Did Fresno State violate Title IX again? Members of this Bulldogs team say it did

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'An attorney representing members of the Fresno State women’s lacrosse team has sent a letter to university president Joseph Castro claiming that the elimination of the program is a “blatant violation of Title IX” and threatening legal action if it is not reinstated.

“The law is crystal clear in this area,” said Arthur H. Bryant, of Bailey & Glasser in Oakland. “There is a three-part test to comply with Title IX in terms of opportunities to participate. You only have to meet one part. The second and third parts cannot be met if you’re eliminating an active women’s team so it ends up all coming down to the first part, which is, are your opportunities to participate substantially proportionate to undergraduate enrollment rates?
“As announced in October, varsity lacrosse was one of three sport teams that, unfortunately, will be discontinued in addition to men’s tennis and wrestling at the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year. This difficult decision was based upon the significant budgetary impacts facing the Fresno State athletic department as their operating revenues have declined by over $9 million as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is resulting in a $5.1 million projected operating deficit this fiscal year. These sport team reductions will generate an annual budget savings of approximately $2.5 million, once all scholarships and other contractual obligations have been fulfilled.'

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