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Civil Rights Compliance Reports

NASA is required by statutory law and regulation to conduct civil rights compliance reviews of its grantee institutions. These reviews serve a number of purposes. First, they better enable NASA to determine whether the institutions to which the Agency provides Federal dollars are ensuring equal opportunities for their program participants. NASA can make determinations as to whether the grantee is in compliance, as well as make recommendations to strengthen existing compliance. Second, the reviews provide NASA an opportunity to gather and disseminate, through MissionSTEM and other media, the promising practices for equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM we find among grantees. Third, as each review is conducted pursuant to a single law for which NASA has implementing regulations, the reviews enable the Agency to focus on specific equal opportunity arenas in STEM, such as gender equity (Title IX), limited English proficiency (Title VI), program accessibility for individuals with disabilities (Section 504) or the needs of non-traditionally aged students (Age Discrimination Act).

[Note: Please note that the reports are presently being made compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation of 1973, which requires comparable access to Federal documents for individuals with disabilities. We expect 508 compliant versions of the reports to be posted in the near future. Questions or comments may be directed to:]

Title VI of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964

Title VI of the Act is intended to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance (FFA).

Title IX of the Education
Amendments Act of 1972

Under Title IX, educational programs receiving Federal financial assistance are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of sex and must ensure equal educational opportunities for all program beneficiaries.

Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Section 504 of the Act prohibits discrimination based on disability in programs receiving Federal financial assistance (FFA).

Age Discrimination
Act of 1975

The Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (Age Act) prohibits discrimination based on age in programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance (FFA).

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