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posted Friday, November 30, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 48
Patty Murray to Betsy DeVos: Drop new Title IX rules
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Patty Murray to Betsy DeVos: Drop new Title IX rules

Joined by survivors of campus sexual assaults

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Flanked by survivors of campus sexual assaults, Washington's senior US senator, Patty Murray, called on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to drop her new Title IX rules and return to protecting students from sexual assault.

Title IX is the federal law that requires schools receiving money from the US government - almost all public and private schools in the US - to protect their students and staff from discrimination based on sex.

The Obama administration interpreted the law to require aggressive actions against sexual harassment and assault in schools, as well as to protect the rights of Transgender students. DeVos, on November 16, reversed the Obama-era rules with new instructions which would take away protections for Trans students and make it much harder to discipline students for sexual harassment and assault.

In her November 28 press conference, Murray said the new rules introduced by Secretary DeVos moved the country backward.

'I'm calling on anyone who cares about students' safety to join me in urging Secretary DeVos to withdraw this rule, start over, build on the progress we've made instead of moving us backward, and work with us and women and survivors across the country to draft a rule that truly addresses the scourge of sexual assault in our classrooms, our campuses, and wherever our students live and learn,' Murray said.

Murray is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which has jurisdiction over federal support to schools.

'Secretary DeVos' proposed Title IX rule makes it clear she did not listen to students and survivors who bravely asked her to listen to their stories, hold schools accountable, and give students the resources and support they need when they are attacked, assaulted, or harassed,' said Sen. Murray.

Murray was joined by Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), also a member of the HELP Committee, and advocates and sexual assault survivors from End Rape on Campus and Know Your IX, two activist organizations.

Transgender guidelines disappear from federal website
Meanwhile, in a further action marginalizing Transgender people, the 'Gender Identity Guidance' page disappeared from the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.

The OPM oversees federal employees and their working conditions. The Obama administration had issued detailed guidance protecting Transgender people in the workforce, but on November 23 the page explaining those guidelines disappeared.

It was replaced by generic language with no content specific to Transgender people.

The Obama-era guidance laid out definitions for terms related to Transgender identities and outlined specific expectations for respecting Transgender employees. These included ensuring that Trans workers could dress according to their gender identity, that they were to be called by their preferred names and pronouns, and that they were allowed to use restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

'Transitioning employees should not be required to have undergone or to provide proof of any particular medical procedure (including gender reassignment surgery) in order to have access to facilities designated for use by a particular gender,' the guidance stated.

'Under no circumstances may an agency require an employee to use facilities that are unsanitary, potentially unsafe for the employee, located at an unreasonable distance from the employee's work station, or that are inconsistent with the employee's gender identity.'

On the new site, that language and any reference to Transgender people is now gone, although the page does still state that discrimination on the basis of gender identity is prohibited, consistent with an executive order President Obama issued that is still in effect.

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