The College is committed to treating all members of the community with dignity, care, and respect. Any individual affected by sexual misconduct, whether as a complainant, a respondent, or a third party, will have equal access to support and counseling services through the College. The College recognizes that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be difficult decisions. The College encourages any individual who has questions or concerns to seek the support of campus and community resources. These professionals can provide information about available resources and procedural options and assistance to any party in the event that a report and/or resolution under this policy are pursued. Individuals are encouraged to use all available resources, regardless of when or where the incident occurred.
B. Education and Prevention Programs
Swarthmore College is committed to the prevention of sexual misconduct through education and awareness programs. Throughout the year, programs designed to promote awareness are presented by a variety of campus resources. Prevention programs include an overview of the College’s policies and procedures, relevant definitions, including prohibited conduct, discussion of the impact of alcohol and illegal drug use, effective consent, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, and information about risk reduction.
Incoming first-year students and new employees will receive primary prevention and awareness programming as part of their orientation. Returning students and employees will receive ongoing training on a periodic basis. Swarthmore College’s Title IX coordinator oversees the education and prevention calendar and tailors programming to campus needs and climate. All educational programs include a review of resources and reporting options available for students, faculty, and staff.
C. Emergency Support Services in the Event of a Sexual Assault
The College encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider and/or law enforcement as soon as possible after a sexual assault. This is the best option to provide physical safety, emotional support, and medical care to the complainant. It is also the best option to ensure preservation of evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response. The College will escort any Swarthmore community member to a safe place, provide transportation to the hospital, assist in coordination with law enforcement, and provide information about the College’s resources and complaint processes.
Assistance is available from the College and local law enforcement 24 hours a day, year-round, by calling the Department of Public Safety and/or the Swarthmore Borough Police Department. Any individual can request that a member of the Department of Public Safety and/or Swarthmore Borough Police respond and take a report.
An individual can also contact a Worth Health Center nurse or nurse practitioner (during the academic year) and/or a local medical provider 24 hours/day.
Worth Health Center (610-328-8058 or x8058):
Worth is available 24 hours a day (during the academic year) to assist students as a confidential resource. The victim/survivor will be given the option to be evaluated by a nurse who will assess the victim/survivor’s injuries.If the victim/ survivor does not have injuries requiring emergency attention, the victim/survivor still has the option—and is encouraged—to go to the hospital for care. If the victim/survivor chooses to forego the hospital, they have the option of seeing a nurse practitioner at the Health Center as soon as possible. The primary purpose of the medical evaluation is to check for physical injuries and reduce risk of pregnancy, as appropriate, or complications from sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the assault. The victim/survivor will be encouraged to have evidence collected. If the victim/survivor chooses to have evidence collected, the victim/survivor will be escorted to the nearest hospital by Public Safety or will be escorted to a taxi (voucher provided) to the medical provider of the victim/survivor’s choice. The victim/survivor can later return to Worth Health Center for follow-up medical care. While at the Worth Health Center, the survivor may request to speak with a counselor through Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).
The Worth Health Center will also offer to contact the Delaware County Women Against Rape (WAR) hotline so that the victim/survivor can speak with a crisis counselor if they desire. Worth Health Center will provide non-identifying information about an incident to the College for the purposes of compliance with the Clery Act.
Community Medical Providers
A medical provider, such as Riddle Memorial Hospital, Taylor Hospital, or Springfield Hospital, can provide emergency and/or follow-up medical services and provide a forum to discuss any health care concerns related to the incident in a confidential medical setting. These are the current local hospitals, which identify as having Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) nurses who are trained to work to collect evidence in a manner consistent with evidence-collecting requirements in Pennsylvania.
Under Pennsylvania law, a medical provider may be required to notify law enforcement of a sexual assault under certain circumstances. The medical provider, however, will share limited information with law enforcement, and a complainant may decline to speak with a law enforcement officer or participate in a criminal prosecution. The medical provider will typically also notify the local rape crisis counseling center. In Delaware County, this is the Delaware County Women Against Rape (WAR).
Victim/Survivors may also choose to seek care from a free-standing specialty health center such as The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC). The mission of PSARC is to provide medical care and forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault in a private and personal setting designed to minimize stress or further trauma to the victim/survivor. PSARC has specially trained nurses on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week who can perform a rape exam, collect evidence, and provide advice and counseling referrals to victims/survivors of sexual assault.
The medical exam obtained from a hospital or sexual-assault response center has two goals: first, to diagnose and treat the full extent of any injury or physical effect (sexually transmitted infection [STI] or possibility of pregnancy) and, second, to properly collect and preserve evidence. The exam may include testing and prophylactic treatment for HIV/AIDS, STIs, and pregnancy; a vaginal examination; collecting fingernail scrapings and/or clippings; examining for injuries; and a blood draw. There is a limited window of time (typically 72 to 96 hours) following an incident of sexual assault to preserve physical and other forms of evidence. Taking the step to gather evidence immediately does not commit an individual to any course of action. The decision to seek medical attention and gather any evidence will preserve the full range of options to seek resolution through the College’s complaint processes or criminal action.
