Quinnipiac University's Title IX plan keeps cheerleading, volleyball, adds women's rugby

Connecticut's Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-uh-pee-ak) University plans to keep its women's volleyball team and its competitive cheer squad as it follows a court order to bring its athletics programs into compliance with federal gender-equity requirements.

Quinnipiac also proposes adding women's golf and rugby teams to provide more athletic opportunities for women under a plan filed Wednesday in federal court.

Several volleyball players and their coach sued Quinnipiac last year after it announced it would eliminate volleyball for budgetary reasons and replace it with a competitive cheer squad.

This summer a judge ruled cheerleading can't be considered a sport for purposes of Title IX, the law mandating equal opportunities for female athletes. He ordered the school to keep the volleyball team and come up with a compliance plan.