Statements to the Community
by Patricia Flaherty Fischette | Posted on September 2, 2013
As last year ended, and this year begins, our College has wrestled with the difficult issues related to the prevention and resolution of sexual assault and harassment. Our community has embraced an open and candid dialogue about these issues, and the College has sought to take clear and definitive steps to address concerns raised by community members.
Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on August 28, 2013
I am writing to share with you the updated Student Handbook for 2013-2014. The Student Handbook exists to clearly communicate our community standards and policies. This document exemplifies our shared responsibility as community members and articulates the cornerstones of the College including academic freedom and the ability to pursue an education in an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. Every year we reexamine the Student Handbook, make appropriate changes and alterations, and ask all students to recommit to holding themselves and each other accountable for upholding the standards contained within it.
President Rebecca Chopp | Posted on July 18, 2013
I write to share with you an interim report presented by Margolis Healy & Associates (MHA) on the College's response to sexual misconduct and, based on MHA's recommendations to identify specific actions to put in place immediately to help create a safer and more supportive environment for all students, including survivors of sexual assault and harassment. In May, I asked MHA to provide, as soon as possible, some immediate actions we could implement as we await their final report. The interim report (PDF) makes those recommendations, and this letter suggests initial steps we can take this summer and in the early fall.
President Rebecca Chopp | Posted on May 13, 2013
Swarthmore must be a place where sexual misconduct and violence will not be tolerated anywhere, anytime. When it occurs, we must support survivors fully, and we must adjudicate swiftly, surely, and always fairly.
President Rebecca Chopp | Posted on May 2, 2013
I write to update you about the upcoming review of our policies and programs relating to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual violence. Several weeks ago, after hearing heartbreaking stories from those who have suffered sexual assault on this campus, and after listening to concerns about the support for survivors and to criticisms of our judicial process, I announced an independent external review to fully examine our sexual misconduct policies, programming, and practices.
President Rebecca Chopp | Posted on April 15, 2013
I want to state very plainly something that Dean Braun and I have consistently said for the last three years--we have zero tolerance for sexual assault, abuse, and violence on our campus. It is against the law, it is wrong, and we must all continue to reinforce the message that even one such incident is too many on our campus.
President Rebecca Chopp and Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on March 1, 2013
There are some issues on any College campus that warrant our unyielding attention. Sexual misconduct is one of them. In November we encouraged everyone in our community to join us in working actively to prevent sexual assault on our campus. We also shared what we have been doing to continue to improve our institutional response to this serious issue.
Title IX Coordinator Sharmaine LaMar | Posted on February 13, 2013
Swarthmore takes seriously its commitment to ensure a safe educational, living, and work environment. Our community places a high value on ethical behavior, individual responsibility, and personal integrity. We want you to know that if you encounter or become aware of behavior that is inappropriate or unethical, there are several different ways you can share your concerns.
Title IX Coordinator Sharmaine LaMar and Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on February 11, 2013
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.
President Rebecca Chopp and Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on November 6, 2012
As president and dean of students, we cannot say enough about the damage, both short-term and long-term, that sexual assault does to survivors within our community. Our deepest hope and most earnest endeavor is that the campus be made safe for everyone at all times and in all places. We write today to ask you to help us prevent sexual assault and to help us support those who have suffered from an assault.
Title IX Coordinator Sharmaine LaMar and Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on October 23, 2012
Each year, we wish to draw your attention to Swarthmore College's Sexual Misconduct Policy. This policy strictly prohibits sexual misconduct by any member of the College community.
Title IX Coordinator Sharmaine LaMar and Dean of Students Liz Braun | Posted on September 2, 2011
Last spring, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education issued clarifications and guidance to educational institutions regarding sexual misconduct. Swarthmore revised its sexual misconduct policy accordingly and we urge you to read it very carefully.