Roseburg — In information obtained by Elite Oregon Girls in a public records request, it has been discovered that Roseburg High School is currently under investigation by the Oregon Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division. The investigation stems from a Title IX complaint filed earlier this year, which alleges “discrimination based on gender indicating a lesser grade of playing facilities than the boys baseball team.” The complaint was filed on behalf of the Roseburg High School softball team by an individual not residing in the school district.
The Title IX complaint is the result of Legion Field, which houses Roseburg’s baseball team, receiving an installment of artificial turf last year while the softball team still plays on a grass field. Legion Field is privately operated and not owned by the District, but the disparities are still likely to be in violation of Title IX as the law doesn’t differentiate between the ownership of facilities, only the disparities present between them.
The records request was prompted by allegations of facility disparities by members of the Roseburg community, nearby communities, and members of various softball programs in the Roseburg area to Elite Oregon Girls. There hasn’t been a ruling made by the Oregon Department of Education and it is currently an active investigation. Title IX is a landmark federal law signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972 that says “No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” While the law is far reaching in both education and athletics, it is most often cited in relation to sports, as its credited towards opening up opportunities to females in sports.
This story will be updated as new information is disclosed and will be followed up on regarding the investigation results.