Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

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 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:


Syrion A. Jack, Esq.

Deputy General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer/ Title IX Coordinator




Deputy Title IX Coordinators

 Deputy Title IX Coordinators assist in responding and receiving complaints as well as the design and implementation of education around Title IX for Essex County College


Employee Initiated Complaints

Karen Bridgett

Associate Director of Human Resources




Student Initiated Complaints

Patricia Slade

Associate Dean, Student Life & Development




Student Wellness Center

Dr. Zoya A. McCants, EdD, LMHC, LPW

Clinical Director




Title IX Facilitators

Bianca Toliver

Senior Compliance Associate




Maureen Behr

Senior Compliance Associate