Controversial Title IX Lawsuit Rocks Oregon

A class action lawsuit has been filed by 32 members of the University of Oregon’s women’s beach volleyball and rowing teams, alleging that the University has violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 by depriving its female athletes of equal treatment, benefits, athletic aid, and opportunities. The lawsuit claims that the University treats male student-athletes better than female athletes and refuses to provide the women’s beach volleyball team with any financial aid and adequate facilities. It also accuses the University of relegating the women’s rowing team to a club sport and failing to provide proportionate athletic participation opportunities for women. The University’s response claimed that it provides female athletes with a quality and positive experience and that it is also planning to increase scholarships for beach volleyball and build a beach volleyball facility on campus.