A Quinnipiac University coach and student athletes testified yesterday while seeking a temporary injunction to prevent the school from eliminating the women’s volleyball team while their lawsuit against the school is in court. If the injunction is granted, a full trial will be held while the team continues during the 2009-2010 school year, reported CBS. Quinnipiac University is in Hamden, Connecticut.
The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, alleges that Quinnipiac violates Title IX by failing to provide equal opportunity to women athletes to participate in varsity-level sports, according to the Hartford Courant. Coach Robin Sparks testified that the school takes names of male student athletes off team rosters and then reinstitutes them in order to make the school’s Title IX reports appear to be in compliance with the law, according to the Associated Press.
The lawsuit was filed in response to a March announcement by Quinnipiac that the school was cutting women’s volleyball, men’s golf, and men’s outdoor track and changing competitive cheerleading to a varsity sport.