No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial Assistance.
“The civil rights laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) protect all students, regardless of religious identity, from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, and age. None of the laws that OCR enforces expressly address religious discrimination. However, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) protects students of any religion from discrimination, including harassment, based on a student’s actual or perceived:
Any educational institution that receives federal funding is covered by Title VI. It is helpful to familiarize yourself with the nuts and bolts of this law and the ways in which it applies to campus life. We recommend reading the linked resources carefully, as well as any resources your institution provides, for example, through their Office of Diversity. As a primer, here are a few things to bear in mind (for more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website):