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Notice to the Public under Title VI for GPATS

Section 601 of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states the following:

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 subjected to mistreatment under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

  • Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, and national origin in accordance with the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.  Any person who believes he or she has been aggrieved by any unlawful discriminatory practice under Title VI may file a report with GPATS.
  • For more information contact the GPATS Executive Director Keith Brockington at kbrockington@greenvillecounty.org or (864) 467-7143 or the Title VI Coordinator Asangwua Ikein at aikein@greenvillecounty.org or (864) 467-7287.
  • If information is needed in another language, contact (864) 467-7270.

A reportee may file a report directly with the Federal Transit Administration by filing a report with the Office of Civil Rights.
Attention: Title VI Program Coordinator
East Building, 5th Floor-TCR
1200 New Jersey Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20590

~Si se necesita información en otro idioma llame al (864) 467-7270.

As outlined in the Public Participation Plan (PPP), GPATS’ public notices in public areas of the agency’s offices, posted at the GPATS Calendar page, meeting notices and calendar events are listed by Greenville County, at the Greenville County Council Calendar page, as meeting rooms are reserved, and any public notices of official changes to plans (e.g., TIP Amendments) are published with the Greenville News.

 

Filing a Report

Introduction

The Title VI/Environmental Justice and Related Statutes report procedures are intended to provide aggrieved persons an avenue to raise reports of mistreatment regarding GPATS’ programs, activities and services as required by statute.

Purpose

The purpose of the mistreatment report procedures is to describe the process used by the Office of Human Resources (OHR) for processing reports of mistreatment under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes.

Roles and Responsibilities

The GPATS Executive Director has overall responsibility for the mistreatment report process and procedures.  The Director may, at their discretion, assign a capable person within GPATS to investigate the report.

The designated investigator will conduct an impartial and objective investigation, collect factual information and prepare a fact-finding report based upon the information obtained from the investigation.

In cases where the reportee is unable or incapable of providing a written statement, the reportee will be assisted in converting the verbal report into a written report.  All reports, however, must be signed by the reportee and/or by the reportee’s representative.

The reportee shall make themselves reasonably available to the designated investigator, to ensure completion of the investigation within the timeframes set forth.

Filing Reports

Applicability: The report procedures apply to the beneficiaries of the GPATS programs, activities and services including, but not limited to, the public, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and other sub-recipients of federal and state funds.

Eligibility: Any person who believes that they or any specific class of persons has been subjected to mistreatment or retaliation prohibited by Civil Rights authorities may file a report.

The report:

  • Must be based upon race, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
  • Must be reduced to writing.
  • Must be filed within 180 calendar days of the alleged occurrence or when the alleged mistreatment became known to the reportee.

This plan requires that SCDOT be immediately notified of any report or allegation of mistreatment.  Every effort will be made to obtain early resolution of reports at the lowest possible level.  The option of informal mediation meeting(s) between the affected parties and the investigator may be utilized for resolution, at any stage of the process.

Time Limitation and Filing Options Title VI/EJ reports of mistreatment may be filed with:

  • GPATS
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • U.S. Department of Transportation

In all situations, the GPATS and County employees must contact the GPATS Executive Director immediately upon receipt of a Title VI/EJ report.

Keith R. Brockington, AICP
County Transportation Planning Manager/GPATS Executive Director
Greenville County Department of Planning and Code Compliance
GPATS | Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study
(864)-467-7143
kbrockington@greenvillecounty.org

Reports must be filed no later than 180 calendar days after:

  • The date of the alleged act of mistreatment; or
  • The date the person became aware of the alleged mistreatment; or
  • Where there has been a continuing course of discriminatory conduct, the date on which the conduct was discontinued.

Receipt and Acceptance When any element of the Greenville-Pickens Area Transit Study (GPATS) receives an inquiry, comment or report which alleges or implies mistreatment as addressed by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its progeny, it will be logged in and immediately forwarded to the SCDOT’s Office of Business Development and Special Programs.

The GPATS Executive Director will respond within ten (10) calendar days from date of receipt, advising receipt of the report and that the matter was forwarded to SCDOT for further processing.  The Director’s letter will also contain the appropriate SCDOT contact information.

GPATS will fully cooperate with the appropriate agency throughout the entire investigative process.  Reports must be in writing and must be signed by the reportee and/or the reportee’s representative.  The report must set forth as fully as possible the facts and circumstances surrounding the claimed mistreatment.  In the event a person makes a verbal report of mistreatment to a GPATS employee, or other person authorized to receive reports on behalf of GPATS, shall interview the person.  If necessary, the authorized person will assist the person in writing the report for the person or the person’s representative to sign.

 

Designated GPATS special emphasis area operating elements will require the sub-recipients they serve to forward to the Director any report of mistreatment made to them about their own actions or actions of sub-grantees or contractors.

 

GPATS Title VI Plan 2020

GPATS Title VI Plan 2017

GPATS Title VI Report Form III

 

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