By Jill Lieber-Steeg, USA TODAY
San Diego Mesa College, a two-year school, has entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights after an investigation confirmed "substantial and unjustified" Title IX violations in the school's athletic program.
OCR identified violations that were the subject of a complaint made by former women's basketball head coach Lorri Sulpizio shortly before she and her domestic partner, former director of basketball operations Cathy Bass, were fired.
OCR's investigation focused on gender disparities in the treatment of student-athletes but did not include Sulpizio's and Bass' retaliation and employment-discrimination claims, which are the subject of a pending lawsuit.
Mesa entered into an agreement that includes avoiding scheduling conflicts to assure female athletes the use of the women's locker room and hiring a trainer to increase access to athletics training for female athletes. Mesa's compliance will be monitored by OCR.
In another Title IX-related development, San Diego State assistant strength and conditioning coach Courtney Bale has filed a sex-discrimination suit against the California State University Board of Trustees, alleging disparate treatment and unequal pay because of gender. Bale is the third current or former Aztecs coach to seek remedy in court since November.
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