Civil Rights / Equal Opportunity Requirements

All federal grant programs need to make sure that they are conducted and operated in a manner that is in compliance with the applicable civil rights statutes and their implementing regulations.

Following are some of the Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity policies and guidelines

>Grant Program Civil Rights Policy
>Non-Harassment Guidelines
>Acceptable Interview Questions
>Disability Law
>Accessibility Guidelines
>Non-Discrimination Guidelines
>Legal Responsibilities Presentation
>Part 1203- Non-discrimination in Federally Assisted Programs
>Part 1232- Non-discrimination on Basis of Handicap in Programs Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

Grant Program Civil Rights Policy

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has a commitment to treat all persons with respect and dignity. It does not matter the persons race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, political affiliation, marital status, etc., all individuals are entitled to respect and dignity. Harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any form.

Verbal or physical conduct, including slurs, that relate to an individuals gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or any other basis constitute harassment when it is intended to or has the effect to interfere with service performance. It is also considered harassment if the actions create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive service environment. Examples of harassment include, but are not limited to: demands for sexual favors, pressure for dates, deliberate touching, cornering, or leaning over. It also includes offensive jokes, teasing, remarks, questions, letters, and phone calls. Offensive looks or gestures also constitute harassment. Physical assaults or any threatening behavior that cause an intimidating atmosphere is harassment.

Harassment may occur between persons of the same or different races, religions, sexes, or ethnic origins. The person who causes the harassment may include a CNCS employee or supervisor, a project supervisor or employee, a client, or even a co-worker or service member.

Supervisors and managers of CNCS programs are expected to immediately take appropriate action when informed of any type of harassment. Any CNCS employee who violates the harassment policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

If any person feels that they have been discriminated against or harassed in any CNCS program or project, then they reserve the right to raise his or her concern with the Office of Civil Rights and Inclusiveness (OCRI). This office may be reached at (202) 606-7503, or, or through It is against the law to discriminate against an individual and if this is done then it is violating civil rights laws and regulations.

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