December 12, 2018
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY
October 21, 2014
OCR is committed to working with schools, students, families, community and advocacy organizations, and others to ensure that schools understand and meet their legal obligations under Section 504 and Title II to appropriately address disability-based harassment and to ensure that students with disabilities who are bullied continue to receive FAPE.
OCR also encourages States and school districts to reevaluate their policies and practices in light of this letter, as well as OCR’s and OSERS’s prior guidance. If you would like to request technical assistance or file a complaint alleging discrimination, please contact the OCR enforcement office that serves your area. Contact information is posted on OCR’s website at: http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintintro.html
or please contact OCR’s customer service team at 1-800-421-3481 (TDD 1-800-877-8339).
I look forward to continuing our work together to address and reduce incidents of bullying in our schools so that no student is limited in his or her ability to participate in and benefit from all that our educational programs have to offer.
Catherine E. Lhamon
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights