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“I was falling behind in class and needed extra help. I was told I would get an ‘A’ on my exam if I met him for a drink.”

"I said no to participating in sexual activity and he continued to proceed."

Unfortunately, such scenarios have become all too regular occurrences, and preventing and responding to sexual misconduct on-campus has become a prevailing topic of conversation. To help educate NJIT students in how to recognize, report and avert incidents involving sexual misconduct — and make campus life safer in the process — NJIT’s Office of the Dean of Students is hosting the university’s first Title IX Regional Student Summit April 13 in the Campus Center Gallery and Ballrooms.

“Breaking the Silence: Recognizing, Reporting & Preventing Sexual Assault” will welcome Title IX experts, feature educational workshops and provide a roundtable and networking platform — all to engage both students and professionals in much-needed dialogue on one of the most important issues faced by college campuses nationwide.

“It is my hope that the students and professional staff attending the summit will leave inspired to continue the conversation on their campuses through facilitated discussion groups, workshops and Title IX training sessions,” said Sharon Morgan, associate dean of students, Title IX deputy coordinator and Title IX Student Summit chair.

Rhasheda Douglas, Esq., formerly supervisory attorney/team leader for the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and now director of the Minority Student Program at Rutgers Law School in Camden, will deliver the summit’s keynote address. The event will then offer three workshop tracks: a general track for students who want to learn more about Title IX; a training track for student leaders who seek Title IX certification; and a professional track for higher education staff that focuses on conducting Title IX investigations and implementing best Title IX practices.

Rhasheda Douglas, Esq., Title IX Regional Student Summit keynote speaker.

“Many students, especially those who dorm on campus, are unaware of what exactly Title IX is,” remarked Dana Schules, an NJIT senior studying biology and a Title IX Student Summit committee member. “I am excited and honored to be a part of NJIT’s first Title IX Student Summit and I look forward to seeing its benefits for the future of NJIT.”

“Many people believe that Title IX is about protecting females; however, it protects anyone from sex-based discrimination, no matter of their sex, gender or sexual orientation,” added Martin Tuchman School of Management senior Angeline Sosa, also on the summit committee. “This is why our NJIT community needs to be informed and get involved!”

“Breaking the Silence: Recognizing, Reporting & Preventing Sexual Assault” is open to the public. The conference fee of $35 includes continental breakfast and lunch and is due by April 5. Mail completed registration forms, accessible at njit.edu/titleix/registration, with checks to Office of the Dean of Students, NJIT, 255 Campus Center, University Heights, Newark, N.J. 07102-1982.   

For more information, call 973-596-3466 or email titleix@njit.edu