Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Four Black Colleges Named in Title IX Complaint

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Four Black Colleges Named in Title IX Complaint

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Four Black colleges are part of a group of schools that have been accused of discriminating against women athletes in the allocation of scholarship money.

Bethune-Cookman College, Coppin State, Hampton University and South Carolina State - all members of the MidEastern Athletic Conference - are among the twenty-five NCAA Division I schools named in a complaint filed by the National Women's Law Center earlier this month. The complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

According to the complaint, the twenty-five schools violated Title IX, a law which mandates that colleges provide similar athletic opportunities for both sexes: All public and private colleges receiving federal funds are covered by this law.

"I'm not critical of the Women's Law Center bringing attention to issues of gender equity in college athletics," says Charles Harris, commission of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. "But I am concerned about the arbitrariness in identifying those twenty-five institutions. …

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