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Your Rights in Education

Education Discrimination

Under the Minnesota Human Rights Act, education is a protected area, and it is illegal to treat you differently in education because of your, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, age or sexual orientation.

With some exceptions, the following actions constitute a violation the Human Rights Act in education when, because of your protected class status, public or private institutions including but not limited to an academy, college, elementary or secondary school, extension courses, kindergarten, nursery school, business school, and professional school:

  • Refuse to select for admission or provide education to certain individuals
  • Deny the person the full utilization and benefit of an educational institution
  • Refuse to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability
  • Exclude, discipline or expel certain individuals
The Minnesota Human Rights Act requires school officials to take action to avoid the creation of a hostile educational environment

Exceptions as permitted by rules of the Department

Creating and using unfair admission forms or inquiries that elicit or attempt to elicit information, or to make or keep a record concerning the race, color, national origin, sex, age, or marital status of a person seeking admission.

  • Unless the information is collected for purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of recruitment, admissions, and other educational policies, and is maintained separately from the application.
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