How to File a Discrimination Complaint

Those who wish to file a complaint with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights may do so by mail, fax, email or online via the DoE website. Please include the following in your correspondence:

  • The complainant’s name, address and phone number (not required) where the complainant may be reached during business hours
  • Details about the person(s) or class of persons injured by the alleged discriminatory act(s). (Names are not required)
  • Name and location of the institution that committed the alleged discriminatory acts
  • A detailed description of the alleged discriminatory act(s) in sufficient detail to enable OCR to understand the full nature of the discrimination

Mail or Fax

Complaintants may mail or fax a letter or complete the Discrimination Complaint Form obtained from one of OCR’s enforcement offices.

Offices and Addresses

Headquarters
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Customer Service: 800-421-3481
Fax: 202-453-6012
TDD: 877-521-2172*
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http:www.ed.gov/ocr

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Office for Civil Rights, Boston Office
U.S. Department of Education
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Telephone: 617-289-0111*
Fax: 617-289-0150
Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Office for Civil Rights, New York Office
U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Telephone: 646-428-3800*
Fax: 646-428-3843
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia
Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office
U.S. Department of Education
100 Penn Square East, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323
Telephone: 215-656-8541*
Fax: 215-656-8605
Email: OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee
Office for Civil Rights, Atlanta Office
U.S. Department of Education
61 Forsyth St. SW, Suite 19T70
Atlanta, GA 30303-8927
Telephone: 404-974-9406*
Fax: 404-974-9471
Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
Office for Civil Rights, Dallas Office
U.S. Department of Education
1999 Bryan St., Suite 1620
Dallas, Texas 75201-6810
Telephone: 214-661-9600*
Fax: 214-661-9587
Email: OCR.Dallas@ed.gov

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C.
Office for Civil Rights, District of Columbia Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20202-1475
Telephone: 202-453-6020*
Fax: 202-453-6021
Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota
Office for Civil Rights, Chicago Office
U.S. Department of Education
Citigroup Center
500 W. Madison St., Suite 1475
Chicago, IL 60661-7204
Telephone: 312-730-1560*
Fax: 312-730-1576
Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Michigan, Ohio
Office for Civil Rights, Cleveland Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Superior Ave. East, Suite 750
Cleveland, OH 44114-2611
Telephone: 216-522-4970*
Fax: 216-522-2573
Email: OCR.Cleveland@ed.gov

Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Oklahoma
Office for Civil Rights, Kansas City Office
U.S. Department of Education
8930 Ward Parkway, Suite 2037
Kansas City, MO 64114-3302
Telephone: 816-268-0550*
Fax: 816-823-1404
Email: OCR.KansasCity@ed.gov

Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Office for Civil Rights, Denver Office
U.S. Department of Education
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Blvd., Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204-3582
Telephone: 303-844-5695*
Fax: 303-844-4303
Email: OCR.Denver@ed.gov

California
Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Office
U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale St., Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Telephone: 415-486-5555*
Fax: 415-486-5570
Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov

Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Montana
Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Ave., Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: 206-607-1600
TDD: 206-607-1647
Fax: 206-607-1601
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Email

Complaints may be filed by sending an email to ocr@ed.gov.

Online

OCR’s online complaint form may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html