Oregon Department of Education

Civil Rights

It is a policy of the State Board of Education and a priority of the Oregon Department of Education that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability in any educational programs, activities or employment. Persons having questions about equal opportunity and nondiscrimination should contact the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction at the Oregon Department of Education, 255 Capitol Street NE, Salem, Oregon 97310; phone 503-947-5740; or fax 503-378-4772.

The ODE works closely with the regional U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights,  External Link U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Civil Rights   External Link and other organizations committed to equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and respectful environments.

The ODE offers training, technical assistance and alternate dispute resolution opportunities for students, schools, districts, parents and interested parties regarding civil rights and equal opportunity. For information on training, assistance, or dispute resolution, please contact Winston Cornwall, Education Specialist, Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity, Office of Educational Improvement & Innovation, Phone: 503-947-5675, Fax: 503-378-5156, or e-mail: Winston Cornwall

The Oregon Department of Education is an equal opportunity educator and employer.


Overview of the Laws

This page provides links to federal laws as well as Oregon laws (ORS) and rules (OAR) related to civil rights.



Links to national resources related to civil rights and equal opportunity as well as resources from Oregon and Washington.


Civil Rights Title IX

State and federal laws prohibit discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. Schools have an obligation to protect students, teachers, staff and other people within the school community. Schools also have an obligation to ensure that its programs and curriculum are free of bias and prejudice.


CTE Civil Rights

A primary responsibility of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is the review of career and technical education programs for compliance with federal nondiscrimination regulations.


Filing a Complaint

Information on filing complaints of discrimination or harassment.


Nutrition Civil Rights

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and State of Oregon prohibit discrimination in all USDA programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

  • Winston Cornwall Email    (503) 947-5675
    Equity Team - Civil Rights Specialist
  • Karin Moscon eMail (503) 947-5706
    Education Equity - Civil Rights Specialist