Title IX Athletics Coordinators in NCAA Division I Institutions: Roles, Responsibilities, & Potential Conflicts of Interests

Ellen J. Staurowsky – Ithaca College & Drexel University
Ainslie Rhoads – Drexel University

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the landmark law barring sex discrimination  in the nation’s schools receiving federal funding, was passed in 1972. Three years later, the regulation implementing Title IX was published. Among its many provisions was a requirement for schools to appoint at least one employee who would be responsible for managing compliance efforts, ensuring that responsibilities under Title IX were met, creating grievance procedures, and overseeing investigations and resolutions of complaints when they arose. The purpose of this study is to examine the roles and responsibilities Title IX athletics compliance officers in NCAA Division I programs have; how their responsibilities as Title IX coordinators fit within their overall workloads and job demands; the level of support and access to training they receive to fulfill their responsibilities; potential conflicts of interest they identify; and other challenges they face.