11 former UND women's hockey players file discrimination suit

11 former UND women's hockey players file discrimination suit Click to Enlarge

Eleven former University of North Dakota women's hockey players have filed a discrimination lawsuit seeking to reinstate the program that was cut 15 months ago.

The federal complaint filed Tuesday against the North Dakota University System alleges that the university violated Title IX laws that prohibit women from being treated differently because of gender. The suit says the hockey program was "the most prominent and popular sport" among women's athletic programs at the college.

The players are seeking class-action status on behalf of the university's "current, prospective and future female students" affected by dropping the program.

University system officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights recently dismissed two discrimination complaints over the decision to drop the program.

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