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- In the News: The Skinny on Sports Spending - New Knight Foundation database enables comparisons (at college and conference level) of sports expenditures per athlete with academic expenditures per student.
- In the News: Once for Women Only, Georgian Court Looks to Men’s Teams to Raise Profile - Sister Rosemary Jeffries, Georgian Court’s president, described the transition as “like a reverse Title IX,” referring to the 1972 law that has helped female student-athletes gain athletic opportunities.
- In the News: Ohio State Cheerleading Coaches Fired for Alleged Sex Harassment - Ohio State University's head cheerleading coach, Lenee Buchman, was fired Monday after failing to report sexual misconduct by coaching staff, the Columbus Dispatch reported. Two assistant coaches, Eddie Hollins and Dana Bumbrey, allegedly sent explicit text messages and made inappropriate comments and sexual jokes to athletes. One athlete who the head coach kicked off the team in August had complained that Hollins sent him a text suggesting they engage in a sex act together. The assistant coaches were fired following an investigation and Buchman was sent to a sexual harassment seminar. The student has retained a lawyer and is seeking reinstatement.
- In the News: Fired Stony Brook Athletic Director Faced Bias Complaints - Former State University of New York at Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore, who was fired Nov. 19, had faced complaints of sexual harassment and retaliation, misappropriation of university resources, and interrogation of athletes and staff about their sexuality, ESPN reported. The university's Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action knew for years of Fiore's misconduct but did not act, according to documents. Fiore had 31 months left on his contract, and Stony Brook will pay the remaining $800,000 he would have earned.
- In the News: Advocates: Campus sexual violence under-addressed - “Having a list of Title IX coordinators gets at a whole bunch of issues,” said Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women. “It’s a communication issue … How do people who want to investigate their rights find out who their Title IX coordinator is in a really instructive way?”
- In the News: Why Athletes Graduate or Don't Graduate - An article explores why the basketball and football players at some universities graduate at much higher rates than others. The article notes that the University of California at Los Angles admits far more under-qualified students than does Berkeley (by the universities' own standards), 100 to 36 this year. But in graduation rates, UCLA outpaces Berkeley in both football (82 percent to 44 percent) and men's basketball (60 percent to 38 percent).
- In the News: Who Said Girls Can't Jump? - 2014 is the first Olympics in which women will be allowed to jump. It has been a decade-long fight to get women's ski jumping into the Olympics - it was one of the last restricted winter sports.
- AAUW: Don’t Feed the Trolls: College Women Sound Off about Online Harassment - It’s important for activists — especially women and girls — to know that they’re not alone if and when they’re attacked online. So we were excited when our 2013–14 National Student Advisory Council got together (online, of course) to talk about their own experiences with sexist cyberbullying and harassment after one of the students experienced this herself.
- In the News: 'Blueprint' Agreement Binding Only at Montana, OCR Says - Much of the controversy surrounding the University of Montana's settlement agreement with the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights has centered on whether OCR believed Montana's new policies, which required sexual harassment response and prevention measures that some said are unconstitutional, should be applied everywhere. But OCR's assistant secretary for civil rights, Catherine E. Lhamon, settled the question in a letter to FIRE last week. "The Agreement in the Montana case represents the resolution of that particular case and not OCR or DOJ policy," the letter reads.
- In the News: Colorado State Will Swap Women's Teams to Comply With Title IX - Colorado State University will replace its women's water polo team with a women's soccer team, after the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights said the university failed to offer enough women's athletic scholarships.
- In the News: Federal Bill Would Boost Athletes' Scholarship, Health Care Rights - U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas this week introduced federal legislation that would require high-revenue sports programs to guarantee scholarship athletes the opportunity to finish their education on academic scholarships if they are cut from their team, provided they maintain their academic standing.
A Coed Vision of Professional Basketball - Women assisting men. Men helping women. Before a ball was dribbled Saturday in the West Orange High School gymnasium, John Howard’s belief in the societal benefits — and potential commercial appeal — for what he is calling the Mixed Gender Basketball Association was heightened.
- In the News: Survivor of Virginia Tech shootings among creators of an app to stem campus crime - Kristina Anderson and a team of co-founders are hoping to play a more active role in stemming campus crime with a mobile app called LiveSafe that allows college students to track crimes on campus, and report incidents or tips directly to the university police department. The app aims to ease the burden of reporting crimes or suspicious activities to police by allowing users to do so without actually calling a dispatcher.
- In the News: Rutgers Again Accused of Bullying of Athlete - Rutgers University at New Brunswick, which faced a major scandal this year over a videotape showing its basketball coach mistreating players, is now being accused of failing to deal with against the defensive coordinator on its football team.
- In the News: UConn President Herbst Responds To Sexual Violence Controversy – Speaking at a meeting of the board of trustees Wednesday, University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst delivered a clearly worded message of sympathy for victims of sexual violence and said such crimes will not be tolerated.
