North Dakota & Title IX

May 7, 2017

The University of North Dakota is being investigated for Title IX compliance after cutting women’s ice hockey, along with men’s and women’s swimming and diving. Although the university has said it is conscientious of equal opportunity, a complaint to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights disagrees.

The Grand Forks Herald explains that the complaint was made shortly after UND announced the cuts. Prior to making the cuts, the university had sought legal advice about potential lawsuits.

“We would want somewhere close of 50 percent of our student athlete’s participation to be 50 for men and 50 percent for women,” Donna Smith, UND’s Title IX Coordinator, told KVRR.

With eight players in the 2014 Olympic Games, news of the cut for women’s ice hockey came as a surprise to many. 

“You think hockey, you think UND,” Robert Koop, a UND student told KVRR. “Now, half of that is gone.”

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