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Transgender and Transsexual

Anti-trans Discrimination and Title IX

Trans people around the world are at particular risk for sexual and gender-based assault and harassment, and violence on and off campus. In addition to higher rates of victimization, some trans students may find that anti-trans bias negatively affects their path to recovery, and finding appropriate resources.

Title IX law has been clear for many years that all students are protected from sexual and gender-based violence. At the end of July 2013 the Education and Justice Departments entered into a settlement agreement with the Arcadia Unified School District making it clear that trans students cannot be discriminated against for being trans. As the agreement states, the school must “treat the [complainant] the same as other male students in all respects in the education programs and activities offered by the District.”

“Title IX is a very powerful tool. The fact that we are applying it to transgender students means that they are going to be in a position to assert their rights if and when they see that they are being discriminated on their college campuses. And that could manifest itself in a whole variety of ways.” –President Barack Obama
Reference: KnowYourIX.org

What Are My Rights at School?

Reference: National Center for Transgender Equality

The federal Title IX law, which bans sex discrimination in schools, has been interpreted by courts and the US Justice and Education Departments to prohibit discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming students.

The Numbers

Identity and Marginalization

There are significant gaps in the research surrounding the prevalence of violence perpetrated against students who identify as LGBTQ, people of color, disabled, and undocumented even though Title IX’s protections against discrimination apply to all students. We have provided data for non-student survivors in order to provide insights into the elevated violence these groups face.


Reference: White House Report

Gay and bisexual men are over ten times more likely to experience sexual assault than heterosexual men. (2005)

In addition, 46% of bisexual women have been sexually assaulted as compared to 13% of lesbian women and 17% of heterosexual women. (2013)

25% of transgender people have been assaulted after the age of 13. (2012)

If you feel you have been effected by sexual violence on or off our campus please contact your Title IX Coordinator, James Goins, Jr at 304.293.5600 or James.Goins@mail.wvu.edu or a confidential resource to discuss your options.

Additional Resources 

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights 

OCR “Dear Colleague” Letter on Transgender Students  

OCR Examples of Policies and Emerging Practices for Supporting Transgender Students  

OCR “Dear Colleague” Letter to Schools on Bullying 

NCTE/GLSEN Model School District Policy 

Schools in Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools 

Claim Your Rights resources from PFLAG and GLSEN

Gender Spectrum

Trans Youth Family Allies 

Links to Trans and LGBT Legal Organizations

Seeking help?

If you are fearful for yourself or another person in your current environment or situation call 911 immediately.

Find an emergency contact

West Virginia University Campus Police: 304-293-3136.


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Prevention Programs

Learn more about sexual assault and power-based personal violence prevention programs offered at West Virginia University.

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WVU Peer Advocates

Get involved and make a difference

West Virginia University signed onto the national It’s On Us campaign in 2015 to continue violence prevention efforts and reinforce Mountaineers’ rights under Title IX.

Under the It’s On Us campaign, the University coordinates the WVU Peer Advocate program. Through this initiative, expertly trained students work to end sexual assault and power-based personal violence on campus through immediate crisis intervention and prevention awareness events.

Any student is welcome and encouraged to become a WVU Peer Advocate and can become involved by contacting a Title IX Education Specialist.

  • To RECOGNIZE that non-consensual sex is sexual assault.
  • To IDENTIFY situations in which sexual assault may occur.
  • To INTERVENE in situations where consent has not or cannot be given.
  • To CREATE an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.
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