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U.S. Department Of Education Office Of Civil Rights Releases Resources To Support Intersex Students
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) published a fact sheet that addresses the key issues intersex students face in schools, such as bullying, harassment, and other discrimination related to their physical characteristics. According to the fact sheet, the term “intersex” generally describes people with variations in physical sex characteristics, such as anatomy, hormones, chromosomes, and other traits that differ from expectations associated with male and female bodies.
The fact sheet also offers suggestions on ways schools can support intersex students, including the use of inclusive language on school mission statements, affirmation of students’ right to be free of sex discrimination at school, and the advancement of gender-neutral practices.
The fact sheet builds on the Biden Administration’s efforts to ensure equal educational opportunities for all students.
Title IX applies to private colleges and universities, as well as private K-12 schools that have accepted certain federal financial funds or assistance, though there are exceptions for religious educational institutions.