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Twenty-five years have passed but the celebration is no victory party For all the progress women have made they are still far behind the men on the playing field A vast number of colleges and universities are still not in compliance with Title IX which prohibits sex discrimination at any educational institution that receives Federal funds Title IX applies to all educational programs although it has become the standard-bearer for womens athletics The following words lie at the heart of what is perhaps the most controversial and most important rules in all college athletics- Title IX states 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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance was signed into law as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 Since most schools and universities receive some financial assistance through title or chapter funds research grants or Pell grant financial aid programs they must comply with the mandates of the law After more than 25 years one would assume that all educational institutions would have had sufficient time to address inequities of opportunity and treatment within their athletic programs However with an estimated 93 of colleges still out of compliance in at least one of the three components mandated by the law it is obvious that there remains a long road ahead before equity is achieved So what exactly are these components WINN 66Title IX is composed of three separate components I-Accommodation of Interests and Abilities II-Athletic Financial Assistance Scholarships and m-Other Program Areas Treatment Currently Component II pertains to higher education but with various governmental bodies considering tuition credits it could apply to secondary schools as well The three components are evaluated separately with an independent decision reached for each one Thus even though a school might be in compliance with two of the three
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