April 20th, 2010
08:48 AM ET
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Biden to announce change in Title IX women's sports policy

Joe Biden will announce a change in the Title IX women’s sports policy on Tuesday, a senior White House official tells CNN.
Joe Biden will announce a change in the Title IX women’s sports policy on Tuesday, a senior White House official tells CNN.

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration plans to change the so-called Title IX policy which governs gender equality in sports, eliminating what some women's rights supporters claim is a Bush-administration loophole in compliance, according to a senior White House official.

Vice President Joe Biden is expected to announce the change Tuesday, said the official, who is not authorized to speak on the record.

The 1972 Title IX education amendment required gender equity in sports programs at educational institutions receiving federal funds.

Universities initially faced three requirements to prove they were complying with the law: that the proportion of male and female students participating in sports at the university was proportional to the number of male and female students enrolled in the university; that the university was expanding opportunities for women students in athletics; and that the university was meeting the athletic abilities and interests of women students.

In 2005, the administration of former President George W. Bush changed the third requirement, allowing the university to prove it was meeting the athletic interests of women by carrying out surveys of students' interest in sports. The NCAA and women's sports advocates said a low response to such surveys could be interpreted as indicating a lack of interest in sports when actually it could indicate a lack of availability of sports activities.

Under the new policy, universities will no longer be able to claim that a low response to surveys means a low interest in sports, the official said. The new rules still will allow the use of surveys, but universities will have to go further to prove they are complying.

The offiicial told CNN the new rules "restore the system to what it was before" the 2005 change. That rule "made it easier for universities to avoid complying with Title IX," the official said.


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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Jerry - Florida

    Oh, oh! Here goes "The Mouth of Washington." Look out!

    April 20, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Seth in Jacksonville, FL

    Little things like this are important.

    April 20, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Todd

    republicons supporting discrimination against women? I thought they usually prefered discrimination agains brown people, gays, and non-Christians. But there is always that undercurrent of opposition to women having full citizenship rights too...

    April 20, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  4. steve

    So, is this the 'new' policy of this administration throughout our land? If you receive ANY federal dollars of any kind, we can tell you what to do?

    You can't tell me that that policy will not encroach into our healthcare as well down the road.

    April 20, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Betty

    For someone who has had brain surgery (Lobotomy) I would not want to hear anything he says. Lets hope he says some good remarks about the "Tanning bed" clause in the Obama healthcare (that was shoved down our throats. I hope he does, here is a question for BIDEN, how many black Americans do you see using the tanning beds? Just another way for Obama to put his hatred on the white Americans, Obama is more that a racist, he is a WOLF IN SHEEPS CLOTHING. Wake up Obama, you have done far too much evil for the American people. We are counting down your days. Betty

    April 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. Alumnus

    I remember the big hoopla that came out of Title IX compliance when I was an undergrad. The school cut a bunch of sports to comply and everyone in those sports complained (especially the female sports members) because we didn't cut football and baseball. Why? Because that is what the masses want to watch. Not field hockey and the riffle team.

    SUPPLY AND DEMAND, BABY!!!!

    But instead, what we have, is the federal government tinkering with something it has no business tinkering with. It's a bit of a recurring theme, no?

    April 20, 2010 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. Steve in Ct

    It's a good thing the locker room showers happen after the game and not before. Focus on the game ladies and gentlemen, focus on the game.

    April 20, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Joe in NJ

    How about creating some jobs instead?

    April 20, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  9. Testify

    Cahnging times means changing policies. Sounds like this is good for woman's college sports. good deal.

    April 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  10. Johnny DC

    Typical Liberal policy to force Universities to throw more money at sports that nobody cares about.

    It's called wasting federal funding, and the Liberals in power are writing the manual on how to do it at all levels of government (health care), and even some levels of commerce (auto manufacturing, banking, housing).

    April 20, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  11. jw

    Title IX, in principle, has merit. In practice, however, it can be quite lame. My school lost baseball because of it.

