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Title IX


If you believe there has been a Title IX violation,
please let us know:

Georgian Court University is committed to providing equal opportunity to students and employees. The university does not tolerate discrimination, including harassment or gender-based and sexual misconduct. It is also dedicated to fostering an environment that is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to maintain a community in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. Any cases of violations will be closely examined.

Whether you are a student, staff member, or faculty member, you are expected to comply with all policies and take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur.

Title IX, as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on gender, which includes sexual harassment and sexual assault. The policy describes how areas within the university will coordinate the provision of interim remedies and the prompt and effective investigation of allegations of prohibited conduct.

In accordance with 34 C.F.R. § 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D), TRAINING MATERIALS:

What is Sexual Harassment?

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests, or demands for sexual favors, and visual, verbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature including, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual comments, sexual teasing and joking, and other conduct directed toward a person because of that person’s gender constitute sexual harassment when such conduct is sexual in nature, unwelcome, and denies or limits a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from a school program.

This can include:

  • unwelcome sexual advances or propositions;
  • requests or demands for sexual favors;
  • sexually oriented joking or teasing
  • continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature or based on a person’s gender;
  • graphic or degrading comments about an individual or the individual’s appearance or behavior;
  • display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures;
  • subtle pressure for sexual activity;
  • unwelcome physical contact such as patting, hugging, pinching, or touching;
  • other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;
  • uninvited letters, phone calls, or electronic messages, or pressure for dates
  • solicitation of sexual favors or other sexually related behavior by promise of rewards;
  • coercion of sexual activity by threat of punishment; and
  • sexual crimes, including rape, acquaintance rape, sexual abuse, and sexual assault.

Contact Information

Title IX Coordinator


Deputy Title IX Coordinators

Dr. Joy L. Smith, Associate Provost for Student Services and Support
Casino Bldg. 2nd Floor, Suite 206; 732-987-2355

Kristina Ortiz, Assistant Director of Athletic Compliance
Wellness Center 505; 732-987-2661

Sharmay Wood, Dean of Students
Office of Student Life
Casino Bldg. 1st Floor; 732-987-2601

Elizabeth Estell
Director, Office of Residence Life; 732-987-2538

Title IX Task Force Members

Lisa Festa, Associate Professor School of Arts & Sciences
Meera Behera, Assistant Professor School of Business & Digital Media
Kristen Wedlock, Assistant Professor School of Arts & Sciences