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Title IX: Athletics: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: (02086001)

On July 28, 2015, OCR issued its resolution letter regarding its compliance review of the athletic program of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the resolution agreement obtained to resolve the review. The review examined whether the University provided male and female students an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s intercollegiate athletic program, by effectively accommodating their interests and abilities and providing opportunities for athletic financial assistance to members of both sexes in proportion to the participation rate of men and women in the intercollegiate athletics program.  The review also examined whether the University provided equal athletic opportunities for male and female students with regard to the benefits and opportunities in all of the components of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program. OCR determined that the University was out of compliance relative to the following components of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program: travel and per diem allowances; locker room, practice and competitive facilities; publicity; and support services. OCR found insufficient evidence of a violation of Title IX regarding the following components of the University’s intercollegiate athletics program: the provision of equipment and supplies; scheduling of games and practice times; opportunity to receive tutoring and assignment and compensation of tutors; opportunity to receive coaching and assignment and compensation of coaches; medical and training facilities and services; housing and dining facilities and services; recruitment; the effective accommodation of the interests and abilities of female athletes; and the proportionate provision of athletic financial assistance to men and women in the intercollegiate athletics program.  The University signed a resolution agreement to resolve the areas of non-compliance identified.  The University agreed to provide its women’s athletics teams with locker and team rooms of equivalent quality, size, amenities, and proximity to competitive facilities as provided to its men’s athletics teams.  The University also agreed to take steps to provide equivalent publicity for men’s and women’s teams, including but not limited to the assignment of sports information personnel with comparable experience; and, equivalent publicity resources (such as game highlights, press conferences, and other promotional activities, such as band, dance team and/or cheerleaders at games) and media coverage.  The University further agreed to provide office space for the coaches and administrative staff of men’s and women’s teams that is equivalent in availability, size and amenities.  Finally, the University agreed to continue implementing its new policy of providing charter flights for all air travel for the women’s basketball team, and provide equivalent travel expenses to members of its men’s and women’s teams.

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Last Modified: 09/25/2018