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image title: Protecting Students: Sex DiscriminationSince its passage, Title IX has dramatically increased athletic opportunities for women and girls.  The Title IX regulation contains specific provisions governing athletic programs and the awarding of athletic scholarships.  Specifically, if an institution operates or sponsors an athletic program, it must provide equal athletic opportunities for members of both sexes.  In determining whether equal athletic opportunities are available, OCR considers whether an institution is effectively accommodating the athletic interests and abilities of students of both sexes.  OCR also considers the following factors in determining whether male and female athletes are provided with equivalent benefits, opportunities, and treatment: equipment and supplies; game and practice times; travel and per diem allowances; coaching and academic tutoring; assignment and compensation of coaches and tutors; locker rooms, practice and competitive facilities; medical and training facilities and services; housing and dining facilities and services; and publicity.  The Title IX regulations specify that if a recipient awards athletic financial assistance, it must provide reasonable opportunities for such awards for members of each sex in substantial proportion to the number of students of each sex participating in interscholastic or intercollegiate athletics.  Although athletic opportunities for both boys and girls have increased, OCR remains committed to making sure they are offered in an equitable way.



Last Modified: 01/16/2020