This section of the OCR website is designed to help you determine if the Office for Civil Rights may be able to assist you by investigating a complaint of discrimination against a school, school district, college, university, library, or other educational entity that is covered by a law OCR enforces. If an OCR complaint does not appear to be the appropriate route, the website will suggest links to other resources that may better assist you in addressing your concerns.
Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability to ensure the most accurate assessment.
OCR affords an opportunity to complainants to appeal certain determinations and dismissals:
These are typically identified in the letter OCR sends to you at the conclusion of the case.
You have a right to appeal OCR’s determination within 60 calendar days of the date indicated on the letter unless OCR grants you a waiver. An appeal can be filed electronically, by mail, or fax. The completed appeal form or written statement may not exceed 10 pages (double-spaced).
Appeal forms or written statements may be submitted electronically, by U.S. mail, or by fax:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
In the appeal, you must explain why you believe the factual information was incomplete, inaccurate, the legal analysis was incorrect or the appropriate legal standard was not applied, and how correction of any errors would change the outcome of the case; failure to do so may result in dismissal of the appeal. OCR will issue a written decision on the appeal.
OCR Appeals Form PDF(108k)