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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 20, 2005

Skorton: No Further UI Action To Be Taken On Kinnick Pink Locker Room

The following is a statement issued by UI President David Skorton on Thursday, Oct. 20:

The University Steering Committee for the NCAA Certification Review has shared with me its recommended five-year plans for strengthening our historic commitment to gender equity and minority issues. On behalf of the university community, I thank the members of the steering committee and especially committee chair Pat Cain, who is also vice provost and professor of law, for their dedication and hard work in fashioning comprehensive and thoughtful plans.

As is well known, the issue of the pink locker room at Kinnick Stadium was raised in the public forums held by the steering committee. Professor Cain and the steering committee have rightly noted that this is not a central issue in the NCAA certification process. Consequently, they have recommended that I consider asking another university committee to review that issue separately. I respect that recommendation, but I have decided to take no further action on the pink locker room issue.

It is my judgment that we should focus on the gender equity and minority issues that are addressed in the proposed five-year plans. These plans call for further increases in the opportunities for female participation, an evaluation of budgetary allocations for men's and women's sports, and a diversity plan in accord with the university's recently adopted strategic plan. I endorse these plans as proposed, and I believe that they will enhance our reputation as one of the best athletics programs in the country.

Both the gender equity and the minority issues plans may be reviewed at this web address:

http://www.uiowa.edu/~our/ncaa-cert/report/index.htm

STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972