Notice of Sexual Misconduct Policy
Dear Members of the Swarthmore Community,
Each semester, we draw your attention to Swarthmore College's Sexual Misconduct Policy. This policy strictly prohibits sexual misconduct by any member of the College community. Please take time to read it carefully on the web (always the most current version) and download the Sexual Misconduct Resource Chart found on the site. The objectives of the policy are to take appropriate measures to prevent sexual misconduct from occurring, to investigate reported incidents, to adjudicate and discipline where appropriate, and to provide support for any members of the community harmed or otherwise impacted by sexual misconduct. By working together as a community, we are confident we will continue to strive towards creating a harassment free environment for everyone.
When you visit the site, we also encourage you to notice the upcoming events planned for this semester. The first event for students will be the Parlor Party: Swarthmore Loves Consent on Valentine's Day, this Thursday at 7-9pm.
Please also contact us directly if you have other questions or concerns.
Title IX Coordinator
H. Elizabeth Braun
Dean of Students
Q&A about the Sexual Misconduct Policy
What is Title IX?
Title IX is the prevailing federal legislation that prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, in educational programs receiving federal financial assistance. Although Title IX is most frequently associated with gender equity in athletics, it applies to all aspects of student life. The goal of Title IX is to create a educational environment free from sexual harassment or discrimination. Sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment and schools must be proactive in ensuring a safe environment for their students, employees, and visitors.
What should I do if I am the victim of sexual misconduct?
Sexual misconduct represents a continuum of behaviors ranging from physical sexual assault and abuse to other forms of sexual harassment and intimidation. Students and employees who are the victim of sexual misconduct are encouraged to report the incident immediately and seek the support services they need. Reports may be made to the Deputy Title IX coordinator, Joanna Gallagher (firstname.lastname@example.org, x8374) of Public Safety or to the Title IX coordinator, Sharmaine LaMar (slamar1, x5675). These are the point persons for all investigations related to sexual misconduct. Individuals always have the option of pursuing civil or criminal action with law enforcement, the courts or with the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
Who is responsible for support services for victims of sexual misconduct?
Swarthmore has been and remains committed to providing a variety of support services to anyone affected by sexual assault and misconduct. Beth Kotarski (bkotars1, x8061), director of health services, is the primary point person for these support services for students. She also serves as the adviser to ASAP (Acquaintance Sexual Assault Prevention) and the SMART team (Sexual Misconduct Advisors and Resource Team). Staff and faculty members affected by sexual misconduct may contact Carebridge, the College's employee assistance provider, for confidential supportive services at (800) 437-0911 at anytime (24/7). The Sexual Misconduct Resource Chart identifies a range of resources available to students effected by sexual misconduct.
If I talk to someone about sexual misconduct, is it confidential?
If someone requests confidentiality or asks that a complaint not be pursued, the College will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the incident consistent with the request for confidentiality or the request that the matter not be investigated. In considering a request for confidentiality or a request that the investigation not be pursued, the College will consider, among other things, the severity of the alleged harassment, the complainant's age, and whether there have been other harassment complaints about the same individuals. Because of the College's independent obligation to provide an educational environment free from known harassment, it cannot guarantee confidentiality under all circumstances.
However, confidential support can be provided to students by staff members in Worth Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services, the Religious Advisors, and the Drug/Alcohol Education and Intervention Specialist. These employees have been designated confidential support personnel because these relationships involve privileged conversations. These individuals will not refer your concerns to the Title IX coordinator for investigation, unless the survivor specifically consents they may do so. Staff and faculty members may contact Carebridge, the College's employee assistance provider, anytime for confidential support.
Who is obligated to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator?
Members of the Dean's Office, including Resident Assistants, faculty members, Athletics staff, and any other college employee who becomes aware of allegations of sexual misconduct is obligated to report. Also, any suspicion of abuse, whether sexual or otherwise, of a child (under 18 years old) participating in a Swarthmore College program must be reported immediately to Public Safety. Community members may also report suspected abuse of a child directly to local law enforcement or to the PA ChildLine (1-800-932-0313).
As described in the previous question, designated confidential support personnel are not obligated to report incidents to the Title IX coordinator or Public Safety, unless the report involves a child or an ongoing crime.
I have more questions and concerns about the College's sexual misconduct policy. To whom should they be addressed?
For more information, please contact Sharmaine LaMar (slamar1), Title IX coordinator, or Liz Braun (hbraun1), dean of students.