Title IX Policy and Procedures for Student Sex Discrimination
Camden County College is committed to providing a work and academic environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect in an environment free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Sex discrimination violates an individual’s fundamental rights and personal dignity. Camden County College considers sex discrimination in all of its forms to be a serious offense. This policy refers to all forms of sex discrimination committed against students, including but not limited to: unfair treatment based on sex, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, and sexual violence by other students, employees, or third parties.
What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities which receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:
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.
Camden County College shall provide a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment. The College prohibits all forms of sexually harassing conduct, including, but not limited to, harassment by peers, as well as by supervisory personnel, harassment by and against students, harassment against males, as well as against females, same sex harassment and harassment based on sexual orientation.
No one shall threaten or insinuate, either explicitly or implicitly, that an individual’s refusal to submit to sexual advances will adversely affect his or her employment, academic advancement, evaluation, wages, advancement, assigned duties or any other condition of employment or career development. Nor shall any supervisor favor any individual in any way because that individual has submitted or has shown a willingness to submit to sexual overtures or advances of the supervisor. Any individual who is found, after appropriate investigation, to have engaged in conduct prohibited by this Policy will be subject to whatever disciplinary or corrective action Camden County College considers appropriate under the circumstances, up to and including termination of employment or student dismissal.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment;
- submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting such individual;
- such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment;
- or such verbal or physical conduct interferes with an individual's work, professional, or academic performance, productivity, physical security, extracurricular activities, academic or career opportunities, or other services.
Other sexually harassing conduct in the workplace, whether committed by peers or supervisors, includes, but is not limited to:
- unwelcome sexual flirtations, touching, advances or propositions;
- slurs or other verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
- graphic or suggestive comments about an individual's dress or body;
- sexual degrading words to describe an individual;
- the display in the workplace of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
- off-color language or jokes of a sexual nature;
- ask questions regarding an individual's sexual conduct, orientation, or preferences; or
- physical assault. (Any criminal sexual assault will be addressed in compliance with the Camden County College Sexual Assault Policy.)
The College's policy to provide a work and academic environment free of sexually harassing conduct extends to the conduct of students, vendors, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and other persons who enter upon College property. No such person may engage in sexually harassing conduct, as defined in this policy, while on College premises or while engaged in any College-sponsored activity or function.
No trustee, officer, faculty member, student, or employee of Camden County College is authorized to engage in any activity, to take any action, or to refrain from taking any action, if the action or failure to act will result in a violation of this policy. Any such action or failure to act is a violation of College policy and constitutes unauthorized action/inaction on the part of the trustee, officer, faculty member, student, or employee involved. Any individual, including any applicant for employment, who feels he or she has been subject to or who witnesses sexual harassment should report such a complaint to the Executive Director of Human Resources (856) 227-7200 ext. 4221.
Offices Where a Complaint or Report May be Filed
Students who have witnessed or learn of another person becoming a victim of sexual harassment, discrimination or discriminatory harassment should report the matter immediately. The following staff members of Camden County College have been specifically trained on Title IX regulations.
Title IX Team
Jacqueline Tenuto, Title IX Coordinator
Assistant Dean of Student Development and Support
Blackwood Campus, Taft room 302
Title IX Team Member
Camden County College Public Safety
How to Report a Violation
For Emergency Assistance Call Public Safety: (856) 374-5089
Emergency Assistance on Campus – 7777
Or Dial 911
RESOURCES & REPORTING OPTIONS
Department of Public Safety
(856) 227-7200, ext. 4260
It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include “sexual harassment” or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Harassment does not have to be of a sexual nature, however, and can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
Although the law doesn’t prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the victim being fired or demoted).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer, or another student.
Discrimination is conduct of any nature that denies an individual the opportunity to participate in or benefit from the college’s program or activity, or otherwise adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, or living environment, because of the individual’s age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, marital or family status, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, physical or mental disability, gender, perceived gender, gender identity, genetic information or political ideas.
Sexual Misconduct is a form of sexual harassment and refers to sexual offenses including but not limited to rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation, sexual coercion and any other forms of nonconsensual sexual activity. Sexual misconduct can be committed by strangers, acquaintances and family members, as well as casual and long-term dating partners. Sexual assault includes, but is not limited to, attempted or unwanted sexual activity, such as sexual touching and fondling. This includes the touching of an unwilling person’s intimate parts (defined as genitalia, groin, breast or buttock, or clothing covering them), or forcing an unwilling person to touch another’s intimate parts.
Consent must be informed, freely given and mutual. If coercion, intimidation, threats or physical force are used there is no consent. If a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired so that such person cannot understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual situation, there is no consent: this includes impairment or incapacitation due to alcohol or drug consumption, or being asleep or unconscious. Inducement of incapacitation of another with the intent to affect the ability of an individual to consent or refuse to consent to sexual contact almost always, if not always, negates consent. Silence does not necessarily constitute consent. Whether a person has taken advantage of a position of influence over an alleged victim may be a factor in determining consent.
Sexual Exploitation includes, but is not limited to, prostituting another person, non-consensual visual or audio recording of sexual activity, non-consensual distribution, including electronic distribution, of photos images or information of an individual’s sexual activity or intimate body parts, non-consensual voyeurism, coercing someone against their will to engage in sexual activity, or knowingly transmitting sexually transmitted disease (STD) without disclosing STD status.
Stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for his/her safety or the safety of others, or to suffer emotional distress. Stalking may include repeatedly following, harassing, threatening, or intimidating another by telephone, mail, electronic communication, social media, or any other action, device or method.
Dating Violence means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship will be based on the length and type of relationship and the frequency of interaction with the persons involved in the relationship. It is important to recognize that emotional, verbal, and economic abuse are part of the web of dating violence and can exist without the presence of physical abuse.
Domestic Violence includes crimes of violence committed against a victim by: (i) a current or former spouse; (ii) a person with whom the victim shares a child; (iii) a person who is or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse; (iv) a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim; or (v) any other person against whom the victim is protected under New Jersey domestic and family violence laws. It is important to recognize that emotional, verbal, and economic abuse are part of the web of domestic violence and can exist without the presence of physical abuse.
Retaliation means any adverse action taken by a member of the College faculty, staff, or student body against any individual on the basis of such individual’s participation in an investigation, hearing, or inquiry by the college or an Appropriate Authority
Intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, or a series of acts that is severe, persistent or pervasive; and has the effect of doing any of the following: (i) substantially interfering with a student’s education; (ii) creating a threatening environment; or (iii) substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the College.
Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, any registered student organization.