However, a female ice hockey player must receive the same protective equipment that a male ice hockey player would receive, inasmuch as the protective equipment is the same. Title IX does allow for a discrepancy in the cost of the equipment as long as both the football and soccer player received the same quality of equipment.

Thus, broad variations in the type and number of sports opportunities offered to each gender are permitted. The only provision that requires that the same dollars be spent proportional to participation is scholarships.

Males and females can participate in different sports according to their respective interests and abilities.

The broad comparative provision was intended to emphasize that Title IX does not require the creation of mirror image programs.

In other words, the entire men's program is compared to the entire women's program, not just one men's team to the women's team in the same sport.

top Title IX compliance is assessed through a total program comparison.

Anyone may file an OCR complaint, and the identity of the party who files the complaint will be kept confidential. On April 2, 1990, OCR issued an athletics policy document called "Title IX Athletics Investigator's Manual" that has assisted athletics departments with enforcement and compliance issues with Title IX. top Institutions are responsible for complying with federal laws. The 1979 Policy Interpretation remains current policy. Elimination of discrimination against women and girls has received more attention because females historically have faced greater gender restrictions and barriers in education. A continued effort to achieve educational equity has benefited all students by moving toward creation of school environments where all students may learn and achieve the highest standards. In regard to athletics programs, OCR developed an Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Interpretation that was issued December 11, 1979. The law requires educational institutions to maintain policies, practices and programs that do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender. OCR has the authority to develop policy on the regulations it enforces. top Title IX benefits everyone -- girls and boys, women and men.