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Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Department of Education

The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.

It serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance are partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.

Legal Mandate:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?Race/Color/National Origin Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972?Sex Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973?Disability Age Discrimination Act of 1975?Age Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990?Disability A complaint of discrimination can be filed by anyone who believes that an education institution that receives Federal financial assistance has discriminated against someone on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age. The person or organization filing the complaint need not be a victim of the alleged discrimination, but may complain on behalf of another person or group.

San Francisco Office

Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education

50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-486-5555
FAX: 415-486-5570; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov