Office of Civil Rights and Compliance

 In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a USDA program complaint alleging discrimination, see "And Justice For All" poster below or go to If you believe you have been discriminated against in an employment related incident see "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law (EEOC)" poster click on the link below. If you believe you have been discriminated against in a program receiving Federal Financial Assistance, immediately contact the Federal agency.

About Us

Office of Civil Rights and Compliance

The Office of Civil Rights and Compliance work in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) to: 

  • Ensure compliance with all applicable civil rights legislations and equal opportunity policies in the implementation of our Extension programs.
  • Every client and colleague are treated with fairness, equality, and respect.
  • We are inclusive and have adequate diversity.

With Federal Funding comes great responsibility!!!

  • Because we receive federal funding to educate the public, we are held up to a high standard of ensuring we make every effort to reach all segments of the community. 
  • We fall under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits any kind of discrimination under any educational program and any educational activity receiving federal financial assistance
  • We are legally required to document our efforts related to teaching, employment, recruitment, and the populations involved in programming.   
  • As a recipient of federal funds, we are subject to reviews from USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) and NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) who make the determination if we are following all proper policies and procedures. 

"And Justice For All”

Contact Us
Office of Civil Rights and Compliance

Dr. Raymon Shange, Extension Administrator, Associate Dean- CAENS, Director- Carver Integrative Sustainability Center (CISC)
Phone: 334-421-1610

Shirley F. Brown, Director
Phone: 407-883-1216

Tuskegee University
Office of Civil Rights and Compliance
202 Mary Starke Harper Hall
Tuskegee, AL 36088

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law (EEOC)

See below for Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law (EEOC) Poster in English and in Spanish.

Civil Rights Statement

Tuskegee University’s Cooperative Extension is committed to the University's Affirmative Action Plan and the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and all Civil Rights mandates from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). We support fair and equitable consideration and treatment in all aspects of employment and educational programs for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.

All Cooperative Extension employees, Interns and graduate students are responsible for treating each other and program participants with the utmost respect. TUCE will assure that equal opportunities are made available to all and that our programs and work environment is free of unlawful discrimination, harassment or prohibited employment practices.

If any employee, Intern or graduate student experiences or witnesses conduct that may be inconsistent with either the University's or the USDA's Civil Rights Policies as stated herein, must immediately notify their supervisor/department head/Extension Administrator or the Director of Civil Rights, respectfully. All Area Directors, Department Heads and supervisors are charged with ensuring that the workplace and programs are free from discrimination or retaliatory behavior toward any individual.

All employees, Interns and graduate students are encouraged to work together in a spirit of mutual respect, cooperation and understanding of each other’s differences.

TUCE Compliance Chart

Civil Rights Plan

Civil Rights Trainings

Compliance with Federal Guidelines