Swarthmore benefits greatly from having a rich diversity. This is not only so culturally, but it is also evident by our vast diversity of thought, experience, opinions, ideas, values, norms, and beliefs. This will at times lead to conflict. The conflict itself, however, does not determine who we are, but rather it is the way we respond to the conflict that defines us as a respectful and socially conscious community.
To remind us of this commitment, our Statement of Equal Opportunity explicitly prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of the protected categories sex, race, color, age, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, medical condition, pregnancy, disability or any other legally protected status.
If you believe you may have been treated unfairly or inappropriately on the basis of a protected category while in the course of your work or academic pursuits, as soon as possible, please contact any of the following:
If you are unsure of where to get assistance, contact the Equal Opportunity Officer first for guidance. Your concerns will be heard and you will be offered support in finding an appropriate resolution, whether by informal methods or through one of the College's formal grievance procedures.
Equal Opportunity Office: Parrish 373 North, ext. 5675 Human Resources Office: Employee Relations Manager, Pearson 10, ext. 8398 Your supervisor, department chair, or other member of management Provost: Parrish 229, ext. 8319 Dean of the College: Parrish 108, ext. 8365
The formal grievance procedures applying to:
- staff can be found in Chapter 11 of the Employee Handbook,
- students can be found in Conflict Resolution and Judicial Procedures section of the Official Student Handbook (obtain a .pdf copy from the Dean's Office website), and
- instructional staff can be found in section II.C.1 of the Faculty and Instructional Staff Handbook (obtain a .pdf copy from the Provost's Office website).