US Religious Colleges Test Anti-Discrimination Law

But Title IX does include a special exemption for religious schools. Any school run by a religious organization can ask to ignore Title IX. Theschools can make this request if they believe Title IX disagrees with theirreligious beliefs.

For example, some schools that train men to be members of the clergy ask to deny access to women. Some religions prevent women from training to be clergy members.

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is part of the U.S. Department ofEducation. The OCR enforces Tile IX. The OCR also processes the exemption requests. Seth Galanter is the Deputy Assistant Secretary forCivil Rights at the OCR.

Galanter said schools have always had the right to make this type of request: 227 schools have received exemption from some part of Title IX since 1972.


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