Arezou M. et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al.

Name of case: AREZOU MANSOURIAN; LAUREN MANCUSO; CHRISTINE WING-SI NG, Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT DAVIS; LAWRENCE VANDERHOEF; GREG WARZECKA; PAM GILL-FISHER; LAWRENCE SWANSON, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 08-16330

 Location: UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT

602 F.3d 957; 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS 8487

Date: October 8, 2009, Argued and Submitted, San Francisco, California
April 20, 2010, Amended

Brief Summary of the facts of the case – Female students who were members of the varsity wrestling team at the University of California at Davis were initially stripped of their status as varsity athletes and then forced to wrestle the male wrestlers in order to secure a place on the team. This resulted in the inability of the female athletes to participate on the wrestling team. The female students believe that they were being denied of their opportunity for equal participation in athletics at the school.

Disposition of the case – The appellate court determined that the defendants were originally improperly granted summary judgment as to the student’s Title IX claim. However, the appellate dismissed as moot the students’ motion to amend their complaint. The appellate court ended up reversing the district’s court’s granting of summary judgment on the Title IX claim by the students, they reversed the order of the district court to dismiss the equal protection claim, and they remanded the case for further proceedings.

Significance of the case for a manager – A manager should take this case into account when determining the best course of action for becoming Title IX compliant. One of the main reasons for the court’s decision was that the university did not have a history of program expansion for women, and the university was unable to establish that golf was a sport that was in line with the interests of the current or prospective female students. Thus, a sports manager should be sure not to eliminate spots for women on teams that current or prospective students have shown interest in so that spots on other teams for women can be created.

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