SCOTUS ruling complicates trans efforts

By: Regina Wright ~Campus News Editor~ A federal ruling in the lawsuit against the Obama administration and U.S. Department of Education has resulted in an injunction temporarily blocking transgender students from using bathrooms and other facilities of their choice. The case, in which 13 states seud the federal government, was heard by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth, Texas. The states suing are Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. O’Connor passed the injunction late on Aug. 21, a day before the first day of school in Texas, the following … Continue reading SCOTUS ruling complicates trans efforts

Transgender students covered by Title IX

By: Regina Wright ~Campus News Editor~ New changes can be expected for transgender students on campus courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Divisions. The two federal departments jointly released “Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students” (DCL) on May 13, 2016 mandating that colleges make more accommodations for transgender students. DCL addresses and gives guidance on four broad categories under Title IX including Safe and Nondiscriminatory Environment, Identification Documents, Names and Pronouns, Sex-Segregated Activities and Facilities and Privacy and Educational Records. “Any time the Office for Civil Rights … Continue reading Transgender students covered by Title IX