- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A federal agency is launching a civil rights investigation into gender discrimination at the University of Minnesota Duluth following a complaint by three ex-coaches and several current and former athletes.

WDIO-TV (https://bit.ly/1QHz5AQ ) reports the investigation is in response to the formal complaint filed in December with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Those who filed the complaint contend the university fails to provide equal athletic opportunities to men and women, including in equipment, facilities and coaching.

The university will now have to turn over documents regarding allegations in the complaint. The university said in a written statement that it’s standard for the Department of Education to investigate complaints it receives and is confident the investigation will have a positive result.

The three female ex-coaches filed a discrimination lawsuit against the school in September.

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Information from: WDIO-TV, https://www.wdio.com

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