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ATIXA February 2022 Legislative Policy Corner

Federal News:

Former transgender college student’s Title IX complaint will be investigated by the US Dept. of Ed. according to The Hill

The Hill reports that the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) said it would be launching a Title IX investigation into Lincoln Christian University in Illinois following a complaint from a former student. The complaint, filed by Religious Exemption Accountability Project (REAP), claims Kalie Hargrove, an openly transgender woman and former LCU student, was discriminated against by the university based on her gender identity by “directing her either to withdraw from classes or face discipline because she publicly identified as transgender.” The lawsuit and the Department’s investigation are part of a larger effort to overturn current religious Title IX exemptions.

Bill Update:

Title IX sexual harassment standards for colleges bill, the “Title IX Take Responsibility Act” (HR 5396), adds 2 new cosponsors

Sponsored by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), the bill would establish notice and reasonable care standards to hold educational institutions liable for sex discrimination, further defining criteria for how schools must exercise action to prevent and correct the impacts of sexual assault. The bill also would provide an individual private right of action for any institution’s failure to enforce these rights under the established standards and allows for equitable relief for the victim.

New cosponsors: Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA); Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA)

The bill now has 4 cosponsors (all Democrats)