Monday, March 28, 2011

No gender discrimination at UIS, athletic director says

University of Illinois Springfield athletic director Rodger Jehlicka says he isn’t worried about complaints that the athletic department has violated Title IX, the federal law barring gender-based discrimination.

“UIS is the most compliant Title IX school I have worked at,” said Jehlicka, who has announced his resignation effective in August.

Jehlicka said he has worked at four colleges during the past 31 years. Before that, he said, he worked for 11 years at high schools subject to Title IX, which became law in 1972 and applies to institutions that receive federal funds.

Barbara Hayler, a former UIS professor of criminal justice, accused the university of treating male and female athletes differently in a Title IX complaint she filed with the U.S. Department of Education last year.

The story was published in a March 26, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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