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2014
  • November 12, 2014: Dear Colleague letter download files PDF (159K) and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ) download files PDF (418K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Michael K. Yudin, and Vanita Gupta, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning effective communication for students with hearing, vision, or speech disabilities in public elementary and secondary schools.

    Dear Colleague Letter download files PDF (159K) | En español download files PDF (159K)

    FAQ download files PDF (418K)

    Parent Fact Sheet download files PDF (103K) | En español download files PDF (103K)

  • October 21, 2014: (Press Release) Dear Colleague letter download files PDF (363K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, concerning the obligation of elementary and secondary schools to respond to the bullying of students with disabilities, including those students who are not eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act but are entitled to services under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The guidance discusses the actions schools must take when bullying interferes with the education of a student with a disability who is bullied on any basis, and provides insight into how OCR analyzes complaints involving bullying of students with disabilities.  

    Dear Colleague Letter download files PDF (363K) | En español download files PDF (388K)

    Fact Sheet download files PDF (88K) | En español download files PDF (40K)

  • October 1, 2014: (Press Release) Dear Colleague letter download files PDF (469K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon about ensuring students have equal access to educational resources without regard to race, color, or national origin. The guidance, fact sheet, and resources for technical assistance are also available on the Resource Comparability Materials homepage.

    Dear Colleague Letter download files PDF (469K) | En español download files PDF (308K)

    Fact Sheet download files PDF (179K) | En español download files PDF (510K)

    Press Release | En español 

  • May 14, 2014:  (Press Release) Dear Colleague Letter download files PDF (179K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, concerning the applicability of Federal civil rights laws to charter schools. The letter provides a reminder that charter schools are subject to the same Federal civil rights obligations as all other public schools, and highlights some of the legal requirements related to admissions, student discipline, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (179K) | En español download files PDF (186K)
  • May 8, 2014: (Press Release) "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (172K) (May 8, 2014) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, Deputy General Counsel Philip H. Rosenfelt, U.S. Department of Education, and Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, regarding schools' enrollment procedures and the obligation to enroll all residents of school age regardless of their race, color, national origin, immigration, or citizenship status.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (172K) | En español download files PDF (177K) | Arabic download files PDF (269K) | Chinese download files PDF (230K) | Korean download files PDF (244K) | Tagalog download files PDF (155K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (214K)

    Questions and Answers about Dear Colleague download files PDF (326K) | En español download files PDF (196K) | Arabic download files PDF (234K) | Chinese download files PDF (259K) | Korean download files PDF (386K) | Tagalog download files PDF (185K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (314K)

    Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague download files PDF (569K) | En español download files PDF (237K) | Arabic download files PDF (203K) | Chinese download files PDF (253K) | Korean download files PDF (289K) | Tagalog download files PDF (156K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (248K)
  • May 6, 2014:  Dear Colleague Letter download files PDF (99K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, Philip H. Rosenfelt, Deputy General Counsel, U.S. Department of Education, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The letter provides information about the Schuette decision and reiterates the Departments’ support for the voluntary use of race and ethnicity to achieve diversity in education.

  • April 29, 2014: (Press Release) Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence download files PDF (867K). These questions and answers further clarify the legal requirements under Title IX articulated in the April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague letter on Sexual Violence and the January 19, 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance download files PDF (181K) and provide recommendations for addressing allegations of sexual violence.

    Questions and Answers download files PDF (867K)

    Know Your Rights about Title IX and Sexual Violence download files PDF (551K) | En español download files PDF (551K) | Chinese download files PDF (338K) | Korean download files PDF (272K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (236K)

  • March 21, 2014: (Press Release) The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the data from the 2011-12 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The data are available to the public at http://ocrdata.ed.gov in a privacy-protected format. The CRDC for the 2011-12 school year was collected from every public school and school district in the country.

