A Fact Sheet, “Combating Discrimination Against Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) Students,” was developed jointly by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and issued by the Education Department in June 2016.
The Fact Sheet provides:
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (CRT) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforce federal civil rights laws in public and federally funded schools at all educational levels. These laws protect all students, including Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) and Muslim, Arab, Sikh, and South Asian (MASSA) students, from discrimination based on race, color, and national origin (including language and shared ethnic characteristics). CRT also enforces prohibitions on religious discrimination in public schools. Schools must take immediate and appropriate action to respond to complaints of discrimination, including harassment or bullying based on race, color, national origin, or religion.
The Fact Sheet goes on to provide examples of action, or in some cases inaction, by school officials that could violate applicable federal civil rights laws.
To download the Fact Sheet, go to https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/aanhpi-massa-factsheet-201606.pdf.