Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter: Kathleen Conn, of counsel, King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC
Price: $349.00, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
Who Should Attend? Administrators, human resources departments, health professionals, admissions officers, mental health services, in-house counsel, student services, support staff, residential staff, athletics staff, faculty
Best For: K-12, Higher Education
Bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students has been the subject of several studies that demonstrate how damaging bullying can be for this group of students. The bullying and harassment, which can be both verbal and physical, persists throughout K-12 schools and even into college and professional schools. However, recent events have spotlighted an even more insidious manifestation of discrimination addressed specifically toward transgender students, denying transgender students the use of bathrooms and school changing facilities according to their preferred gender identity. School officials often justify the denial by pointing to the need to protect the privacy of cisgender students, a right not specifically guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, but a right existing under what the judiciary refers to as "under the penumbra" of the First, Fourth, or Fifth Amendments to the Constitution.
However, what legal protections apply to transgender students? Title IX of 1972 prohibits discrimination "on the basis of sex." Some courts have ruled that discrimination on the basis of noncompliance with stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity is "on the basis of sex;" others have not. Courts are also divided on the issue of whether Title IX protects students who express a gender identity contrary to their birth sex. The Office for Civil Rights, the federal agency charged with enforcing Title IX regulations, has weighed in.
Please join Kathleen Conn for a webinar that will examine the issues of bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students, particularly of transgender students, and will present an overview of how court decisions and federal guidance apply to protect, or fail to protect, transgender students.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:
- A discussion of what "transgender" is, and how it differs from the binary concept of sex as simply male and female, as well as from other gender non-conforming manifestations
- An overview of the research establishing the extent of bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students in the K-16 environment, with a special focus on problems experienced by transgender students
- The legislative background and application of Title IX to discrimination "on the basis of sex"
- Court rulings on discrimination directed toward transgender students in K-16 schools
- Office for Civil Rights Guidance documents on what constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex
- Other avenues for protection against discrimination base
- AND MUCH MORE!
YOUR CONFERENCE LEADER
Your conference leader for “Bullying of Transgender Students: A Title IX Violation?” is Kathleen Conn. Ms. Conn is a scientist, educator, consultant, and attorney and is currently of counsel with the Education Law Practice Group of King, Spry, Herman, Freund & Faul, LLC, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Ms. Conn earned her B.S. in physics from St. John’s University, New York, an M.S. in medical physics at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a dual Ph.D. in physics/biology at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in Pennsylvania. She earned her J.D. and LL.M. degrees at Widener University School Law in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar and is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Conn’s professional experience includes full-time college and university teaching, most recently for seven years in the graduate education program at Neumann University, Aston, PA. Before her appointment at Neumann, she served for 18 years in public school districts in Pennsylvania, as a high school science teacher, K-12 curriculum supervisor, and elementary school principal. She is also a consultant and expert witness on issues of school safety, students’ First Amendment rights, bullying, cyberbullying, and sexual harassment. Ms. Conn currently teaches as an adjunct professor in the Public Health Department at Muhlenberg College and at Widener Law.
Ms.Conn has authored three books, as well as an ever-increasing list of invited book chapters, articles and commentaries in peer-reviewed law journals. She is on the Authors’ Committee of West’s Education Law Reporter. An annual presenter at the national Education Law Association (ELA) Conference, Ms.Conn has also served on the executive board of ELA. She has presented on both scientific and legal topics at various international conferences in Europe, China, New Zealand, and Australia.
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