Potential impact of Virginia ruling, HB 2 on college funding

House Bill 2 could end up affecting the pocketbooks of families with college students.

A legal expert says universities and K-12 schools in North Carolina could be at risk of losing funding after a ruling by a federal appeals court Tuesday.

The court said a school board in Virginia violated what's known as Title IX by not letting a transgender teen use the boys' bathroom at school.

Since the bathroom part of House Bill 2 in North Carolina prevents transgender people from using the bathroom of their gender identity in schools, a legal expert says the ruling in Virginia sets a court precedent that could impact federal funding at colleges and universities in the Tarheel State.

John Szmer, Associate Professor of Political Science at UNCC, said, “One of the primary penalties is the federal government can take that money back, can take back the money it gives to students for financial aid. The federal government can take back the amount of funding it gives to faculty for research, and that amounts to a lot of funding, particularly in a time of budget cuts to higher education.”

But Szmer says even if a court directly ruled against HB 2, the legislature would likely have a chance to change the law and universities could change their policies before the federal government would take money away from them.






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