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Office for Civil Rights Compliance

An educational institution's compliance with the Office for Civil Rights Compliance Guidelines and the Carl D. Perkins Career Education Act is an important aspect of excellence in career and technical education. These guidelines and laws are used to assure citizens, parents, and legislators that every career and technical education program in every public school in the State of North Dakota is meeting the basic expectations as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Justice.

Federal Laws
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The Federal civil rights authorizations governing career education programs are as follows:

  1. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and implementing regulations (34 CFR Part 100) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin.
  2. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and implementing regulations (34 CFR Part 100) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex.
  3. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and implementing regulations (34 CFR Part 104) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.
  4. The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and implementing regulations (45 CFR Part 90) which prohibit discrimination on the basis of age.
  5. The U.S. Office for Civil Rights' "Career Education Programs Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Sex and Handicap" prohibits unlawful discrimination in career education programs (OCR Guidelines, 44 CFR 17162).
  6. The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Schools are affected in three ways: 1) as an employer; 2) as a provider of educational services to individuals with disabilities who benefit from programs offered; and 3) as a public or private community site which offers programs and services for the general public.

These regulations apply to each recipient of Federal financial assistance offering or administering a program of career education or training. (34 CFR 100.13; 34 CFR 106.2; 34 CFR 104.3)

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Federal Office Address
Regional Office Address
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
Customer Service Team
400 Maryland Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
Phone: (800) 421-3481
Fax: (202) 245-6840
TDD: (877) 521-2172
E-mail: OCR@ed.gov
Chicago Office
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661
Phone: (312) 730-1560
Fax: (312) 730-1576
TDD: (877) 521-2172
E-mail: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

State Office Address

Michael Netzloff - (701) 328-3187

Nondiscrimination Compliance Program
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept. 270
Bismarck, ND 58505-0610
Dept Number: (701) 328-3180
Fax: (701) 328-1255


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