Court case: Brown vs.


The Brown vs. Cohen court case was filed in April, 1992. Recently Brown found that it needed to make a $62,000 budget cut in order to save some money. In order to save this money Brown stopped funding the women's gymnastics and volley ball teams. This was unfair because of the fact that Brown didn't stop funding any of the boy's athletic teams. Cohen, a member of one of the teams, filed a suit because she said that Brown wasn't in compliance with Title 9. In December, 1992 TLPJ won the preliminary injunction stating that Brown needed to reinstate the women's team. One year later from when the case was filed the U.S. Court of Appeals voted and unanimously agreed on the preliminary injunction pending trial. In March, 1995 a three month trial was held with Judge Pettine. Judge Pettine found Brown in violation of Title 9 and said that Brown had to submit a plan in order to be in compliance with Title 9.

When Brown handed in their plan in July, 1995 Judge Pettine found that that proposal wasn't meeting the standards. Furthermore, Brown had to upgrade four women's athletics teams to varsity level. These sports included gymnastics, fencing, water polo and skiing. In 1996, November, the First Circuit confirmed that Brown was in violation still with Title 9, but said that the school deserved a second chance for its own develop plan in order to be in compliance. The case made it all the way up to the Supreme Court 5 years after the case was filed, on April 21, 1997. It denied Brown's petition for review.

Brown finally proposed a new compliance plan and it was too objected for being to insufficient. A hearing of whether or not it was going to work was scheduled, but the settlement eliminated the need for a hearing. Under this settlement agreement preliminary on June 23,1998 Brown had to spend $64,400 on women's gymnastics. Finally on June 23, 1998 there was a guaranteed intercollegiate athletic participation rates for women athletes and funding for 4 varsity women's team. Thus having a resolution for the court case; Brown vs. Cohen. The proposed settlement of the outstanding claim against Brown was preliminary approved to the US District Judge, Ernest Torres, in Providence, RI.

In the end Brown found that it was in truth not in compliance with Title 9 when it cut the two women sports. Arthur H. Bryant, an TLPJ Executive Director, sums it up best when he says, "This is a tremendous victory for women athletes and potential athletes at Brown as well as everyone in the nation who cares about equality. We are delighted that women are Brown are finally going to get the intercollegiate athletic opportunities and treatment that they deserve."