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Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act

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The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act in public schools, LEAs and SEAs that receive Federal funds made available through the Department of Education. The Boy Scouts Act is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Under the Boy Scouts Act, no such public school, LEA or SEA that provides an opportunity for one or more outside youth or community groups to meet on school premises or in school facilities shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society, that wishes to meet at the school.

OCR is charged with enforcing the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Complaints alleging violations of this law may be filed using the OCR online complaint form or by contacting the OCR office with authority to handle complaints where the institution or entity you are complaining about is located.


Last Modified: 01/12/2022