HARTFORD, Conn. — A federal appeals court has ruled that colleges cannot count competitive cheerleading as a sport when trying to comply with gender-equity requirements, upholding a U.S. District Court decision against Quinnipiac University.
In a decision released Tuesday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
found that competitive cheerleading does not yet meet the standards of a
varsity sport under Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal
opportunities for men and women in education and athletics.