- In the News: CT Lawmakers Question Confusing System For Reporting Campus Assaults - During a five-hour legislative hearing Wednesday, officials from the University of Connecticut and other colleges detailed multiple ways that students can report a sexual assault and get help.
- In the News: Experts Debate Role of Sports in U.S. High Schools - Do sports belong in U.S. high schools? That depends on whom you ask. On Tuesday evening, the New America Foundation held a panel to discuss the pros and cons of sports in U.S. high schools.
- In the News: Female Hockey Players Set New NCAA Penalty Records - The women's ice hockey teams from Bemidji State and Ohio State Universities broke a decade-old record Friday night, but it's not one their institutions will be bragging about. In a brawl that broke out as the game ended, athletes racked up 287 penalty minutes and 19 game disqualifications, both National Collegiate Athletic Association records for any division or gender.
- In the News: Educating the Whole Athlete - Georgetown's new athlete development and leadership program bridges sports, academics and student services for a comprehensive approach to leadership education.
- In the News: Coaches Make More Than You - Head coach salaries at major National Collegiate Athletic Association programs are up 10 percent over last year, and 90 percent since 2006. The average paycheck in 2013 was $1.81 million.
- In the News: Teen Wrestler in Philly Pinned by Title IX Clause - Amanda Leves has run into a problem trying to join her all-male wrestling team at Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia. Title IX still says that a school can keep contact sports single-sex for "intimacy" reasons.
- AAUW In the News: OpEd: SUNY Pursues Title IX Complianace (Nov. 7, 2013)
- National Education Groups Issue FAQs to Help School Systems and Employees Understand DOMA - “School districts are collectively the largest employers in the U.S. and they need to be aware of how this pivotal ruling changes employee benefits and benefit administration,” said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “This is a major breakthrough in federal employment law, and this document will help clarify the many questions school systems and employees will have as the Court’s ruling is implemented.”
- In the News: Trustees Urged to Address Campus Sexual Assaults - College trustees should be informed and engaged with administrators as they work to combat sexual misconduct issues on campus, the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges said in an advisory statement. Specifically, board members should ensure their institution is meeting federal obligations such as identifying a Title IX coordinator, has policies that ensure fair treatment for all parties in a complaint, and is properly training its “various constituencies” on reporting and responding to alleged sexual assault.
- In the News: U.S. Department of Education Reaches Agreement with the State University of New York to Address and Prevent Sexual Assault and Harassment of Students - the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has entered into an agreement with the State University of New York (SUNY) to ensure compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) by SUNY and each of its 29 state-operated campuses.
- In the News: Coaches: In New NCAA Division, Elite Programs Should Sponsor More Sports - The National Collegiate Athletic Association is soliciting feedback for a new governance and competitive structure in large part because the biggest athletic departments want more leeway to spend money and grow their revenue-generating programs, football and men’s basketball. Naturally, one idea that has gained traction is a "super division" within or outside of Division I. But if they’re going to get it, a dozen associations for coaches of sports including volleyball, soccer, wrestling and swimming told NCAA leaders, those institutions should be required to raise the minimum number of sponsored sports from 16 to 24, and fund each one at at least 60 percent of the Division I financial aid limit.
- In the News: Youth Advocates Call For Better Pregnancy, Parenting Student Supports
- Clarkson University's Title IX Resource Page
- 2014: February 5: National Girls & Women in Sports Day
- In the News: Sex assault victims file complaint against UConn - Seven women say UConn didn't do enough to protect them and didn't take their complaints of sexual abuse seriously. So now they've filed a complaint with the federal government.
- In the News: College Men: Stop Getting Drunk More than 80 percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol. Frequently, both the man and the woman have been drinking. The men tend to use the drinking to justify their behavior; for many of the women, having been drunk becomes a source of guilt and shame.
- In the News: Pregnancy Penalty and the Scientist - Of the 62 member institutions of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of the top tier research institutions, only 13% have any paid maternity leave for graduate students and only 20% for postdoctoral fellows. A dismal 43% had no paid leave policy at all. Multiple provisions are in place to prevent pregnancy discrimination, including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 which provides clarification for Title VII to protect employees, as well as Title IX, which protects students and postdocs (who usually don’t count as “employees”).
- In the News: Campus Rape: A Dangerous Mix Of Sex, Alcohol And Culture
- In the News: Making It Easier to Identify Sex Offenders on Campus - Florida, like many states, has a searchable registry of sex offenders. But for the first time, the registry offers a higher education search, so users can find out if there are sex offenders enrolled at or working at specific colleges and universities, The Sun Sentinel reported. In almost all of the cases, the offenders are students. One Florida college, Edison State College, is currently considering a complete ban on the enrollment of sex offenders, The Naples Daily News reported.
