Title IX

August 1, 2024
On April 19, 2024, the U.S. Department of Education released its Final Rule under Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The final regulations are effective on August 1, 2024.

In summary, the final regulations:

  • Provide full protection from sex-based harassment.
  • Require schools to take prompt and effective action to end any sex discrimination in their education programs or activities—and to prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.
  • Require schools to provide supportive measures to complainants and respondents affected by conduct that may constitute sex discrimination, including sexual violence and other forms of sex-based harassment.
  • Require schools to respond promptly and effectively to all complaints of sex discrimination with a fair, transparent, and reliable process that includes trained, unbiased decision makers to evaluate all relevant and not otherwise impermissible evidence.
  • Provide schools with flexibility to adapt the regulations’ grievance procedure requirements to their educational communities so that all schools can implement Title IX’s promise of nondiscrimination fully and fairly in their educational environments.
  • Protect students, employees, and applicants from discrimination based on pregnancy or related conditions.
  • Prohibit discrimination against LGBTQI+ students, employees, and others.
  • Protect people from harm when they are separated or treated differently based on sex in school.
  • Protects students, employees, and others from retaliation.
  • Ensure that schools communicate their nondiscrimination policies and procedures.
  • Prohibit schools from sharing personal information.

For more information, please see the FACT SHEET: U.S. Department of Education’s 2024 Title IX Final Rule Overview


Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sexual discrimination in any form to include any form of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.


Federal law 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 educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."


Northampton Community College is committed to providing a learning, working and living environment that promotes personal integrity, civility and mutual respect in a place free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex which includes all forms of sexual misconduct.


If you feel that you have been a victim of discrimination or harassment it is important for you to know your rights and feel safe in reporting. You can find important information related to Title IX and report an incident using the resources below. 


File a Title IX Report


(This can be done anonymously)

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Information for Students
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Information For Faculty
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Harassment Definitions

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual- or gender-based verbal, written, online, and/or physical conduct.


"Sexual harassment in education includes any unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior that significantly interferes with a student's access to educational opportunities. The Supreme Court has confirmed that schools have an obligation under Title IX to prevent and address harassment against students, regardless of whether the harassment is perpetrated by peers, teachers, or other school officials" (Title IX, 1972).

  • Unwelcome physical contact
  • Continued expression of sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome
  • Requests for sexual favors
  • Persistent requests for a date, telephone calls, emails or other communication that is unwelcome
  • Posters, photos, cartoons, or graffiti that are demeaning or offensive
  • Sexual language and/or jokes of a sexual nature
  • Unwelcome visual contact, such as leering or staring at another person
  • Comments or statements that are demeaning, humiliating, suggestive, insulting, vulgar, crude, or lewd
  • Sexual gestures
  • Following or stalking
  • Taking pictures that are sexual in nature
  • Preferential treatment or promise of preferential treatment for submitting to sexual conduct

Complaint Information

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on gender in educational programs which receive federal financial assistance. Programs and activities which may be included are: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, athletics, housing, and employment. Title IX also protects male and female students from unlawful sexual harassment in college programs and activities.


"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"


Northampton Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual identity, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other basis of prohibited discrimination in its programs and activities. This policy extends to employment, programs and admission to the College.


Federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972) and disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990)


For detailed information regarding the Complaint Process, please review the NCC Title IX: Discrimination, Harassment, & Sexual Misconduct Policy

To file A Title IX Report please fill out this online form.
(This can be done anonymously)

Training & Resources

  • Investigator Training: Download (PDF)
  • Title IX Coordinator Level 1 Training: Download (PDF)
  • Title IX Coordinator Level 2 Training: Download (PDF)
  • NCC Title IX Student: Download (Powerpoint)
  • NCC Title IX New Hire: Download (Powerpoint)

Frequently Asked Questions

Title IX covers everyone, male or female, at Northampton Community College because we receive federal funding.

Athletics is the highest profile area in regards to the application of Title IX. However, simply put, Title IX applies to every aspect of the institution. From admissions to access, student status and records, course and program development and offerings.

Title IX covers sexual harassment and discrimination. It benefits everyone in that the law requires us to maintain an institution that does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender.

Campus Safety

Bethlehem Campus: 610.861.5588 (24/7)
Monroe Campus: 570.369.1911
Fowler: 484.390.3240


Counseling Office

College Center 250


Health & Wellness Center

College Center 120


Residence Life Office

College Center 252


Student Affairs Office

College Center 200


*In an emergency, please call Public Safety immediately*

Bethlehem Campus

College Center

  • 2nd floor near room C250
  • 3rd floor near room 370
  • 4th floor near room 420

Kopecek Hall

  • 3rd floor near room 302
  • Richardson Hall
  • 1st floor near room 126

Residence Hall Commons

  • 1100 hallway
  • 1200 hallway
  • 2100 hallway
  • 2200 hallway

Fowler Family Southside Center

1st floor near Testing Center


Monroe Campus

Pocono Hall

  • 1st Floor near room 110

Kapp Hall

  • 1st Floor near room 102

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