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Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy as to Students and Employees

Passaic County Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and institution. In accordance with the regulations referenced below, Passaic County Community College hereby gives notice of its nondiscriminatory policy as to students and employees.
Continuing its policy to take affirmative action to support equal opportunity for all persons, Passaic County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender identity or expression, color, age, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, military status, or physical or mental disability. This policy applies to the administration of Passaic County Community College’s admission, employment, educational, scholarship, loan, athletic, and other programs and practices.
Inquiries concerning the application of any policy, program, or other activity at Passaic County Community College may be referred to the Affirmative Action Officer (Title IX Coordinator), who has been especially designated by the College to oversee the continued application of the nondiscriminatory policies.

Jose A. Fernandez, Affirmative Action Officer
Paterson Main Campus, Room E305
Telephone: 973-684-6705
Inquiries, concerns, or complaints may also be referred to:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Director of the Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20201

U.S. Secretary of Education
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. Washington, DC 20202

N.J. Secretary of Education
N.J. Department of Education
PO Box 500 Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Telephone: 877-900-6960

Office of the Attorney General
Department of Law and Public Safety Division of Civil Rights
PO Box 090 Trenton, NJ 08625-0090
Telephone:  609-292-4605
TTY: 609-292-1785 


PCCC is an educational institution committed to maintaining an environment that allows students to enjoy the full benefits of their learning experience and to understand the negative consequences of the illicit use of alcohol and drugs in their lives.  In accordance with Public Law 101-226, the College declares that it will make every effort to provide its students with an environment that is free of the problems associated with the unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs.  The College is committed to promoting the wellness and positive self-development of its students.  The unauthorized use and abuse of alcohol and the illegal use and abuse of drugs inhibits students from attaining the benefit of their learning experience, and exposes them to serious illnesses and health risks.    Therefore, they are prohibited.


PCCC complies with the Open Public Records Act of the State of NJ. Request for college administrative records should be forwarded to:

PCCC Records Custodian:
Evelyn DeFeis




PCCC complies with the New Jersey Worker & Community Right-to-Know Act, L.1983. Requests for information concerning Environmental Dangers in the Workplace should be forwarded to:

Brian Egan
Executive Director of Facilities and Planning




New Jersey law authorizes the Division of State Police to make available to the public over the internet information about certain sex offenders required to register under Megan’s Law.  The sex offender internet registry law can be found in the criminal justice code of the New Jersey statutes at 2C:7-12 to 19.  You can access the sex offender Web site at



A college or university in a free society must be devoted to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through reason and open communication among its members. Academic communities acknowledge the necessity of being intellectually stimulating where the diversity of ideas is valued.  Its rules must be conceived for the purpose of furthering and protecting the rights of all members of the college community in achieving these needs.

The boundaries of personal freedom are limited by applicable state and federal laws and institutional rules and regulations governing interpersonal   behavior.  In creating a community free from violence, sexual assault and     non-consensual sexual contact, respect for the individual and human dignity is of paramount importance.

The State of NJ recognizes that the impact of violence on  its victims and the surrounding community can be severe and  long-lasting.  Thus, it has established the Bill of Rights to articulate requirements for policies, procedures and services designed to insure that the needs of victims are met and that the colleges and universities in NJ create and maintain communities that support human dignity. The full Bill of Rights can be found in the PCCC Student Handbook.



PCCC complies with the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) which has been established as compliance for the Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act of 2000.




As part of the Higher Education Amendment of 1998, this institution is required to provide students with the opportunity to register to vote. Voter registration drives are held on campus each semester. Additionally, the State of New Jersey has  a Web site where you can obtain information and the forms to register to vote. Click here for information on Voter Registration.