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EMU facing Title IX federal investigation and lawsuit

Jul 10, 2018
Back in April, a row of picketers advocate for EMU's four eliminated sports teams.
Tyler Scott

Eastern Michigan University is looking at a federal Title IX investigation after cutting four sports last March as part of an effort to trim spending in the athletics department.

EMU's mascot, "Swoop."
Eastern Michigan University

UPDATED 6/17/18 at 10:23 am.

Two female student-athletes at Eastern Michigan University are suing the school, asking the courts to force the school to re-instate the recently disbanded women’s tennis and softball sports programs.

Eddie Curlin
MDOC

In 2016, 29-year old Eddie Curlin had been charged with receiving and concealing stolen property when he devised a plan to wiggle out of his trouble with the law. 

He thought authorities would drop the charges if he spray painted racist messages on Eastern Michigan University buildings, and then pretended to be an informant who could help police find the vandal. 

The racist messages caused distress and anger among students, and the plan went awry. After police figured out he was the culprit, they also discovered unrelated identity theft crimes he'd committed.  

Students protesting
Lindsey Smith / Michigan Radio

About 100 students rallied in the rain Tuesday afternoon, marched up to the second floor of Welch Hall, and confronted the president of Eastern Michigan University.