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Welcome to the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance at Ramapo College of New Jersey. In October 2016, this new Office was created with the goal of providing point and coordinating leadership for diversity, inclusion, compliance and equity issues throughout the college.  As such, the Office of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance and the Office of Title IX, ADA and Compliance Training are now departments within the new Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance.

Our Office coordinates with the Admissions Department, the Office of the Provost and the Human Resources Department to further develop the College’s recruitment and hiring programs and practices in an effort to further increase the number of diverse faculty, staff and students at Ramapo College.  In addition, through the Offices of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance and Title IX, all complaints of discrimination, sexual harassment and hostile work environment and alleged violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), including claims of sexual assault and misconduct, as well as alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.  The Office also will continue to develop diversity awareness workshops and programs and provide discrimination and sexual harassment training sessions for all College administrators, faculty and staff.

Title IX and Sexual Assault/Misconduct Links

View Title IX Compliance and Resources

Report an Incident

Ramapo College strongly encourages reporting of all incidents of sexual violence and sex discrimination in order for students to protect themselves and others.

Reporting Options

Get Confidential Support

Help is always available for victims and/or survivors of sexual assault. Confidential resources allow you to explore your options without making a report to the College.

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

The College is committed to maintaining an environment free from harassment and discrimination for everyone and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) and federal civil rights laws prohibit discrimination/harassment by or against students based upon the following protected categories: race, creed, religion, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex/gender (including pregnancy), familial status, marital/civil union status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, domestic partnership status, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, genetic information, disability, (including perceived disability, physical, mental and/or intellectual disabilities), or liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Further, the College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational, employment, or extracurricular activity. Sexual misconduct is a form of sexual harassment which is a form of discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”). Domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are also prohibited conduct as defined by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (“Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (“VAWA”).

Title IX is a federal law which provides that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Ramapo College of New Jersey does not deny or restrict a student or employee from participating in a program on the basis of sex or gender. Title IX applies to students, staff, faculty, visitors (including children) and business vendors at the College, and to sex discrimination or sexual violence which occurs on campus, at College-sponsored events and programs held off-campus; or that may adversely affect the educational environment for members of the college. Sexual violence includes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The College’s Title IX Coordinator is Kat McGee, (201) 684-7220.

This policy applies to protect all students and employees from discrimination/harassment by others at the College, including students, faculty, staff members, vendors, and contractors. This statement applies to both physical and verbal conduct that occurs at the College, (including electronic communications sent or received on campus) and that occurs at any location, which can be reasonably regarded as an extension of the College. (i.e., any field location, on-line course, any off-site college-related social function, or event, or any facility where College-sponsored activities are being conducted or discussed).

This policy of non-discrimination in the College’s educational programs and activities extends to employment and admission. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that schools and colleges do not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission, treatment, or access to its programs or activities, employment on its programs or activities. The College’s ADA Coordinator is Kat McGee, (201) 684-7220.

This policy will not be applied to abridge a student’s exercise of free speech or expression which is protected by the Constitution of the State of New Jersey and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Reporting an Incident of Discrimination
To file a complaint at the College about an incident of discrimination, please contact:

Helen Higginbotham, Esq,, Director of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance
Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance
E-mail: hhigginb@ramapo.edu
Phone: (201) 684-7540

Any student has the right to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education. Specific questions about Title IX may be referred to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. To file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights, please contact:
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
32 Old Slip, 26th Floor
New York, NY 10005-2500
Email: OCR.NewYork@ed.gov
Phone: 646-428-3900 or TDD: 800-877-8339
Fax: 646-428-3843

Reporting an Incident of Sexual Assault/Sexual Misconduct: please visit the Ramapo: Advance website

Contact

Should you at any time have questions or concerns regarding any of the areas identified above, please do not hesitate to email diversity@ramapo.edu or contact any of our team members.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m 

Nicole Morgan Agard, Esq., Chief Equity and Diversity Officer/ Director of Employee Relations
Email: nmagard@ramapo.edu
Office: D-106
Phone: (201) 684-6693

Kat McGee, J.D., Director of Title IX, ADA and Compliance Training
E-mail: kmcgee@ramapo.edu
Office: A-216H
Phone: (201) 684-7220

Helen Higginbotham, Esq., Director Affirmative Action & Workplace Compliance 
E-mail: hhigginb@ramapo.edu
Office: A-216D
Phone: (201) 684-7540

Elizabeth Fanelli, Esq., Equity and Compliance Investigator
E-mail: efanelli@ramapo.edu
Office: A-216
Phone: (201) 684-7386

Jineane Miller Lajam, Program Assistant
E-mail: jmillerl@ramapo.edu
Office: D-105
Phone: (201) 684-6693