Receipt of Legal Documents and Contact by Attorneys

Service of legal documents

Legal documents, such as a subpoena, summons, complaint, hearing notice, request for information, or any other legal notice, may arrive at the College by mail, or in some cases by a process server. A process server is an individual who serves (or officially gives) notice of a legal process to a party or other participant in that legal process. Usually legal documents relating to College business will be addressed to "Swarthmore College" or "The Board of Managers of Swarthmore College", but sometimes will name specific employees of the Swarthmore College community.

The Office of the General Counsel is authorized to accept service of process on behalf of Swarthmore College. Whenever the Office is closed, Public Safety is authorized to accept service of process on behalf of Swarthmore College.

If approached by a process server, you should refuse service and inform the process server that they are to contact the Office of the General Counsel.

If you find that you have received a legal document relating to College business (such as a subpoena or other requests for information, a complaint, a hearing notice or any document or notice relating to a legal proceeding), please notify our office immediately by email, phone or by hand-delivery of the document(s) to our offices. When notifying us, please inform us of the date, time and manner (mail or hand delivery) that you received it and clip any accompanying envelopes to the documents.

We will work with the appropriate College officials to respond promptly and appropriately to the request.

Contact by attorneys

If you are ever contacted by an attorney about a legal matter involving the College, please refer them to the Office of the General Counsel immediately.