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Below is a list of current policy guidance issued by the Office for Civil Rights.

 


 

Date Title Statute

07/03/2018

Updates to Department of Education and Department of Justice Guidance on Title VI

  • "Dear Colleague" letter PDF (335K)
Title VI

09/22/2017

Office for Civil Rights Withdraws Guidance on Sexual Violence and Issues Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct

  • "Dear Colleague" Letter PDF (314K)
  • Q&A on Campus Sexual Misconduct PDF (149K)
Title IX

02/22/2017

Office for Civil Rights Withdraws Title IX Guidance on Transgender Students

  • "Dear Colleague" Letter PDF (386.47K)
Title IX

1/17/2017

Office for Civil Rights Releases Resources for Educators on Title VI and Religion

  • Know Your Rights PDF (67.65K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (89.06)
Title VI

12/28/2016

Office for Civil Rights Releases Guidance about the Rights of Students with Disabilities in Public Charter Schools

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (107.78K)
  • OSERS Frequently Asked Questions PDF (561.96K)
  • OCR Frequently Asked Questions PDF (593.96K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (91.72K)

Title II

ADA/Section 504

12/28/2016

Office for Civil Rights Releases Guidance on the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (395.68K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (161.97K)

Title II

ADA/Section 504

12/28/2016

Office for Civil Rights Releases a Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • Section 504 Resource Guide PDF (590.96K)

Title II

ADA/Section 504

12/12/2016

Office for Civil Rights Releases Guidance on the Prevention of Racial Discrimination in Special Education

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (432.29K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (152.08K)

Title II

ADA/Section 504

Title VI

10/14/2016

Guidance on Helping Students with Diabetes

Title II ADA/
Section 504

9/30/2016

Questions and Answers about the Supreme Court’s 2016 ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

  • Questions and Answers PDF (116.63K) ARCHIVED
Title VI

7/26/2016

Office for Civil Rights Releases ADHD Guidance

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (955.16K)
  • Know Your Rights PDF (198.37K)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

6/15/2016

Guidance on Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (590.96K)
Title IX

6/6/2016

U.S. Department of Education Release Joint Fact Sheet about Combatting Discrimination against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) students.

  • Fact Sheet PDF (239.2K)
  • The fact sheet in other languages about combating discrimination against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) students.
Title VI

12/15/2015

Guidance on Voluntary Youth Service Organizations

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (317.1K)
Title IX

4/25/2015

Guidance on Obligation of Schools to Designate a Title IX Coordinator

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (351K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (59.09K)
  • Letter to Title IX coordinators PDF (298K)
  • Title IX Resource Guide PDF (501K)
Title IX

3/18/2015

Guidance Addressing the Risk of Measles in Schools while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities

  • Fact Sheet PDF (146K)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

1/7/2015

Guidance to Ensure English Learner Students Have Equal Access to a High-Quality Education

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (499K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (809K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (656.2K)
    • 情况说明书 (Sim. Chinese) PDF (672.70K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (731.6K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (651.5K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (696.35K)
  • EL Student Fact Sheet PDF (536K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (216.11K)
    • ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា (Cambodian) PDF (541K)
    • 情况说明书 (Sim. Chinese) PDF (605K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (629K)
    • Hmong (Hmong) PDF (372K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (396K)
    • ຄົນລາວ (Laotian) PDF (650K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (271K)
    • русский (Russian) PDF (689K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog) PDF (437K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (660K)
  • LEP Parent Fact Sheet PDF (428K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (216.11K)
    • ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា (Cambodian) PDF (541K)
    • 情况说明书 (Sim. Chinese) PDF (605K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (629K)
    • Hmong (Hmong) PDF (372K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (396K)
    • ຄົນລາວ (Laotian) PDF (650K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (271K)
    • русский (Russian) PDF (689K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog) PDF (437K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (660K)
Title VI

12/16/2014

Guidance on Protecting Civil Rights in Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter  PDF (158K)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

12/8/2014

Implementing CDC’s Ebola Guidance for Schools while Protecting the Civil Rights of Students and Others

  • Fact Sheet PDF (158K)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

12/1/2014

Questions and Answers on Title IX and Single-Sex Elementary and Secondary Classes and Extracurricular Activities

  • Questions and Answers  PDF  (544K)
Title IX

11/12/2014

Guidance on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF(159K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (159K)
  • Frequently Asked Questions PDF (103K)
  • Parent Fact Sheet PDF (103K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

