DoEd Reaches Voluntary Settlement With District Over Transgender Student Rights

DeptOfEd_largeThe Education Dept.’s Office for Civil Rights agrees to an out-of-court settlement with Dorchester County School District Two in South Carolina after finding the district did not allow a transgender elementary school student restroom access.

DoEd found that the district had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which protects students from sex-based discrimination. OCR concluded that the district violated Title IX because the female transgender student was not given access to the girls’ bathroom as a result of her transgender status.

However, OCR determined that the district’s policies and procedures complied with Title IX.

The district voluntarily agreed to enter into a resolution agreement and to take the following actions:

  • Provide the student with access to the girls’ bathrooms at her elementary school;
  • Provide the student and her parents with the option of requesting, at any point during the student’s enrollment in the district, that a support team be convened to ensure that the student’s access and opportunity to participate in all programs;
  • Revise its policies and procedures to include gender-based discrimination as a form of discrimination based on sex;  
  • Provide annual training to district and school level administrators on the district’s obligation to prevent and address gender-based discrimination.

OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and promote educational excellence throughout the nation through the vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

Info: http://goo.gl/0F6JS0 (letter).

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