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Pepperdine Drops Its Title IX Exemption

July 26, 2016

Pepperdine University has told the U.S. Department of Education that it no longer wishes to be exempt from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and will abide by the antibias policy. Many Christian colleges, as Pepperdine is, asked for and received exemptions in the last two years, saying that the Education Department's view that Title IX bars discrimination against transgender and gay students violates the colleges' Christian faith. Title IX permits such exemptions for colleges that say some of the law's provisions violate their beliefs. Pepperdine's exemption goes back much farther.

A statement from the university said, "Pepperdine requested religious exemption from Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in 1976, and it was granted by the Department of Education in 1985. Early this year, the university withdrew from the previously granted exemption because it does not fully reflect Pepperdine’s values today. We believe that Pepperdine’s mission and the goals of Title IX are aligned, and we are committed to complying with Title IX in its entirety."

The change was first reported by The Huffington Post.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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