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Title VI

Kansas State University, as a recipient of Federal financial assistance and under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes, ensures that no person shall on the grounds of race, religion (where the primary objective of the financial assistance is to provide employment per 42 U.S.C. S 2000d-3) color, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any University programs or activities.

Title VI Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

LBJ signing Title VI

President Lyndon Baines Johnson signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act while Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others observe: July 2, 1964

Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. Federal law also prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, age, and disability. As President John F. Kennedy said in 1963:

"Simple justice requires that public funds, to which all taxpayers of all races [colors, and national origins] contribute, not be spent in any fashion which encourages, entrenches, subsidizes or results in racial [color or national origin] discrimination."

Discrimination can be defined as "making a difference in treatment or to favor on a basis other than individual merit." The role of the Office of Institutional Equity is to create awareness through training and other communication methods, investigate complaints and ensure compliance across campus.

Your Rights Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

"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."

What is Title VI?

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is the Federal law that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of their race, color, or national origin in programs that receive Federal financial assistance.

Another important facet of Title VI involves providing meaningful access to programs and services for individuals that are considered to have Limited English Proficiency ("LEP"). In our programs and/or services, K-State does not discriminate against anyone based on their ability to communicate in English. For more information, contact our office at 785-532-6220, or to access the "One Moment Please" language identification card (pdf). 

What programs are covered by Title VI?

Approximately 30 Federal agencies provide Federal financial assistance in the form of funds, training, and technical and other assistance to State and local governments, and non-profit and private organizations. These recipients of Federal assistance, in turn, operate programs and deliver benefits and services to individuals (known as "beneficiaries") to achieve the goals of the Federal legislation that authorizes the programs.

Federally assisted programs address such broad and diverse areas as
  • Elementary, secondary, and higher education.
  • Health care, social services and public welfare.
  • Public transportation.
  • Parks and recreation.
  • Natural resources and the environment.
  • Employment and job training.
  • Housing and community development.
  • Law enforcement and the administration of justice.
  • Agriculture and nutrition.

What discrimination is prohibited by Title VI?

There are many forms of illegal discrimination based on race, color or national origin that can limit the opportunity of minorities to gain equal access to services and programs. Among other things, in operating a federally assisted program, a recipient cannot, on the basis of race, color or national origin, either directly or through contractual means:

  • Deny program services, aids, or benefits.
  • Provide a different service, aid, or benefit, or provide services in a manner different than they are provided to others.
  • Segregate or separately treat individuals in any matter related to the receipt of any service, aid, or benefit.

How can I file a Title VI discrimination complaint?

Each agency that receives or provides Federal financial assistance is responsible for investigating complaints of discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in the use of its funds. If you believe that you or others protected by Title VI have been discriminated against, you should file a complaint with the Office of Institutional Equity.

K-State has a complaint procedure and the Office of Institutional Equity is responsible for investigating all Title VI complaints. If you or someone you know believes he/she has been discriminated against, please contact equity@ksu.edu.

Students/Faculty/Staff wishing to report concerns of harassment or discrimination should contact the Office of Institutional Equity, (785) 532-6220 or equity@ksu.edu. You may also file a report with OIE online.

What will Kansas State University do with my complaint?

Once a complaint is filed, it will be reviewed by the Office of Institutional Equity to determine if the issues you have raised fall under university policy. If they do, OIE will process the allegations according to university policy and procedures.

The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in the education programs and activities pursuant to tile requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 As Amended.

Inquiries and charges of violation concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, the ADA, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any of the other above referenced policies should be directed to the Office of Institutional Equity.