Scope of Policy

Swarthmore College prohibits harassment of and discrimination against any and all community members. This policy applies to all members of the College community, including students, employees3, volunteers, independent contractors, visitors, and any individuals regularly or temporarily employed, studying, living, visiting, conducting business, or having any official capacity at the College.  

All community members have a responsibility to adhere to College policies and local, state, and federal law. This policy applies to conduct occurring on Swarthmore College property or at College-sanctioned events or programs that take place off campus, including study abroad and internship programs. This policy also applies to off-campus conduct that is likely to have a substantial adverse effect on any member of the Swarthmore College community or Swarthmore College.

Swarthmore, Haverford, and Bryn Mawr colleges
are part of the Tri-College Consortium. Swarthmore students may also cross-register with the University of Pennsylvania. Swarthmore students, when studying
or visiting on the campus of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, or the University of Pennsylvania or when attending a College-related event for one of these four institutions, are subject to this policy as well as the policies of the visited institution. Visiting students from Haverford, Bryn Mawr, and University of Pennsylvania are also subject to this policy.

The purpose of this policy is to provide community members with the structure, tools, and guidance to assist those who have experienced or been affected by sexual misconduct whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a third party.

Sexual misconduct can be committed by any member of the Swarthmore College community. The College has jurisdiction to take disciplinary action against a respondent who is a current student or employee. There are specific procedures for resolving a report under this policy against a student, staff, or instructional-staff respondent:

  • Complaints against a staff member will be resolved by the College policy governing staff and related grievance procedures, which can be found in Chapter 11 of the Employee Handbook.
  • Complaints against a member of the instructional staff, including faculty, will be resolved by the College policy governing instructional staff and related grievance procedures, which can be found in section II.C.1. of the Handbook for Instructional Staff [pdf, on-campus access only].

For the purposes of this policy, “employee” refers to all staff, including members of the administration, faculty, and instructional staff.