Stephanie Biediger et al. v. Quinnipiac University

Name of case: STEPHANIE BIEDIGER, KAYLA LAWLER, ERIN OVERDEVEST, KRISTEN CORINALDESI, LOGAN RIKER, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, ROBIN L. SPARKS, individually, Plaintiffs-Appellees, —v.— QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY, Defendant-Appellant

Docket No. 10-3302-cv

Location: UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT

691 F.3d 85; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 16398

Date: January 31, 2012, Argued
August 7, 2012, Decided

Brief Summary of the facts of the case – This case is an appeal from an earlier case where the plaintiffs alleged that the manner in which Quinnipiac University managed its varsity rosters was in violation of Title IX. It was determined that Quinnipiac University was setting artificial ceilings for the men’s varsity teams and setting artificial floors for the women’s varsity teams. Thus, the women varsity athletes at Quinnipiac University were deprived of their equal participation opportunities

Disposition of the case – The judgment was affirmed. This case was an appeal where a permanent injunction verdict was given by the court in the case Biediger v. Quinnipiac Univ., 728 F. Supp. 2d 62, 2010 U.S. Dist LEXIS 73143 (D. Conn., 2010). In the original case, Quinnipiac University was found to be in violation of Title IX as a result of failing to give equal participation opportunities to female students in varsity athletes.

Significance of the case for a manager – This case is extremely important with respect to the program design for a sports manager for staying in compliance with Title IX. There are certain and specific laws that a sports manager must take into account in order to ensure that their organization is Title IX compliant. Thus, seeing how the court ruled on this case will allow a sports manager to not make the same mistakes Quinnipiac University made by violating Title IX because of their program design for their varsity sports programs.

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