UTRGV women’s basketball to host UT Arlington at Bert Ogden Arena
EDINBURG — The UTRGV women’s basketball team is set to take center stage at Bert Ogden Arena with a Western Athletic Conference game against Texas at Arlington at 6:30 p.m. today in Edinburg. It’ll be the first time the UTRGV women’s basketball team will play its own game at Bert Ogden Arena without a doubleheader also featuring the men’s basketball team. “We’re excited to be back at Bert Ogden Arena,” UTRGV head coach Lane Lord said. Junior guard Mele Kailahi finished with 22 points and Deborah Ogayemi added 12 in the UTRGV win. I think we have the talent to continue to get better and play our best basketball here at the end of the season.”myrgv.com
Court upholds Connecticut's transgender athlete policy
A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a challenge to Connecticut's policy of allowing transgender girls to compete in girls high school sports, rejecting arguments by four cisgender runners who said they were unfairly forced to race against transgender athletes. The panel said the four cisgender athletes lacked standing to sue — in part because their claims that they were deprived of wins, state titles and athletic scholarship opportunities were speculative. “All four Plaintiffs regularly competed at state track championships as high school athletes, where Plaintiffs had the opportunity to compete for state titles in different events,” the decision said.news.yahoo.com
Sex Discrimination Case in Hawaii Could Change High School Sports Across the U.S.
EWA BEACH, Hawaii — It was rough enough when Ashley Badis and her teammates in girls’ water polo had to practice in the ocean, battling fickle winds and choppy waves because their high school had failed to provide them a pool. But it was humiliating, Badis said, when she learned about female athletes on other teams lugging their gear around school all day, running to a nearby Burger King to use the bathroom, or changing clothes under the bleachers or on the bus. The boys had no such worries becanews.yahoo.com
Angela Miranda-Clark makes effort to educate about Title IX
Title IX is a federal law enacted in 1972 that prevents gender and sex-based discrimination at institutions that receive federal assistance. Title IX covers equality in sports, but it also encompasses sexual violence in schools, as well as protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Since Trinity receives some federal funding, the institution must...trinitonian.com
Sen. Tim Scott introduces legislation to withhold funding from schools with 'secretive' gender transitions
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., pushed a bill to ensure parental rights over their child’s education by “preventing schools from concealing information about students’ gender from their parents.”foxnews.com
U.S. agencies temporarily barred from enforcing guidance protecting LGBTQ individuals from discrimination
A federal judge in Tennessee has issued an order barring two U.S. agencies from enforcing new federal guidance extending enforcement of discrimination in schools and workplaces based on gender identity.cbsnews.com
How coverage and viewership of womens’ sports has changed
Having been involved with sports for so many years, sometimes you need to look back at the advances that have taken place in equipment, rules changes and influence of television on the growth of sport[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Sports San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Restrictions on transgender student athletes’ participation in school sports signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott
House Bill 25 will require student athletes who compete in interscholastic competition to play on sports teams that correspond with the sex listed on their birth certificate at or near their time of birth.
Texas bill limiting transgender student athletes’ sports participation clears key hurdle on way to becoming law
A House committee approved the bill despite emotional testimony from parents of transgender Texas children. Proponents of HB 25 have claimed that transgender girls’ participation on teams made up of mostly cisgender girls would present safety hazards for cisgender girls and prevent them from obtaining athletic scholarships. Numerous parents of transgender youth testified before the House committee Wednesday, including Amber Briggle, the mother of a 13-year-old transgender boy. “We’re just strictly codifying UIL rules,” Swanson said while presenting HB 25 to House committee members. The introduction of such laws have taken a mental toll on transgender youth and their families.outinsa.com
Alleged sex assault on school band trip prompts legal split
The full panel of 15 appellate judges in Richmond has narrowly upheld a former northern Virginia high school student's appeal to have her lawsuit against the school system reinstated after an alleged sexual assault on a band trip. The narrow 9-6 decision from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday prompted a pair of rare, written dissents from two judges who say the decision vastly expands the liability that school systems face under Title IX, the law that bans sex discrimination in public education. Dissenting judge J. Harvie Wilkinson wrote that reinstating the lawsuit “will only further contribute to the dramatic loss of control that states and localities are able to exercise over their own school systems.”news.yahoo.com
NCAA declines to punish Baylor over handling of sexual assault allegations but criticizes university for “moral and ethical failings”
The report comes after investigations revealed Baylor leaders failed to report allegations of student sexual misconduct and protected football players accused of such behavior.
