Appeals court says Quinnipiac University must offer female athletes more opportunities

Aug. 13, 2012
Panel rejects argument that competitive cheerleading should be counted as a sport

From The Hartford Courant: A federal appeals court has upheld a prior court order that Quinnipiac University must do more to provide female student athletes with the same opportunities the school offers to men. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed findings that the school, situated in Hamden, Conn., discriminated against female students by overstating the number and significance of competitive, intercollegiate athletic positions available to them. Among other things, the appeals court upheld a finding that Quinnipiac's creation of a 30-member, competitive women's' cheerleading squad did not give women the same competitive opportunity as would a varsity sport.

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