Gender Equity; Athletics & Sports
Robb v. Lock Haven University (M.D. Pa. June 9, 2017)
Memorandum Opinion and Order denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order. A group of female swimmers and field hockey players at Lock Haven University filed a Title IX action over the potential elimination, demotion, or reduction of certain female athletics teams at the University and their resources. In addition to their Complaint, Plaintiffs moved for a Temporary Restraining Order enjoining the University from implementing its plans for the athletic department and requiring it to pursue other plans. The court was not persuaded that all members of the swimming and field hockey teams would suffer an injury in fact, concluding that there exists a material difference between eliminating an athletics team altogether and the other proposed changes to the programs. Additionally, although Plaintiffs asserted that the uncertainty of whether the University would eliminate or demote either of the teams was harming the teams’ recruitment and scheduling, the court found these alleged harms too speculative to constitute irreparable harm for the purposes of a Temporary Restraining Order.