WILLIAMSPORT — A settlement conference has been scheduled in an effort to resolve thewomens bikinis in which Lock Haven University is accused of treating women’s sports differently than men’s.
The conference U.S. Middle District Magistrate Judge William I. Arbuckle III scheduled for Wednesday is in response to a request by all parties for non-binding mediation.
State Deputy Attorney General Lindsey A. Bedell, who is representing the university, stated in a letter to the court the purpose of the mediation request is to determine if the matter can be resolved.
Womens bikinis sale, filed by eight LHU female athletes, wants the university prevented from eliminating the women’s swim team and demoting the field hockey team from Division I to Division II.
It also seeks a court order requiring LHU to provide the swim and field hockey teams with funding, staffing and recruiting resources commensurate with their varsity status.
The court complaint compares conditions for women’s teams at Lock Haven with those for men.Judge Matthew W. Brann last month refused to issue a temporary restraining order sought by the athletes. Lock Haven maintains there will be no change to either sport next year.
Brann has scheduled an Aug. 22 hearing on the students’ motion for a preliminary injunction, which if granted, would prevent any change to the swim and field hockey teams.
That hearing would not be necessary if the settlement effort succeeds.The eight female athletes claim there is a de facto effort to eliminate the swim team by firing the full-time coach and hiring a part-time one.The university says keeping field hockey Division I is contingent on consistency in fundraising because there is not enough money now to support the team.
Brann has yet to decide whether the suit will be made a class action to include all current, prospective and future LHU female students.
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