ERIC Number: EJ1124425
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec-19
How Much Power Does a Higher Ed Institution Have over Including Transgender Students in Greek Life?
New England Journal of Higher Education, Dec 2016
Different images come to mind when thinking about college fraternities and sororities, depending on who you are. Whether your images are positive or negative, one thing is constant: You envision a group of same-sex young people. But one of the major social issues that this country is dealing with is the treatment of transgender people, and arguably the higher education institutions (HEIs) are pioneering the way. One question that HEIs are tackling more frequently is whether there is a place for transgender students in Greek life. Title IX bars colleges and universities from discriminating on the basis of sex. However, there is a carve-out for fraternities and sororities, meaning fraternities that allow only men as members and sororities that allow only women will not be in violation of Title IX. But the present day question is: Does gender identity fall under the umbrella of "sex"? For now, as it relates to Title IX, the answer is yes.
Descriptors: Colleges, Higher Education, Sexual Identity, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Organizations, National Organizations, Gender Discrimination, Sex Fairness, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Title IX Education Amendments 1972