On December 7, 2012, OCR resolved its Title IX compliance review with Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Resolution Agreement. OCR’s review examined whether the University awards athletics scholarships or grants-in-aid in a nondiscriminatory manner and whether the University discriminates against female students by denying them an equal opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics, both practices which are prohibited by Title IX. OCR did not make any determinations as to LSU’s compliance with Title IX because prior to the completion of OCR’s investigation, LSU requested to resolve the review. The Agreement requires LSU to demonstrate that equal opportunities were provided in awarding athletic scholarships to male and female athletes during the 2011-2012 school year or by submitting a detailed plan to ensure that, by the beginning of the 2014-2015 academic year, the University is in full compliance with its Title IX obligation to provide athletic scholarships in a nondiscriminatory manner. The University also has to demonstrate that it is effectively accommodating the interests and abilities of both sexes in order to provide them an equal opportunity to participate in sports or, if unable to demonstrate current compliance, submit a detailed plan to OCR to effectively accommodate the interests and abilities of female students in its athletics program over the next three academic years. The plan must include a description of interim steps that the University will take during the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 academic years to increase athletic participation opportunities for women.
the Resolution Letter PDF (404K)
the Resolution Agreement PDF (264K)