OCR has issued four documents analyzing key aspects of the 2011-12 data:

  • Data Snapshot: Discipline download files PDF (2.10M)
  • Data Snapshot: Early Learning download files PDF (1.6M)
  • Data Snapshot: College and Career Readiness download files PDF (2.7M)
  • Data Snapshot: Teacher Equity download files PDF (2.1M)

The OCR data is self-reported by districts. Any data updates will be made available at http://ocrdata.ed.gov

Information on the collection is available below:

  • January 8, 2014: (Press Release) “Dear Colleague” letter download files PDF (587K) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, U.S. Department of Education, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the nondiscriminatory administration of school discipline.  The letter provides information describing how schools can meet their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin.  The letter is part of the Departments’ school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing practices and strategies to enhance school climate, and ensure those policies and practices comply with federal law. For more information on the Departments’ school discipline guidance package please use link at http://www.ed.gov/school-discipline/.
  • "Dear Colleague" letter | En español download files PDF (644K)

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2013
  • December 23, 2013: Posting of state and national estimations for the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) on the CRDC website at http://ocrdata.ed.gov. On December 23, 2013 the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) posted files containing state and national estimations based on the 2009-10 school year CRDC data from a sample of our nation’s public schools on OCR’s website for the CRDC.

    The 2009-10 school year CRDC surveyed a sample of approximately 7,000 public school districts and over 72,000 public schools, representing about 85% of the country’s public school students. OCR developed the state and national estimates to approximate what the results of this survey might have been at the state and national level if every public school had been surveyed. The school and district level data for the 2009-10 CRDC has been available on http://ocrdata.ed.gov since March 2012.

    The technical notes available at http://ocrdata.ed.gov provide some caveats and considerations that users should take into account when using the state and national estimations, particularly for items collected for the first time in the 2009-10 school year.

  • September 27, 2013: (Press Release) “Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon, U.S. Department of Education, and Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The letter and accompanying Questions and Answers provides information about the Fisher decision and reiterates the Departments’ support for the voluntary use of race and ethnicity to achieve diversity in education.
  • "Dear Colleague" letter  download files PDF (282K) | En español download files PDF (253K)

    Questions and Answers  download files PDF (305K) | En español download files PDF (334K)

  • June 25, 2013 (Press Release) “Dear Colleague” Letter and Pamphlet: Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (June 25, 2013) from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter. This pamphlet clarifies the specific requirements of Title IX applicable to pregnant and parenting students. The pamphlet contains a FAQ section that explains the Title IX requirements and provides examples to ensure that schools understand their obligations and pregnant and parenting students understand their rights under Title IX. The pamphlet also provides information on strategies that educators may use and programs schools can develop to address the educational needs of students who become pregnant or have children. It also provides examples of promising practices designed to support pregnant and parenting students that schools may choose to implement.


  • "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (297K)

    Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 download files PDF (251K)

    Know Your Rights download files PDF (412K) | En español download files PDF (410K) about Dear Colleague and Pamphlet

  • June 12, 2013: (Press Release) Joint OCR/DOJ/HHS "Dear Colleague" Letter (June 12, 2013), addressing the rights of students with hepatitis B in postsecondary medical, dental, nursing, and other health-related programs. The letter discusses the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the participation of students with hepatitis B in health-related schools, and how the CDC recommendations relate to the federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, color, and national origin.


  • "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (108K)
  • April 24, 2013: ("Dear Colleague" Letter) from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter, concerning the prohibition against retaliation under Federal civil rights laws. The letter clarifies the basic principles of retaliation law and describes OCR’s methods of enforcement.


  • "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (64K)
  • January 25, 2013: (Press Release) ("Dear Colleague" Letter) (January 25, 2013) from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter, addressing equal access to extracurricular athletics for students with disabilities. The Dear Colleague letter provides an overview of the obligations of public elementary and secondary schools under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504), and the Department’s Section 504 regulations; cautions against making decisions based on presumptions and stereotypes; details the specific Section 504 regulations that require students with disabilities to have an equal opportunity for participation in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities; and discusses the provision of separate or different athletic opportunities.


  • "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (485K)

    'Fast Facts' about Dear Colleague Letter Fact Sheet download files PDF (245K) | En español download files PDF (241K)

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2012
  • March 6, 2012: (Press Release) The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the Part 2 data from the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The data are available to the public at http://ocrdata.ed.gov in a privacy-protected format. The 2009-10 sample had approximately 7,000 school districts and 72,000 schools.

