Cottey Accused of Bias Against Black Athletes

August 1, 2016

Three black women have filed a suit against Cottey College, a women's college in Missouri, saying that they were the victims of race discrimination while on the basketball team and that they were unfairly expelled, the Associated Press reported. The suit says that the black players were called "Black Attack" by their coach and that the coach frequently organized practice games featuring black players against white players. Then the students were expelled for being "disruptive," without due process or a chance to appeal, the suit charges.

A spokesman for Cottey released this statement to Inside Higher Ed: "Given that the matter has proceeded to litigation, we believe commenting on the particulars would be inappropriate, except to say that there has been no unlawful treatment of our students. Cottey College is committed to equal opportunity and an inclusive college experience for all students, in the academic, athletic and cocurricular settings. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a sound, healthy campus environment for all of our students, including our student athletes."

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