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The Trump administration last week generated plenty of headlines by withdrawing guidelines issued by the Obama administration regarding Title IX’s protections for transgender college students.
Despite the controversy and uncertainty about whether the guidelines would hold up if challenged, several religiously affiliated colleges decided not to take any chances.The department has few options for rejecting a religious exemption to Title IX.Several experts said they were aware of no cases where a request from a college had been rejected.A roughly 450-word portion of the 46-page Q&A says all students are protected from “sexual discrimination” under Title IX, including “straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students.” The guidelines also say, “Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation.Similarly, the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties does not change a school’s obligations.” reached out Thursday to officials at Bob Jones and Liberty to respond to questions about their student handbooks and Title IX compliance. "Congress has granted Liberty University a religious exemption to Title IX," the university said. secretary of education, last week called the now rescinded transgender guidance a “very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach.” Conservative policy makers and some within higher education say the U. Congress should be consulted in determining what constitutes a violation of Title IX.Liberty University and its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., last year and in the past have defended the university against charges of anti-gay bias, and at times have been praised by gay Liberty alums.
Even so, the Liberty and Bob Jones student handbooks appear to run afoul of guidelines on Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and sexual violence that the U. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights issued in 2014, according to several former department officials, gay rights groups and experts on Title IX compliance.
In fact, if the White House even noticed a possible violation or was pressured to challenge an institution’s compliance with the guidelines, it could increase the odds that the Education Department would issue a new guidance upending the Obama administration’s definitions of Title IX protection for LGBT students.
Plenty of federal aid dollars flow to the two universities.
Bob Jones did not respond with comments before this article was published Monday. "While we know many religious institutions have sought the Department of Education’s concurrence that the exemption applies, Liberty has not concluded that it is necessary to do so." Title IX and Federal Aid Whether the Obama administration’s approach with its 2014 guidance document was fair or enforceable, instead of being an example of the executive branch exceeding its authority, depends on whom you ask -- much like considerations of the separate OCR guidance document, issued last May, which said Title IX applies to discrimination based on gender identity as well as gender. As a result, it’s unclear how much binding power the 2014 Obama guidelines would have if challenged.
Liberty said in a written statement that the university is in full compliance with Title IX and there is no conflict between the 2014 guidelines and the university's student honor code. The department has limited enforcement options for any Title IX violation by a college.
“Our federal civil rights laws demand that all students -- women and men; gay and straight; transgender or not; citizens and foreign students -- be allowed to learn and participate in all parts of college life without sexual assault and harassment limiting their opportunities,” Lhamon said.