    Data Summary download files PDF (805K) The OCR data is self-reported by districts. Any data updates will be made available at http://ocrdata.ed.gov

    2009-10 CRDC Table Layouts with Definitions download files MS WORD (687K)

    2009-10 CRDC Questions and Answers

    About the CRDC download files MS WORD (34K)
  • January 19, 2012: (Press Release) ("Dear Colleague" Letter) (January 19, 2012) to elementary and secondary education officials with attached Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ), from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali.  The Dear Colleague letter and FAQ discuss the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act), Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) in the context of students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools.  The FAQ addresses the broadened definition of disability and the changes made by the Amendments Act; explores how the Amendments Act affects Section 504; discusses various obligations of school districts, including the requirement to evaluate students to determine eligibility for regular or special education and related aids and services; and addresses how OCR evaluates compliance with Title II of the ADA and Section 504 in light of the Amendments Act.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (247K)

    FAQ download files PDF (396K)

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2011
  • December 2, 2011: (Press Release, En español download files PDF (83K),
    Chinese download files PDF (178K), Korean download files PDF (149K), Tagalog download files PDF (26K), Vietnamese download files PDF (153K))
    ("Dear Colleague" Letter) (K-12 Guidance) (Postsecondary Guidance) (December 2, 2011) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali, and U.S. Department of Justice, Assistant Attorney General, Thomas E. Perez. The letter explains that the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice are jointly issuing guidance to help schools, colleges, and universities lawfully achieve compelling interests in diversity, and for K-12 schools, the additional compelling interest in avoiding racial isolation.  The guidance is presented in two documents, one for elementary and secondary schools and the other for postsecondary institutions.
  • June 30, 2011: (Press Release, En español) The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released today the Part 1 data from the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). The data are available to the public at http://ocrdata.ed.gov in a privacy-protected format. The 2009-10 sample had approximately 7,000 school districts and 72,000 schools. The 2009-2010 CRDC was conducted in two parts. The data from Part 2 will be released in the fall.

    2009-10 CRDC Table Layouts with Definitions download files MS WORD (687K)

    2009-10 CRDC Questions and Answers

    About the CRDC download files MS WORD (48K)

  • May 26, 2011: (Press Release) "Dear Colleague" letters (May 26, 2011) to elementary and secondary education officials and postsecondary education officials, with attached Frequently Asked Questions document (FAQ), from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali. The Dear Colleague letters and FAQ follow-up on a June 29, 2010 letter, sent by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice to college and university presidents, regarding the use of electronic book readers and other emerging technologies in compliance with civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. The May 26, 2011 Dear Colleague letters and FAQ answer questions about the obligations of educational institutions that provide benefits to students by means of these technologies.

    "Dear Colleague" letter to elementary and secondary education officials
    download files PDF (79K)

    "Dear Colleague" letter to postsecondary education officials download files PDF (79K)

    FAQ download files PDF (181K)

  • May 6, 2011: "Dear Colleague" letter (May 6, 2011) (Archived) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali, General Counsel Charles P. Rose, U.S. Department of Education, and Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice, regarding schools' enrollment procedures.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (130K) | En español download files PDF (131K) | Arabic download files PDF (161K) | Chinese download files PDF (315K) | Korean download files PDF (327K) | Tagalog download files PDF (126K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (165K)

    Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague download files PDF (145K) | En español download files PDF (142K) | Arabic download files PDF (292K) | Chinese download files PDF (279K) | Korean download files PDF (249K) | Tagalog download files PDF (113K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (154K)

    Questions and Answers about Dear Colleague download files PDF (87K)

  • April 4, 2011: (Press Release) "Dear colleague" letter (April 4, 2011) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali. The letter provides guidance and examples about Title IX requirements and how they relate to sexual harassment and sexual violence, discusses proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and educate employees and students, and provides examples of the types of remedies schools and OCR may use to respond to sexual violence.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (245K) | En español download files PDF (515K)

    Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague download files PDF (121K) | En español download files PDF (364K) | Chinese download files PDF (370K) | Korean download files PDF (427K) | Tagalog download files PDF (155K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (156K)

    Know Your Rights about Dear Colleague download files PDF (138K) | En español download files PDF (174K) | Chinese download files PDF (488K) | Korean download files PDF (430K) | Tagalog download files PDF (182K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (170K)

