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The Ohio Civil Rights Commission takes our mission to investigate charges of discrimination and harassment very seriously. We also take seriously our responsibility as a state agency to protect the safety and security of all Ohioans.

In order to prevent and contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission is suspending in-person charge filing at all of our regional offices. We encourage all Ohioans who wish to file a charge to file online or call their regional office.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Please watch this space for any updates to this policy.

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Disability In Higher Education Discrimination


What is Disability in Higher Education Discrimination?

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission investigates charges of disability in higher education discrimination within the State of Ohio. Higher education facilities include any educational facility beyond the high school level.  Such places include, but are not limited to, colleges, universities, and trade schools. The act of discrimination must have been based on a person’s disability and have occurred no more than six (6) months prior to the date of filing the charge of discrimination. 

Examples of disability in places of higher education discrimination include:

  • Denial of acceptance into the place of higher education
  • Termination from a program at the place of higher education
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodation (extension of time, note takers, reading software)
  • Denial of access to a physical facility
  • Harassment from the staff and other students


Can I File a Charge of Discrimination?

To determine if your issue can be investigated by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, please answer the following questions:

  • Does the place of higher education provide education beyond the high school level?
  • Were you subjected to different treatment as compared to other members of the public?
  • Do you think the action taken is related to your disability?
  • Did the act of discrimination happen within six (6) months from the date you are filing the charge?

If you answered yes to all the questions above, you can file a charge of discrimination with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.  If you did not answer yes to all the questions, you can still file a charge and the Commission will determine if the matter is jurisdictional and will proceed accordingly.


*Charges are not considered officially filed until they are properly signed under oath and received by the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.*



Click here to filed a Charge of Discrimination in Higher Education online