Is your institution up to speed on the growing social and legal movement to enhance the rights of transgender students and employees? When faced with a transgender applicant, a request for equal access to restrooms, housing, or other facilities according to gender identity, or other equal access and treatment issues, is your institution equipped to navigate and respond to the situation lawfully and sensitively?
While much of the law surrounding transgender rights is in its infancy and quickly evolving, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights interprets Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination to include gender identity discrimination. Similarly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission interprets Title VII to prohibit gender identity discrimination in employment. In addition, a minority of states have adopted state specific laws protecting students and/or employees from gender identity discrimination.
In addition to potential new legal requirements, higher education institutions are feeling the impact of a growing movement to raise social awareness about and promote inclusion for transgender individuals. With the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner and popular shows featuring transgender characters, like “Transparent” and “Orange Is the New Black,” the issues affecting transgender individuals are becoming a growing part of mainstream discussion.
It is critical for higher education institutions to ensure that they are familiar with the emerging societal and legal issues affecting their treatment of and potential legal obligations to transgender students and employees. Join us for our 90 minute “Transgender Students and Employees: The New Civil Rights Frontier?” training session. This training is appropriate for Title IX coordinators and deputy coordinators, directors of admission, directors of housing or other facilities, deans of students, other key administrators, and human resources managers.