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Title IX Information

The health, safety and well-being of our students are Bergen Community College’s primary concern. If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence and stalking, the following resources are available at Bergen Community College and in the Bergen County community to assist in both immediate and long-term care and recovery.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is the federal anti- discrimination law that states: “No person in the U.S. shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” (Title IX 1972 Education Amendments).

Title IX bans sex discrimination throughout our college and campus community — in all programs and activities including, but not limited to, academic and athletic programs, financial aid and student records and accounts, health and counseling services, and housing and residence life programs. Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, which is a crime.

Title IX Coordinator

All inquiries concerning the application of policies for the prevention of sexual harassment and sexual violence under Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator

Rachel B. Lerner Colucci
Dean of Student Life & Conduct
Pitkin Education Building, L-123
201-447-7883
rlerner@bergen.edu

Title IX Coordinator for Students

Rachel B. Lerner Colucci
Dean of Student Life & Conduct
Pitkin Education Building, L-123
201-447-7883
rlerner@bergen.edu

Title IX Coordinator for Employees

Patti Bonomolo
Director, Human Resources
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-689-7736
pbonomolo@bergen.edu

The Title IX Coordinator provides advice and oversight on policies, preventive educational programs, resources and services required under Title IX, and in addition, oversees all complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence, as well as identifies and addresses any patterns or systematic problems that arise during the review of complaints.

Sexual Violence Victim and Survivor Bill of Rights

In compliance with Title IX regulations, Bergen Community College is committed to providing options, support and assistance to victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and/or stalking to ensure that they can continue to participate in College programs, activities, and employment. All victims/survivors of these crimes and violations, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction, have the following rights, regardless of whether the crime or violation occurs on campus, off campus, or while studying abroad:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE NEW JERSEY SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS

Safe Places for Reporting Allegations of Sexual Assault on Bergen Community College Campus

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Medical Assistance

  • Center for Health, Wellness, and Personal counseling. The RN staff of Health Services provides free first-aid, emergency medical response, and healthcare maintenance to all members of the campus community. Room HS-100. Phone: (201)447-9257

Emergency Services

  • The Department of Public Safety provides emergency services. Phone (201) 447-9200. Room L-154.
  • The Bergen County Police is located at Paramus Campus, at room A-114.

Advocacy and Support Services

  • The Violence Intervention Prevention (VIP) Center provides information, referrals and connects students with an advocate, if requested. Rom A-126D (201)879-5462.
  • Office of Student Life and Conduct
    • Phone: (201)447-7215
  • healingS.P.A.C.E. A Sexual Violence Resource Center
    • 24 Hour Hotline: (201)487-2227

Shelter

  • The Center for Hope and Safety provides safe housing, hotline counseling, and life changing support services. If you or someone you know is being abused call our 24 Hour Hotline: (201)944-9600.

Hotlines

  • Center for Hope and Safety 24 Hour Hotline (201)944-9600
  • YWCA healingS.P.A.C.E. 24 Hour Hotline (201) 487-2227 TTY: (201) 487-0916
  • Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) Phone: (201)336-7575 TTY: (201)336-7525

Web Resources

National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
Live Help for Sexual Assault Victims and Their Friends and Families
Free. Confidential. Secure.
https://ohl.rainn.org/online/
866-656-HOPE [4673]

Not Alone
An official website of the United States Governments, providing resources for Students and Campuses resources and Data related to Sexual Assault.
www.notalone.gov


Whether the sexual assault occurred on campus or off, the Violence Intervention Prevention Center (VIP) can support and assist in finding any services that someone might need.
Located in A 126 D

*For any questions, concerns or services please feel free to visit http://www.bergen.edu/vip or contact Shari Franschman sfranschman@bergen.edu or Jessica Peacock at jpeacock@bergen.edu.