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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 09:27 PM

The full text of the guidelines can be found at the Department of Education website:(http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf)

“Where trans* inclusive policies are in place, education and outreach must follow,” added Consortium co-Chair Warren Scherer, Director of Inclusive Excellence Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “It is not only Title IX compliance offices that need to be aware of these clarifications of Title IX. The knowledge and affirmation of identities across the gender spectrum is part of the work of all higher education institutions.”

“We are ready for the Department of Education to further clarify the rights of trans* identified students in higher education,” said Demere Woolway, Consortium co-Chair and Director of LGBTQ Life at Johns Hopkins University. “Access to restrooms, identity recognition within official systems, inclusive health care, and inclusive housing should be available to all members of university and college communities.”

The Consortium has recently charged a Trans* Policy Working Group, chaired by UMass Amherst Stonewall Center Director Genny Beemyn, to work with higher education professional organizations like the American College Health Association (ACHA), Association of  College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I), National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), and others to develop collaborative guidelines and practices for specific areas of higher education. These guidelines will be released to the Consortium membership for review and comment in early summer 2014.