Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression

Federal & State Laws, Definitions & Resources

Students

US Department of Education-Office for Civil Rights: Are Gay and Lesbian Students Protected from Sexual Harassment?

Title IX prohibits harassing conduct that is of a sexual nature if it is unwelcome and denies or limits a student's ability to participate in or benefit from a school's program, regardless of whether the harassment is aimed at gay or lesbian students or is perpetrated by individuals of the same or opposite sex. Title IX does not address discrimination or other issues related to sexual orientation.

US Department of Justice: Types of Educational Opportunities Discrimination

The DOJ Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section addresses sex-based discrimination and harassment, including discrimination and harassment based on not conforming with gender stereotypes.

US Department of Education-Office for Civil Rights: Resources for LGBTQ student

Faculty & Staff

Although Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not explicitly include sexual orientation or gender identity, the EEOC and courts have said that sex discrimination includes discrimination based on an applicant or employee's gender identity or sexual orientation.

Campus Resources

LGBT Equity Center: List of Campus Trans Resources

Department of Resident Life: Housing Options and Assistance for LGBTQ Students

University Career Center: LGBT Students

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides active oversight, coordination,
and evaluation of the University of Maryland’s equity, diversity and inclusion activities; manages and tracks implementation of the Strategic Plan for Diversity; and encourages and supports the efforts of units to achieve their diversity goals.

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