The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found no evidence of discrimination by North Dakota after two complaints were filed against UND for dropping its women’s hockey and men’s and women’s swimming.
In one complaint, the federal office determined that the university’s elimination of its women’s hockey program after the 2017 season was because of the state’s budget problems and was not discriminatory. The office also dismissed a Title IX complaint, determining that students on the women’s hockey team were not treated differently because of gender.
Athletic director Brian Faison said UND strives “to be as fair and equitable as possible” in its sports programs.
• The Gophers men’s basketball team will hold its annual Maroon & Gold scrimmage at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, at Williams Arena. It is a free event open to the public.
• The Gophers women’s soccer team (7-2-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten) will play Indiana (5-6-2, 1-3-1) at 6 p.m. at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Fourteen different players have scored at least one goal for Minnesota, which is already a program record.
• Gophers tennis player Matic Spec lost to Gustav Hansson of Mississippi 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla.
• The Carleton women’s cross-country team is ranked No. 11 in this week’s national USTFCCCA Division III poll, while St. Olaf is No. 18. The Oles men’s team is No. 30.