1. LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests

LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests

Event ID: 76819
Session ID: 17757
Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020; 1 PM Eastern
Duration: Scheduled for 90 minutes including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Richard F. Verstegen, partner, Boardman & Clark LLP, Madison, Wisconsin
Credits: 1.5 HRCI, 1.5 SHRM


LGBTQ Students in Higher Education: State, Federal and College Interests

In the four years since the Obergerfell decision legalized gay marriage, the country has undergone broad cultural shifts. Many colleges and universities are still learning how to navigate these shifts while also fostering an inclusive environment for LGBTQ students. Depending on the social, religious, and political climate of the school, colleges have taken different approaches. Many schools are now attempting to separate sexual identity from sexual behavior in their policies and campus customs. Some have fully opened their communities to LGBTQ students and faculty, lifting all restrictions against same-sex dating or transgender access to bathrooms. Others have remained steadfast in prohibiting such behavior. Meanwhile, states are rewriting laws related to public access in higher education, protection of legal rights, and other issues. Especially when coupled with federal issues under Title IX, accommodating LGBTQ students can be complicated territory for higher education. Fortunately, leading education attorney Richard Verstegen is here to help.

In this timely and informative webinar, Richard will discuss the necessary steps colleges and universities must take to accommodate LGBTQ students, develop appropriate policies and procedures, provide a safe learning environment, and handle discipline issues while also limiting staff and institutional liability. Regardless of personal beliefs, this program can be an asset for any educator.


Some of the many issues that will be discussed in this webinar include:

  • An overview of the legal landscape relating to LGBTQ accommodation.
  • The laws related to restroom access for transgender students.
  • Accommodations for LGBTQ students.
  • Managing inconsistent demands from state, courts, students, parents, institutional, personal beliefs, rights of all concerned.
  • Differences between public and private colleges relative to LGBTQ students.
  • Using best practices to create and maintain a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Managing difficult legal and social issues for LGBTQ students.
  • Creating an inclusive campus environment.
  • Records and documents policies.
  • Discipline and harassment issues.
  • Sports and activities.
  • School obligations for acts of other students, faculty and staff.
  • Managing student organizations that promote or oppose LGBTQ causes.
  • And much more!

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