County Extension Resources
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Civil Rights Training
A number of training resources for county based Extension employees and volunteers are available that cover the required components for non-discrimination In federally assisted programs. All employees and volunteers are required to have an understanding of our responsibilities under federal civil rights law.
Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
Individuals who do not speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, write, or understand English are limited English proficient, or LEP. These individuals may be entitled language assistance with respect to Extension services or benefits.
Laws, Regulations, and Policies
As a recipient of federal financial assistance, N.C. Cooperative Extension is required to comply with federal civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in any research or extension programs or activities.
Equal opportunity and a commitment to an inclusive and diverse community are vital to the achievement of NC State University’s missions in teaching, research, and public service. NC State nondiscrimination policies apply to all employees and students.
North Carolina A&T is committed to expanding diversity and enhancing inclusion by promoting and cultivating a rich exchange of ideas and broad cultural awareness. NC A&T is firmly committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment.
N.C. Cooperative Extension is dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs that comply with all civil rights, equal employment and affirmative action requirements. Discrimination is prohibited across the Extension system in programs, with respect to individuals, audiences, groups, and organizations.
An overview of complaint procedures can be found in the N.C. Cooperative Extension Civil Rights Complaint Brochure.
NC State provides equal opportunity and affirmative action efforts, and prohibits Discrimination and Harassment based upon the following, which is considered by NC State to be a “Protected Status”: race, color, religion (including belief and non-belief), sex, including but not limited to (i) pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, (ii) parenting; and (iii) sexual harassment; sexual orientation; actual or perceived gender identity; age; national origin; disability; veteran status; or genetic information. NC State also prohibits Retaliation based upon a person’s engagement in a Protected Activity. Individuals participating in Extension programs may file a discrimination complaint with NC State University.
In programs such as Cooperative Extension that receive Federal financial assistance from USDA, discrimination is prohibited on the bases of race, color, sex, age, disability, national origin, or limited English proficiency. Reprisal is prohibited based on prior civil rights activity. Individuals participating in USDA funded Extension programs may file a discrimination complaint with the USDA.
N.C. Cooperative Extension employees have options to resolve incidents of possible discrimination or harassment.
Nondiscrimination & Accommodation Statements
A nondiscrimination statement is required on print and electronic documents and websites that are made available to the public, participants, students, applicants, or employees. An accommodation statement is required to be included on all event announcements. This statement informs participants (employees, students, and the public) of the process to obtain a reasonable accommodation. Although not a civil rights statement, the public document cost statement is required by NC General Statute to be included when 200+ copies are printed for the public.
- ADA Checklist
- Sign Language Interpreters
- Accessible Meetings
- Effective Communication
- Making Events Accessible
- Service Animal FAQs
- NC State University Accessibility Resources
- NC State University Disability Services
- IT Accessibility Handbook
- Dietary Accommodations (Allergies & Religion)
Forms and Compliance Resources
- County Civil Rights File Recommended Documentation
- County Civil Rights Compliance Checklist (completed annually by CED
- District Compliance Review Guide (completed on 5-year rotation DED)
- USDA Extension Program Compliance Review Guide for On-Site Reviews
- Standards for Collecting Data on Race and Ethnicity
- Sample Data Collection Cards
- Parity Calculator
- Non-Secular Invocations
- Club Non-Discrimination Form
- MOU between County Government & N.C. Cooperative Extension