Arlington, VA (May 28, 2019) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) today applauded the US Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Pennsylvania school district’s policy that allows students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity.
Doe v. Boyertown Area School District focused on whether federal law protects against discrimination based on gender identity. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court let stand a lower court’s ruling that sided with the district’s decision to let students use the restroom of their choice.
“I am pleased to hear that the US Supreme Court will not intervene in this case,” said NACAC CEO Joyce Smith. “Transgender students face many challenges as they pursue their education; where to use the restroom should not be one of them. NACAC is committed to fairness and equity in all aspects of education. In our members’ work with students and families during the transition to postsecondary education, it is clear that discriminatory practices can have ripple effects through a student’s educational experience, including to and through higher education.”
NACAC strongly supports federal law and policies that protect students from discrimination. The association continues to monitor other related court cases involving the rights of transgender students, Smith said.
“While this decision is certainly good news for transgender students, there are other court cases pending that may harm them,” Smith said. “NACAC hopes that the courts continue to oppose discrimination in any form. Policies that take into consideration the rights of transgender students and school staff, including school counselors, are consistent with our nation’s commitment to freedom and civil rights.”
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 15,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.
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