CMU under investigation for race discrimination after track program is cut

Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is investigating whether Central Michigan University discriminated against Black students when it eliminated the men's track and field team and announced plans to replace it with a men’s golf team.

CMU announced in May 2020 that it was eliminating immediately its varsity men's track and field, saying it would save the school more than $600,000 annually. The school became the first Division I college in Michigan to eliminate an athletic program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.