An article in The Daily Campus claims SMU isn't giving female athletes their fair share. Read more here.
Beth Wilson, associate vice-president and Title IX coordinator, said the university has done a superlative job meeting federal requirements. “I think we’ve done pretty much what we needed to do,” she said. “I think the issues have been addressed or are being addressed.”
Wilson said she could not discuss why SMU spends twice as much on men’s sports compared to female athletes until she reviewed the data SMU submitted to the Department of Education. When a reporter offered the records to her, Wilson refused to look at them.
Dr. Ellen Jackofsky, an accounting professor in the Cox School of Business and a member of the Faculty Senate Athletic Policies Committee from 1995 to 2011, reviewed SMU’s athletic spending. When asked if the records showed SMU in compliance with Title IX, she said, “Absolutely not.”
“This shouldn’t be happening,” Jackofsky said. “I’m disappointed to hear that, to know that’s where we are.”
Some students said the spending disparity is understandable for a simple reason.
“Come on, it’s football,” Gerardo Padierna, a first-year student, said. “Football is king.”
Others said the disparity is disturbing.
“This is a lawsuit waiting to happen,” sophomore Katherine Montgomery said.
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