The Women’s Law Project and Flaster/Greenberg have filed suit against Delaware State University on behalf of fifteen female student-athletes seeking reinstatement of the school’s equestrian team. The university recently announced that the team will be eliminated at the end of this academic year.
Many of the students gave up scholarship opportunities at other schools to play for the equestrian team at DSU, and several students were recruited by the university to play on the team. Plaintiff Amanda Hotz says that “the equestrian team was my sole reason for attending Delaware State and I expected to ride for four years.”
Abbe Fletman of Flaster/Greenberg, WLP’s co-counsel in this case, notes that the university has a long history of noncompliance with Title IX. And WLP managing attorney Terry Fromson says that the elimination of the equestrian team, a team added only four years ago for the express purpose of addressing the university’s known non-compliance with Title IX, only increases the existing inequality in athletic opportunity.”