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The Impact of Title IX on Campus Culture: Successes and Room for Improvement

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 has such an overwhelming impact on college campuses that it is difficult to imagine what campus culture would look like without this landmark legislation. A few simple words embedded in the U.S. Code have been expanded by regulations and embellished by interpretation to affect everything from academic …

Guidelines for Keeping Coaches Out of Sexual Harassment Trouble

It would be difficult to overestimate the impact that allegations of Title IX sexual harassment have had on sports in general and women’s sports in particular. Girls and women frequently stop participating or refuse to take advantage of opportunities in the first place due to concerns over sexual harassment. Coaches find their careers at an …

Title IX’s Disappointing Effects on Leadership in Athletics

Provisions in the Education Amendments of 1972, now referred to simply as “Title IX,” were enacted to eliminate gender-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding, which by extension includes almost all colleges and universities as well as public primary and secondary schools. While Title IX affects all aspects of school programming and extracurricular …

Recent OCR Guidance Regarding Athletics Does Not Address Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity

For those who are anxiously waiting to find out the current legal standing of LGBTQIA+ students who feel thwarted in their efforts to participate in college athletics, the new Title IX athletics guidance issued recently by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a disappointment. While the guidance can prompt educational …

What You Need to Know About Bias Toward Athletes in Title IX Proceedings

The concept of fairness is deeply ingrained in our sense of justice, whether that justice is meted out through the court system or in a venue like a campus disciplinary proceeding. Bias of any type is considered to tilt the scales of justice in one direction and is therefore viewed as inherently unfair. This includes …