How to Handle an OCR Complaint

This Session will provide an opportunity to discuss what steps one should take in case there is a complaint filed with the Office of Civil Rights against the office or the institution. If your office has gone through this you can share your experience or if you are going through something like this, you can ask questions. The discussion will be facilitated by Claire Fitzgerald.

Claire Fitzgerald

Attorney, U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights

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Claire Fitzgerald has been an attorney with the Kansas City, Missouri, the office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), since 2001. She provides technical assistance and conducts investigations in the area of civil rights compliance under 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, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Claire has conducted presentations for elementary, secondary, and post-secondary entities and interest groups in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.  She received B.S. degrees in Management/Computer Information Systems and Mathematics from Park University and her J.D. from the University of Denver, where she focused on discrimination law and trial practice.