YPSILANTI -- Late this afternoon, Eastern Michigan University received notification that the State of Michigan Court of Claims dismissed in its entirety a lawsuit brought against the University for its reduction of four sports. The Court's ruling can be found here.
The lawsuit sought to nullify the University’s budget-related elimination of four sports programs, claiming the move was made in violation of the Michigan Open Meetings Act. The University claimed it did not violate the Act because the Act does not apply to university boards when they consider administrative affairs, and because eliminating sports programs was an administrative decision that did not require Board of Regents approval.
"As we stated from the beginning, the lawsuit was without merit in all regards. We are pleased the court agreed," said Geoff Larcom, the University's executive director of media relations.
The administration’s decision to eliminate the four sports programs -- men’s swimming and diving, wrestling, women’s tennis, and softball -- was extremely difficult. The decision affected 83 student athletes (58 male and 25 female).