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Title VI Surveys and Assurances

Why is it that, as a culture,
we are more comfortable seeing two men holding
guns than holding hands?
—Ernest Gaines

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, states that, “No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Although Title VI is enforced by federal agencies, many state agencies and other qualified organizations administer continuing programs subject to Title VI and must take affirmative steps to monitor the compliance efforts of their sub-recipients. In instances where state agencies and other qualified organizations are given discretionary authority by a federal agency to dispense assistance to sub-recipients like Vanderbilt, those state agencies and other qualified organizations must have an effective and verifiable oversight and monitoring program in place to monitor its sub-recipient’s compliance with Title VI.

It is through these oversight and monitoring programs that Vanderbilt receives and must complete Title VI Compliance Questionnaires, also known as Title VI Surveys. Should your department receive a Title VI Survey, direct it to the Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Disability Services Department at once.