Posted by Jennifer A. Hardin on 6/1/2018

Earlier this month, two federal courts issued decisions in cases involving the rights of transgender students. These decisions should help school districts understand their legal obligations as they apply to all students. 

Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board 

Posted by Sara C. Clark on 9/22/2017

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) issued interim guidance for schools on how to investigate and adjudicate allegations of sexual misconduct under Title IX. The guidance follows a Sept. 7 announcement from Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos that DOE and its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will initiate a process to…

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Posted by Sara Clark on 10/28/2016

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal from a Virginia school board seeking to prevent a high school student from using the boys' bathroom. In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit gave deference to the federal government's position that Title IX, the federal law prohibiting discrimination "on the basis of sex" in public schools, protects the rights of transgender students to use school bathrooms that align with their gender identity. The court ordered the…

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Posted by Sara Clark on 5/18/2016

Last Friday, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance on their interpretation of the rights of and protections for transgender students under Title IX.

The guidance document, which comes in the form of a Dear Colleague Letter, does not add requirements to existing law, but adds another voice to an ongoing conversation about whether Title IX’s…

Posted by Shadya Yazback on 4/30/2015

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits gender discrimination in any education program or activity that is supported by federal monies.  On April 24, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) reminded schools receiving federal dollars that they must designate at least one employee to coordinate Title IX compliance and released a guidance package relating to Title IX compliance.

Each school district must have a designated Title IX coordinator at all times.  The Title IX coordinator is responsible for coordinating their school district’s…