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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Thursday, January 30, 2003
10:41 PM

Here's a brief list of recommendations from the Title IX commission that, I grant, will be somewhat mystifying to those who have not followed this very closely. From The
...the Commission did pass a number of recommendations to change Title IX enforcement including: the use of surveys, a reasonable variance, set roster sizes, the exclusion of counting non-recruited walkons, the exclusion of counting non-traditional students, the elimination of one “safe harbor” and a designation of time for the use of prong two.

Here are the three prongs, by the way:

1. Proportionality. Percentage of boys and girls at school pretty much equal percentage involved in sports.
2. If women (or men) are under-represented, show a history of and continuing expansion of programs for women.
3. Demonstrate the interests and ablities of the underrepresented sex have been fully and effectively accommodated by the present program.

In practice, it's turned a one-prong test: Proportionality.

The reference to the roster size cap is a very good move. Under current enforcement, even male "walk-on" athletes with virtually no chance of playing have been permitted to join the team for practice and the heroic long-shot of making it. Those boys have been turned away when women have chosen not to walk-on to women's teams in equal numbers. Which they don't, because they're just not as interested. If I'm reading this right, this now means the fate of walk-ons will not be determined by something entirely out of their control.

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