After Cutting Sports, Temple Under Title IX Investigation

February 17, 2014

Temple University cut seven varsity sports mostly men's teams, in December in part to help bring the program into Title IX compliance, but it seems that didn’t do the trick. The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights notified Temple President Neil Theobald on Monday that it is investigating whether the university is “failing to provide equal athletic opportunity for female athletes compared to male athletes, with regard to locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities, housing and dining facilities and services, and in the area of athletic financial assistance.”  Title IX was one reason Temple said it would cut five men’s teams – baseball, indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics and crew – and two women’s teams – softball and rowing – at the end of this year, but Theobald also said the sports weren’t financially viable. A Temple spokesman confirmed the investigation, which was first reported by Philly.com.

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