- AAUW Blog: Campus Sexual Assault Prevention Is Getting an Upgrade
- In the News: USC, Occidental detail underreported sex assaults - Officials at University of Southern California and Occidental College acknowledged they have underreported the number of campus sexual assaults in recent years, which is a potential violation of federal law and could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties.
- In the News: Students hail changes in sex-assault policies - Emerson College is promising to hire an advocate for rape survivors and overhaul its sexual-assault response policies after a sophomore’s explosive allegation that school officials brushed off her case last year and even advised her to quit cooperating with police.
- In the News: Title IX blurs sexual assault jurisdiction - Prosecuting sexual assault or sexual misconduct through student self-governance at the University has come with its fair share of challenges and quirks. The Honor Committee does not prosecute sexual misconduct, nor does the University Judiciary Committee hold sexual misbehavior in its scope of jurisdiction — in part — for legal reasons.
- In the News: Nearly 1 in 10 Young People Report Perpetrating Sexual Violence - Nearly 1 in 10 people 21 years of age or younger reported perpetrating some type of coercive or forced sexual violence during their lifetime, and perpetrators reported more exposure to violent X-rated material, according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.
- In the News: High School Sports Participation Reaches Record High... Again - Girls' participation in high school sports also reached a new all-time high in 2012-13, with an additional 15,190 female student-athletes from the year before. A total of 3,222,723 female student-athletes participated in high school sports during the 2012-13 school year, the NFHS found.
- Just to put these numbers in perspective, the number of girls playing today is still one-half million under the number of boys who played sports in 1972, the year Title IX was signed into law! There were 3.7 million boys participating in interscholastic athletics in 1972.
- Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project Released
- New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
- New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
- Local Title IX Symposium with Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! and a panel of local experts.
Schools Must Include Students with Disabilities in School Sports
On Friday, the Department of Education announced new guidance that says students with disabilities must be given the opportunity to participate in traditional school sports. The department says schools must make "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities who want to join traditional teams, or create a parallel athletic program for students with disabilities if the necessary adjustments would fundamentally alter a sport or give an advantage to the students with disabilities. Advocates have praised the decision and compared it to Title IX, which is largely credited with expanding athletic opportunities for women.
AAUW is committed to ensuring adequate, equitable and quality educational opportunities for all students.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 2, 2013.
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NEW: Five Tips for Title IX Coordinators
Do you work with Title IX issues, or are you interested in learning more about Title IX? Title IX, which was adopted in 1972, is the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. This includes not only athletics, but also harassment and bullying, access to career and technical education programs, and treatment of pregnant and parenting students. Higher Ed Jobs has released a list of best practices for Title IX coordinators, who are charged with ensuring that the law is followed at their schools.
AAUW strongly supports Title IX and opposes any efforts that would weaken its effectiveness or undermine its enforcement. AAUW has many resources to learn more about Title IX, including our Know the Score athletics evaluation and a major report on Title IX recently released by a AAUW-chaired coalition.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for November 30, 2012.
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Know the Score: Title IX Compliance Project Released
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund collaborated with the nonprofit Legal Aid Society - Employment Law Center and the Women's Sports Foundation to provide AAUW members with the tools you need to find out if your local high schools are Title IX compliant-and what you can do if they are not. The tools, including a Program in a Box, are available on a new page on the AAUW website. A webinar for interested members will take place October 29 at 6 p.m. EDT. If you or your branch is interested in implementing this project or in participating in the webinar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for October 16, 2009.
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New Online Guide for Assessing Gender Equity in School Sports
The Women's Sports Foundation has posted to their website Step-by-Step: A Practical Guide To Assess and Achieve Gender Equity in School Sports. Title IX's impact on women's athletic participation is one of the country's greatest success stories. It has changed the playing field dramatically for girls and women in sports. However, full equality of opportunity has not been achieved. The Women's Sports Foundation created this guide to help parents, students and coaches understand how to become advocates for change.
AAUW firmly believes that expansion of athletic opportunities for girls and women must continue at both the high school and college levels. AAUW "advocates vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education." Learn more about AAUW's position on Title IX and equity in school athletics. Leave your comments about Title IX on AAUW Dialog, and watch for future Action Network alerts on legislation advocating for increased enforcement of Title IX's protections.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for March 7, 2009.
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New GoGirlGo Curriculum Available
Created by the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2001 to prevent young girls from falling into a sedentary lifestyle, GoGirlGo! offers at-risk girls a fun, interactive program to keep them on the track to success and deter them from the high-risk behaviors that can accompany inactivity including obesity, heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, tobacco use, drug use, teenage pregnancy and depression. The GoGirlGo! curriculum is available at no cost through the Women’s Sports Foundation. For more information on GoGirlGo! and to order kits for a classroom or community organization supporting girls, log onto www.GoGirlGo.com or call 800-227-3988.
- from AAUW's Washington Update for February 1, 2008.
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