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Title IX

Athletics and Title IX

Title IX and athletics have been closely tied together since the establishment of the law. Title IX provides equal opportunity for both men and women student athletes and coaches through addressing and working to prevent gender-based (sex) discrimination in athletic programs and activities. The three main components of Title IX in athletics include participation, athletic financial assistance, and treatment in program areas.

Title IX ensures equal opportunity for both men and women in athletic programs through:

Title IX states that financial assistance (e.g. scholarships) should be proportionate to both make and female athletes

Title IX asserts that athletic budgets do not have to be equal, but must provide equal benefits

Title IX addresses and prevents gender-based discrimination

Testing an Institution's Compliance

A school must pass ONE of the following three-prong tests:

  1. The number of participation opportunities for female and male athletes is in balance and proportionate to enrollment.
  2. The college has a proven history and continuing practice of expanding participation opportunities in response to the developing interests and abilities of the underrepresented gender.
  3. The college is fully and effectively meeting the interests and abilities of the underrepresented gender.

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