Lawsuit against Liberty alleges mishandling of sex assaults
Twelve women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment. “Liberty University has intentionally created a campus environment where sexual assaults and rapes are foreseeably more likely to occur than they would in the absence of Liberty’s policies,” the lawsuit said. The women all filed suit anonymously and are identified as Jane Doe 1-12, now living in states across the country.news.yahoo.com
Florida’s transgender athlete ban challenged by Broward 13-year-old and her parents
A 13-year-old Broward County soccer player and her parents are challenging a new state law that bans transgender athletes from participating on girls’ and women’s sports teams, arguing that it is unconstitutional and “ignores basic medical science” about trans students.news.yahoo.com
Education Department says Title IX protects transgender students
In a reversal from the Trump Administration, the Department of Education under President Biden on Wednesday issued an updated interpretation of Title IX, the law that protects students from sex-based discrimination in federally-funded schools, determining that the law applies to LGBTQ students.news.yahoo.com
In AP survey, ADs raise worries about women's college sports
A new AP survey of athletic directors and conversations with ADs and conference commissioners during March Madness show concern about what would happen to women's college sports under proposals that would put more money in the pockets of some athletes.
AP study: Nearly 90% of esports scholarships going to men
Colleges and universities rushing to invest in the booming arena of varsity esports are overwhelmingly committing opportunities and scholarships to male players, according to data collected by The Associated Press. Boise State was among the more equal schools in the AP's survey, with 16 male players, five female players and three who identified as nonbinary. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)Colleges and universities rushing to invest in the booming arena of varsity esports are overwhelmingly committing opportunities and scholarships to male players, according to data collected by The Associated Press. Many schools, intentionally or not, have sidestepped those restrictions by housing their esports program outside of the athletic department. AdBoise State was among the more equal schools in the AP's survey, with 16 male players, five female players and three who identified as nonbinary.
Biden order could change how colleges handle sex misconduct
Biden also signed a second executive order formally establishing the White House Gender Policy Council, which his transition team had announced before he took office. Any effort to rewrite DeVos’ rules would have to go through a federal rulemaking process that can take years to complete. AdRepublicans slammed Biden’s move and defended DeVos’ rules. The scope of cases that colleges must address is also likely to be expanded again under the Biden administration, he said. Biden is starting the process even as DeVos' policy faces ongoing legal challenges.
Title IX Trainings remain a timely requirement despite pandemic
Online Title IX training was assigned to all students in October, but enough students had not completed the training that the deadline was extended to Dec. 18. Not only does Title IX encompass sexual assault and harassment on which all incoming students must complete training, but continuous training is provided to all students about healthy relationships and stalking. “ The goal is to make campus safe for everyone.” — Miranda Angela-ClarkIt is not only the Title IX Training that saw a lack of participation. In her experience, she said she has seen friends avoid reporting Title IX matters because they do not understand what happens after they make a report. Yet, she still wants to emphasize its importance for Trinity as a whole and for individuals who may need Title IX information in the future.trinitonian.com
States sue to block DeVos' campus sexual assault overhaul
Democratic attorneys general in more than a dozen states filed a federal lawsuit Thursday attempting to block Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' new policy guiding schools and colleges in the handling of sexual assault cases. The lawsuit alleges that DeVos' policy undercuts existing mandates in Title IX, the 1972 law barring discrimination based on sex in education. It also challenges DeVos' order to implement the rules by Aug. 14, saying the deadline is impracticable during a pandemic. DeVos' new policy bolsters the rights of the accused, narrows the definition of sexual harassment and allows students to question one another at live hearings, among other changes. It says the policy forbids schools from addressing isolated cases of abuse because the new definition of sexual harassment is limited to pervasive cases.
Connecticut transgender policy found to violate Title IX
HARTFORD, Conn. A Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in girls sports violates the civil rights of female athletes, the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has ruled. The office said in a 45-page letter that it may seek to withhold federal funding over the policy, which allows transgender athletes to participate as the gender with which they identify. It said the policy is a violation of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics. They were also seeking to erase all records set by the transgender athletes. Several other states have polices barring the participation of transgender athletes and Idaho recently became the first state to pass a law banning transgender women from competing in womens sports.
Transgender bathroom ban heard by federal appeals court
Grimm's lawsuit alleged that the school board violated Grimm's equal protection rights as well as Title IX, the federal policy that protects against gender-based discrimination. He graduated in 2017 from Gloucester High School, located in a mostly rural area about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Richmond. (T)here is no question that the Boards policy discriminates against transgender students on the basis of their gender noncomformity, Allen wrote. Under the policy, all students except for transgender students may use restrooms corresponding with their gender identity, she continued. Transgender students are singled out, subjected to discriminatory treatment, and excluded from spaces where similarly situated students are permitted to go.