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EMU Ordered To Reinstate 2 Women's Sports Programs Saying Their Elimination Violated Title IX

Sep 27, 2018

Eastern Michigan University's Student Center.
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A federal court judge is ordering Eastern Michigan University to halt its plans to cut its women's Tennis and Softball programs.

U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh ruled EMU's decision to cut the programs violated federal Title IX law.

EMU announced earlier this year it was eliminating the two sports, as well as its men's wrestling and swimming and diving programs, due to budget cuts.  That decision prompted a lawsuit by several members of the affected teams.

Judge Steeh ruled the financial burden on EMU was outweighed by the harm it was doing to the athletes.

The two sides are being ordered to appear in court next month to work out a plan to reinstate the tennis and softball teams.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org