OAKLAND, California, October 6, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Dickinson College, a liberal arts school in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, agreed to return to her women’s squash team, develop a gender equity plan and fully comply with Title IX in order to avoid a class action lawsuit against sex discrimination for depriving student-athletes of the equality of opportunity and treatment in its interuniversity athletics program. Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments is the Federal Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination based on sex in all educational institutions receiving federal funds. The regulation leaves open the possibility of Dickinson return to the recently eliminated men’s squash team, which would strengthen Dickinson squash program as a whole.
“This is a great victory for the women at Dickinson College, all Dickinson community and all those who care about gender equality and the rule of law, ”said Arthur H. bryant of Bailey Glasser’s office at Oakland, California, main council of student-athletes. “Title IX has been law for nearly 50 years and Dickinson College blatantly raped him. Now, thanks to the women’s squash team, it will stop. Dickinson reinstate the women’s team they illegally tried to eliminate, develop a gender equity plan with an expert approved by the squash team members, stop discriminating against their student-athletes and put all aspects of the interuniversity sports program in accordance with Title IX. “
Co-captain of the women’s squash team Courtney Trail said: “Six weeks ago, Dickinson College violated Title IX by announcing that he was eliminating our team. We couldn’t allow that. We had to fight for what is right. We urge women across the country – and all who care about equality – to do the same. “
Team co-captain Eloise Nimoiyn added: “My teammates and I are incredibly proud to have organized Dickinson responsible, brought her back to our team and forced her to achieve gender equity. We hope women across the country will do the same in their schools. It is time for schools across America to stop discriminating against their student-athletes. “
Women squash team members who have successfully fought for their rights are Amna Fayyaz, Jocelyn Feliciano, Whitney finney, Ellissa (Ella) Goldman, Elizabeth howerton, Lindsay Kuracina, Doxey Loupassi, Cate Moll, Eloïse Nimoiyn, Rachel O’Brien, Anna o’connor, Emerson rains, Courtney Trail, and Katelynn Young.
In addition to Bryant, the student-athlete lawyers are Cary Joshi of Bailey Glasser in Washington DC, Lori Bullock of Bailey Glasser in Des Moines, Iowa, and Jade Smith-Williams of Bailey Glasser in Oakland, California.
At August 26, 2021, Dickinson has announced that it is eliminating its women’s and men’s varsity squash teams at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. At September 9, 2021, Bryant wrote a letter To Dickinson College Acting President John E. Jones, III, on behalf of the members of the women’s team and informed him that the women’s elimination violated Title IX. The law prohibits universities from eliminating female teams for which interest, ability and competition are available unless “opportunities for participation at the inter-university level for male and female students are provided in numbers substantially proportional to their numbers. respective registrations ”. Dickinson failed this test.
According to the most recent public data, which Dickinson submitted and verified to the United States Department of Education under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, Dickinson had an undergraduate population in 2019-2020 of 1,193 women and 898 men. Thus, undergraduate enrollment was 57.05% women. The school’s intercollegiate sports teams numbered 326 men and 243 women, or 42.71% women, creating a 14.35% gap between women’s undergraduate enrollment rate and their intercollegiate sports participation rate. Dickinson I needed add the chances of women to comply with Title IX.
Instead of, Dickinson announced that he was eliminating his women’s squash team (along with the men’s team). As a result, according to the most recent publicly available data, the school’s sports participation figures would drop to around 314 men and 231 women, or 42.39% of women, creating a gap of 14.67%. Dickinson about 186 women would need to be added to achieve gender equality under Title IX.
Bryant said he and his co-counsel would file a class action lawsuit in federal court against Dickinson to deprive female athletes and potential athletes of equality of opportunity and treatment unless the school agrees to reinstate teams and comply with Title IX. The settlement agreement, achieved today, avoids the need for the combination.
According to the contract, Dickinson has agreed to return to their women’s squash team and develop a gender equity plan at the latest August 31, 2022. During the gender equity review, the school will solicit input from student-athletes and alumni and specifically invite participation from members of the women’s squash team and others. Dickinson members of the women’s interuniversity athletics team. It will display the plan on Dickinson website of the athletics department and ensure that Dickinson The intercollegiate sports program is Title IX compliant during the 2022-2023 academic year and beyond. It will also take eight detailed steps to provide female student-athletes with improved and equal treatment and benefits in the meantime.
Members of the women’s squash team urged Dickinson to return to the men’s squash team as well, but so far the school has refused to do so. To ensure this, the agreement provides that the members of the women’s squash team “waive all legal claims arising from the reinstatement of the men’s squash teams”. Women will also continue to fight for the reinstatement of the men’s team.
The Dickinson College the settlement is similar to the deals Bryant, Joshi and Bullock made with Saint Thomas University in June 2021, Dartmouth College in May 2021, University of East Carolina in the beginning January 2021, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in december 2020, and William & Marie College in October 2020. Additional Title IX settlements were made by Bryant and his co-counsel with Clemson University in April 2021 and Brunette college in September 2020.
Bryant was lead trial counsel in the first Title IX case tried against a university for discrimination against its female athletes and potential athletes. He has successfully represented more athletes and potential athletes in Title IX litigation against schools and universities than any lawyer in the country, including Temple University, UCLA, and much more.
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