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Civil Rights

It is a policy of the State Board of Education and a priority of the Oregon Department of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact:

Kate Hildebrandt
255 Capitol Street NE,
Salem, Oregon 97310;
phone 503-551-5713;

ODE works closely with the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Civil Rights and other organizations committed to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and respectful environments.

The ODE offers training, technical assistance and alternate dispute resolution opportunities for students, schools, districts, parents and interested parties regarding civil rights and equal opportunity. For information on training, assistance, or dispute resolution, please contact Winston Cornwall, Education Specialist, Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity, Office of Educational Improvement & Innovation, phone: 503-947-5675 or fax: 503-378-5156.

The Oregon Department of Education is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

  • Civil Rights Title IX

    State and federal laws prohibit discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Schools have an obligation to protect students, teachers, staff and other people within the school community. Schools also have an obligation to ensure that its programs and curriculum are free of bias and prejudice.

  • Section 504 and ADA

    Federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on disability.

  • CTE Civil Rights

    A primary responsibility of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is the review of career and technical education programs for compliance with federal nondiscrimination regulations.

  • Child Nutrition Programs Civil Rights

    Comprehensive resources for program sponsors, parents and participants. Training, forms and complaint information for federal civil rights protections.

  • Overview of the Laws

    This page provides links to federal laws as well as Oregon laws (ORS) and rules (OAR) related to civil rights.

  • Filing a Complaint

    Information on filing complaints of discrimination or harassment.

  • Resources

    Links to national resources related to civil rights and equal opportunity, and from Oregon and Washington.

  • Teaching the Civil Rights Movement

    This page offers a wealth of materials to support rich instruction about the Civil Rights Movement, both from national and Oregon perspectives.

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