Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

Suit and Result: Federal Funds and Title IX Compliance

Article "Suit Filed Against UR in Title IX Controversy"

Article "Suit Filed Against UR in Title IX Controversy"

This Collegian article, released on September 3, 1981, indicated that the regional director for the Office for Civil Rights, Dewey E. Dodds, stated that “whether the the ‘recipient’ institution receives, directly or indirectly, ‘federal financial assistance’ (that) benefits its programs and activities” is what truly matters with respect to Title IX compliance. Dodds indicated that it was not a matter of whether the specific program received federal financial assistance, but whether the institution received any financial assistance more broadly.

Ultimately, U.S. District Judge D. Dortch Warriner, appointed by President Nixon, ruled that the Department of Education did not have jurisdiction over the matter. Though the federal government argued that if any part of the University received federal funds it had to comply with Title IX requirements, Judge Warriner disagreed. He ruled that for private universities whose programs do not receive federal funds, the federal government lacks the authority to require Title IX compliance.

 

Suit and Result: Federal Funds and Title IX Compliance