10/21/2014

Guidance on Bullying of Students with Disabilities 

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (363K)
    • Carta a los Estimados Colegas  PDF  (388K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (88K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (40K)

Title IX

Title II ADA/
Section 504

10/1/2014

Guidance to Ensure All Students Have Equal Access to Educational Resources

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (469K)
    • Carta a los Estimados Colegas: Comparabilidad de Recursos   PDF (307K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (179K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (510K)
    • 情况说明书 (Sim. Chinese) PDF (299K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (431K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (352K)
    • русский (Russian) PDF (254K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (180K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (223K)
Title VI

5/14/2014

Guidance on Charter Schools

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (171K)
    • español Carta a los estimados colegas: Escuelas Chárter PDF (186K)
Title VI

5/8/2014

Guidance for School Districts to Ensure Equal Access for All Children to Public Schools Regardless of Immigration Status

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (179K)
    • español En español (Spanish) PDF (177K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (269K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (230K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (244K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (155K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (213K)
  • Questions and Answers about Dear Colleague  PDF (325K)
    • En español (Spanish)  PDF (196K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (233K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (258K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (385K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (185K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (313K)
  • Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague PDF (569K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (237K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (202K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (252K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (288K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (156K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (248K)
Title VI

5/6/2014

Letter on Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (99K) ARCHIVED
Title VI

4/2014

    Questions and Answers about Title IX and Sexual Violence (April 2014) (Withdrawn September 2017)

    • Questions and Answers  PDF (867K) ARCHIVED
    • Know Your Rights about Title IX and Sexual Violence (April 2014)  PDF (551K) ARCHIVED
      • En español (Spanish) PDF (551K) ARCHIVED
      • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (338K) ARCHIVED
      • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (272K) ARCHIVED
      • Việt-ngữ (Vietamese) PDF (236K) ARCHIVED
Title IX

1/8/2014

Guidance Package to Enhance School Climate and Improve School Discipline Policies/Practices

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (583.4K)
  • Carta a los Estimados Colegas: Administración no discriminatoria de la disciplina escolar (Spanish) PDF (640K)
  • Full guidance package  
Title VI

9/27/2013

Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity in Higher Education after Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter  PDF (282K) ARCHIVED
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (253K) ARCHIVED
  • Questions and Answers PDF (305K) ARCHIVED
  • En español (Spanish) PDF (333K) ARCHIVED
Title VI

6/25/2013

Guidance on Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter  PDF (297K)
  • Pamphlet PDF (269K)
  • Know Your Rights PDF (412K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (410K)
Title IX

6/12/2013

Guidance to Health-Related Schools Regarding Hepatitis B Discrimination

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF  (108K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

4/24/2013

Guidance on the prohibition against retaliation under Federal civil rights laws 

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (64K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (127.93K)

Title VI

Title IX

Title II ADA/
Section 504

Age

Boy Scouts

1/25/2013

Guidance on Schools' Obligation to Provide Equal Opportunity to Students with Disabilities to Participate in Extracurricular Athletics

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter  PDF (546K)
  • 'Fast Facts' about "Dear Colleague" letter PDF (245K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF  (241K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

3/14/2012

Notice of Interpretation of Section 504, New Construction and Alterations,  (77 Fed. Reg. 14972,  Mar. 14, 2012)

  • Frequently Asked Questions PDF (395.65K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

1/19/2012

Guidance on ADA Amendments Act Amended Legal Standards

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (246.39K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

12/2/2011

Guidance on Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity or Avoid Racial Isolation 

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter  PDF (135.64K) ARCHIVED
  • Guidance for K-12 Schools PDF (289.64K) ARCHIVED
  • Guidance for Postsecondary Schools  PDF (123.64K) ARCHIVED
Title VI

5/26/2011

Guidance on Use of Electronic Book Readers and Other Emerging Technologies to Elementary and Secondary Education Officials (Follow-Up to 2010 Guidance)

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (83.57K)
  • Guidance on Use of Electronic Book Readers and Other Emerging Technologies  to Postsecondary Education Officials (Follow-Up to 2010 Guidance) PDF (83.80K)
  • Frequently Asked Questions
Title II ADA/
Section 504

5/6/2011

Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence (April 2011) (Withdrawn September 2017)

