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Responsible Employees: Reporting Obligations under Title IX

Title IX is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex at colleges and universities that receive federal funds.  Recent guidance about Title IX has addressed issues of all forms of sexual violence – sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking.

Title IX also requires the identification of and training for Responsible Employees, individuals who are required to report any information they receive about sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.  As a community dedicated to the creation of a safe environment for all, Seton Hall has determined that all faculty members and employees of the University are considered “Responsible Employees” under Title IX.  The only exception are those considered Confidential Employees by virtue of their role - any professional staff member of Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Services or a member of the clergy who is acting in his/her role as a counselor, health care provider or member of the clergy.

Some common questions about being a Responsible Employee

What do I have to do as a Responsible Employee?
When you are made aware of an incident of sexual violence, the University is considered to be on notice and must act promptly and appropriately.  You are required to report all available and relevant information to the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator as soon as it is shared with you.

Why do I have to report this information?
First and foremost, we want our University to be safe for our students, faculty, and employees to study and work in an environment free of sexual violence. Reporting this information allows for appropriate investigation of the matter, for the provision of needed accommodations to the victim, and for the University to address the effects of the violence. 

By reporting, you are not only helping to ensure that the University meets its obligations in regard to properly responding to these incidents, but more importantly, you are ensuring that victims are connected with those trained to assist and responsible for responding promptly, and furthermore ensuring the safety of the victim and others within our University community.

What happens when I report the information?
The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator will meet with the victim and provide him/her with information and resources, including his/her option to pursue or not pursue a complaint through the police and or University channels.  The privacy of the reporting individual will be respected. 

There is much more information about Title IX and applicable policies available on our website.  There is also a resource guide to help guide your conversations about these matters. 

The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are: 

Lori Brown, J.D.
Chief Diversity, Equity and Complicance Officer 
Title IX Coordinator
400 South Orange Ave, Bayley Hall, Room 108
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 313-6132
lori.brown@shu.edu

Karen Van Norman
Associate Vice President & Dean of Students
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
400 South Orange Ave, Univeristy Center, Room 237
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9076
karen.vannorman@shu.edu

Tatum Colitz
Senior Associate Athletics Director, SWA
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
400 South Orange Ave. Recreation Center
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9494
tatum.colitz@shu.edu

Cara Foerst, J.D. 
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Seton Hall Univeristy School of Law 
1109 Raymond Blvd. Room, 305
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 642-8707
cara.foerst@shu.edu

Kelly Freeman
Director of Student Life, IHS Campus 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
340 Kingsland Street, Room 1525
Nutley, NJ 07110
(973) 542-6978
kelly.freeman@shu.edu

Dr. Laurie Sullivan
Associate Dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Wellbeing 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator 
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University 
340 Kingsland Street, Room 4237
Nutley, NJ 07110
laurie.sullivan@shu.edu

Delica M. Reduque, M.S. Ed., PHR.
Manager of Employee and Labor Relations
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology 
366 South Orange Ave. Martin House 
South Orange, NJ 07079
(973) 761-9284
delica.reduque@shu.edu

 

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