Federal change in transgender protections will not affect UO

The UO’s Title IX office has reviewed changes at the federal level regarding protections for the transgender community and finds there will be no effect on policy or practice at the university.

Darci Heroy, associate vice president and Title IX coordinator, wrote in a memo that “it is important to understand that the administration’s decision to repeal regulatory guidance interpreting Title IX does not impact the fundamental purpose of Title IX — to provide students and all campus community members with equal access to their education opportunities free from discrimination based on sex. This guaranteed right inherently includes protection from discrimination or harassment based on gender and gender identity and, further, requires institutions to provide their campus with safe and equal access to basic amenities, like restrooms.”

The full text of the memo can be found here.

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