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Discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability is prohibited in all of a school's educational programs and activities, including STEM courses and programs. Schools must ensure that their STEM courses and programs are free from these forms of discrimination.

STEM classes are critical to preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century. Ensuring access to STEM for all students is an important priority for the Office for Civil Rights. The Office for Civil Rights continuously strives to provide guidance and support to schools and colleges to bolster access to STEM courses and programs for all students.

Office for Civil Rights Resources

"Dear Colleague" letter on Gender Equity in Career and Technical Education (June 15, 2016) PDF (590.96K)

Title IX and Access to Courses and Programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (PowerPoint, October 2012) download files PDF (474K)

“Dear Colleague” Letter: 35th Anniversary of Title IX (June 23, 2007) download files PDF (2.4M)

Sexual Harassment

“Dear Colleague” Letter: Title VI Access to Advanced Placement and Other Challenging Courses (May 22, 2008) download files PDF (3.6M)

Racial Harassment

“Dear Colleague” Letter: Access by Students with Disabilities to Accelerated Programs (December 26, 2007) download files PDF (2.8M)

Links to Other Resources

Equity Assistance Centers

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science IES Practice Guide


Last Modified: 01/10/2020