Quinnipiac University has been sued for alleged violations of Title IX in connection with the university’s decision to eliminate its women’s volleyball team. The class action suit has been brought by four current Quinnipiac players, one incoming recruit, and the former head volleyball coach, Robin Lamott Sparks, in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
There is a three-part test for compliance with Title IX:
- Athletic opportunities for male and female students must be substantially proportionate to the percentage of male and female students enrolled at the college or university
- The college or university must have a history and continuing practice of expanding opportunities for the under-represented sex
- The college or university must “fully and effectively” accommodate the interests and abilities of the under-represented sex
See this post on Sports Law Blog for more on the three-part test.
Quinnipiac, according to the plaintiffs’ allegations, fails to meet the first part of the test, as 62% of its undergraduate students are female and 50% participate in athletics. The other two parts of the test are clearly subjective, and it will be interesting to see how the parties attempt to prove and disprove compliance, as well as how the Court interprets these elements.
Stay tuned for continuing coverage of this case.