Title IX and Equal Access for Transgender Students

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2016 9:30 AM TO 10:30 AM

Webinar Presenter The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (ED) recently issued official guidance which makes clear that transgender students are protected from discrimination under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

The joint guidance states that this prohibition “encompasses discrimination based on a student’s gender identity, including discrimination based on a student’s transgender status.”

  • What should schools be thinking about to protect the rights of transgender students under Title IX?
  • What does this mean about the use of facilities such as bathrooms? What about locker rooms?
  • Is this federal guidance different from the requirements under California law?
  • Is lack of funding an excuse for not complying with Title IX?

This webinar reviews a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and explain how the DOJ and ED will evaluate a school’s compliance with these obligations.

All public schools must provide transgender equal access to educational programs and activities or face the loss of federal funds!

This webinar provides valuable information for all those involved with Title IX compliance.


Gabriel Sandoval is a partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo and previously worked as the Senior Counsel in the Office for Civil Rights. Mr. Sandoval represents universities, community colleges, school districts, and charter schools on a range of issues involving all aspects of education, employment and labor law, and compliance with federal and state civil rights laws.

Aaron O’Donnell is a partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. He provides experienced advice and counsel to clients in all aspects of education and employment law, including compliance with Title IX and related federal and state laws.

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