Ministry of Education recommends measures to ensure inclusion of intersex students
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the United States Department of Education has released a fact sheet that addresses the main issues intersex students face in schools and provides recommendations on how schools can support intersex students.
This publication was released on the occasion of Intersex Awareness Day and it advances the efforts of the Biden administration to ensure equal educational opportunity in the form of safety, well-being. being and inclusion for all students.
The OCR fact sheet serves as a resource for school administration, educators, staff and students. It provides that federal civil rights laws protect all students, including intersex students, against gender discrimination. According to OCR, the term “intersex” generally refers to individuals exhibiting variations in physical sex characteristics, including anatomy, hormones, chromosomes, and other traits that may differ from expectations or stereotypes associated with women. male or female bodies. The OCR fact sheet specifically addresses issues intersex students may face in school and offers examples of ways schools can help all students foster a safe and well-being environment.
Here are some examples of issues intersex students may face in school:
- Bullying or harassment
- Discrimination linked to non-conformity of gender stereotypes
- Concerns about maintaining the confidentiality of personal health information
- Skepticism from others about their body or gender identity
- Isolation or social exclusion
Here are some examples of ways schools can support all students:
- Inclusive language in school mission statements
- Affirm the right of students not to be discriminated against by sex in school
- Adopt policies that respect the gender identity of students
- Maintain the confidentiality of student medical information (in the absence of necessary legal disclosures)
- Provide training and professional development opportunities for teachers on the supportive treatment of intersex students
Educational institutions should consider reviewing their mission statements and relevant policies, such as anti-discrimination policies, to ensure inclusion of all students. Additionally, schools may consider revising any harassment prevention training to include information about protections for intersex students under federal civil rights laws.