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Dartmouth reinstates golf programs in legal settlement

After 2020 shutdown of golf amid wider budget move, Ivy League school yields to pressure to restart programs amid Title IX review

Reinstated: The men’s and women’s golf programs at Dartmouth College, after legal pressure applied to the Ivy League school in Hanover, N.H. The programs and three other Dartmouth sports had been shuttered last year amid projected budget shortfalls and one day after the Ivy League scrapped all fall sports as the COVID-19 pandemic was widening. Hanover Country Club, an 1899 semi-private facility that also was closed by the school, remains shuttered. More than 100 athletes and at least a dozen athletic department staff members were affected in a move that was projected to save $2 million. The law firm Bailey Glasser of Charleston, W.Va., issued a news release on Friday that included details of a settlement from a class-action sexual-discrimination lawsuit filed against the university regarding its women’s golf and swimming and diving teams. In a Q&A on its website, Dartmouth’s athletics department said it will review the school’s compliance with Title IX regulations, the sweeping 1972 U.S. law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in a federally funded activity.

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