Use of Interest Surveys for Title IX Compliance Is Debated Before Civil-Rights Commission

One way for colleges to comply with federal gender-equity law — by surveying female students' interest in sports — has rarely been used but still sparked intense debate at a briefing this month before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Although the commission has no legislative authority, gender-equity advocates worry that its recommendations will influence policy makers.

Two experts who testified at the briefing said the use of surveys would allow