Title IX



What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs. It reads:

“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.”

–Legal Citation: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX)

Prohibited Sexual Misconduct at Sussex County Community College includes:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Gender-Based Harassment
  • Sexual Intimidation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Sexual Assault and Non-Consensual Sexual Contact
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Stalking
  • Retaliation

While often thought of as a law that applies to athletics programs, Title IX is much broader than athletics and applies to many programs at Sussex County Community College. Compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at Sussex County Community College. For information on how to contact staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance, click here

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About Reporting an Incident

It is the policy of Sussex County Community College that all students and staff shall be able to learn and work in an environment free from harassment and discrimination.

Sussex County Community College encourages anyone who has experienced sexual misconduct, such as sex or gender-based discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, bullying, or stalking to report the incidence directly to the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Intake/Investigative Officer. At SCCC, you can expect to have incidents of sexual misconduct taken seriously and can be assured that each individual will be treated with dignity and respect. Formally reported incidents are investigated promptly, thoroughly, and equitably and resolved through appropriate measures. Formal reporting means that information discovered and provided is shared with investigators, witnesses, and the accused individual, as necessary, with tremendous care.

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator, there are also members of the campus staff known as “Campus Reporting Authorities”. The Campus Reporting Authorities include SCCC Security Officers, as well as other SCCC officials who have significant responsibility for student and campus activities. These Campus Reporting Authorities have the responsibility to report criminal offenses and sexual misconduct.

Disclosure of different types of sexual misconduct shared with a “Campus Reporting Authority” must be reported promptly to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator works collaboratively with the reporting individual and makes every effort to operate with discretion and maintain the privacy of all parties involved.

Confidential Resources keep your identity and information private and anonymous. Counselors are confidential resources. SCCC Counseling Services is located in B206 973-300-2207; advising@sussex.edu.

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Report an Incident

In order to report an incident, you may contact any of the following:


SCCC Security and Safety: (973) 300-2222/2103

Title IX Coordinator:
Beth Muller, Director of Human Resources
D Building, Room 313
Telephone: (973) 300-2338
Email: emuller@sussex.edu

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The SCCC Title IX Team

Sussex County Community College has a team of trained employees who are available to assist in cases of sexual misconduct such as sexual harassment, sexual violence, discrimination, or other unwelcome behavior that occurs on campus or during activities related to school, such as athletic events.

When an incident of gender-based misconduct occurs, SCCC promptly, equitably, and thoroughly investigates under the parameters of Title IX.

Overseeing the team of trained employees is the College’s Title IX Coordinator. This person is responsible for supervising all activities relating to Title IX investigations, activities, and training programs.

Responsibilities of the Coordinator include:

  • Overseeing all Title IX complaints and investigations
  • Providing prompt, thorough, and equitable investigations and resolutions
  • Coordinating training, education, and communication-related to Title IX
  • Interacting with students, faculty, employees, and college administrators about Title IX activities

SCCC’s Title IX Team:

Title IX Coordinator

Beth Muller, Director of Human Resources
Student Center, Room 313
Telephone: (973) 300-2338
Email: emuller@sussex.edu

Title IX Team

John Kuntz, Dean of Student Affairs, Director of Athletics
Academic & Athletic Building, Room 250
Telephone: (973) 300-2252
Email: jkuntz@sussex.edu

Amy E. Rude, Assistant Director of Student Engagement
Student Center, Room D115A
Telephone: (973) 300-2200
Email: arude@sussex.edu

Michael Rath, Assistant Director of Athletics
Academic & Athletic Building, Room 250
Telephone: (973) 300-2751
Email: mrath@sussex.edu

Fred Mamay, Director of Campus Safety and Security
Administration Building, Room
Telephone: (973) 300-2119
Email: fmamay@sussex.edu

Frank Vernacchio, Assistant Director of Athletic Success
Academic & Athletic Building, Room 250
Telephone: (973) 300-2231
Email: fvernacchio@sussex.edu

Jay Christy, Veteran Services Coordinator
Student Center, Room 110
Telephone: (973) 300-2109
Email: jchristy@sussex.edu

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Our Policies

Click on the topics below to read policies related to Title IX:

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Sussex County Resources

  • Call 911 for EMERGENCY
  • DASI– Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Intervention Sexual Trauma Resource Center: (973) 300-5609 24hr Hotline (973) 875-1211 dasi.org
  • Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office: (973) 383-1570
  • Newton Police Department: (973) 383-2525
  • Project Self Sufficiency: (973) 940-3500 pss@projectselfsufficiency.org
  • Office of Victim Witness Advocacy:(973) 383-1570 vw@scpo.sussex.nj.us

New Jersey Resources

  • NJ Domestic Violence 24/7 Hotline (800)-572-SAFE (7233)

National Resources
National Domestic Violence 24 hour Hotline: 1-800-799-7233: Established by the Violence Against Women Act, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides twenty-four-hour support for people facing domestic violence.

  • Office on Violence Against Women: Established by the Violence Against Women Act, the Office on Violence Against Women is designed to reduce violence against women and strengthen resources for all survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

  • Stalking Resource Center: Part of the National Center for Victims of Crime, the Stalking Resource Center provides assistance and guidance for those impacted by stalking.

  • NotAlone.gov: This government-sponsored Website contains resources on responding to and preventing sexual assault in schools.

  • Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN): This nonprofit organization has a twenty-four-hour, hotline for anonymous support for people dealing with sexual assault and their friends and families.

  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline: This nonprofit organization has a twenty-four-hour, toll-free confidential suicide prevention hotline.

  • Love Is Respect: Offers information on how to recognize dating violence and seek help.

  • Pandora’s Project: Information about working with LGBTQIA and gender-nonconforming students and same-sex sexual violence.

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway: For information on local state laws regarding mandatory reporting and confidentiality.

  • Men Can Stop Rape: Redefining male strength as part of preventing men’s violence against women.

  • Violence Against Women – It’s a Men’s Issue: A prominent TED talk by Jackson Katz, Ph.D.

  • White Ribbon: Asks men to pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls.

Training Resources

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