Tag Archives: Office for Civil Rights

Supreme Court to Hear Gloucester County, VA Transgender Bathroom Case

Last week the Supreme Court announced it will review the G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board (VA) decision–a case dealing with who gets to use what bathroom in a local high school.  The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that for purposes of Title IX’s prohibition of sex discrimination, a student’s self-designated gender identity … Continue Reading

Scope of Office for Civil Rights Enforcement Authority Questioned

“Behind the Scenes:  A Closer Look at OCR’s Enforcement Authority” questions the legal authority of the Office for Civil Rights to demand certain remedies as a condition for resolving Title IX sexual assault complaints against colleges and universities.  This short article discusses the enforement authority found in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, … Continue Reading

Six Higher Education Title IX Sexual Misconduct Agreements Analyzed

During 2014, six universities–Tufts University, Virginia Military Institute, Ohio State University, Princeton University, Southern Methodist University and Harvard Law School–signed Title IX resolution agreements resolving sexual misconduct or sexual harassment complaints (or both) filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), and in one instance, a Title IX compliance review initiated … Continue Reading

Title IX Letter from Two Commissioners, U.S. Civil Rights Commission

In a very poignant letter (9 pages) to the Chairs of the House and Senate Appropriations’ Committees and Subcommittees, Commissioners Gail Heriot and Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights raise fundamental legal questions about actions of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education.   In a similar … Continue Reading