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A Brief Overview of Title IX and how it effects both Men and Women Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is the Federal law which prohibits sex discrimination against the students and employees of any educational agency that receives Federal financial assistanceMathews I-1 From June 23 1972 all the way up until today there has been a constant struggle as to what genderequality actually is Title IX has had a profound effect on both male and female students on college campuses all across the country because as it gives one group of students opportunities it in a sense is responsible for stealing away those same opportunities from another group of students There may be an attempt to achieve equality in college athletics based solely on gender but this attempt may actually be creating inequality especially in regard to the number of athletic opportunities which are available for student-athletes The effects of Title IX on male student athletes are very noticeable in that in order to create an equal number of scholarship opportunities for women men may have to give up their scholarships An example of this is the lawsuit of Tom Caruso v University of Arkansas-Fayetteville on May 27 1993 Curtis 6 Mr Caruso was a member of the Universities diving team and their decision to discontinue the diving program in an effort to comply with the Title IX guidelines was definitely unfair to him Another example of inequality where male athletes are concerned is the decision that the Southeastern Conference made in 1995 that has required each of its member institutions to provide a minimum of two more womens sports than mens sports Curtis 2 By requiring there to be two more womens sports than mens sports men are losing out on two additional opportunities to participate in intercollegiate athletics Many colleges and universities are doing away with non-revenue generating mens sports such as tennis soccer and track in an effort
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