University of Minnesota Duluth
 
 
myUMD | Search | People | Departments | Events | News

 UMD News Releases

Associate Director of External Affairs | Cheryl Reitan | creitan@d.umn.edu | (218) 726-8996
UMD RSS Feed

December 3, 2001
Susan Beasy Latto, Director of Public Relations 218 726-8830
Greg Fox, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations 218 726-7101
Robert Corran, Director of UMD Athletics 218 726-8168
Lorie Gildea, University of Minnesota Associate General Counsel 612 624-4100


UMD Prevails in Title IX Lawsuit Appeal

Lower Court Decision Upheld--Dismissing Suit on All Counts


The U. S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of UMD in an appeal of cases which charged UMD with violating Title IX in connection with its athletic programs. The federal Title IX statute requires that colleges and universities provide equal opportunities for participation in men's and women's sports, and equal treatment on varsity teams.

In February 1999, the trial court hearing the cases disagreed with the claims against UMD and dismissed the lawsuit on all counts. The plaintiffs, former UMD students Julie Grandson, Jennifer Thompson, Renata Lindal and Ginger Jeffrey, then filed an appeal of the 1999 decision with the U. S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In an opinion filed last week, the appellate court agreed that the trial judge's decision to dismiss the cases should stand.

The appellate court recognized that, rather than discriminating against women in athletics, UMD had added athletic opportunities for women. It further noted that women's ice hockey (one of UMD's newest teams) recently won the NCAA Division One National Championship. The court credited UMD's work at increasing and improving opportunities for women in its athletic programs. It further held that "The efforts UMD made in fulfilling its commitments under the Compliance Agreement with the Office of Civil Rights, preclude a finding that UMD has been deliberately indifferent to its overall compliance obligations under Title IX."

UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin said, "We are very pleased but not surprised by the decision. It is clear the court recognizes UMD's steadfast resolve to build a strong women's athletic program. UMD is committed to providing a quality athletic program for all students, both men and women."




UMD RSS Feed   2014: [ January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December ]
Archives of Previous Years: [ 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 ]




UMD External Affairs Team
To send information to Currents and to submit a listing to the Experts List or
to send major news stories for homepage features, news releases and UM Twin Cities Brief use umdnews@d.umn.edu


Gina Katzmark, Director of External Affairs, 218-726-6141, katzmark@d.umn.edu
Cheryl Reitan, Associate Director of External Affairs, 218-726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu
Betty Greene, Associate Administrator, 218-726-6140, bgreene@d.umn.edu
Brett Groehler, Director of Photography, 218-726-7115, bgroehle@d.umn.edu
Charlene Aaseng, Graphic & Multimedia Designer, 218-726-6858, caaseng@d.umn.edu
Kathleen McQuillan-Hofmann, Communication Associate, 218-726-7111, kmcquill@d.umn.edu
Lori Melton, Communication Associate, 218-726-8830, lmelton@d.umn.edu
Joel Youngblom, Web Development & Content Manager, 218-726-8798, jyoungbl@d.umn.edu


© 2014 University of Minnesota Duluth
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Last modified on 02/11/13 12:09 PM
University of Minnesota Campuses
Crookston | Duluth | Morris
Rochester | Twin Cities | Other Locations