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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  1. j

    I find some of the women's sports more interesting to watch then the men's so this sounds like a good change.

    April 20, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Ben

    Sorry but this is an absolute joke. Men's football and basketball bring more money to some of these schools than all the women's sports programs combined over a decade. That's right one year of football and basketball bring more money to the school than 10 years of women's sports combined.

    I am so tired of this and affirmative action in the workplace. We have a black president. Everything is possible and its time to stop discriminating against white males.

    April 20, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  3. Steph

    Yay for equality...or at least moving closer to equality!

    April 20, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Cass

    Finally university women can have recourse when their school ignores women's sports! I love this president.

    April 20, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  5. Michael Bindner

    The main problem is still that big time football and basketball are considered part of Title IX, which has gutted men's sports. These sports need to be excluded from the use of funds – since they are traditional moneymakers, not fund users. You may get a smaller pie to divide, but at least it will be divided honestly.

    April 20, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. frank in valparaiso indiana

    Is there anything Bush didn't screw up we have to fix?

    April 20, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Jon Kagan

    Title IX is the perfect example of a good idea ruined by the government. Rather than adding programs to raise the proportion of women in sports, colleges can eliminate men's teams instead...which also increases the proportion of women playing sports. A sad example of this means of complying with Title IX is the loss of numerous wrestling programs over the last 2 decades. While cutting men's programs does increase the proportion of women in sports, it in no way increases opportunities for women, which was the purpose of the law in the first place. All that is needed to fix this "loophole" was to mandate that men's sports teams cannot be cut to comply. Perhaps the Administration should focus on this, rather than the insignificant adjustment outlined in this article.

    April 20, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Emmanuel Goldstein

    Under Clinton, the Univ. of New Hampshire cut its men's baseball team in order to fund a women's volleyball team. Problem was, there was no women's volleyball team, and when UNH tried to start it, so few women showed up that they couldn't form a team.

    The women interested in the team went door-to-door in the dorms to solicit students to volunteer to be volleyball players so they could get the Title IX money.

    UMass also cut its men's crew team over Title IX; it left the women's team intact even though it struggled to find sufficient interested recruits. UMass also cut a host of other men's team sports because of insufficient interest by women athletes in the women's teams. Thus, if the women's team failed to find enough players, the men's team was axed.

    Hope and change. You wanted it, you got it.

    April 20, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. Eze2Plz

    I guess jobs is the number 1 priority of this regieme.

    April 20, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Thomas

    Sounds like a reasonable change to make.

    April 20, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  11. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    No matter how beneficial sports are to physical fitness and character development, they remain the "toy department" in educational institutions, just as they are in journalism– an interesting diversion to some folks from the much more important matters central to the mission of a school.

    April 20, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Bolaji

    Public administrators and women athletes would do well to appreciate the outrage a huge part of the male population feels when limited resources are channeled into ensuring proportional representation of both sexes in sports; note that female enrollment in colleges continue to outstrip the male.

    This restoration hopefully should help genuine efforts to improve both the volume and QUALITY of participation in women’s sports. Women’s tennis is up there in quality; however, women’s soccer can certainly help in justifying this investment. Without regard to sex, college / professional soccer players give their status a bad name when they more often than not can’t complete passes, receive cleanly, or keep their shots on the frame.

    April 20, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. P.Robertson

    This law hurts more than harms. While I was at university, I lost a scholarship for wrestling because there was an imbalance of male:female sports participants. The unversity literally had to canvas the campus to find females to volunteer for the new sports offered. This is political correctness gone wrong.

    April 20, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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