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

To report an incident, you may contact any of the following:


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

Title IX Coordinator:
Stacie Caputo, Director of Human Resources
Student Center, Room D313
Telephone: (973) 300-2772
Email: scaputo@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

Stacie Caputo, Director of Human Resources
Student Center, Room 313
Telephone: (973) 300-2772
Email: scaputo@sussex.edu

Title IX Team

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

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

Keith Festa, Director of Campus Operations
Student Center, Room D320
Telephone: (973) 300-2119
Email: kfesta@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.

Training Resources

Title IX Decision-Maker Training was posted in compliance with Title IX Regulation 34 CFR §106.45(b)(10)(i)(D)
Title IX Solutions Certificate of Completion

These materials are the exclusive property of Title IX Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved, ©2022. The publishing of these materials on this website is authorized by Title IX Solutions, LLC solely for use by this institution in compliance with Regulation 34 CFR §106.45(b)(10)(i)(D). No other use or dissemination by this institution or any third party is authorized without the prior written consent of Title IX Solutions, LLC. The information and materials provided during this program were for educational purposes only and not intended to be legal advice. Attendees should seek independent legal advice concerning the issues presented.

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