U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases List of Religious Schools Exempt from Title IX

The department released two downloadable lists and a searchable directory.

The Department of Education released the names of educational institutions that are exempt from the parts of Title IX that go against their religious beliefs.

The department, answering calls from LGBTQ advocacy groups, published the list April 29 in an attempt to improve transparency.

Institutions that are “controlled by a religious organization” are not required to comply with aspects of Title IX that “would be inconsistent with the religious tenets of the organization,” according to the Department of Education.

If a school wants to claim exemption it must submit a request that identifies the religious organization that controls it and specifies the provisions of Title IX that conflicts with that religious group’s tenets.

A list of exemption requests and responses filed before 2009 can be found here, while requests and responses filed between 2009 and April 26, 2016, can be found here.

A searchable list is also available here. The list can be searched by the names of institutions, the state, the regulation cited, the date of the letter and the request or response.

The Human Rights Campaign, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, commended the department for “helping to ensure no student unknowingly enrolls in a school that intends to discriminate against them.”

The Department of Education had announced its intention to make religiously exempt schools public in January.

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