UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTDISTRICT OF CONNECTICUT
STEPHANIE BIEDIGER, KAYLALAWLER, ERIN OVERDEVEST,KRISTEN CORINALDESI, and LOGANRIKER, individually and on behalf of allthose similarly situated, and ROBINLAMOTT SPARKS, individually,Plaintiffs,v.QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY,Defendant. No. 3:09cv621 (SRU)
MEMORANDUM OF DECISION
In March 2009, the defendant, Quinnipiac University (“Quinnipiac” or the “University”),announced plans to cut three of its sports teams: the women’s volleyball team, the men’s golf team, and the men’s outdoor track team. Contemporaneously, the University pledged to create anew varsity sport, competitive cheerleading, for the 2009-10 season. Those decisions form the basis of this lawsuit. Plaintiffs Stephanie Biediger, Kayla Lawler, Erin Overdevest, KristenCorinaldesi, and Logan Riker are five current Quinnipiac women’s varsity volleyball players, and plaintiff Robin Lamott Sparks is their coach. Together, they allege that Quinnipiac’s decision toeliminate its volleyball team violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C.§ 162,
) and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto (34 C.F.R. Part 106) (“Title IX”).On May 22, 2009, I granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction, holdingthat the manner in which Quinnipiac managed its varsity rosters – essentially, by setting artificialceilings for men’s varsity teams and floors for women’s varsity teams – deprived female athletesof equal athletic participation opportunities.
See Biediger v. Quinnipiac Univ.
, 616 F. Supp. 2d277 (D. Conn. 2009). On May 20, 2010, I certified the following class of plaintiffs seeking
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