Category Archives: Sex Discrimination

Policy guidance materials related to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

Guidance on Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education

The “Dear Colleague” letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education explains that all students, regardless of their sex, must have equal access to the full range of career and technical education (CTE) programs offered. The Dear Colleague Letter includes an overview of the legal requirements most relevant to ensuring gender equity in CTE programs and provides examples of ways schools can prevent or remedy inequity. … Read the rest

Guidance on Rights of Transgender Students

The “Dear Colleague” Letter from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice summarizes a school’s Title IX obligations regarding transgender students and explains how the Departments evaluate a school’s compliance with these obligations. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education issued a companion document, Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students, which summarizes key components of policies on transgender students from school districts and state education agencies across the country. … Read the rest

Guidance on Obligation of Schools to Designate a Title IX Coordinator

The “Dear Colleague” letter is accompanied by a letter to Title IX coordinators that provides them with more information about their role and a Title IX resource guide that includes an overview of Title IX’s requirements with respect to several key issues. The “Dear Colleague” letter, the letter to Title IX coordinators and the Title IX Resource Guide are available on the Title IX Coordinators page. … Read the rest

Guidance on Protecting Civil Rights in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities

“Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon and Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Vanita Gupta, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the applicability of Federal civil rights laws to juvenile justice residential facilities. The letter provides a reminder that juvenile justice residential facilities receiving Federal funds are subject to the same Federal civil rights obligations as all other public schools, and highlights some of the legal requirements related to access to academic coursework and career and vocational training, students with disabilities, English language learners, and the administration of discipline. … Read the rest

Guidance on Charter Schools

The letter provides a reminder that charter schools are subject to the same Federal civil rights obligations as all other public schools, and highlights some of the legal requirements related to admissions, student discipline, students with disabilities, and English language learners.
  • Press Release
  • “Dear Colleague” letter PDF (179K)
    Carta a los estimados colegas: Escuelas Chárter PDF (186K)
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Questions and Answers about Title IX and Sexual Violence

These questions and answers further clarify the legal requirements under Title IX articulated in the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague letter on Sexual Violence and the January 19, 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance and provide recommendations for addressing allegations of sexual violence.
  • Press Release
  • Questions and Answers  PDF (867K)
  • Know Your Rights about Title IX and Sexual Violence  PDF (551K)
    En español (Spanish) PDF (551K)
    情況說明書 (Trad.
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Guidance on Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

“Dear Colleague” letter and pamphlet from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter. This pamphlet clarifies the specific requirements of Title IX applicable to pregnant and parenting students. The pamphlet contains a FAQ section that explains the Title IX requirements and provides examples to ensure that schools understand their obligations and pregnant and parenting students understand their rights under Title IX. … Read the rest

Guidance on Addressing Sexual Harassment/Sexual Violence

The letter provides guidance and examples about Title IX requirements and how they relate to sexual harassment and sexual violence, discusses proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and educate employees and students, and provides examples of the types of remedies schools and OCR may use to respond to sexual violence. … Read the rest