Are “Gender Plus” Bathrooms New? And How Should Schools Handle Them?

CPS Bathroom SignsAs many of you know, I was a Chicago Public Schools parent until four months ago, when my family and I moved to Dallas. So, I have been watching with great interest a battle that has been unfolding following a CPS announcement that its schools would begin using new signs for school bathrooms. Some bathrooms, including single-occupancy restrooms and some multi-stalled restrooms, are labeled as gender-neutral, while the rest are labeled as “girls plus” and “boys plus.” Is this something new? And how should schools handle “gender plus” bathrooms? Keep reading to learn more.

 

Webinar: Top 10 Client Questions During the Title IX Grievance Process

At Thompson & Horton, our attorneys are grateful to be the first call for many Title IX administrators dealing with reports, formal complaints, and other matters involving Title IX sexual harassment. Recently, T&H attorneys Holly McIntush, Rebecca Bailey, and I got together to discuss the top legal questions we have been hearing from clients regarding the Title IX grievance process. We hope that the webinar will answer some questions you are considering, whether you work for a K-12 or higher education institution and are a Title IX Coordinator or an administrator or employee with other duties during the Title IX process.

Did we address your most burning question? If not, please email it to titleix@thlaw.com so we can address it here on the blog. As always, if you have ideas for any blog posts or webinars, please send those our way, as well.

 

Title IX Tips Webinar on Avoiding Title IX Pitfalls

Join Thompson & Horton attorneys Jackie Gharapour Wernz, Holly McIntush, and Rebecca Bailey on October 28, 2021, for a free webinar to discuss the pitfalls that can steer your Title IX team off track—and how to avoid them. We will discuss topics such as moving too fast, ignoring off-campus conduct, and being overly deferential to law enforcement. We will help you stop, drop, and Title IX—the right way—to reduce the risk of challenges in OCR and the courts. Register here: conta.cc/3vuLuEJ

Instas, Snaps, Yik Yaks, and Sex: When Is a Post Title IX Sexual Harassment?

The issue comes up all too frequently—a student shows up to an administrator’s office to report that they found something terrible about them online. Sometimes it’s sexually harassing language and bullying. Or it’s a person sharing photos or videos of their ex online after a breakup. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, perhaps it’s an account on which people can anonymously “expose” accused perpetrators of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and assault—and the alleged perpetrators report that it’s just not true. How do educational leaders distinguish between sexual harassment and more benign activity on Instagram, Snapchat, (the newly reemerging) Yik Yak, and the like?

Thompson & Horton Offers Title IX Compliance Training for the 2021-2022 School Year

Many educational institutions – particularly smaller colleges, community colleges, and K-12 school districts – have not trained their Title IX teams sufficiently to handle Title IX sexual harassment matters when they arise. Many training options on the market are too costly, either in time or money, to be feasible. Although there is no specific hours requirement for Title IX training, the commentary to the 2020 Title IX regulations references eight hours as a ballpark estimate of the amount of annual training needed for team members.