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Powerful Title IX report reveals reporting loopholes and roster manipulation in women’s college sports – Yahoo Sports

A powerful new report by USA Today highlights how top U.S. colleges and universities are still falling short of complying with Title IX, the landmark law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program that receives funding from the federal government.

Most notable among the findings in USA Today’s comprehensive data analysis, which centered on 107 public schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2018-19 school year, was widespread use of roster manipulation as well as remarkable disparities in spending on travel, equipment and recruiting for women’s teams vs. their male counterparts.

Passed 50 years ago this June as part of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the pivotal 37-word sentence reads: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

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For those charged with implementing Title IX, it became obvious that one clear way to close the gender gap at the collegiate level was to require schools to provide equitable opportunities for women and men to play sports. However, USA Today found that schools have been abusing the accepted rules in ways that allow them “to comply with the letter of the law while violating its spirit.”

According to the report, the schools collectively added more than 3,600 additional participation “opportunities” for female athletes during the 2018-19 academic year despite not adding one new women’s team to any athletic program. Schools accomplished this by counting participants in ways that inflate women’s rosters:

  • Double- and triple-counting athletes: Schools in the analysis created 2,252 women’s roster spots thanks to a controversial counting method, permitted by the U.S. Department of Education, which oversees Title IX compliance and allows schools to count athletes more than once if they compete in more than one sport. One common example is in track and field, where an athlete that competes in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track can be counted as three participation opportunities to the federal government.

  • Padding women’s rowing rosters: Twenty-seven schools presented rosters with more athletes than needed, with teams averaging 87 women – more than double the maximum number allowed at most conference championships. Based on roster caps set in federal lawsuits at two Division I rowing programs, USA Today counted at least 838 female rowers – more than one-third – filled unnecessary roster spots.

  • Counting male practice players: At least one of every four women’s basketball players reported by schools to the federal government were actually men. Of the 107 schools surveyed, 52 of them counted at least 601 men as female participants who scrimmage with women’s basketball teams.

On the money front, the USA Today analysis found that for every dollar that schools spent on travel, equipment and recruiting for men’s teams, they spent just 71 cents on women. Over two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), that added up to $125 million more spent on men than women.

USA Today focused solely on sports with comparable men’s and women’s squads – basketball, baseball and softball, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, and …….

Source: https://sports.yahoo.com/powerful-title-ix-report-reveals-004420795.html

A powerful new report by USA Today highlights how top U.S. colleges and universities are still falling short of complying with Title IX, the landmark law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program that receives funding from the federal government.

Most notable among the findings in USA Today’s comprehensive data analysis, which centered on 107 public schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2018-19 school year, was widespread use of roster manipulation as well as remarkable disparities in spending on travel, equipment and recruiting for women’s teams vs. their male counterparts.

Passed 50 years ago this June as part of Title IX of…….

A powerful new report by USA Today highlights how top U.S. colleges and universities are still falling short of complying with Title IX, the landmark law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or education program that receives funding from the federal government.

Most notable among the findings in USA Today’s comprehensive data analysis, which centered on 107 public schools in the Football Bowl Subdivision during the 2018-19 school year, was widespread use of roster manipulation as well as remarkable disparities in spending on travel, equipment and recruiting for women’s teams vs. their male counterparts.

Passed 50 years ago this June as part of Title IX of…….

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