Terms of settlement in Tech Title IX suit

By The West Virginia Record | Aug 12, 2008

CHARLESTON – Here is the list of "additional upgrades and improvements" WVU Tech offered to make to the women's softball team following its June 2 mediation of the sex discrimination suit filed by students Teri Harrison and Alexis Cox.

CHARLESTON – Here is the list of "additional upgrades and improvements" WVU Tech offered to make to the women's softball team following its June 2 mediation of the sex discrimination suit filed by students Teri Harrison and Alexis Cox.

The agreement, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding, would be subject to the governing rules of the NCAA and NAIA:

1. Improvements to the existing Cannelton softball field.

a. Lighting – completed.

b. Restrooms – as part of new structure by August 20.

c. Changing areas and lockers – as part of new structure by Aug. 20.

d. Storage space - as part of new structure by August 20.

e. Plans for items (b) through (d) to be provided to Harrison and Cox by June 30.

f. Sound system – completed.

g. Additional viewing area in press box – completed.

h. Infield tarp – completed.

2. Employment of a head coach and assistant coach to apply similar time and work effort as the average softball coaches in like-sized programs within the conference.

3. An organized fall training program as done as similarly sized conference teams.

4. Appropriate access to softball facilities at a reasonable time and place to hold in-season practices and games.

5. Timely collection, dissemination and publication of softball team statistics on both the university's and conference's Web sites consistent with the men's team.

6. The availability of an athletic trainer at the same level of access as the men's team.

7. Reasonably adequate and timely transportation to all away competitive events.

8. A review of the team's budget by the WVU Executive Officer of Social Justice to ensure equity with the men's team.

9. A review of methods and criteria used in scholarship amounts by the WVU Executive Officer of Social Justice to ensure the absence of gender bias.

10. Provision 8 and 9 will remain in effect until the end of the 2011-2012 academic year.

11. Payment of Plaintiff's attorneys' fees and expenses in the amount of $7,500 and the mediator's professional fees.

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