Swarthmore College Public Safety
Swarthmore Borough Police Department
121 Park Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Health and Emotional Well-Being:
Worth Health Center
Counseling & Psychological Services
Worth Health Center, North Wing
Riddle Memorial Hospital
1068 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, Pa 19063
175 E. Chester Pike
Ridley Park, PA 19078
190 West Sproul Road
Springfield, PA 19064
The Philadelphia Sexual Assault Response Center (PSARC)
100 E. Lehigh Avenue in East Kensington
Next to the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit (SVU)
The mission of PSARC is to provide medical care and forensic examinations to victims of sexual assault in a private and personal setting designed to minimize stress or further trauma to the victim. PSARC has specially trained nurses on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week who will perform a rape exam, collect evidence, and provide advice and counseling referrals to victims of rape and sexual violence.
D. Confidential Resources and Support
For individuals who are seeking confidential consultation, there are several resources available to provide confidential support, both on campus and in the local community. The trained professionals designated below can provide counseling, information, and support under legally protected confidentiality. Because these relationships involve privileged conversations, these confidential resources will not share personally identifying information with the Title IX coordinator or any other employee of the College without the individual’s express permission, unless there are circumstances posing an imminent risk of harm to self or others. They may, however, share non-identifying information with the Title IX Coordinator for statistical purposes in compliance with Title IX and the Clery Act. Non-identifying information includes the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident, if known, and does not include any information that would directly or indirectly identify individuals.
On Campus Confidential Resources
The Worth Health Center, Swarthmore’s student health center, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the academic year. The center provides comprehensive and clinically exceptional care to students, including primary care health services, gynecological and other reproductive health services, vaccinations, and screening, testing, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
Sexual Assault Advocate
Nina Harris, Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate
Bond Hall 22
Off Campus Confidential Resources
Delaware County Women Against Rape (WAR)
610-566-4342 (24 hour hotline)
WAR offers comprehensive direct services to victims/survivors of sexual assault in Delaware County, including a 24-hour hotline, accompaniment services, counseling services, and assistance with victim compensation. All direct victim services are free and confidential.
Carebridge, Employee Assistance Program
Carebridge is available to provide confidential consultation and referral services to help benefits-eligible
employees and their families. It is available 24/7.
215-563-0652 or 215-563-0658 (health center)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health care and wellness center with two locations in Center City Philadelphia. At its 21 S. 12th St., 8th floor, location, this organization provides counseling and behavioral health, case management, legal services, prevention and education, housing, and food bank services. Comprehensive primary health care services focusing on the needs of LGBT individuals are located at the Mazzoni Center Family & Community Medicine, 809 Locust St.
E. Additional Campus Resources
In addition to the confidential resources listed above, Swarthmore community members have access to a variety of resources provided by the College. The professionals listed below are trained to support individuals affected by sexual misconduct and to coordinate with the Title IX coordinator consistent with the College’s commitment to a safe and healthy educational environment. While not bound by confidentiality, these resources will maintain the privacy of an individual’s information within the limited circle of those involved in the Title IX resolution process.
The Title IX coordinator is supported by the Title IX team and designated deputy Title IX coordinators. The Title IX team consists of the Title IX coordinator, deputy Title IX coordinators, the dean of students, senior class dean and director of student conduct, director of public safety, and others, as applicable.
Title IX Coordinator
Title IX House, 504 Fieldhouse Lane
Dean of Students
Dean's Office, Parrish Hall 140
Director of Public Safety
Michael J. Hill
Benjamin West House
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Dean's Office
Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development
Parrish Hall 140
Deputy Title IX Coordinator - Provost's Office
Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Outreach
Parrish Hall 249
Human Resources Manager
Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator
F. Additional Community Resources
Students, faculty, and staff may also access resources located in the local community. These organizations can provide crisis-intervention services, counseling, medical attention, and assistance in interfacing with the criminal justice system. All individuals are encouraged to use the resources that are the best suited to their needs, whether on or off campus.
Delaware County Victim Services
Delaware County Courthouse
201 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Delaware County District Attorney
Delaware County Courthouse
201 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Victim Compensation Assistance Program
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
3101 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 10108
 Annual Clery reporting to the U.S. Department of Education is required by educational institutions for certain offenses that have been reported at campus locations. The information contained in the Clery report only tracks the number of Clery-reportable offenses occurring at campus locations. For more information on the Clery Act, see http://www.swarthmore.edu/public-safety/clery-crime-statistics.