UCO Women’s Track, Cross Country Lawsuit for Title IX Violations

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Athletes on the University of Central Oklahoma women’s track and cross country team have filed a lawsuit for alleged Title IX violations. The lawsuit alleges that team athletes are not treated as well as male student-athletes. Some female athletes said they don’t have the same facilities and benefits as male sports. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of athletes from the women’s cross country and track and field teams. Lawyers representing them said they filed suit against the UCO for “treating its female student-athletes significantly worse than male athletes – and retaliating against them for seeking equal treatment”. competitive facility and they are required to practice at a local college. Other allegations in the court documents state: “Female student-athletes have inferior transportation options than male student-athletes, including not having access to the same charter bus services. Another alleges that the The UCO women’s cross country team was scheduled to host a single home meet last year, but it had to be canceled because the university was unable to find a site for the home meet.” One of the attorneys is based in Oakland, Calif., and told KOCO 5, “For example, there are no men on men’s teams who don’t get the gear they need to compete. UCO does not give women the basics, adequate uniforms, adequate facilities comment and we were told that the university has not received a Title IX lawsuit on this issue.

Athletes on the University of Central Oklahoma women’s track and cross country team have filed a lawsuit for alleged Title IX violations.

The lawsuit alleges that team athletes are not treated as well as male student-athletes. Some female athletes said they don’t have the same facilities and benefits as male sports.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of athletes from the women’s cross country and track and field teams. Lawyers representing them said they filed suit against UCO for “treating its female student-athletes far worse than male athletes – and retaliating against them for seeking equal treatment”.

The lawsuit says the women’s cross country and track and field teams have no locker rooms, no competition facilities, and are forced to train at a local college.

Other allegations in the court documents state: “Female student-athletes have inferior transportation options than male student-athletes, including not having access to the same charter bus services. Another alleges that the The UCO women’s cross country team was supposed to host a single home meet last year, but it had to be canceled because the university couldn’t find a site for the home meet.”

One of the attorneys is based in Oakland, Calif., and told KOCO 5, “For example, the pole vaulters haven’t been given pole vaults! There are no men on the men’s teams who don’t doesn’t get the equipment he needs to compete. UCO doesn’t give women the basics, proper uniforms, proper facilities.”

KOCO 5 contacted UCO for comment and we were told that the university had not been sued under Title IX on this matter.

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