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TITLE IX

What is Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It reads:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

–Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Prohibited Sexual Misconduct at Ocean County College includes:

  • Sexual Harassment

  • Gender-based Harassment

  • Sexual Intimidation

  • Sexual Exploitation

  • Sexual Assault and Non-Consensual Sexual Contact

  • Relationship Violence

  • Stalking

  • Retaliation.

While often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Ocean County College. Compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at Ocean County College. For information on how to contact staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance, click here

Information about Reporting an Incident

Ocean County College seeks to provide an environment free from harassment and discrimination.

Students and Staff are encouraged to report any incidents of gender-based misconduct such as, discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, bullying or stalking. Situations like this can cause physical or emotional harm, and create hostile environments that interfere with educational or work pursuits and goals.

Title IX law requires that the OCC Title IX Coordinator receive notice of all reports of sexual misconduct. You have the right and can expect to have incidents of gender-based misconduct taken seriously. Formally reported incidents are investigated thoroughly and equitably and resolved through appropriate administrative procedures. Formal reporting means that information discovered and provided is shared with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual, as necessary, but with the utmost care.

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, there are individuals known as “Campus Reporting Authorities”. OCC Security officers are official Campus Reporting Authorities for the purpose of reporting criminal offenses. Other OCC officials who have responsibility as campus reporting authorities include officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, and individual who are identified by OCC policies as those to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses. Individuals regarded as having the authority or duty to take action or to report sexual misconduct to OCC are also Campus Reporting Authorities.

Disclosure of different types of sexual misconduct shared with a “Campus Reporting Authority” must be reported promptly to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator works collaboratively with the reporting individual, and makes every effort to operate with discretion and maintain the privacy of all parties involved.

Confidential Resources keep your identity and information private and anonymous. Counselors are confidential resources. OCC Counseling Services is located in Room # 108, Building # 22; 732-255-0400 x2941; counselingservices@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Report it!

In order to report an incident, you may contact any of the following:

  • EMERGENCIES – DIAL 911

OCC Security and Safety, Toms River

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, Press 8

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 2200 or ext. 2170

Telephone: (732) 255-0451

OCC Security and Safety, Southern Education Center

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 679

Title IX Coordinator

Tracey Donaldson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

GRUN Bldg. 11, Room C101

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 2150

Email: tdonaldson@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Eileen Buckle, Director of Program Compliance

ADMN Bldg. 1, Rm. A137

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 0346

Email: ebuckle@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

*See above

The Title IX Team @ OCC

OCC has a team of trained employees who are available to assist in cases of gender-based misconduct such as sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination or other unwelcome behavior that occurs on campus or during activities related to school, such as athletic events.

When an incident of gender-based misconduct occurs, OCC promptly, equitably and thoroughly investigates under the parameters of Title IX.

Overseeing the team of trained employees is the College’s Title IX Coordinator. This person is responsible for supervising all activities relating to Title IX investigations, activities and training programs.

Responsibilities of the Coordinator include:

  • Overseeing all Title IX complaints and investigations
  • Providing prompt, thorough and equitable investigations and resolutions
  • Coordinating training, education and communication related to Title IX
  • Interacting with students, faculty, employees and college administrators about Title IX activities

OCC’s Title IX Team:

Title IX Coordinator

Tracey Donaldson, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources

GRUN Bldg. 11, Room C106

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 2150

Email: tdonaldson@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Eileen Buckle, Director of Program Compliance

ADMN Bldg. 1, Rm. A137

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 0346

Email: ebuckle@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Title IX Investigators

Ilene Cohen, Executive Director of Athletics

HPEC, Bldg. 29

Telephone: (732) 255-0346 (direct line)

Email: icohen@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Jacqueline D’Amore, Sr. Human Resources Specialist

GRUN Bldg. 11, Rm. C102

Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 2148

Email: jdamore@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

Kathryn Pandolpho, Director, Counseling & Student Development Center

ICCT, Bldg. 22, Rm. C110

Telephone: 732-255-0400, ext. 2941

Email: kpandolpho@oceancounty.activitystaging.com

The Title IX Team also works closely with assigned investigators in the Office of Security and Safety and with personnel in the Counseling Services Department.

Policies

Click on the topics below to read policies related to Title IX:

Links are locates in the top right corner here:

https://legacy.ocean.edu/content/public/about/title_ix.html

Resources

Ocean County Resources

  • Call 911 for EMERGENCY
  • Providence House– Domestic Violence Services (732-244-8259)
  • 800-246-8910 for a 24-hour hotline, provides emergency shelter, emergency safe hour, individual and group counseling, children’s counseling program, legal advocacy, court accompaniment, 911 cell phone program
  • Dottie’s House – Domestic Violence: (732) 262-2009
  • Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office: (732) 929-2027
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Unit: (732) 929-2019
  • Victim/Witness Unit: (732) 929-2027
  • St. Francis Counseling Service/Sexual Abuse and Assault Program
  • Northern Ocean County 24-hour Hotline (732) 370-4010
  • Southern Ocean County 24-hour Hotline (609) 494-1090
  • Appointments and Information (609) 494-1551
  • Contact of Ocean County – 24 hr. crisis helpline (732) 240-6100

New Jersey Resources

  • NJ Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline (800)-572-SAFE (7233)

National Resources
National Domestic Violence 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233: Established by the Violence Against Women Act, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides twenty-four hour support for people facing domestic violence.

  • Office on Violence Against Women: Established by the Violence Against Women act, the Office on Violence Against Women is designed to reduce violence against women and strengthen resources for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
  • Stalking Resource Center: Part of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Stalking Resource Center provides assistance and guidance for those impacted by stalking.
  • NotAlone.gov: This government-sponsored Website contains resources on responding to and preventing sexual assault in schools.
  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): This nonprofit organization has a twenty-four-hour, hotline for anonymous support for people dealing with sexual assault and their friends and families.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: This nonprofit organization has a twenty-four-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline.
  • Love Is Respect: Offers information on how to recognize dating violence and seek help.
  • Pandora’s Project: Information about working with LGBTQIA and gender-nonconforming students and same-sex sexual violence.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: For information on local state laws regarding mandatory reporting and confidentiality.
  • Men Can Stop Rape: Redefining male strength as part of preventing men’s violence against women.
  • Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue: A prominent TED talk by Jackson Katz, Ph.D.
  • White Ribbon: Asks men to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.
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