Saturday, September 29, 2007

More Rebuttal Points from Women Alumni on the Current Situation

* The discrimination occurred during the summer class sessions of June and July, 2007 at Ohio University as well as during the summer class sessions of 2006.

* Ohio University Athletic Department is the discriminating party, which includes Kirby Hocutt (AD), Amy Dean (Senior Assoc. AD, and Robert Andrey (Assoc. AD of Bus. Operations)

* Allowing a head count bias to exist for the ‘major’ or ‘most important sports’ (i.e. – football, basketball, and volleyball) for summer school athletic aid has resulted in a violation 34 C.F.R. Section 106.37 (c). Male varsity athletes have received a disproportionately higher amount of summer school athletic aid than female varsity athletes at Ohio University.

* Witnesses would include women’s student athletes in ‘minor’ sports at Ohio University for the 2007-08 year.

* We believe the discrimination is based on sex because the the Ohio University Athletic Dept. does not want to pay for summer school athletic aid for a significant number of female athletes – but is eager to pay for the entire football team.

Remedy: Eliminate the head count bias created by football that allows far more access to summer school athletic aid for male athletes than for female athletes. Also: require the Ohio Athletic Department to have a representative speak to each women’s athletic team about the availability of summer school opportunities each spring.

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