Client Update: Cal Women’s Field Hockey
Today, the University of California at Berkeley announced officially that Underhill Field is open and available for use by our clients, members of the women’s field hockey team. This announcement comes more than 18 months after our clients were first displaced from their previous home field, and nearly a year after they filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights alleging that the school’s closure of that field to make way for men’s teams and its failure to provide female student athletes with equal educational opportunities violated Title IX. You can read more about the background of their claims here.
“This team deserves more than just a field; they deserve equal access and opportunity, on the field and off,” said ERA Legal Director Jennifer Reisch. “While we are pleased that the University has finally recognized the hardships our clients faced as a result of being displaced and forced to practice and compete off-campus for so many months, we remain concerned that members of the Cal women’s field hockey team still lack access to essential facilities – like team rooms – which the University has not yet started building. While we continue to monitor the University’s progress toward providing a fully operational competition and practice space with cautious optimism, our clients’ Title IX complaint remains open.”