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image title: Protecting Students: Sex DiscriminationSince its passage, Title IX has dramatically increased athletic opportunities for girls and women in federally funded elementary and secondary schools and postsecondary institutions (“schools”). The Title IX regulations contain provisions governing athletic programs and athletic scholarship awards. Specifically, if a school operates or sponsors an athletic program, it must provide equal athletic opportunities regardless of sex. In determining whether equal athletic opportunities are available, OCR considers whether an institution is effectively accommodating the athletic interests and abilities of its students, regardless of sex, and providing equivalent benefits, opportunities, and treatment, including in these areas: 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 also specify that a school must not discriminate based on sex in the provision of athletic scholarships or other financial assistance to student-athletes. Although athletic opportunities have increased since Title IX was enacted over 50 years ago, OCR remains committed to making sure schools offer these opportunities in an equitable way to all students



Last Modified: 03/28/2023