Title VI Compliance

It is the policy of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that: No person shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other related nondiscrimination laws and requirements.

What is Title VI?

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d) provides that, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” The 1987 Civil Rights Restoration Act (P.L. 100-259) expanded the definition of “programs and activities” to include all programs and activities of federal aid recipients, sub-recipients and contractors, whether such programs and activities are federally assisted or not. 

Related nondiscrimination authorities include, but are not limited to: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

As a recipient of federal funding, DEQ is required to comply with the rules, laws and regulations of Title VI. Title VI also applies to recipients of federal financial assistance that passes through DEQ in the form of grants, contracts or subcontracts, as well as federal financial assistance that passes through another State agency to NCDEQ.

DEQ’s compliance with Title VI is contingent upon its employees’ and contractors’, sub-contractors’ and sub-recipients’ (of DEQ funded contracts and grants) adherence to Title VI and all applicable laws, regulations and rules.

Title VI requires that DEQ take the following actions to ensure the department’s compliance with federal law:

  • Ensuring that all contractors, sub-contractors, and sub-recipients awarded DEQ funded contracts and grants adhere to Title VI and all applicable laws, regulations and rules.
  • Provision of free language assistance to limited English proficient (LEP) persons; and
  • Inclusion of statement of assurances of Title VI compliance in all procurement and grant contracts.

NCDEQ is committed to ensuring all management staff, contractors and service beneficiaries are aware of the provisions of and responsibilities associated with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Contact:

Sarah Rice
NCDEQ Title VI Coordinator
1646 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1646
919-707-8287
sarah.rice@ncdenr.gov

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