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Equity in Athletics

Title IX and Athletics

Athletics are considered by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to be an integral part of an institution’s education program and are therefore covered by Title IX protections from discrimination on the basis of sex or gender.

“Before the enactment of Title IX, most colleges and universities traditionally emphasized sports for male students, and the benefits and educational opportunities in athletic programs generally were limited for women. Title IX has helped focus attention on meeting the needs of women interested in athletics and helped education officials to recognize their responsibilities regarding the provision of equal athletic opportunity. The result has been increased involvement of girls and women in sports at all levels.” Source: Office of Civil Rights

Title IX requires schools to offer male and female students equal opportunities to play sport and treat male and female athletes fairly.


Ramapo College Student Athlete Compliance Website

NCAA Title IX Frequently Asked Questions 

Title IX and Athletic Opportunities in Colleges and Universities: A Resource for Students, Coaches, Athletic Directors, and School Communities