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NCAA Won’t Punish Catholic Colleges for Title IX Gender Identity Exemptions

source: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/4795/NCAA-Won%E2%80%99t-Punish-Catholic-Colleges-for-Title-IX-Gender-Identity-Exemptions.aspx

Catholic colleges and universities that requested exemptions from the new gender identity provisions of Title IX in order to protect their religious missions will not receive any backlash from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) — at least for now.

A group of over 80 “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ), sports, religious and youth advocacy groups” signed a letter to the NCAA on March 9 petitioning the athletic association to “take action to divest from all religious based campuses who have requested discriminatory Title IX waivers toward LGBTQ youth.”

“These requests are directly in conflict with the NCAA’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion of all people regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity,” according to the letter. “The Title IX waiver allows campus administrators to deny transgender students admission, usage of public accommodations, and protections against anti-LGBTQ actions from students and faculty — all based on a student’s gender identity. The Title IX waivers requesting to discriminate against transgender students create an unsafe environment for all LGBTQ students, both in academics and athletics.”

The letter was organized by the groups Soulforce and Campus Pride, which maintains a so-called “Shame List” of colleges that supposedly engage in “religion-based bigotry” by legally requesting Title IX exemptions from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Campus Pride identified 37 religious colleges that have received the Title IX waiver, including the Catholic institutions Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, N.C., Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio and St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla. The LGBTQ activist group also lists 22 religious colleges with pending Title IX waivers, including John Paul the Great Catholic University in Escondido, Calif., and University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. All of the Catholic colleges identified are recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

Belmont Abbey is an NCAA Division II college, and Franciscan University and University of Dallas compete in NCAA Division III sports. St. Gregory’s is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), and John Paul the Great is not affiliated with an athletic association.

Title IX of the Education Amendments was signed into law in 1972, and was designed “to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against those practices.” The Department of Education broadened Title IX in April 2014 to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity, supposedly in an effort to protect transgender students. The OCR invites colleges to apply for exemptions from Title IX “to the extent that the law’s requirements conflict with the organization’s religious tenets.”

“[T]he Association values diversity and inclusion and its importance in higher education through sports. Our diverse membership comprising over 1,100 schools all serve to educate students while also preserving individual institutional values,” the NCAA stated in a March 15 letter responding to the LGBTQ groups. “In doing so, the landscape of higher education offers students the opportunity to select from schools that value various attributes.

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