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image title: Answers to common questions + our FOIA reading roomThe Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act in public schools, LEAs and SEAs that receive Federal funds made available through the Department of Education. The Boy Scouts Act is part of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Under the Boy Scouts Act, no such public school, LEA or SEA that provides an opportunity for one or more outside youth or community groups to meet on school premises or in school facilities shall deny equal access or a fair opportunity to meet to, or discriminate against, any group officially affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America, or any other youth group listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society, that wishes to meet at the school.

OCR is charged with enforcing the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. Complaints alleging violations of this law may be filed using the OCR online complaint form or by contacting the OCR office with authority to handle complaints where the institution or entity you are complaining about is located.

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Date  

Title of Document


 
2013
 

April 24, 2013

 

Guidance on the prohibition against retaliation under Federal civil rights laws

   

“Dear Colleague" letter from Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter clarifies the basic principles of retaliation law and describes OCR’s methods of enforcement.


 
Prior to 2010
 

January 13, 2009

  Obligation to Submit Assurance of Compliance Civil Rights Certificate to the U.S. Department of Education
   

“Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe, concerning the obligation of recipients of federal financial assistance from, or funds made available through, the Department to submit a signed assurance of compliance with the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act and the other laws OCR enforces. This letter is a subsequent request to recipients for whom OCR has no record of receiving a signed assurance.  The letter contains instructions for completion, and encloses a blank copy of the Assurance of Compliance – Civil Rights Certificate for submission to OCR.


July 21, 2006

  Guidance on Assurance of Compliance
   

“Dear Colleague” letter from Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Stephanie Monroe providing information about the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act of 2001, part of No Child Left Behind, and the requirement to provide assurances of compliance with this law. The letter encloses a blank copy of OCR's revised Assurance of Compliance -- Civil Rights Certificate.


March 24, 2006

  Equal Access to Public School Facilities for the Boy Scouts of America and Other Designated Youth Groups; Final Rule
   

October 13, 2004

  Equal Access to Public School Facilities for the Boy Scouts of America and Other Designated Youth Groups; Proposed Rule
   

July 28, 2003

  First Amendment
 

"Dear Colleague" letter reaffirming that OCR's regulations and policies do not require or prescribe speech, conduct or harassment codes that impair the exercise of rights protected under the First Amendment.


November 15, 2002

  Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act; Proposed Rule
   

March 25, 2002

  Guidance on Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Boy Scouts Act)
   


   
Last Modified: 09/25/2018