Title IX, the federal law protecting K-12 and post-secondary students from discrimination based on sex, has become a political hot potato in recent years with changing federal guidance on who it protects and what it requires of educational institutions. There has been increasing public conversation and litigation about sexual assault and sexual harassment on campuses, as well as backlash on the application of Title IX protections to transgender students. As lawyers who are outside counsel or work directly for school districts, colleges, and universities, we will discuss the state of Title IX law and the future of its protections for straight-identified and LGBTQ students. Topics will include: interpretation of federal guidance on prevention and response to allegations of sexual assault or sexual harassment, implementation of Title IX requirements by K-12 and post-secondary institutions, challenges facing schools related to Title IX, proactive strategies to protect students, predictions for the future of federal guidance on Title IX, and trends in harassment complaints and investigations. We will also discuss Title IX protections specific to the LGBTQ community and trends in case law applying Title IX to transgender students, including in access to sex-segregated facilities.
Speakers: Brad Domangue (New York University); Ashland Johnson (The Inclusion Playbook); Sharon McGowan (Lambda Legal); Jessica Witte (Thompson & Horton)