Title IX (Nine) is a law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment (including non-physical acts) or sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, and sexual coercion by students or staff.

Title IX applies, with a few specific exceptions, to all aspects of federally funded education programs or activities. In addition to traditional educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and elementary and secondary schools, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance.

Examples of the types of conduct that violates Title IX include, but are not limited to:

  • Pressure for sexual activity
  • Sexual innuendos and comments
  • Sexually explicit questions
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Unwelcome touching, hugging, stroking, squeezing
  • Spreading rumors about a person’s sexuality
  • Sexual ridicule
  • Displaying or sending sexually suggestive electronic content, including but not limited to emails, text messages, etc.
  • Pervasive displays of pictures, calendars, cartoons, or other materials with sexually explicit or graphic content
  • Stalking a person
  • Attempted or actual sexual violence

TITLE IX AND CIVIL RIGHTS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES (pdf)
The College conducts annual training provided through AXITA and NACUA, covering the substance of the law and Title IX regulations, requirements under the law and Title IX regulation, development and implementation of policies and procedures, identifying and responding to situations under Title IX, and conducting investigations, hearings, and appeals.   

Title IX Coordinator

The Title IX Coordinator oversees all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator is the central repository of Title IX knowledge on the campus, and is responsible for the design and implementation of education around Title IX for Essex County College. If you need to report a sexual harassment/violence complaint, please reach out to:

Karen Bridgett

Associate Director, Department of Human Resources

973-877-3461

[email protected]