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2010
  • October 26, 2010: (Press Release, En español, Arabic download files PDF (81K), Chinese download files PDF (167K), Korean download files PDF (197K), Punjabi download files PDF (67K), Tagalog download files PDF (30K), Vietnamese download files PDF (74K)) "Dear Colleague" letter (October 26, 2010) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Russlynn Ali, concerning recipients' obligations to protect students from student-on-student harassment on the basis of sex; race, color and national origin; and disability. The letter clarifies the relationship between bullying and discriminatory harassment, provides examples of harassment, and illustrates how a school should respond in each case.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (296K) | En español download files PDF (318K)

    Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague download files PDF (117K) | En español download files PDF (162K) | Arabic download files PDF (96K) | Chinese download files PDF (252K) | Korean download files PDF (259K) | Punjabi download files PDF (133K) | Tagalog download files PDF (94K) | Vietnamese download files PDF (174K)

  • August 6, 2010: The Department of Education submitted notices for publication within the Federal Register announcing the Secretary's creation of a new commission to address fiscal inequities in K-12 schools.  The Equity and Excellence Commission will be housed within the Office for Civil Rights and will collect information, analyze issues, and obtain broad public input regarding how the Federal government can increase educational opportunity by improving school funding equity.  The Department is also calling for nominations for the 15-member commission. 

    Federal Register Establishment Notice download files PDF (59K)

    Federal Register Nomination Notice download files PDF (52K)

  • June 29, 2010: (Press Release) "Dear Colleague" letter (June 29, 2010) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E. Perez, U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the obligation of colleges and universities to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to emerging technologies in education. The letter, a joint guidance from the Departments of Justice and Education, reminds colleges and universities of the legal standards in regard to accessibility, and applies those standards to electronic book readers. The letter states that it is impermissible under federal law for colleges and universities to use electronic book readers or similar technology in a teaching or classroom environment as long as the device remains inaccessible to individuals who are blind or have low vision and reasonable accommodation or modification for this type of technology do not exist or are not available.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (150K)

    Questions and Answers about Dear Colleague download files PDF (300K)

  • April 20, 2010: (Press Release) "Dear Colleague" letter (April 20, 2010) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali providing recipients with information about the standards OCR uses to assess compliance with Part Three of the "three-part test." The test is used to determine whether institutions are meeting the Title IX regulatory requirement to accommodate students' athletic interests and abilities. The Dear Colleague letter withdraws the following documents issued by OCR in 2005: Additional Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy: Three Part Test – Part Three; User's Guide to Student Interest Surveys under Title IX, including the prototype survey; and the technical report. The Dear Colleague letter reaffirms, and provides clarification of, the multiple indicators OCR evaluates to determine whether an institution is in compliance with Part Three. The letter also provides technical assistance on the nondiscriminatory design and implementation of a survey as one method to assess student interest under Part Three.

    "Dear Colleague" letter download files PDF (4.2M)

    Fact Sheet download files PDF (100K)

    Questions and Answers about Dear Colleague

  • March 16, 2010: Important Changes to the Civil Rights Data Collection. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has made important changes to the 2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC). New CRDC data items will enhance OCR's ability to ensure equal educational opportunity for the Nation's students, and provide a valuable resource for school administrators, policymakers, researchers, and parents.

    The new data items cover critical topics such as students' participation in algebra and other college-preparatory subjects, retention, teacher experience/absenteeism, school counselors, school funding, harassment, restraint/seclusion, SAT/ACT participation, desegregations plans, access to kindergarten and pre-kindergarten programs, and additional information related to discipline. Most of the student data collected by the CRDC will be disaggregated by race, sex, disability, and limited English proficient status. Along with these changes, OCR streamlined the survey by removing several other data items. For 2009-10, the CRDC sample will expand from 6,000 to 7,000 school districts, which includes all districts with over 3,000 students. The survey, which will be conducted in two parts (Spring and Fall 2010), will collect data for the 2009-10 school year.

    OCR has also launched a new website, http://ocrdata.ed.gov, to display the CRDC data. The new website will make the data more accessible to a wide variety of users. The website contains CRDC data from 2000, 2004 and 2006, and will, in the future, include the 2009-10 CRDC data. The website enhancement was undertaken as part of the Department's on-going commitment to transparency and accessibility.

