Did Central Michigan discriminate when it replaced men’s track with golf?

A federal investigation is looking into whether the university, looking to lower costs, unfairly punished black students.

Central Michigan University is under federal investigation to determine whether the elimination of the Men’s Track & Field team and replacing it with a men’s golf team discriminated against black students.

The decision occurred in May 2020, due in part to complications with the COVID-19 pandemic, with the reasoning that it would save the school hundreds of thousands of dollars.

This decision has come with opposition as the university was notified of the investigation after receiving a letter, dated April 25, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Included in the letter was a notification of an allegation, made by a private citizen, of discrimination based on race related to the elimination of men’s track.

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