Title IX

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of any student or employee, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

Who is Covered by Title IX?

Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Reading Area Community College (RACC) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment as well as in all programs and activities.

Title IX Coordinator

In accordance with Title IX regulations, RACC has designated Patricia R. Helfenstein, Director of Grant Development & Management, as the College’s Title IX Coordinator. She is responsible for tracking and monitoring incidents of gender based discrimination, including misconduct, to ensure the college responds effectively to each complaint, and where necessary, for conducting investigations of particular situations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to her.

Complaints Under Title IX at RACC

Students: If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to (1) sexual harassment by College faculty or staff; or (2) any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Coordinator in the Presidents Office Area. If you are a student who believes you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, by another College student, you may report such conduct or file a complaint under Title IX with the Title IX Coordinator in the President’s Office Area.

Employees: If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to discrimination under Title IX, including sexual harassment, or who wishes to file a complaint under Title IX, you can do so with the Title IX Coordinator in the Presidents Office Area.

Campus SaVE Act and VAWA - PDF
Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Procedures - PDF
Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Form - PDF
FAQ - Sexual Misconduct Policy - PDF

Contact Information

Patricia R. Helfenstein, Title IX Coordinator
Presidents Office Area
10 South 2nd St., Box 1706, Reading, PA.19603
Phone: 601.372.4721 Ext. 5016
Fax: 610.372.4264
Email: phelfenstein@racc.edu

Mary Turner, Deputy Coordinator
Berks Hall B-203
Phone: 601.372.4721 Ext. 5274
Email: mturner@racc.edu

Who Enforces Title IX?

The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at links below:

Failure to Comply with Title IX

The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, institutions may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. While compliance with the law is everyone’s responsibility at RACC, the staff members who have primary responsibility for Title IX compliance are listed under Contact Information.

Title IX Information

Title IX Policy Guide for Students


Title IX: Resources for Victims