Universities and Other Educational Institutions Are Under Scrutiny for Title IX Violations

A year after the issuance of the Department of Education (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights’ (“OCR”) April 4, 2011 “Dear Colleague Letter,” educational institutions are still scrambling to avoid being found in violation of Title IX.   The Letter was in response to an increase in sexual discrimination and assault in the educational setting.  It reminded … Continue Reading
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