May 1982 the MHSA was named in a federal lawsuit alleging
numerous violations of Title IX. One of the results of that
litigation is the Ridgeway Settlement Agreement, which has
become the minimum standard for defining gender equity in
Montana’s high school athletic programs. Since that initial
litigation, Montana has become one of the national leaders in
promoting equity in athletics. Our goal is to assist schools in
ensuring gender equity and to provide continuing education and
awareness to member schools and to their communities.
Forms and Information
Schools are encouraged to contact the MHSA office for assistance in addressing gender equity issues in their districts. Besides
interpretations of the Ridgeway Settlement Agreement, there are a variety of services available to member schools.
On-Site Gender Equity Evaluations:
Since the litigation of the 1980’s the MHSA has conducted random
visitations to member schools for the purpose of monitoring
compliance and gathering data. Schools are invited to contact us
with requests for on-site visitations as a means of evaluating
gender equity standards within the district, as well as
educating staff and community members about basic equity
principles and the Ridgeway Settlement Agreement.
Hazing Awareness Training: In recent years there has
been increased scrutiny of the issues of hazing, initiations,
and bullying at all levels of education. MHSA has developed a
Hazing Awareness Workshop that is conducted by an MHSA staff
member at the request of member schools.
To request information on any of the above, click here:
Member schools are required to have an on-site administrator
and/or athletic/activities director who has attended and
completed an in-service on the transfer and other eligibility
rules as well as equity and the Ridgeway Settlement Agreement.
Such on-site personnel are required to attend a renewal
in-service every five years.
MHSA staff offer the workshop at least three times every
school year: in conjunction with the MCA Clinic in Great Falls,
at the MCEL Convention, and as part of the MHSA Annual Meeting.
The clinic will also be available via this website at some time
in the future.
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