In Title IX Case, Colorado State U. Will Cut 1 Women’s Team and Add Another

An agreement reached by Colorado State University and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights acknowledges that the university has failed to comply with federal gender-equity requirements under Title IX by offering too few athletic scholarships for women, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reported. Under the remedy specified in the agreement, reached last January, the university will add a new women’s team, soccer, but do so at the expense of another, water polo. The changes are expected to bring the university into compliance by September 2016.

“It’s gut-wrenching to eliminate a sport,” said Christine Susemihl, senior associate athletic director for administration at CSU. “Compliance with Title IX was not the driving force behind the decision to discontinue water polo, but the net positive effect (of) replacing water polo with soccer is going to get us in compliance eventually.”
… The university could not afford to keep water polo and add another sport, Susemihl said.

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