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Wisconsin Not Abiding by Title IX

October 17, 2000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Wisconsin was told by the federal government that it is not abiding by Title IX legislation, and the university must do more to comply with the sex discrimination law.

Wisconsin has not achieved ``substantial proportionality″ and must add a female sport with 25 to 26 openings for athletes, the Office of Civil Rights said.

The 1972 law requires schools to provide athletic opportunities to men and women in numbers proportionate to undergraduate enrollment.

David McDonald, chairman of the university’s athletic board, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the school thought it was fully complying.

The university said that the number of female athletes had increased in the spring of 2000 from 297 to 377 and the number of male athletes dropped from 379 to 376.

The percentage of female to male athletes increased from 44 percent to 56 percent to 50.07 percent to 49.93 percent, the Sentinel said.

Undergraduate enrollment was 53 percent female and 47 percent male over the same period, the school told the OCR’s Chicago office

Jamie Pollard, the athletic department finance director who keeps track of Title IX compliance, said this spring that just 33 of 318 schools had more female athletes than male athletes during the 1998-1999 school year.

In some parts of the country, colleges have dropped some men’s sports to comply.

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