Education Dept. Releases Title IX Exemptions, Requests

May 2, 2016

The Education Department is now making public a list of all the colleges and universities that have received religious exemptions to parts of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The department is also making public a list of those currently requesting the exemptions. All of the lists may be found here.

The law allows colleges that believe that their religious convictions will be violated by some parts of Title IX to receive the exemptions. In many cases, these exemptions relate to what the Education Department's interpretation of Title IX considers, for example, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Education Department has to date responded to requests about whether given colleges have asked for or received exemptions, but the new webpage with all of the lists means that someone could check on any college. Groups that advocate for students who are gay, lesbian or transgender have pushed for the department to provide such information whenever exemptions are requested or granted.

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