“The circumstances of the Penn State case would make it an unusual Title IX case—notably because Sandusky’s victims weren’t students or employees. But that doesn’t get the university off the hook, says Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law and senior director of advocacy at the Women’s Sports Foundation, one of the groups requesting the Title IX investigation. The law’s language protects any “person” from harassment and seems to apply to anyone on campus (such as visiting sports teams), though the guidance is fuzzy.”
Myth No. 1: Title IX is controversial
“I’d say that is the biggest myth out there,” says Hogshead-Makar, who is also senior director of advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation. Citing three major polls, including one by The Wall Street Journal and CNN, she notes that about 80 percent of people surveyed say they want Title IX left alone or strengthened. “There’s a very small group of noisy people opposed to Title IX,” she says. “The vast majority of the public wants men and women to have equal educational opportunity, including in athletics.”
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In 1972 gasoline was 55 cents a gallon, Kodak was the leader in personal photography with its $28 pocket camera – and very few girls got to play high school or college sports.
Inflation changed prices, technology upended Kodak, and Title IX opened high school and college locker rooms to women.
On Wednesday athletes, advocates and students gathered to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the passage of the federal Title IX act in June.
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The now-renamed American Sports Council (formerly the College Sports Council) filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Education over the use of Title IX’s three-part compliance test in high schools, arguing that this type of enforcement violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.
“A Title IX compliance complaint has been filed by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights against 60 Oregon high schools, including all six Salem-Keizer public schools,” writes Statesman Journal reporter Bill Poehler.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar, asked to respond to Oregon’s problem, states that schools have had 40 years now to figure this all out. She sees no excuse for not being Title IX compliant.
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via The Star Press: ‘The program is operating without a locker room, as players sometimes change clothes in parking lot’
Doug Zaleski reports that while the softball team changes in the parking lot, the baseball team recently remodeled its locker room for about $40,000.
Professor Hogshead-Makar was able to chime in on the situation in regards to Title IX.
The Star Press is reporting about the enhanced travel opportunities that the Ball State men’s basketball team has been receiving when compared to the women’s team.
Nancy Hogshead-Makar suggests that these types of actions breed resentment.
“Those major differences, whether women get treated much better or men get treated much better, breed resentment,” she says.
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