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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

Title IX Information and Resources

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; counselingservices@ocean.edu

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

EMERGENCIES – DIAL 911

COMPLAINT REPORTING FORM

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@ocean.edu

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

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

Campus Security Authorities (CSA)

*See above

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

Links are located in the top right corner here:

https://www.ocean.edu/title-ix/

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.

Title IX Fast Fact

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.

The Title IX Team Title IX Logo

Ocean County College 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

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.

OCC’s Title IX Team

Name Title Contact Info
Tracey Donaldson,
Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
Associate Vice President, Human Resources
Harassment, Discrimination (Including Sexual Misconduct), ADA/504, and Retaliation Complaint Form
LIBR Bldg. 03, Room L025
(732) 255-0400, ext. 2150
Email: tdonaldson@ocean.edu
Eileen Buckle
Director of Program Compliance
Director of Program Compliance and ADA/504 Coordinator ADMN Bldg. 1, Rm. 023
(732) 255-0400, ext. 2944
Email: ebuckle@ocean.edu
Jacqueline D’Amore
Sr. Human Resources Specialist
Title IX Investigator Library Bldg. #3, Rm. L003
(732) 255-0400, ext. 2148
Email: jdamore@ocean.edu
Alison Noone
Director, Student Support Services
Title IX Investigator Russell Bldg. (#7) Room 112
732-255-0400, ext. 2138
Email: anoone@ocean.edu

Training of Title IX Personnel

Individuals who fill certain roles in the Title IX Investigative Procedure must receive training to ensure awareness of their compliance obligation and in order to best provide equitable treatment to Complainants and Respondents and be compliant with the Reporting Procedures required by Title IX. These individuals are the Title IX Coordinator Deputy Coordinators, Investigators, Decision Makers (including appellate decision makers), and any person facilitating an Alternative Resolution Process.

The Title IX regulations (34 C.F.R. part 106) require OCC to make publicly available information on these trainings starting August 14, 2020. A list of trainings attended by these individuals is available. The list includes the materials used in the trainings, all of which are provided for public review. These materials can be accessed through the chart below.

ATTENTION: For questions/concerns or if you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual violence, please contact us.

Title IX Training

Civil Rights Investigator Training

ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator I – Foundations – June 2021 https://www.atixa.org/resources/january-june-2021_investigator-level-one-materials/?tkn=9b7e2da0e0
ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator I – Foundations – September 2021 https://www.atixa.org/resources/full-page-investigator-level-1_master-slides_7-2021/?tkn=19ef1d482b
ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator II – September 2020 https://www.atixa.org/resources/july-december-2020_investigator-two-materials/?tkn=a79a22a2c7
ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator II – Advanced – April 2022 https://www.atixa.org/resources/january-june-2022_investigator-two-materials/?tkn=c22979cfc8
ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator IV – July 2022 https://www.atixa.org/resources/civil-rights-investigator-four-certification-course-slides_full-page/?tkn=bba5063416


Supplemental Course Training Materials

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/publications.html#TitleIX
2020 Title IX Regulations (Final Rule) https://cdn.atixa.org/website-media/atixa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/19191450/Final-Rule-Published_Federal-Register.pdf
U.S. Department of Education’s Summary of Major Provisions of the Title IX Final Rule and Comparison to the NPRM https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/titleix-comparison.pdf
U.S. Department of Education Title IX Final Rule Overview https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/titleix-overview.pdf
ATIXA Frequently Asked Questions About the Impending 2020 Title IX Regulations https://www.atixa.org/resources/faqs-about-the-impending-title-ix-regulations-april-2020/?tkn=060de40697
ATIXA 2020 R3 (Regs Rapid Response)
2020 Title IX Regulations as a Checklist
https://www.atixa.org/resources/2020-title-ix-regulations-as-a-checklist/?tkn=092c28ccaa
ATIXA Investigation 106.45(b)(5) Investigation Flowchart https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-flowchart-investigation-106-45b5/?tkn=23302d8e6e
ATIXA Informal Resolution Between the Investigation and Hearing Flowchart https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-flowchart-informal-resolution/?tkn=ef8ed40548
ATIXA Mandatory/Discretionary Dismissal During an Initial Assessment Under §106.30 and §106.45 https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-flowchart-mandatory-or-discretionary-dismissal/?tkn=51bcd94f31
ATIXA 1 Policy 2 Processes (1P2P) Process in Overview https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-flowchart-1p2p/?tkn=f332fe38dc
ATIXA 3 Buckets of Evidence https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-flowchart-3-buckets-of-evidence/?tkn=311d96a4a4


Webinar Training Materials

ATIXA Maintaining Title IX Program Integrity in the Face of a Pandemic
March 13, 2020
https://www.atixa.org/resources/webinar_maintaining-title-ix-program-integrity-in-a-pandemic/?tkn=d8e354fa11
ATIXA 2020 Regs Rapid Response
Ten Things to Know About the New Title IX Regulations – May 11, 2020
https://www.atixa.org/resources/r3-webinar_ten-things-to-know-about-the-new-title-ix-regulations/?tkn=0809a93246
ATIXA Severe, Pervasive, and Objectively Offensive (SPOO)
December 9, 2020
https://www.atixa.org/resources/spoo-or-not-spoo-that-is-the-question-webinar_final-slides/?tkn=734554e17c
ATIXA Gender Identity on College Campuses: Managing Challenges
June 21, 2021
https://www.atixa.org/resources/gender-identity-in-the-college-setting-workshop-slides/?tkn=f69de4fb61
ATIXA 1 Policy 2 Processes Webinar Part I – October 14, 2021

ATIXA 1 Policy 2 Processes Webinar Part II – October 27, 2021

ATIXA 1 Policy 2 Process Webinar Part III – November 18, 2021

https://www.atixa.org/resources/1p2p_webinar_series_slides/?tkn=614a30f90f
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