Wednesday, March 23, 2011

UIS agrees to investigate alleged unequal treatment of athletes

The University of Illinois Springfield has agreed to revamp the way it handles discrimination complaints while also investigating allegations of unequal treatment of male and female athletes.

The changes took place a month after athletic director Rodger Jehlicka submitted his resignation and six months after the U.S. Department of Education received a complaint alleging violations of Title IX, a federal law requiring that women and men be treated equally by educational institutions that receive federal funds.

Among other things, the university will adopt a grievance procedure so students and employees will know how to file complaints about alleged discrimination, according to a Feb. 15 resolution passed by the University of Illinois board of trustees. The resolution also outlines a timeline for investigating allegations and a list of changes that will be made.

The story was published in a March 23, 2011, edition of The State Journal-Register.

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