    Civil Rights Data Collection Part 1 and Part 2 download files MS Word (707K) 2009-10

    2009-10 Civil Rights Data Collection Fact Sheet

  • January 8, 2010: Notice -- OCR is now posting its updated
    Case Processing Manual (CPM), which replaces the May 2008 version of the CPM.

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2009

  • March 27, 2009: Protecting Students With Disabilities: Frequently Asked Questions About Section 504 and the Education of Children with Disabilities (Revised March 2009).  OCR posted a revised version of this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on its website.  The primary purpose of these revisions is to incorporate information about The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act), effective January 1, 2009, which amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and includes a conforming amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) that affects the meaning of the term disability in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The Amendments Act broadens the interpretation of disability. 

  • January 16, 2009: download files PDF (3.39M) Office for Civil Rights Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Years 2007-08

  • January 13, 2009: "Dear Colleague" letter (January 13, 2009) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe, concerning the obligation of recipients of federal financial assistance from, or funds made available through, the Department to submit a signed assurance of compliance with the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and the other laws OCR enforces. This letter is a subsequent request to recipients for whom OCR has no record of receiving a signed assurance.  The letter contains instructions for completion, and encloses a blank copy of the Assurance of Compliance – Civil Rights Certificate for submission to OCR.  download files PDF (1.7M)

    Revised Assurance of Compliance -- Civil Rights Certificate download files PDF (106K)

  • January 8, 2009: "Dear Colleague" letter (January 8, 2009) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe providing Chief State School Officers, State educational agencies, and local educational agencies with information to ensure the provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, regarding access to, participation in, and administration of, public school choice, are implemented in a nondiscriminatory manner that is consistent with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations.  download files PDF (4.8M)

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2008

  • December 29, 2008: The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (Amendments Act), effective January 1, 2009, amends the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and includes a conforming amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act) that affects the meaning of the term disability in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504). The Amendments Act retains the definition of disability under Section 504 and the ADA but emphasizes that the definition should be interpreted broadly. Among other things, the Amendments Act directs that the ameliorating effects of mitigating measures (other than ordinary eyeglasses or contact lenses) not be considered in determining whether an individual has a disability; expands the scope of "major life activities" by providing a non-exhaustive list of general activities and a non-exhaustive list of major bodily functions; clarifies that an impairment that is episodic or in remission is a disability if it would substantially limit a major life activity when active; and clarifies the meaning of "regarded as" having a disability, including that individuals "regarded as" having a disability are not entitled to reasonable accommodations or reasonable modifications.

    OCR is evaluating the impact of the Amendments Act on OCR's enforcement responsibilities under Section 504 and under Title II of the ADA, including whether any changes in regulations, guidance, or other publications are appropriate.

  • December 01, 2008: Sexual Harassment: It's Not Academic (September 2008) This revised pamphlet contains information for students, parents, school administrators, school employees, and others on recognizing and addressing sexual harassment under Title IX as it is interpreted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. 
    download files PDF (10M)

  • October 17 , 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter
    (October 17, 2008) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe providing State education agencies and local education agencies with information regarding disclosure of disability on report cards and transcripts for students with disabilities attending public elementary and secondary schools.  The purpose of this guidance is to clarify how federal laws apply to statements on report cards and transcripts when these statements identify students as students with disabilities.  
    download files PDF (7M)

  • September 17 , 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter
    (September 17, 2008) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe providing postsecondary institutions, State educational agencies, and local educational agencies with information about how OCR determines which athletic activities can be counted under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.  The purpose of this guidance is to ensure that male and female students are provided equal opportunities to participate in intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics programs consistent with Title IX and its implementing regulations in 34 CFR Part 106. 
    download files PDF (2.4M)

  • August 28, 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter (August 28, 2008) (Withdrawn) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe addressing Title VI and how OCR assesses the use of race in assigning students to elementary and secondary schools.  download files PDF (124K)

  • August 28, 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter (August 28, 2008) (Withdrawn) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe addressing Title VI and how OCR assesses the use of race in the context of postsecondary student admissions.  download files PDF (124K)

