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UL softball players allege Title IX violations

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One day after it was revealed their head coach is on leave, a group of University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball players have legal representation and are accusing the university of violating Title IX. 

"...They feel very disrespected and mistreated and unappreciated by the athletic administration," wrote their attorney, L. Clayton Burgess, in a letter sent to the media Thursday afternoon. 

"These are very serious issues that not only go to the core of gender equity but also involve discrimination because they are female athletes and even unfair treatment and retaliation by present ULL athletic administrators," Burgess wrote. 

Title IX is the federal law that requires educational facilities, such as universities, to refrain from gender-based discrimination against students. It's most notably used by plaintiffs in lawsuits to force universities to provide equitable sports opportunities to female students.

Coach Loteif's attorney tells KATC he was placed on administrative leave after a "passionate conversation about gender equity" with university personnel. Loteif claims he raised concerns about issues like getting the grass cut, making sure students have an athletic trainer at practice, making sure the assistant coaches get paid, and ensuring female athletes get a functional assessment before doing weight training. 

A university spokesman declined to comment on the background of Loteif's leave, citing personnel matters. 

Wednesday, KATC requested a formal statement of the university's position on Title IX. We were provided with this statement:

"As its Title IX policy states, the University is committed to creating and maintaining a campus environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette complies with the mandate of Title IX and is committed to maintaining an environment of equal opportunity for both genders in all areas of university life."

We've reached out to UL for comment on the news that some softball players now have legal representation. So far we've not heard back. 

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