The primary responsibility of the OEC is to ensure that HCHC remains in compliance with a number of federal, state, city/town and accrediting laws, rules and mandates, as well as School-related policies and procedures. For example, the OEC is HCHC’s Title IX Office and also oversees data collection and reporting on federal and state mandates such as the Clery Act (fire and safety), and Drug and Alcohol Prevention. The OEC maintains records regarding student immunization, youth safety training, and background checks and it also collects data for Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) seasonal collections, and accreditation and government compliance reports. The OEC works collaboratively with other HCHC offices, including Institutional Research and Evaluation, and Student Life. Our compliance program also provides governance as to how ethical conduct and integrity should be promoted within the college community.

Organizationally, the OEC, coordinated by Fr. Philip Halikias, reports to the Office for Administrative Affairs. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Philip

Title IX

Many of you are now familiar with Title IX because of the formal training program through Traliant. All students, faculty and staff are required to complete training. This is not simply for compliance, but also for everyone’s personal benefit and protection. We see this as an opportunity to learn the values of an equitable campus, and to impart upon each constituent a sense of personal agency.

Title IX, established in 1972, decrees that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”[1] In the higher education environment, this is extended to encompass any degree of sexual abuse, harassment, stalking, etc. For full details of Title IX coverage, please refer to HCHC’s formal policy here.

All members of the HCHC community are protected by Title IX: faculty, staff, and students alike. Should you have any questions specific to Title IX, , please contact Fr. Philip Halikias at Information regarding Title IX and all compliance matters is being updated on our website in order to ensure that everyone in our community is aware of how we maintain a safe and equitable environment.

Dn. Gary Alexander (Title IX Coordinator) and Fr. Philip (Title IX Investigator) have been trained and continue to undergo continuing education through the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA), which is developed in conjunction with expert legal counselors and policy enforcers in the field. ATIXA develops its training modules according to Title IX regulations.

[1] 20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (1972)

Training Materials