  • "Dear Colleague" Letter PDF (245K) ARCHIVED
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (968K) ARCHIVED
  • Fact Sheet about Dear Colleague (April 2011) PDF (368K) ARCHIVED
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (368K) ARCHIVED
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (374K) ARCHIVED
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (431K) ARCHIVED
    • Tagalog (Tagalog) PDF (160K) ARCHIVED
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietamese) PDF (161K) ARCHIVED
  • Know Your Rights (April 2011) PDF(143K) ARCHIVED
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (178K) ARCHIVED
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (493K) ARCHIVED
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (434K) ARCHIVED
    • Tagalog (Tagalog) PDF (187K) ARCHIVED
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietamese) PDF (175K) ARCHIVED
Title IX

5/6/2014

Letter on Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (99K)
Title VI

10/26/2010

Guidance on Schools’ Obligations to Protect Students from Student-on-Student Harassment on the Basis of Sex; Race, Color and National Origin; and Disability

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (116.21K)
    • En español (Spanish) PDF (317.48K)
  • Fact Sheet PDF (317.48K)
    • En español (Spanish)  PDF (161.86K)
    • العربيّة (Arabic) PDF (100.50K)
    • 情況說明書 (Trad. Chinese) PDF (260.3K)
    • ਪੰਜਾਬੀ Punjabi PDF (137.37K)
    • 한국어 (Korean) PDF (773.08K)
    • Tagalog (Tagalog)  PDF (93.68K)
    • Việt-ngữ (Vietnamese) PDF (173.1K)

Title VI

Title IX

Title II ADA/
Section 504

6/29/2010

Guidance on Use of Electronic Book Readers and Other Emerging Technologies

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (150K)
  • Questions and Answers about "Dear Colleague" letter  PDF
Title II ADA/
Section 504

4/20/2010

Guidance on Accommodating Students’ Athletic Interests and Abilities: Standards for Part Three of the “Three-Part Test"

Title IX

1/13/2009

Guidance on Assurance of Compliance-Civil Rights Certificate

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (1.7M)
  • Revised Assurance of Compliance -- Civil Rights Certificate  PDF (106K)
Boy Scouts

1/8/2009

Guidance on Equitable Access to, Participation in, and Administration of Public School Choice under ESEA (as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act) 

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (4.8M)
Title VI

10/17/2008

Questions and Answers on Report Cards and Transcripts For Students with Disabilities Attending Public Elementary and Secondary Schools 

Title II ADA/
Section 504

10/17/2008

Guidance on Disclosure of Report Cards and Transcripts for Students with Disabilities

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (7M)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

9/17/2008

Guidance on Determining which Athletic Activities Can Be Counted for Purposes of Title IX Compliance

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (2.4M)
Title IX

8/28/2008

Guidance on the Use of Race in Assigning Students to Elementary and Secondary Schools

Title VI

8/28/2008

Guidance on the Use of Race in Postsecondary Student Admissions

Title VI

7/25/2008

"Dear Colleague" letter Commemorating the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Providing Information for Wounded Veterans

Title II ADA/
Section 504

5/22/2008

Dear Colleague Letter: Title VI Access to AP Courses

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (3.60M)
Title VI

3/27/2008

Title IX Athletics Three-Part Test

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (1.73M)
Title IX

12/26/2007

Guidance on Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated Programs

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (2.8M)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

6/25/2007

Guidance on Nondiscriminatory Treatment of Pregnant Students in Athletic Scholarships

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (191K)
Title IX

6/22/2007

Dear Colleague letter on the 35th anniversary of Title IX 

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (2.34M)
Title IX

3/16/2007

Guidance on Students with Disabilities and Transitioning to Postsecondary Education ("Dear Colleague" letter)

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (568K)
  • "Dear Parent" letter  PDF (306K)
Title II ADA/
Section 504

1/31/2007

Guidance on Notification of New Single-Sex Regulations

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (1.40M)
Title IX

7/21/2006

Guidance on Assurance of Compliance

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (748.43K)
Boy Scouts

1/25/2006

Guidance on Sexual Harassment Issues

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (1.35M)
Title IX

4/14/2005

Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel (National Diabetes Education Program)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

03/2005

User’s Guide to Developing Student Interest Surveys Under Title IX PDF (1.MB)

Title IX

03/17/2005

Additional Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy: Three-Part Test – Part Three PDF (1.MB)

Title IX

9/20/2004

Joint DOJ/OCR Guidance on Segregated Proms

Title IX

9/13/2004

Title VI and Title IX Discrimination

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (452.48)

