Civil Rights


We Provide Civil Rights Technical Assistance


Career/Technical Education and Civil Rights

Under the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Right’s Guidelines for Vocational Education Programs (Voc Ed Guidelines), state career and technical education agencies are responsible for conducting certain civil rights compliance activities to eliminate discrimination in their sub-recipient schools and colleges. CTE Center devotes resources to assist schools, colleges, students, and parents in understanding education civil rights requirements.


CTE Center’s Technical Assistance Helps Educational Institutions

Educators require knowledge and skills to prevent illegal discrimination from occurring in the first place. CTE Center provides information and other support services – known as technical assistance – to schools and colleges. Technical assistance helps educational institutions comply with federal civil rights requirements. CTE Center also conducts a broad range of proactive technical assistance outreach through such activities as onsite consultations, conference participation, workshops and meetings, as well as through written information, published materials, and telephone conversations. CTE Center continually compiles strategies and programs that hold promise in addressing civil rights concerns.


Institutional Self-Evaluation

To assist in prevention of civil rights problems, CTE Center has developed self-evaluation materials that will enable schools and colleges to learn how they may be able to improve their approach to career and technical education civil rights problems.


Office for Civil Rights Publications

The Office for Civil Rights pamphlets listed below are available at no charge. The pamphlets provide guidance to better understand civil rights requirements.


Publication – Vocational Education

  • Vocational Education and Civil Rights. (1991).
    This pamphlet discusses the Voc Ed Guidelines and how they relate to the civil rights of students and staff beneficiaries and to the responsibilities of schools and colleges that receive federal assistance.


Publications - General

  • Notice of Non-Discrimination. (1999). This pamphlet describes the requirements for education agencies to issue notice of their commitment to operate programs in a manner free from discrimination, clarifies the information that recipients should include in non-discrimination notices, and provides a sample notice statement.
  • The Guidance Counselor’s Role in Ensuring Equal Educational Opportunity.(1991). This pamphlet summarizes the requirements pertaining to counseling practices contained in the regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of Education Amendments of 1972, and Section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Publications – Title VI

  • Education and Title VI. (1991). This pamphlet discusses Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which protects people from discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Student Assignment in Elementary and Secondary Schools & Title VI. (1996). This pamphlet assists elementary and secondary educators to comply voluntarily with the Title VI regulation with respect to the assignment of students to particular schools, academic programs, and classes.
  • The Provision of an Equal Education Opportunity to Limited-English Proficient Students. (1998. 10 pages). This pamphlet identifies procedures that school districts should use to ensure that their programs serve limited-English proficient students effectively.


Publications – Title IX

  • Sexual Harassment: It’s Not Academic.(1997). This pamphlet addresses issues of sexual harassment of students by school employees and other students. It is intended for use by school administrators and other employees in understanding a school’s obligations under Title IX, and by students and their parents in understanding student rights in this area.
  • Title IX and Sex Discrimination. This pamphlet summarizes the requirements pertaining to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education.


Publications – Section 504 and ADA/Title II

  • Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities: Higher Education’s Obligations Under Section 504 and Title II of the ADA. (1998). This pamphlet reviews the obligations of higher education institutions to serve students with disabilities. This pamphlet also includes answers to questions commonly asked by students and representatives of postsecondary institutions.
  • Student Placement in Elementary and Secondary Schools and Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (1998). This publication explains Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act and how they affect student placement in elementary and secondary schools. It also explains evaluation and placement procedures, the educational setting, reevaluations, the individualized education program, procedural safeguards, and nonacademic services and activities.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act. (1991). This pamphlet, published by the Department of Justice (DOJ), contains a brief overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and lists contact information.
  • The Civil Rights of Students with Hidden Disabilities Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.(1995). This pamphlet answers questions about the civil rights of students with hidden disabilities and the responsibilities of ED recipients.
  • Free Appropriate Public Education for Students with Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. (1999). This pamphlet answers the following questions about FAPE: Who is entitled to a free appropriate public education? How is an appropriate education defined? How is a free education defined?


How to Contact Us

CTE Center responds to requests for products and resources and to questions about schools’ and colleges’ responsibilities and students’ rights by phone at 808-956-8431 or e-mail: