Butler University under Title IX review

Butler University is facing pressure and a potential investigation from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

The OCR is “conducting a Title IX compliance review at Butler University,” said Jim Bradshaw, a member of the Department of Education’s press office.

Title IX is a federal law that requires schools at all levels across the country to offer girls and women equal access to athletics.

“[The review will] determine whether the university discriminates against female students by denying them an equal opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics,” Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said the review also will determine whether the university discriminates against male or female students by not awarding scholarships or grants in proportion to the number of students participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Jim McGrath, Butler’s associate athletic director and sports information director, said the Department of Education and OCR are “just doing their due diligence.”

Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier could not be reached for comment.

Louisiana State also is under Title IX review by the OCR.

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