Title VI

Title IX

8/4/2004

Title IX Responsibilities

Title IX

4/26/2004

Title IX Responsibilities

Title IX

2/1/2004

OCR Letter: Race-Neutral Approaches to Diversity

Title VI

2/2004

OCR Letter: Race-Neutral Approaches to Diversity in Education

Title VI

7/28/2003

First Amendment

Title VI

Title IX

Title II ADA/
Section 504

Age

7/11/2003

Further Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Guidance Regarding Title IX Compliance

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (149.41K)
Title IX

03/2003

Race-Neutral Alternatives in Postsecondary Education: Innovative Approaches to Diversitye

Title VI

05/03/2002

Guidelines on current title IX requirements related to single-sex classes and schools

Title IX

3/25/2002

Guidance on Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Boy Scouts Act)

Boy Scout

1/19/2001

Guidance on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Access to Educational Resources

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (852K)
Title VI

1/19/2001

Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance: Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties ("Dear Colleague" Letter)

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (1.36M)
  • Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance: Harassment of Students by School Employees, Other Students, or Third Parties PDF (181K)
Title IX

7/25/2000

Guidance on Prohibited Disability Harassment

Title II ADA/
Section 504

7/25/2000

Memoranda on Schools' Obligations Toward National Origin Minority Students who are Limited-English Proficient (LEP)

Title VI

9/29/1997

Including Students with Disabilities in all Educational Reform Activities

Title II ADA/
Section 504

7/23/1998

Funding of Athletic Scholarships ("Dear Colleague" letter from Norma Cantú, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights")

Title IX

9/29/1997

Guidance on Schools’ Obligation to Include Elementary and Secondary Students with Disabilities in Statewide Assessment Systems

Title II ADA/
Section 504

3/19/1997

Guidance on the Effect of Proposition 209 on the Responsibilities of California's School Districts and Colleges Under Federal Educational Programs and Civil Rights Laws

Title VI

Title IX

7/30/1996

Guidance on Consideration of Race in Making College and University Admissions Decisions and Awarding Financial Aid in Light of the Hopwood v. Texas Decision

Title VI

7/30/1996

Clarification of Intercollegiate Athletics Policy Guidance: The Three-Part Test (memorandum)

Title IX

1/16/1996

Guidance on Consideration of Race in Making College and University Admissions Decisions and Awarding Financial Aid in Light of the Hopwood v. Texas Decision

Title VI

3/10/1994

Notice of Investigative Guidance,  Racial Harassment ( 59 Fed. Reg. 11448, Mar. 10, 1994)

Title VI

2/23/1994

Notice of Final Policy Guidance, Race-Based Student Financial Aid (59 Fed. Reg. 8756, Feb. 23 1994)

Title VI

1/31/1994

Notice of Application of Supreme Court Decision in Fordice,  (59 Fed. Reg. 4271,  Jan. 31, 1994)

Title VI

10/26/1992

Notice of Policy Guidance, Deaf Students Education Services, (57 Fed. Reg. 49274, Oct. 30, 1992)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

9/27/1991

Policy Update on Schools' Obligations Toward National Origin Minority Students With Limited-English Proficiency

  • “Dear Colleague” Letter PDF (7.86M)
Title VI

4/6/1990

Office for Civil Rights Policy Regarding the Treatment of National Origin Minority Students Who Are Limited English Proficient

Title VI

9/11/1984

Language Minority Compliance Procedures  PDF (5.83M)

Title VI

12/22/1980

Notice of Interpretation, Use of Parent’s Insurance to Pay for Required Services for Students with Disabilities

Title II ADA/
Section 504

12/11/1979

Title IX Policy Interpretation: Intercollegiate Athletics

Title IX

08/14/1978

Disability Policy Interpretations on Program Accessibility; Carrying Individuals with Disabilities; Participation of Students with Disabilities in Contact Sports; School Board Members as Hearing Officers PDF   (43 Fed. Reg. 36034, Aug.14, 1978)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

8/14/1978

Disability Policy Interpretations on Program Accessibility; Carrying Individuals with Disabilities; Participation of Students with Disabilities in Contact Sports; School Board Members as Hearing Officers (43 Fed. Reg. 36034, Aug.14, 1978) PDF (1.53M)

Title II ADA/
Section 504

11/11/1975

1975 Memorandum to Chief State School Officers, LEA Superintendents, and PSE Presidents on Title IX obligations in athletics, including athletic scholarships; intercollegiate, club, and intramural programs.

Title IX

5/25/1970

Identification of Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of National Origin PDF (605K)

Title VI

 

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