Title IX and Sex Discrimination and Harassment

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that states "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from the participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program and activity receiving Federal Financial Assistance." (20 U.S.C §1681)

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Johnston Community College (“JCC”), in compliance with and as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and its implementing regulations (“Title IX”) and other civil rights laws, as well as in furtherance of its own values as a higher education institution, does not discriminate in any Education Program or Activity that it operates on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or related conditions, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in admission, treatment, access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Know Your Rights

Johnston Community College (JCC) is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment.  In compliance with federal law, Johnston Community College has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sex discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

These guidelines apply to all members of the JCC community (students, faculty, and staff) as well as contractors and visitors.  Individuals who are found "responsible" for violation of the Sex Discrimination and Harassment policy may be subject to discipline up to and including discharge, suspension, expulsion, or other appropriate sanction.

Individuals who have experienced, witnessed, or know of sex discrimination and harassment are strongly encouraged to report the incident to the College for assistance and investigation.

Once reported, the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator will contact the Complainant to discuss the availability of Supportive Measures with or without filing of a Formal Complaint and to explain to the Complainant the process for filing a Formal Complaint.

Filing a Complaint

Against Another Student:

In addition to or in lieu of filing a criminal complaint, a student who feels he/she has been a victim of sex discrimination or harassment, has the right to file a Title IX complaint with the college even if police conclude they do not have sufficient evidence of a criminal violation.

A complaint of sex discrimination or harassment against another student may be filed with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator and will be handled in accordance with the College's Title IX Sex Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures or the student disciplinary procedures which are outlined in the College Catalog. 

Against a College Employee:

A complaint of sex discrimination or harassment against a college employee or other non-student should be filed with the Title IX Coordinator and will be handled in accordance with the Title IX Sex Discrimination and Harassment Policy and Procedures or other established College procedures.

Filing a Criminal Complaint:

Victims of sex discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct or assault have the right to file a criminal complaint by contacting JCC Campus Police and Security at (919) 209-2111, by visiting the department in the Wilson Building, or by emailing them at jcccampuspolice@johnstoncc.edu. Victims may file a criminal complaint before, during, or after the college's investigation of sex discrimination and harassment.

NOTE: No student or employee shall be subject to any form of reprisal or retaliation for having made a good faith complaint or for participating in an investigation of such complaint.  Appropriate steps will be taken to protect students and employees from retaliation.

Program Contact

Title IX Coordinator

Silke Hasselberg
Director of Human Resources
Wilson Building C1023
245 College Road Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 209-2025

Title IX Deputy Coordinator (for students)

Pam Harrell
Vice President of Student Services
Wilson Building C1046
245 College Road Smithfield, NC 27577
(919) 209-2048