Female student-athletes sue University of Oregon; allege Title IX violations

December 6, 2023 / Athletic Administration
Roughly three dozen female student-athletes at the University of Oregon have filed a class-action lawsuit alleging that the university has violated Title IX civil rights laws.

Twenty-six beach volleyball student-athletes and six members of the club rowing team filed the lawsuit, according to a report from The Oregonian.

oregonAccording to the 115-page lawsuit, the university is “depriving its female student-athletes of equal treatment, equal athletic financial aid, and equal opportunities to participate in varsity athletics in violation of Title IX.”

A recent report from the American School & University magazine detailed the lawsuit by the Oregon athletes. Below is an excerpt from the American School & University magazine story.

An investigative report published by The Oregonian/OregonLive in July detailed disparate treatment of players on the Oregon beach volleyball team, which has never received athletic scholarship funding in its 10 years of existence and practices and plays rare home matches at Amazon Park, a public park in Eugene where the restroom has no doors on the stalls because of concerns about squatters.

The report detailed unequal treatment of the beach volleyball team with regard to locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; travel and daily allowances; equipment and supplies; and recruiting.
In October, a campus planning committee approved a site recommendation for an on-campus beach volleyball facility. The earliest that facility could be completed is fall 2025.

To read the full story from American School & University, click here.