Erie CC Settles Title IX Complaint on Women's Athletics

March 16, 2016

Erie Community College has reached a settlement with the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights on an investigation into whether the college complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 with regard to opportunities for female athletes, The Buffalo News reported. The college claimed that it was increasing opportunities relative to student interests, but the Education Department rejected that assertion. At Erie, women make up about half of the student body but only 32 percent of athletes. Further, the department found that the college has added some men's sports and cut women's teams in the period reviewed by OCR. Erie has agreed to take a number of steps, including surveying its female students on their athletic interests, reviewing why women's teams were eliminated and examining trends in local high school and college sports to determine if there are women's teams that might be added.

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