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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, visit the Title IX Team page.


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 the responsibility as campus reporting authorities include officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities and the individual who is 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;



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


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

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Eileen Buckle, Director of Program Compliance
ADMN Bldg. 1, Rm. A137
Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 0346

Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

*See above


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

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

Eileen Buckle, Director of Program Compliance
ADMN Bldg. 1, Rm. A137
Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 0346

Title IX Investigators

Ilene Cohen, Executive Director of Athletics
HPEC, Bldg. 29
Telephone: (732) 255-0346 (direct line)

Jacqueline D’Amore, Sr. Human Resources Specialist
GRUN Bldg. 11, Rm. C102
Telephone: (732) 255-0400, ext. 2148

Kathryn Pandolpho, Director, Counseling & Student Development Center
ICCT, Bldg. 22, Rm. C110
Telephone: 732-255-0400, ext. 2941

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.


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

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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, the 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

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.

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