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New Title IX Resources Released to Support Equal Opportunity in Athletic Programs

On February 17, 2023, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released three new resources to support equal opportunity in athletic programs consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Title IX, a law enforced by OCR, prohibits discrimination based on sex in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.

OCR designed these resources to help students, parents, coaches, athletic directors, and school officials evaluate whether a school is meeting its legal duty to provide equal athletic opportunity regardless of sex. The overview resource provides examples of the kinds of situations that could, depending upon facts and circumstances, raise Title IX concerns at any education level. The two specialized resources – one for K-12 schools and one for colleges and universities – offer information specific to these school communities.

OCR will continue to vigorously enforce federal civil rights laws to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. Learn more at


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