Title IX Compliance

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Title IX and its implementing regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in the education programs and  activities  of  recipients  of  federal  funds. This includes discrimination based on a student’s gender identity,  including  transgender  status. The resources below will help you ensure you are in compliance with Title IX and creating an inclusive environment for all students.

How to Comply

Briefing: Title IX and AB 1266: Agencies Release Guidance on Protections for Transgender Students
Guidance regarding the treatment of transgender students has recently been issued, both on a state and a federal level. This Briefing details this guidance as it pertains specifically to California educational institutions.

Transgender Students: California State Law Protections Still In Effect
The U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued a joint “Dear Colleague” letter, withdrawing Obama administration guidance on the rights of transgender students at schools under Title IX. This Briefing discusses the State of California protections still in effect.

Dear Colleague Letter on DOE and DOJ Withdrawing Statements of Policy and Guidance
This letter, released by the United States Department of Education and the Department of Justice, discusses the withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance in regards to Title IX.

Title IX Resource Guide
A comprehensive resource guide released by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, April 2015. This guide contains everything you need to know including the scope of Title IX, the administrative requirements, and how it pertains to a variety of issues.

Train Staff

Online Training Courses through Keenan SafeSchools
Keenan offers a suite of online training courses for free to all CA public schools. This includes:

Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students
This guide shares some common questions on topics such as school records, privacy, and terminology, and then explains how some state and school district policies have answered these questions.

Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence
Questions and answers further clarify the legal requirements and guidance articulated in the Dear Colleague Letter and the 2001 Guidance and include examples of proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence.

Articles & Resources

Blog: Transgender Students: Understanding Title IX Compliance
Legislation in several states to require individuals to use bathrooms and other gender-segregated facilities based on their birth gender received a lot of recent news coverage.

Document: AALRR Launches Title IX Compliance Initiative
The  central  focus  of  this  initiative  is on  providing effective  and  strategic  legal  counsel and advice to colleges  and  universities throughout California to ensure  that sexual  violence  and sexual harassment  complaints on  their  campuses are comprehensively addressed in a manner consistent with their obligations under Title IX.