Delaware State University has reached a settlement in a lawsuit relating to Title IX gender equity in intercollegiate sports.


Delaware State University has reached a settlement in a lawsuit relating to Title IX gender equity in intercollegiate sports.

Title IX requires, among other things, that colleges and universities receiving federal funds offer varsity athletics opportunities for men and women student-athletes in a proportion that reflects the numbers of males and females enrolled in the institution.

DSU is among what has been estimated at recent NCAA meetings to be 80% of the colleges and universities in the country that are not in compliance with Title IX.

Despite DSU’s success in adding additional women varsity sports – softball, tennis, bowling and equestrian – the university acknowledges its obligations under Title IX to achieve gender equity.

Rising female enrollment at U.S. universities is a national trend that makes Title IX issues more challenging. In the 2009 to 2010 school year, of the 2,818 undergraduate students enrolled at DSU, 1,100 were men (39%) and 1,718 were women (61%). In that same year there were 424 student-athletes — 247 males (58%) and 177 females (41%).

“DSU commits to achieving gender equity within a few years that is consistent with its enrollment proportions by increasing the opportunities for female athletes,” said Derek Carter, DSU athletics director.

The university has stated it will explore adding new women’s sports, the expanding of existing athletics opportunity for women athletes and any other actions designed to achieve Title IX compliance.

DSU currently fields 16 intercollegiate varsity teams – six men’s teams and 10 women’s teams.