A recent announcement touting Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC) scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ+ and transgender students has prompted a civil rights complaint alleging Title IX violations.
The March 31 announcement, sent by Coral Rewasiewicz, Director of Student Engagement at OSU-OKC, publicized scholarship opportunities” from Study.com via the OSU-OKC Financial Aid Office. OKAY”. The scholarships available are “Study.com LGBTQ Scholarships”, “Study.com LGBTQ STEM Scholarship” and “Study.com Scholarship for Transgender Students”.
Adam Kissel, a West Virginia-based independent education consultant and former deputy deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, claiming the scholarships discriminate against non-LGBTQ and non-. transgender students.
“When I saw that the university was promoting discriminatory scholarships, I was disappointed that a public university was unaware of its civil rights responsibilities as interpreted by the United States Department of Education,” Kissel said. “The university should own up to its mistake and stop promoting discriminatory scholarships as long as it violates Title IX.”
OSU-OKC communications officials said they were unaware of the complaint and had no comment.
When a decision will be made on the complaint is unclear. “Sometimes OCR acts quickly and resolves a complaint within days or weeks,” Kissel said. “But even simple cases can take years.”