City of Reynolds
PO Box 176
Reynolds, ND 58275

 

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in any program or activity that receives federal financial assistance. The regulations implementing Title VI are found in 34 CFR Part 100.

The regulations define discrimination as "any action that has the purpose or effect of discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin." This includes intentional discrimination, as well as policies or practices that have a discriminatory effect even if they are not intended to be discriminatory.

The regulations require recipients of federal financial assistance to:

  • Not discriminate in any aspect of their programs or activities, including admissions, services, and employment.
  • Take reasonable steps to overcome the effects of past discrimination.
  • Provide meaningful access to their programs and activities for persons with limited English proficiency.
  • Establish and maintain grievance procedures for individuals who believe they have been discriminated against.

The regulations also require recipients of federal financial assistance to develop and implement a Title VI compliance plan. The compliance plan should identify the recipient's policies and procedures that may have a discriminatory effect, and it should describe the steps the recipient will take to ensure that its programs and activities are free from discrimination.

The regulations are enforced by the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education. OCR can investigate complaints of discrimination and take enforcement action against recipients of federal financial assistance that are found to be in violation of Title VI.

Here are some examples of discrimination that could violate Title VI:

  • Denying admission to a school on the basis of race or national origin.
  • Providing different services to students of different races or national origins.
  • Hiring or firing employees on the basis of race or national origin.
  • Relegating employees of a particular race or national origin to certain jobs or positions.
  • Failing to provide meaningful access to programs or activities for persons with limited English proficiency.

If you believe that you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, or national origin in a program or activity that receives federal financial assistance, you should contact the OCR at the Department of Education. You can find more information about Title VI and the OCR's enforcement procedures on the OCR website.  To file a complaint based on Title VI please contact Jennifer Skold at (701) 330-2495.

The City of Reynolds employees, council members, and Mayor will not discriminate based on the provisions of Title VI.