  • July 25, 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter (July 25, 2008) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe commemorating the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This letter discusses the broad impact that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the ADA have had on aspects of education.  The linked pamphlet “So You Want to Go Back to School” (July 2008) provides information for wounded veterans who are qualified individuals with disabilities under Section 504 and ADA with an overview of their rights and responsibilities regarding academic adjustments, auxiliary aids, and reasonable modifications to school policies and practices at postsecondary institutions.  download files PDF (1.61M)

  • June 4, 2008: "Dear Colleague" letter (May 22, 2008) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe providing State educational agencies and local educational agencies with information regarding access to, admission into, and the administration of Advanced Placement and other challenging academic courses, on a nondiscriminatory basis consistent with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 100. download files PDF (3.6M)

  • May 9 ,2008: Notice - OCR is now posting its revised Case Processing Manual (CPM), which replaces the Case Resolution and Investigation Manual (CRIM).

    Case Processing Manual (CPM) (March 2008)

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2007

  • December 26, 2007: "Dear Colleague" letter (December 26, 2007) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe addressing the rights of students with disabilities to participate in schools' and school districts' accelerated programs, such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes or programs. download files PDF (2.8M)

  • August 2, 2007: Office for Civil Rights Annual Report to Congress for Fiscal Year 2006 download files PDF (6.1M)

  • June 25, 2007: "Dear Colleague" letter (June 25, 2007) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe addressing the Title IX regulatory requirements related to nondiscriminatory treatment of pregnant students in the context of athletic scholarships. download files PDF (191K)

  • June 22, 2007: "Dear Colleague" letter (June 22, 2007) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe commemorating the 35th anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 on June 23, 2007. This letter discusses the broad impact that Title IX has had on aspects of education. download files PDF (2.4M)

  • March 16, 2007: "Dear Colleague" letter and "Dear Parent" letter (March 16, 2007) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe, providing information about the legal rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities as they transition from high school to institutions of postsecondary education. Distributed with the letters is a question and answer document, Transition of Students with Disabilities to Postsecondary Education: A Guide for High School Educators (March 16, 2007) and Revised Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities (Revised March 2007).

    download files PDF (568K) "Dear Colleague" letter

    download files PDF (306K) "Dear Parent " letter

  • January 31, 2007: "Dear Colleague" letter (January 31, 2007) from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe, notifying recipients of the new single-sex regulations, published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2006, that provides additional flexibility to recipients to offer non-vocational elementary and secondary education on a single-sex basis while ensuring that non-vocational single-sex education is provided consistent with the nondiscrimination requirements of Title IX.  It also informs recipients of a dedicated email address established by OCR to receive questions and requests for technical assistance in connection with these new requirements.

    download files PDF (3.8M) "Dear Colleague" letter and new regulatory provisions

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2004

  • October 13, 2004: The Department forwarded to the Federal Register the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act, part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Once the proposed regulations are published, a 45-day public comment period will begin.

  • September 20, 2004: "Dear Colleague" letter addressing the issue of civil rights violations inherent in allocation of extracurricular awards or honors on the basis of race, or violations inherent in racially separate proms or dances.

  • September 13, 2004: "Dear Colleague" letter addressing the right of all students, including students of faith, to be free from discrimination in our schools and colleges under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, in cases where such discrimination may be commingled with religious discrimination.

  • August 4, 2004: "Dear Colleague" letter reminding postsecondary institutions of Title IX responsibilities.

  • July 1, 2004: Realignment of States: OCR announces a realignment of several states between enforcement offices.

  • April 26, 2004: "Dear Colleague" letter reminding chief state school officers and state and local educational agencies of Title IX responsibilities.

  • March 3, 2004: Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding single-sex schools and classes.

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Additional documents and publications can be found in the Reading Room.
Archived documents from previous administrations may be found in the OCR Archives.

Civil Rights Posters Available

Free posters commemorating the 40th & 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education are available at ED PUBS, Education Publications Center, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398; or call in your request toll-free: 1-877-433-7827 (1-877-4-ED-PUBS); or email your request to: edpubs@inet.ed.gov be sure to include your name and mailing address. This offer is available while supplies last.


 
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