    April 20, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. gt

    mr trash mouth ,,, i hope he dont use any off color curse words to explain the new rules of title 9..biden is a foul mouth moron,,,,

    April 20, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. Darnell

    If it's equality they are striving for, perhaps they can start looking at how predominately one race is getting scholarships to play college football and bouncy-ball (basketball).

    April 20, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  14. cats

    I am a female supporter of both women and athletics, but feel that Title IX should also include dance and cheerleading programs in the budget as sports. These are true athletic endeavors as well as team sports and many athletic women choose to participate in them instead of traditional team and field sports.
    University men engaging in sports less popular than football, baseball and basketball are at an unfair disadvangtage when funding is set without taking all legitimate athletic activities into account.

    April 20, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. tom puhlman

    Due to football , basketball, and baseball title XI is discriminatory toward males not interested in those sports. For example in California, UC Davis had to cut 4 sports due finances. Due to title XI one small girls sport was cut crew and three mens sport including swimming and diving. How fair is that – Tom Puhlman

    April 20, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Mike

    I am all for Title IX, but something is seriously wrong when the University of Wisconsin, a huge Big Ten school, with over 60,000 undergrads had its mens baseball team removed in the 90's, and now has built a huge new stadium for women's softball, and still no one attends any of the games. I mean seriously, a major Big Ten school with no mens baseball team?

    April 20, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. College Sports Council

    The nation's leading Title IX reform organization believes that this decision will be horribly damaging to college athletics. “At a time when the US Commission on Civil Rights is calling for reform of Title IX, this is a step backwards for everyone that cares about fairness in athletics,” said Jessica Gavora, the College Sports Council’s Vice President for Policy. In 2007, Gavora testified before the Commission and urged that the model survey be more widely adopted. “Students, women and men alike, are more than capable of expressing their interests, and especially when it comes to extracurricular activities on campus their voices should be heard,” Gavora said.

    April 20, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. jeff jackson, alabama

    Well now, a low number of ticket sales to
    a sporting event means a lack of interest.
    A low number of people on surveys not being
    interested in sports has nothing to do with
    facilities. These students weren't born and raised
    at these universities. They had their opinions on sports before attending college. Sounds like more hog
    wash of this administration wanting to meddle
    in our lives.
    Let's fight our wars against our enemies, create
    more jobs, and get the economy rolling.
    That's what Obama promised before the election.

    April 20, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  19. seymore, pa

    good,
    There are many,many more bushie loophole to be closed.

    April 20, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Randall in Torrance, CA

    All right! Way to go Obama and Biden! Anything overturned put into effect by Jarge Bush is a victory for America and the world! Suck it up Republicans you are a bunch of dip stick punk ass misfits who deserve to be homeless unless of course your home is GITMO – pricks.

    April 20, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  21. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    And bang, more costs for universities trying to comply with Federal mandates. Way to go incompetent, slimy, corrupt administration. I guess it will give the lying current administration more ammunition to steal money from the taxpayers for "education."

    April 20, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  22. Bobby

    With colleges in a financial bind sports activities, regardless of gender, should be based upon their ability to pay for themselves. Tons of funding for sports activities takes away from the number one priority of the college, and that is to provide an education at a resonable tuition rate. To put both of my kids through school to provide them with a college education and a chance in this tough world, it cost me a total of $378,400. I love my lids and am obgigated to pay this, but give me a break.

    April 20, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  23. Deborah/KansasCity

    Thank you, at the rate the Republicans are doing away with civil rights protection for Americans, I am grateful. I don't want My Country Back to the days of discrimination against anyone who is not a white male. I remember when I was young and trying to become independent how hard it was to get credit in my name, and for employers to ask me how I would take care of my children , or planned to become pregnant. The opportunities were slim for women , though I am white. My daughters don't remember or understand how hard women in those days had to fight for our freedom. The Republicans would like to go back to thoses days, the rest of us should have warning.

    April 20, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  24. Jack

    Sure glad this critical issue was resolved I mean, our economy, our wars, and our healhcare are all hunky dory so we needed this....geeze.

    April 20, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  25. USN

    More lib equal outcome that never works and only screws things up.

    April 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
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