UConn settles Title IX lawsuit and agrees to maintain women’s rowing program for at least five years

The University of Connecticut has settled a federal Title IX lawsuit and will maintain its women’s rowing program for at least five years.

As part of the settlement, the university will also renovate the team’s boathouse, provide more scholarships to the program, hire three full-time assistant coaches, and increase the team’s recruiting budget The Associated Press.

Twelve rowers filed the lawsuit against the school after it announced it would cut the program last year due to budget issues. The rowers argued that ending the program would violate Title IX, the federal law that mandates equal access for women to education, including athletics, the AP reported.

A restraining order was issued in May to prevent the team from disbanding, with US District Judge Stephen Underhill ruling the rowers were likely to win their case, the news service added.

“The university is pleased that we were able to resolve this legal dispute and reach an agreement. Our focus is to support and advance this program,” Stephanie Reitz, a spokeswoman for the University of Connecticut, said in a statement to The Hill.

“At a time when we really didn’t think there was a future, we now have everything a rowing team could ever want or need to be successful,” said Maggie Mlynek, one of the rowers opposing the case school was tiring. said, according to the AP.

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