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 submit an alert form or start a report?

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 an alert here. Once a alert is submitted, we will contact you to discuss safety and support options and review the next steps in the Title IX process.

What happens after I submit an alert form?

When an alert is submitted, the system notifies the Title IX Coordinator.  The alert is reviewed and the Title IX Coordinator attempts to contact the staff member or student to follow up on safety and support options. The Title IX formal reporting options are also reviewed.  Once a formal report is filed, RCBC begins communication with the individuals directly involved (complainant and respondent) and initiates an investigation. This involves organizing all of the information from the original report and conducting additional interviews with the individuals directly involved and any additional witnesses.   anyone who is identified as having more details. 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 formally reported Title IX complaints. Formal complaints must be submitted in writing with consent to move forward with the Title IX procedures.  The Federal Regulations require notice to both the complainant (the reporting person) and the respondent (the person accused of the alleged behavior) by the Title IX Coordinator after a formal complaint / formal report is submitted in writing. Advisors are permitted to support either party but may not play an active role in the interview or review process until the Hearing portion of the process.  Selected staff are trained as Advisors and are available to support either party.  Interviews will be conducted by the Investigating Officer. After all interviews are complete, a report is filed and a review period is opened to review the investigation report and materials.  After the review period, a live hearing is conducted and a decision is made regarding responsibility and disciplinary outcomes or sanctions. The college uses a “preponderance of the evidence” standard (see definition below) in all Title IX Hearings regarding determination of responsibility.  Communication is sent to both parties (and their advisor) regarding determinations, sanctions, and appeal options. Additional communication is distributed following any appeal requests and / or 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 and support options are also available and include:

 

CONTACT of Burlington County Sexual Assault Services
(856) 234-0634

Providence House Domestic Violence Services
(877) 871-7551

 

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

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 and support options are also available and include:

CONTACT of Burlington County Sexual Assault Services
(856) 234-0634

Providence House Domestic Violence Services
(877) 871-7551

What should I expect if I’m accused of an alleged Title IX violation?

If you are involved as a respondent (accused individual) in a Title IX complaint, you will receive initial communication with information about the complaint and the Title IX procedure.  The notification includes the college’s standard that a respondent is presumed not responsible and a determination regarding responsibility is made at the conclusion of the hearing and appeal process.  You will be asked to participate in an interview and provide any information you have regarding the matter. All evidence will be evaluated in the hearing process using a preponderance of the evidence standard. This means that the Hearing Panel must determine that there be at least 50% of the evidence in a case indicating that the event occurred in order to determine an individual is “responsible” for the act. Every effort is made to ensure that due process is followed throughout the Title IX process and investigations are conducted fairly.

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.  

For more information on any Title IX related questions, please contact the Title IX Coordinator: 

Cathy Briggs, Ed.D
Dean of Student Success
cbriggs@rcbc.edu
(856) 242-5391
(856) 222-9311, ext 1235

What should I do if I'm a victim of sexual assault?
  1. Make sure you are safe. If you are a victim of any type of sexual assault, we encourage you to take action as soon as possible using one of these options under Report Procedures for Victims of Sexual Assault or by going to your closest emergency room. 

  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?

tated 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 (link) or contact Public Safety at 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.