Beyond Bathrooms: New Guidance Regarding Transgender Students Addresses FERPA Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice recently weighed in on the obligations of school districts, colleges and universities to provide civil rights protections for transgender students. On May 13, the departments issued a Dear Colleague Letter  that summarizes the responsibilities of school districts, colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance under the departments’ interpretation of federal law, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Here, we focus on the DCL’s guidance pertinent to compliance with FERPA.

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