Judge allows HBCU class action lawsuit vs. NCAA to move forward

Sep 16, 2021

An Indiana federal district court judge handed a first victory to a group of Black student-athletes at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) seeking to change NCAA rules that they claim intentionally discriminate against and punish them.

The case, filed in 2020, claims that the NCAA’s Academic Performance Program (APP) — ostensibly designed to improve student-athlete academic performance — in fact undermines the HBCU mission to serve the historically underserved Black community, including Black student-athletes.

On Sept. 14, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young denied the NCAA’s motion to dismiss the suit in part, ruling that the claims of two former student-athletes could move forward.

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