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 student affairs programs, athletic programs, financial aid and student records and accounts, and health and counseling services. 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 a Title IX Coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator

Meredith Gatzke
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
Pitkin Education Building, A-316
Phone: (201) 879-3749
E-mail: [email protected]

The Title IX Coordinators provide 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 [pdf]

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

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.

Personal Counseling (Confidential)

  • Center for Health, Wellness, and Personal counseling. The counseling staff of the Center for Health, Wellness, and Personal provides free confidential personal counseling and response to mental health emergencies to all students. Room HS-100.
    Phone: (201)447-9257

Emergency Services

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

Advocacy and Support Services

Office of Student Life and Conduct

  • Assistance in making a report to the college as well as safety planning, interim academic and college measures, and referrals to college and community support resources.
  • Contact: Pitkin Education Center, Room A-101, Phone: (201)447-7215

healingS.P.A.C.E. A Sexual Violence Resource Center

  • Our hotline and online chat are staffed 24/7 by Confidential Sexual Violence Advocates who can assist in crisis intervention and provide information and referrals. Our advocates offer support to anyone who has questions or is looking for information about sexual violence. Whether you were assaulted today or many years ago, we are here to help.
  • 24 Hour Hotline: (201)487-2227
  • Website:


  • 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.


  • 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.
Phone: 866-656-HOPE [4673].

New Jersey Coalition against Sexual Assault

The New Jersey Coalition against Sexual Assault promotes the compassionate and just treatment of survivors and their loved ones.
If you experienced a sexual assault and would like to speak with someone, please call our Statewide 24-hour Hotline at 800-601-7200.