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Dating Among Teammates: Civil Rights Versus Group Dynamic (USA)

dawn brownA historically black university near Houston, its athletic department and a former coach are grappling with issues relating to ?dating relationships? among teammates.?This as a?women?s basketball?head coach was fired in March for violating the rights of two of her players who were dating each other.

How should this behavior be managed both on and off the court, in an effort to avoid the courtroom? Is it more important to maintain a good team dynamic, or safeguarding a person?s civil rights?

That?s the question regarding a recent incident involving the firing of?Prairie View A&M University?women?s basketball coach Dawn Brown after she suspended two female players from the team because they were dating.

The athletes filed a?Title IX?complaint, which prevents discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Title IX applies to all aspects of education programs or activities receiving federal funding.

Prairie View?s Athletic Compliance Director Monique Carroll states, ?According to the information that?s published online and in our student athlete handbook, it is the head coach?s responsibility to develop team policies for his or her sport.?

And that?s exactly what Coach Brown did. She created the following rule for the team:?No player should have non-professional relationships with other players, coaches, managers or any other persons affiliated with the program.



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