The University of Iowa is settling lawsuits against the athletic department.

The school agreed to pay out $6.5 million dollars to settle discrimination suits. Former Athletic administrator Jane Meyer will be paid more than $2.3 million. Her partner, the former women's field hockey coach Tracey Greisbaum, will be paid $1.5 million. $2.6 million will be paid to the Des Moines law firm that represented them.

The settlements will be paid by the UI Athletics Department. School officials noted that the department is self-sustaining and does not receive tuition or taxpayer funding. 

The women argued the department discriminated against them because of their gender and sexual orientation. Meyer prevailed in that argument in front of a Polk County jury. The settlements will allow the department to avoid Griesbaum's trial.

The university has plans to hire outside experts to review employment practices. It's forming a committee of faculty, staff and students to pick an outside consulting firm.