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Butler University directed to spend more on male athletes

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Butler University has learned that it is violating U.S. civil rights laws because it isn’t spending enough money on its male athletes. It also was directed to get more women involved in intercollegiate sports.

The U.S. Department of Education told the Indianapolis school to close the difference in spending on scholarships between men and women. Women got 53.4 percent of the scholarships in the 2010 academic year, while comprising 36.5 percent of athletes.

The inequalities violate a law known as Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, and which has led to growth in the number of women’s sports teams the past 40 years.

Since Butler’s 4,000 undergraduate enrollment is 59.6 percent women, the school was directed to create more opportunities for them to participate in sports.

Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier was out of town and wasn’t available for comment. Calls to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights weren’t immediately returned.

Spokesman Jim McGrath said the school will submit a plan to the Department of Education that puts it back into compliance by Sept. 1.

Butler  plays football in the Pioneer League, which doesn’t allow scholarships. That sport likely would even out the spending.
 

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  • Re-read Reddog
    Just to point out a couple items that may clarify this story for you, it is not about the percentage of female students versus money to athletes, it is the percentage of female athletes versus the percentage of money to athletes. It is also the percentage of female students versus the percentage of female athletes. Hopefully that helps. I see nothing "ridiculous" about this, makes total sense and a win/win for everyone. Male sports get more money, females get more incentive/access to more sports, and they all get into compliance. Also, there is no such thing as "reverse discrimination".
  • Title 9
    So funny...females comprise over 55% of the students and they get more $$. Now BU has to spend more on men. They reached out to take care of the females and no it is reverse discrimination. Ridiculous....

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