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Title IX Guidance

Back in 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education released a “Dear Colleague Letter” in which they addressed the effort to support and protect transgender students. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs that are federally funded, including gender identity and transgender status. This letter aims to describe a school’s Title IX obligations in regards to its transgender students, and explain how schools are evaluated for their compliance with these standards.

Key Terms

  • Gender identity: one’s internal sense of their gender
  • Sex assigned at birth: sex designation on one’s birth certificate
  • Transgender: individuals whose gender identity is different from their sex assigned at birth
  • Gender transition: process of identifying with the sex associated with one’s gender identity rather than the sex one was assigned at birth

Title IX Compliance

Schools receiving federal funds agree that they will not exclude, separate, or treat differently on the basis of sex in their educational programs and activities (if not authorized to do so). For the purposes of implementing Title IX regulations, schools should treat a student’s gender identity as their sex. In addition, when a student or their parent/guardian notifies the school that the student identifies with a gender that is different from their gender on school records, the school’s treatment of the student must be consistent with that gender identity. The letter mentions a few different areas of education that these Title IX obligations apply to:

  1. Safe and nondiscriminatory environment
  2. Identification documents, names, and pronouns
  3. Sex-segregated activities and facilities
    1. Restrooms and locker rooms
    2. Athletics
    3. Single-sex classes
    4. Single-sex schools
    5. Fraternities and sororities
    6. Housing accommodations
  4. Privacy and educational records
    1. Disclosure of personally identifiable information
    2. Disclosure of directory information
    3. Amendment of education records

For more information read the full letter here: https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/sde/title-ix/title_ix_dearcolleagueletter_transgender.pdf

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