Est. time: 15 min

Civil rights are personal rights guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and federal laws enacted by Congress, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Some Civil Rights include: freedom of speech, the right to vote, due process of law, equal protection of the laws, and protection from unlawful discrimination. The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is a civil rights office within U.S. Departments, such as State, Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Education, to name a few. Its function is to enforce civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and religion. Written by Michael Livovich, the purpose of this tutorial is to discuss the function of the Office for Civil Rights under the U.S. Department of Education. The participant of this tutorial will understand: The Office for Civil Rights (OCR); Regulations enforced and areas of discrimination under the attention of OCR; Addressing concerns of discrimination; and School Response to Complaints

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