We are aware of Judge Steeh's ruling in this matter. As we have stated previously, we are determined to meet our Title IX obligations completely and efficiently. We will be studying the ruling and determining next steps in the days ahead.
It is important to note that the decision to reduce the number of sports offered at Eastern Michigan was designed to put us in alignment with our Mid-American Conference (MAC) counterparts, including Central Michigan and Western Michigan. At the time of the reduction, Eastern offered 21 sports, the most in the MAC. This was not sustainable in the long term, and was similar to the reduction of four sports taken at the University of Buffalo (another MAC school) in 2017.
Our actions reflect our determined efforts to be fiscally responsible and to realign resources so that we can continue to invest in the academic success, and the support of, our students. An example of that is evident in January's opening of the newly renovated and expanded Strong Hall, the final project in the University's Science Complex, with state-of-the-art facilities and lab space for students interested in STEM careers. Eastern continues to invest in its future.