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Eastern Michigan University Under Federal Investigation

Jul 11, 2018

A federal investigation is underway to determine if Eastern Michigan University discriminated against female athletes.

The federal Office of Civil Rights is conducting the investigation after two former female athletes filed a lawsuit against the university earlier this year.  The investigation will help determine whether or not female athletes were offered enough opportunities in order fulfill Title IX requirements.   

In a statement, EMU said they wanted the court to grant them a motion to halt the lawsuit while the investigation takes place.  Eastern wants to avoid duplicative proceedings. 

As part of a budget restructuring plan, EMU eliminated four of its sports teams in March.  Softball, men's swimming and diving, women's tennis, and wrestling were the teams that were cut ot save about $2.4 million.  Student athletes on those teams were allowed to keep scholarships that were originally offered to them by Eastern.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu