UC Davis Settles Title IX Suit

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A years-long and closely watched lawsuit claiming discrimination against women in athletics at UC Davis is over – and both sides have declared victory.

The parties announced Thursday that the university has paid $1.35 million to help defray the fees of attorneys representing former students who initially sued over their exclusion from the school's intercollegiate wrestling program.

The wrestling issue fell by the wayside, but the plaintiffs and their attorneys insisted Thursday they "racked up a series of victories for Title IX," a 1972 section of the U.S. Code that bars sex discrimination in intercollegiate athletics at schools receiving federal funds.

Now-retired U.S. District Judge Frank C. Damrell Jr. found in August that UC Davis did not sufficiently expand athletic opportunities for female students between 1998 and 2005, the years the three remaining plaintiffs were in attendance. A trial on damages was set to start March 5.

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