by Neena Chaudhry, Senior Counsel
National Women’s Law Center
Many of us here had the privilege of attending an inspiring event yesterday at George Washington University, where hundreds gathered to celebrate the release of a new Title IX guidance that reversed a harmful policy issued in 2005 and provided further details about how schools can comply with the law. The 2005 policy weakened the law by permitting schools to claim that they were complying with Title IX based exclusively on the results of an email survey asking female students about their interests in additional sports opportunities. Even worse, schools were given the green light to interpret any lack of response to a survey as lack of interest in sports.