Update at 3:09 p.m. on March 24: Boise State has issued the following statement regarding the allegation that they have violated Title IX requirements:
Under Federal law, any person may file a complaint with the expectation that it will be taken seriously and investigated. Boise State University has complied with the law in all regards relating to the scholarship in question, as this investigation will confirm. In the past few years, the University has worked with the Office for Civil Rights to develop a scholarship administration policy that complies with all federal laws, including Titles VI, VII, and IX, as well as with state nondiscrimination laws.
At Boise State University, scholarship funds are pooled and matched to ensure each fund is awarded in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, or other protected characteristic.Advertisement
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Idaho Dispatch has obtained a letter that states Boise State University is under investigation for an alleged Title IX violation.
The letter appears to be a response to an individual named Mark Perry, who filed a complaint against BSU in January 2022. The letter was sent to Perry by the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
Perry alleged that BSU discriminated against male students by offering a “STEM, Medicine and Law Scholarship” for which only female students could apply.
In the letter, OCR states, in part, the following regarding the allegation:
OCR enforces Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), and the regulations that implement that statute at 34 C.F.R. Part 106, which prohibit discrimination based on sex in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. Because the University is a recipient of federal financial assistance from this Department, it is required to comply with this federal civil rights law.Advertisement
The letter states that OCR opening an investigation does not mean they agree that BSU is in violation but that they are proceeding with the investigation to see if the University is out of compliance. Additionally, OCR says that if there is a violation, they will work with BSU to bring the program into compliance with the law.
Idaho Dispatch has reached out to BSU for comment, but we have not received a response and will update the article if one is provided.
A scholarship is listed on BSU’s website titled “Women in STEM, Medicine, and Law Scholarship.
Idaho Dispatch also reached out to Anna Miller with the Idaho Freedom Foundation who had previously written a piece titled, “Idaho’s Universities Discriminate Based on Sex, Foster Tokenism, Harm Successful Women.” Miller told Idaho Dispatch in response to the letter,
Boise State’s female only Women in STEM, Medicine and Law scholarship program suggests women are not independently capable of competing for entry into male-dominated fields. Universities who foster sex-based tokenism discredits and harms the reputation of students who are deserving of rewards and positions in society by judging them based on their sex instead of their merit. Such anti-male programs are promoted by universities under the guise of “diversity,” revealing that “diversity” to these universities actually means sex-based discrimination.
Idaho Dispatch will keep readers updated on any progress to this story.
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