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Nude Golfers and Their Clubs

As the saying goes, “boys will be boys.” This phrase supports a level of predictability that young people, especially those in college, will experiment and test boundaries. Unfortunately, some college age students do not think about, or at least think they are immune to, potential consequences to their actions. Needless to say, the Bethany College men’s golf team must have been shocked at the consequences following a Facebook posting of their nude photo shoot posing with their sports equipment.

July 12, 2010: TITLE IX: Check With Legal Counsel Before Altering College Sports Programs

Prior to cutting college sports programs or its coaches, consult legal counsel. This seems like a simple concept, but Diablo Valley College still managed to get itself into hot water. When the college tried to eliminate funding for several men’s and women’s sports teams, it triggered a gender equality Title IX compliance investigation by the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Early on the college succumbed to the pressure and reinstated the sports teams, but refused to rehire the coaches who made the complaint to the OCR.