A community college in California has been accused of discriminating against LGBTQ students, while a public high school in Massachusetts has been placed on probation for allowing an event to be held in its campus that drew attention to sexual assault.
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the Southern California community college that it was in violation of Title IX and a law prohibiting sex discrimination in college admissions.
The ruling is in response to a lawsuit by students, parents and the American Civil Liberties Union that alleged the school was discriminating against them because they are LGBTQ.
The federal appeals panel upheld a decision by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
The case involved the Southern Californian College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which is located in Los Angeles.
The students who filed the suit alleged that the college was discriminating in admission to the college based on sexual orientation.
The panel ruled in the students’ favor, ruling that the school’s decision to allow a student to hold a campus-wide vigil for rape victims on Jan. 6 violated Title IX, a federal law prohibiting gender-based discrimination in federally funded education programs.
“It was discriminatory to exclude from admission students of color, students with disabilities, and students who are LGBT, or students who might have been impacted by the events,” Judge Amy Berman Jackson said in a decision released on Wednesday.
“It was also discriminatory to require all students to wear a black tie and a tie that would be visible to students of a particular sexual orientation.”
Jackson said the college’s admissions policy does not reflect the university’s core values.
She noted that many of the school ‘s students are African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, or Asian American.
The college’s board of trustees voted unanimously in January to remove the Confederate flag from the campus after the shooting of nine black people in Charleston, South Carolina.
The decision by the 9 of the 11 judges in favor was a strong rebuke to the school and the law that allows colleges to discriminate based on sex and sexual orientation, and it was a blow to students and their families who have been fighting for years for the right to be able to attend a college that is open to all students regardless of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” said Lauren Green, executive director of the American Coalition for Change, a group that advocates for LGBTQ rights.
The ACLU filed the lawsuit in June 2016, when students filed a lawsuit claiming that the Southern Southern California College of the Arts and Science violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination and discrimination on the basis of race.
The law prohibits racial discrimination in the hiring, promotion, and discharge of federal employees.