For example, has your child been excluded from activities, such as a class trip, based on disability-related conduct (e.g. hyperactivity, seizures, hearing impairment, behavior, etc.)? Have students who were different races been treated differently in the exact same situation for no apparent reason? Have staff made some form of slur against you or your child based on race or national origin? Were you removed from a college program in part due to your age? Believe it or not, improper discriminatory conduct occurs even today.
If you experienced discrimination, or what you believe was discrimination, within the last 180 days, you can file a complaint with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). This is a great agency which, if they accept your complaint, will step in, investigate, and hopefully help to resolve the problem.
Here is where you need to go if you wish to file the complaint yourself: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
Here is some information from the U.S. Department of Education which is relevant to filing a discrimination complaint:http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaints-how.html and
If you are beyond 180 days, you may still be able to file, but will have to justify the lateness of the filing to OCR.
More parents might want to consider filing if they cannot get anywhere internally with their district. As you have to show the discrimination in your initial complaint for OCR to step in, oftentimes attorneys may be involved to make the case. You can also file on your own,. There is no charge to file the complaint with OCR.
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