The University of Iowa’s president is trying to shut the door on the pink locker room debate that erupted on the Iowa City campus and beyond. Every 10 years, the NCAA asks universities to review their actions and policies in regards to student athletes. During the University of Iowa’s latest review, a law professor questioned why the locker room for opponents who visit Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City is pervasively pink. The committee reviewing the university did not include the pink locker room complaint in its final report to the NCAA, but recommended University of Iowa president David Skorton pass the issue along to another campus committee for review. Skorton, though, has decided to “take no further action on the pink locker room issue.” He says the university, instead, should focus on general “gender equity” and “minority issues” that will, among other things, help increase female participation in sports. Skorton also promises to evaluate the budgets for men’s and women’s sports. Skorton concluded his written statement by saying the university has a reputation as having some of the best athletics programs in the country, and the steps he’s taking will only enhance that reputation.
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