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Brown University officials hoped to quash 'pestilential' gender equity sports agreement, emails show
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Attorney Remi Spencer explains whether Brown University athletes can fight for reinstatement for certain varsity sports being demoted.
Recently released emails uncovered amid a lawsuit accusing Brown University of violating a 22-year-old agreement to ensure gender equity in varsity sports in accordance with federal Title IX mandates show school officials' hopes that they could kill the agreement altogether, calling it a “pestilential thing.”
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Brown University President Christina Paxson and Chancellor Samuel Mencoff are in hot water after emails show their attempts to quash Title IX backlash in the wake of the university’s decision to scrap eight varsity sports teams, five of which were women’s teams.
The decision, which the school announced on May 28, prompted public outcry and threats of legal action from student-athletes, including some incoming freshmen who say they were recruited to the school and even turned down other offers to play there.
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“Could we use this moment, where anger and frustration, especially from track and squash are intense and building, to go after the consent decree once and for all?” wrote Mencoff in a June 4 email to Paxson, according to the emails released Thursday. “Could we channel all this emotion away from anger at Brown to anger at the court and kill this pestilential thing? The argument would be that the consent decree is forcing us to eliminate these sports, and the court would then be bombarded with emails and calls as we are now.”
Paxson responded to Mencoff that she thought his suggestion was “a good idea.”
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“This might be the perfect moment to petition the court to get us out of this agreement, which would let us restore men’s track, field and [cross country] and still remain in compliance with Title IX,” she wrote. “The question would be how quickly can we do this.”
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