Iowa field hockey players file Title IX complaint against university

As ESPNW reported Thursday, four Iowa field hockey players have filed a Title IX complaint against the University of Iowa. Sophomores Chandler Ackers and Jessy Silfer, along with junior Natalie Cafone and senior Dani Hemeon (who recently finished her last year of eligibility for the Hawkeyes) alleged gender bias against their former head coach, Tracey Griesbaum, whose contract was terminated under a not for cause clause on Aug. 4, 2014.

The report was filed to the United States Department of Education and Chicago branch of the Office of Civil Rights on Jan. 28.

Iowa has yet to comment on the situation, saying it has yet to receive the complaint, “so we can’t comment on it,” Iowa director of athletic communications Steve Roe said.

Griesbaum was fired after a summer-long investigation into complaints from two former Hawkeyes. The investigation concluded Griesbaum created an environment in which student-athletes felt intimidated or pressured into playing, but added that environment didn’t violate any policies.

Griesbaum’s relationship with her partner, former-senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer, also did not violate any university policy. Meyer has since been reassigned to a position outside the athletic department because Griesbaum’s attorney, Tom Newkirk, has publicly mentioned the possibility of a lawsuit against the university.

Per ESPNW, “The Office of Civil Rights will decide whether to launch a Title IX investigation.”

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