Campus: CSU, Bakersfield -- December 16, 1999

CSUB Officials Pleased With Court Ruling

Officials at California State University, Bakersfield and the California State University were pleased with a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifting a preliminary injunction that had prevented CSUB from implementing measures to comply with a court settlement designed to provide for gender equity on CSUB's athletic teams.

U.S. District Judge Robert Coyle in Fresno had issued the preliminary injunction earlier this year. CSUB and the CSU appealed that ruling to the appellate court, which issued its decision Wednesday, Dec. 15.

"We are very pleased with the court's opinion," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. "It is a strong endorsement of the California State University's plan to make sports equally accessible to both women and men. This opinion recognizes the difficult choices universities have to make with their limited resources, and it also recognizes how interest in women's sports will follow once the opportunities are provided."

CSUB President Tomas Arciniega said, "I am very pleased with the court's decision. It basically vindicates the campus's position. We have been committed to following the law and the court-mandates we were under, and we tried to make very clear that our commitment is to ensure equal opportunities for women and do it in a way that makes sense. We have always proceeded on that basis. "This should respond to all the inappropriate accusations regarding the university's intentions," he continued. "It's been a basic legal issue, and not one that singles out any particular sport in a negative way. We have tried to be as fair as we could in following the law, in doing what was appropriate and legal. That's been our basic concern. We're in a new era, and we have to work with the new realities."

CSUB Athletic Director Rudy Carvajal said, "We believe the 9th Circuit Court's decision is a vindication of the university's actions on the question of gender equity. It has always been our position throughout this process to follow the law as we understood it to be. We will continue to do that. This decision is not at all groundbreaking, but is in strict accordance with decisions issued by all other appellate courts across the United States to have ruled on this question."

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