Title VI, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq., was enacted as part of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. If a recipient of federal assistance is found to have discriminated and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, the federal agency providing the assistance should either initiate fund termination proceedings or refer the matter to the Department of Justice for appropriate legal action. Aggrieved individuals may file administrative complaints with the federal agency that provides funds to a recipient, or the individuals may file suit for appropriate relief in federal court. Title VI itself prohibits intentional discrimination. However, most funding agencies have regulations implementing Title VI that prohibit recipient practices that have the effect of discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin.
The Chief Diversity Administrator and Director of Multicultural Relations is responsible for coordinating the Seminary’s compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and serves as the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator. The Associate Dean of Student Life will serve as Deputy Title VI Coordinator and will confer closely with the Title VI Coordinator. For the purpose of these grievance procedures, “Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator” shall mean the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator and/or designated Deputy Title VI Coordinator, unless otherwise specified. Where and when appropriate, these procedures may be modified or amended by the Seminary’s Title VI Coordinator.