32 Female Athletes Sue University Of Oregon For Alleged Title IX Violations

Thirty-two female athletes at the University of Oregon have filed a lawsuit against the school alleging that they’re violating Title IX requirements, stating that their “shabby facilities and inadequate supplies” violate the equal treatment law. 

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Thirty-two female athletes among the varsity beach volleyball team and the club rowing team at the University of Oregon are suing the school over alleged Title IX violations. The lawsuit stated that both teams have experienced inadequate supplies and run-down facilities, violating the equal-treatment law, according to reports

According to the plaintiffs, the school is being accused of “depriving women of equal treatment and benefits, equal athletic aid, and equal opportunities to participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics.” 

The lawsuit was filed in US district court in Eugene, Oregan, and is mainly seeking correction of the alleged violations and other damages that weren’t specified. Arthur H Bryant of Bailey Glasser is the lead counsel for the plaintiffs. Bryant is known for his work enforcing Title IX: a federal law that prohibits gender inequality within educational institutions that receive federal funds. 

According to the lawsuit, the best volleyball players specifically stated that they don’t have proper facilities for practicing or competing, and normally have to both practice and compete in public parks with inadequate facilities.

“For example, the public park lacks any stands for spectators, has bathrooms with no doors on the stalls, and is frequently littered with feces, drug paraphernalia, and other discarded items. No men’s team faces anything remotely similar.”

Oregon released a statement in which they stated that an on-campus facility for beach volleyball is in development, and Oregon is “committed to providing a quality, positive experience for all our student-athletes.”

The plaintiffs also stated that a lot of the Oregon men’s teams have state-of-the-art facilities, take chartered flights to get to games, eat catered food, and have many other amenities. Of the 20 varsity sports at Oregon, beach volleyball is the only one that doesn’t provide scholarships, despite the fact that NCAA rules allow each school to give six full athletic scholarships to the team. 

Team captain and lead plaintiff Ashley Schroeder also stated that players have to wear hand-me-down uniforms and are not given any name, image, or likeness (NIL) support. 

“Based on the way the beach volleyball team has been treated, female athletes at Oregon do not need much food or water, good or clean clothes or uniforms, scholarships, medical treatment or mental health services, their own facilities, a locker room, proper transportation, or other basic necessities,” Schroeder stated.

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“Male athletes are treated incredibly better in almost every respect.”

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Schroeder said “the team could not practice this week because someone had died at the park.”

Oregon said in its statement that it provides “all student-athletes, including our female athletes, with academic support, tutoring, student-athlete development, medical care, mental health support, meals and snacks, and nutrition and sports training.”

“The university believes it complies with Title IX. [The University of Oregon] has not yet been served a copy of the complaint, and therefore we are unable to comment on any further specifics,” the university’s statement said. The school has previously committed to increasing scholarships.

The NCAA has recognized beach volleyball since 2010, and Oregon’s program was founded in 2014; the first Division I championship was held in 2016. 

49% of the student-athletes at Oregon are women, however, only 25% of the athletics dollars and 15% of recruiting dollars are spent on them.