You should feel safe here. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of:

  • dating or domestic violence
  • stalking
  • sexual assault
  • sexual harassment
  • any other type of gender discrimination

It takes courage to start the conversation. Here are a few common questions to help you on the way: 

How do I report or file a complaint?

Reports can be started through a visit to Public Safety or by requesting a meeting with Public Safety or the Title IX Coordinator. You can also initiate a report here. Once a report is started, RCBC begins the investigation. 

What happens after I report a complaint?

Once a report is filed, RCBC begins an investigation. This involves organizing all of the information from the original report and conducting additional interviews with anyone who is identified as having more details. As the investigation gets started, if a potential Title IX violation is identified, the Title IX Coordinator will send out a letter to both the individual reporting the situation (often called the “complainant”) and the individual who is allegedly involved in the situation (often called the “respondent”). Interviews will be conducted with both. Interviews will also be conducted with witnesses. While not confidential, privacy is respected in all interviews and interactions. 

What is the college responsible to do after I report or file a complaint?

RCBC is responsible and required to investigate all potential Title IX violations. In a case where a potential violation is identified, both the complainant (the reporting person)  and the respondent (the person accused of the alleged behavior) will receive communication from the Title IX Coordinator. Interviews will be conducted. After all interviews are complete, a report is filed and a decision is made regarding outcomes. Using a “preponderance of the evidence” standard (see definition below), the Title IX Coordinator makes a decision whether or not there is a Title IX Violation. A letter is sent out to both the complainant and respondent regarding the outcomes.

Definition: 
“Preponderance of the evidence” standard - this is a consideration that requires that there be at least 50% of the evidence in a case indicating that the event may have occurred. 

What types of services are available to me as a victim?

If you are a student, on-campus counseling is available through the Student Support Counselor. Students can make an appointment online through the Counseling Request Form or call (856) 222-9311, ext. 1582. For more details about student support counseling, please visit rcbc.edu/counseling

If you are an employee, counseling services are available by accessing Carebridge Resources, provided to all employees via Human Resources.

Off-campus confidential reporting options are also available and include:

CONTACT of Burlington County Sexual Assault Services
(856) 234-0634
contactburlco.org/services

Providence House Domestic Violence Services
(877) 871-7551
catholiccharitiestrenton.org/domestic-violence-services/

What types of services are available to me if I am accused of an alleged violation?

If you have been notified of a Title IX violation investigation, you will be asked to participate in an interview and provide any information you have regarding the matter. Your statements will be weighed using a preponderance of the evidence standard. This means that there must be at least 50% of the evidence in a case indicating that the event may have occurred. 
If you are a student, on campus counseling is available through the Student Support Counselor. Students can make an appointment online through the Counseling Request Form or call (856) 222-9311, ext. 1582. For more details about student support counseling, please visit rcbc.edu/counseling

If you are an employee, counseling services are available by accessing Carebridge Resources, provided to all employees via Human Resources.

Every effort is made to ensure that due process is followed and a fair investigation is conducted. For students, if an investigation results with a violation charge, there may be a code of conduct violation with a Hearing Board, an internal resolution (schedule change, campus escort assistance, etc) or other appropriate sanction/penalty if found responsible.  

What types of safeguards are in place to protect me from retaliation?

RCBC recognizes that it takes courage to report an incident.  Our college policies prohibit retaliation for reports of misconduct by a student or employee. You can view the Anti-Retaliation policy here. In addition, the Public Safety department is available to assist you while on campus and provide information and support in accessing external resources.  

What should I do if I'm a victim of sexual assault?
  1. Make sure you are safe. If you are in danger, please call 911 immediately.  If you are a victim of any type of sexual assault, we encourage you to take action as soon as possible by reaching out to CONTACT of Burlington County or by going to your closest emergency room. You can access other NJ resources here.
  2. Make a decision about how you want to move forward. RCBC offers student support resources on campus for confidential reporting and other options. We also have partnerships with local county and private offices that can provide confidential counseling.  
  3. File a report with the college allow the college to investigate and address issues, like sexual assault, that violate Title IX. Title IX is a law that protects individuals against sexual harassment.  You can see more details about our procedures here: rcbc.edu/titleIX
  4. You have the option to report the incident confidentially on campus to the Student Support Counselor or through one of the off-campus resources.  Confidential reports will not result in an investigation unless you ask for it to move forward and involve the Title IX Coordinator.
What does Title IX have to do with harassment or assault?

Stated simply, RCBC is responsible, under Title IX, for protecting all students and employees from all forms of gender discrimination, including, but not limited to,dating or domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. Specifically, it is a federal law that states: 

“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)

What types of things should be reported?

If you have experienced dating or domestic violence, stalking,  sexual assault, sexual harassment, or other types of gender discrimination, you should initiate a report to the RCBC student support counselor, the Title IX Coordinator, Public Safety, or the local police. 

If you have witnessed one of the above items, especially if it occurred on campus, you should follow the same reporting process, and let us know. 

Confidential reporting is available through the RCBC Student Support Counselor.  Request an appointment here.

Ready to Report to the Title IX Coordinator? Click here to find the reporting form and get started.  If you prefer to start this process with a conversation, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or contact Public Safety at (856) 222-9311, ext. 2222.

How can I tell someone and get help without starting an investigation?

We are here to support you no matter how you want to start the process.  Our counselor is available to listen to you, support you, and provide information on resources. 

Unless you want to move the case forward, the counselor provides a confidential reporting option where no action is taken, and no formal report is filed.  

If you wish to file a complaint or report and start an investigation, contact Public Safety or report it here. While not confidential, all investigations are conducted privately with care and concern for all involved. 

What if I witnessed harassment or an assault? Can I file it anonymously?

You can always report a situation to Public Safety, or initiate a report here.

Individuals can provide anonymous reports to the Tip Line at (856) 222-9311, ext. 1111. Public Safety and the Title IX Coordinator will review and attempt to investigate any anonymously submitted complaints.