Today, June 23, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the landmark law that prevents sex-based discrimination at institutions that receive federal funding, which includes Oglethorpe University.
The law ensures fair and equal opportunities for anyone wanting to pursue an education and OU proudly celebrates the inclusivity that has remained protected by this law for half a century.
Title IX is a broad, yet comprehensive law included in the Educational Amendments of 1972. It was enacted as a follow-up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination in employment fields based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin — but not in educational institutions. Title IX remedied that, creating more opportunities for women to obtain higher education.
Among the most visible impacts of Title IX is reflected in women’s athletics. The law opened the door for exponential growth in programs and scholarships for female athletes. Since the law was introduced, participation in women’s athletics programs has increased significantly.
Oglethorpe University is home to a strong, supportive community of women’s athletics teams, including basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
Every year, Oglethorpe University Athletics Department and Oglethorpe Student-Athlete Advisory Committee hosts National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a public event that helps female athletes of all ages build confidence and connect with their community. OU’s annual celebration of this day of empowerment is open to the public and has featured a kids’ sports clinic led by student-athletes and an open invitation to see the Stormy Petrels play.
“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” – Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972
Knowing your rights according to Title IX — and how to protect them — is important for every student, staff and faculty as members of the Oglethorpe campus community.
To learn more about Oglethorpe’s Title IX policies, access resources and how to report misconduct, visit our Rights and Responsibilities page.
This fall, Oglethorpe will host a series of events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. Be sure to check OU Connect during the fall semester for details.