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Kennedy 1 Kate Kennedy October 12, 2006 GWRIT 103-Jefferson What once was Equality is now Inequality On September 29 th , 2006, the Board of Visitors, Athletic Director Jeff Bourne, and James Madison University made the decision to eliminate 10 sports teams from the varsity level due to a lack of compliance to Title IX Section 1681. Due to this cut, 144 JMU athletes and 11 JMU coaches lost their funding, their scholarships, and most importantly, their college sports team (Stoss A1). Students that wish to continue their athletic careers now have no choice but to transfer to another school that has their sport. Other students that decided to stay at JMU chose to fight the University by having parents, alumni, and students sign “Save Our Sports” petitions. But how far can they take this fight? *All the way to Capital Hill? In 1972, Title IX helped many young women obtain equal opportunity in sports and many other aspects of education. However, the times have changed, and legislation should without a doubt change as well. Section 1681 of Title IX should be revised or abolished because it is unfair to athletes whose sports are cut. Title IX was originally published as a part of the Education Amendments of 1972 (United States). The original text of this statute said the following: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .” (United States). The statute is still in effect in the rare case that women are under compensated. The issue of Title IX at JMU was brought up in accordance to the statute’s Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, or the EADA. The EADA makes it possible for the general public to see information about the financial aid and statistics of every university’s intercollegiate sports in
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Kennedy 2 the U.S. JMU also has to fill out a break-down sheet for the EADA, and it includes the following: . . . an array of detailed information on their sports programs, broken down by sex. Schools report the number of athletic participants by sex, the assignment of head coaches by sex, operating expenses by sex, recruitment expenses by sex, coaches’ salaries by sex . . . . In addition, the EADA demands one statistic that has nothing to do with athletics: Schools must compile and submit the number of full-time undergraduates, by sex. (Gavora) As every JMU student knows, there are far more females on this campus than males. As a matter of a fact, Matthew Stoss writes in his article in The Breeze that “the enrollment is 61 percent female and 39 percent male” (A1). If the Board of Visitors looks at this ratio—actually, if any person looks at this ratio—and only takes that ratio into account, then of course JMU is not compliant with Title IX. That means that the student athlete ratio must be 60 percent female. The Dukes football team has just about 90 male athletes, which comprise a large quantity of the 40
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