As a recipient of federal transportation funds, MORPC agrees to follow U.S. Department of Transportation requirements in regards to Title VI and civil rights. These requirements are outlined in the two “assurance” documents signed by the Chair of MORPC.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000):
“No person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (US Department of Justice)
Notifying the Public of Rights under Title VI
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. Any person who believes she or he has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a complaint with MORPC.
For more information on MORPC’s non-discrimination policies and the procedures to file a complaint, contact Niel Jurist, Director of Communications & Engagement, at 614-233-4126 or 800-866-6772, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is on the front page at www.morpc.org.
A complainant may file a complaint directly with the Federal Transit Administration, Federal Highway Administration, or other federal agency, as applicable. The MORPC website location (above) provides information from various federal agencies.
If information is needed in another language, contact Niel Jurist at 614-233-4126.
MORPC’s Non-discrimination Policies
As recipients of federal funds, the MORPC and their contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, vendors, and consultants must:
Ensure non-discrimination in all of their programs and activities, whether those programs and activities are federally-funded or not. The factors prohibited from consideration as a basis for discriminatory action or inaction include race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability and environmental justice.
Provide Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) by not discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
Provide enhanced opportunities or remedial actions to persons, organizations, and institutions that have been historically subjected to discrimination through Affirmative Action programs.
For more information, please see the Assurance Documents signed by the Chair of MORPC.
These procedures cover all external complaints regarding MORPC programs and activities filed under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or 49 CFR 21.1.
“The purpose of this part is to effectuate the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (hereafter referred to as the Act) to the end that no person in the United States shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin (including limited English proficiency), be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation.”
These procedures, required per 23 CFR 200.9 (b)(3), also cover external complaints regarding MORPC programs or activities filed under other related non-discrimination laws that additionally prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, sex, age or low income. This includes, but is not limited to, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 23 USC 324, 42 USC 610, and the DOT Order on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898. These procedures are for any external discrimination complaints relating to any program or activity administered by MORPC.
49 CFR 21 outlines types of prohibited discriminatory actions per that law. It follows, in part:
(1) A recipient under any program to which this part applies may not, directly or through contractual or other arrangements, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin.
(i) Deny a person any service, financial aid, or other benefit provided under the program;
(ii) Provide any service, financial aid, or other benefit to a person, which is different, or is provided in a different manner, from that provided to others under the program;
(iii) Subject a person to segregation or separate treatment in any matter related to his receipt of any service, financial aid, or other benefit under the program;
(iv) Restrict a person in any way in the enjoyment of any advantage or privilege enjoyed by others receiving any service, financial aid, or other benefit under the program;
(v) Treat a person differently from others in determining whether he satisfies any admission, enrollment, quota, eligibility, membership, or other requirement or condition which persons must meet in order to be provided any service, financial aid, or other benefit provided under the program;
(vi) Deny a person an opportunity to participate in the program through the provision of services or otherwise or afford him an opportunity to do so which is different from that afforded others under the program; or
(vii) Deny a person the opportunity to participate as a member of a planning, advisory, or similar body, which is an integral part of the program.
The law prohibits intimidation or retaliation of any kind. The procedures do not deny the right of the complainant to file formal complaints with other federal, state or local agencies, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination. Every effort will be made to obtain early resolution of complaints at the lowest level possible.
- Any individual, group of individuals, or entity that believes they have been subjected to discrimination prohibited by Title VI nondiscrimination provisions may file a written complaint with the MORPC Director of Operations. A formal complaint must be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged occurrence.
- Upon receipt of the complaint, the MORPC Director of Operations will determine its jurisdiction, acceptability, and need for additional information. MORPC also will acknowledge receipt of the complaint by notifying the complainant in writing within 10 days.
- The MORPC Director of Operations will assign or designate a staff person from whose area is affected by the complaint to investigate the merit of the complaint.
- The complaint will receive a case number and will be logged in the MORPC records identifying its basis and the race, color, national origin, and gender of the complainant. The assigned staff will start the investigation.
- Within 50 calendar days of receipt of the complaint, MORPC’s investigator will prepare an investigative report for the Executive Director’s review. The report shall include a narrative description of the incident, identification of persons interviewed, findings, and recommendations for disposition. MORPC also will include signed affidavits from all parties – complainant, accused, and witnesses, as applicable. Any reports or documents gathered during the investigation also will be included.
- The investigative report and its findings may be sent to MORPC’s legal counsel for review. The counsel will review the report and associated documentation and will provide input within 10 calendar days.
- MORPC’s investigator will review any comments or recommendations from MORPC’s legal counsel. The investigator will discuss the report and recommendations with the Executive Director. The report will be modified as needed and made final for its release.
- Once MORPC’s investigative report becomes final, the parties will be properly notified of the outcome and appeal rights.
- MORPC’s investigative report and a copy of the complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate oversight agency (for example, the Ohio Department of Transportation), if applicable, within 70 calendar days of the receipt of the complaint.
- If the complainant is not satisfied with the results of the investigation, s/he shall be advised of their right to appeal. The first appeal is to the Discrimination Complaint Appeal Board of the MORPC Executive Committee. The chair of the Executive Committee, or their designee, serves as chair of the Appeal Board, along with two other Executive Committee members selected by the chair. The Appeal Board is the final review process within MORPC. If the complainant remains unsatisfied, MORPC’s determination can be appealed to federal or state entities, as applicable, or to the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ). Appeals to the MORPC Appeal Board must be filed within 30 days of notification (per step 8) of a decision on the complaint. The MORPC Appeal Board will make a decision on the complaint and notify the complainant of such within 60 days. Appeals outside MORPC must be filed within 180 days after MORPC’s final resolution. Absent new facts, MORPC will not reconsider its determination.
- If it is determined, following the initial investigation or following any appeals that MORPC acted in a discriminatory manner MORPC will take whatever action is needed, per the recommendations in the investigative report, to remedy the discriminatory practice.
For more information regarding the MORPC complaint process or for filing complaints, please contact the MORPC Director of Communications & Engagement Níel Jurist at 614.233.4126 or email@example.com.
Completed complaint forms can be mailed or faxed to:
111 Liberty Street, Suite 100
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The completed and signed form also can be scanned and emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call 614.233.4126 following the submission of a complaint form to make sure that the completed form has been received. Please also contact MORPC if materials are needed in another language. Thank you.