April 11, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) A team of investigators this week begins an on-campus civil rights investigation into allegations that the University of Iowa athletics department doesn't provide equal opportunities for female athletes.

The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education is looking into gender bias allegations in 13 areas, including how the department counts participation levels, awards scholarships, schedules practices and games and delivers services such as tutoring, medical care, housing and dining. The department's equipment, locker rooms and facilities will be part of the review.

If discrimination is found, the investigation could result in a settlement requiring the university to change policies, spend more money on women's athletics or even add another women's sport.

Officials have said the review could take years.

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