Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Events Leading to the Lawsuit

Letter from University of Richmond's Women Athletic Council to the Director of the Office of Civil Rights

Letter from University of Richmond's Women Athletic Council to the OCR

Later, on March 5, 1981, an additional complaint was filed to the Office for Civil Rights by the University of Richmond's Women Athletic Council, in which the writer argues that the institution was “discriminating against women athletes and the coaches of women’s sports, as well as discriminating against women in other areas of University activities.” The writer alleged that those affecting women’s athletics included: Mr. Charles Boone, Athletic Director, Dr. William Leftwich, Title IX Coordinator, Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, President of the University, and the Board of Trustees. 

Unfortunately, the University did not give any signs of willingness to proceed with the investigation initiated by the OCR as a response to the complaints of violation of Title IX. Still, the University's next steps came as a surprise to all. 

Events Leading to the Lawsuit