Social and Residential Resources and Support

Career Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Dean's Office
Identification (ID) Cards
Parking on Campus
Public Safety
Office of Student Engagement (OSE): Residential Communities
Student Health & Wellness Services


Career Services

Career Services provides students with counsel as they explore career directions. Our mission is to help students gain self-understanding and to connect their interests, values, and skills with knowledge about careers and life beyond Swarthmore. Services include career counseling and career assessments, internship 
and employment opportunities, externships and networking with alumni, assistance with graduate school applications, on-campus recruiting, and consortium-based interview days in various cities. Career Services helps students develop strong application materials, interview skills, and the ability to network effectively in their career search, and offers assistance in navigating the important transition from college to a meaningful career.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), located in the Worth Health Center, provides confidential, free individual and group psychological counseling and psychotherapy to students, as well as professional consultation to parents, faculty, and staff when classes are in session. Appointments can be made by visiting CAPS during office hours, Monday-Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM, or by calling 610-328-8059.  Off-campus referrals are available for students who prefer to be treated privately or require more intensive treatment. CAPS is staffed by clinical social work, psychology and psychiatry clinicians.  In the event of an acute psychological crisis, consultation is available on a walk-in basis during open hours, or by proceeding to Public Safety, in Ben West, after hours for a telephone consult with CAPS on-call.  

Dean's Office

The Swarthmore College dean of students office oversees the academic support, residential, and social resources available to students at the College. Students are encouraged to reach out to the staff of the Dean’s Office for academic affairs and support, disability services, and specialized advising for students interested in pre-med and pre-law preparation. The office also oversees diversity, inclusion and community development initiatives on behalf of students, including supporting resources such as the Black Cultural Center, the Intercultural Center, student activities, and residential life. The Dean’s Office attends to the health and well-being
of students through the Worth Health Center and Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Students wishing to pursue fellowships and prizes or who are seeking the support of career services should also turn to the Dean’s Office. Finally, the Dean’s Office is responsible for managing the student conduct process for students.

Identification (ID) Cards

Student identification (ID) cards are issued by the Department of Public Safety. Lost ID cards can be replaced for a $10 fee at the Public Safety Office (Benjamin West House).

Admission to the dining hall, all Student Budget Committee (SBC) and/or Office of Student Engagement registered events/parties, College movies, Upper Tarble dances, etc., require a valid College ID. IDs are checked at the door of these and other events/locations and checkers are instructed to allow no exceptions.  Swarthmore students are permitted one (1) guest, who must be signed-in with the name of both the host and guest recorded at the door of the event/party. Guests are required to present a valid state issued drivers license or ID.  

Swarthmore ID cards are not transferable. Loaning an ID to another individual for use at Sharples Dining Hall or any College function is prohibited and individuals may be fined $35 and/or face violations of the student code of conduct. Misused cards will be confiscated and returned only on application to the dean’s office. 

Upon request, students are obligated to provide College personnel with accurate identification. A student may not knowingly provide false information or make misrepresentations to any College office.

In addition, the forgery, alteration, or unauthorized possession or use of College documents, records, or instruments of identification, or forged or fraudulent communications (paper or electronic mail) are prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.

Parking on Campus

All members of the campus community (faculty, staff, students, and visitors) are expected to follow the College's parking and transportation polices. These policies are enacted in order to increase campus safety and to preserve parking for Swarthmore College employees and students who are issued permits.  

There are a limited amount of parking spaces on campus for current students.  For reasons of sustainability and community, students are not allowed to bring a car to Swarthmore College without explicit approval from the Parking Committee.  Approximately 120 parking permits are set aside for members of the student body with extenuating needs or circumstances that will require a car.  The number of student permit requests usually outnumbers the spaces we have set aside for students.  As such, student parking permits applications will be prioritized by established and existing criteria: class year, extenuating need, and special medical accommodations. 

Students should not plan on bringing a car to campus unless they receive explicit permission to do so. Parking regulations are enforced at all times during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Students found in violation of campus transportation polices will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Student Cars without permits parked anywhere on campus at any time
For non-permitted student cars parked on campus, including in faculty-staff-permit spaces, student-permit spaces, or visitor spaces, Public Safety will issue a traffic citation.  After two citations, the car will be issued a Boot/Tow Notice, and will be booted or towed at the next infraction.

Student Cars with student permits parked in spaces other than assigned student lot
The student permit allows the student to park only within the assigned student parking lot.  If a vehicle with a student permit is parked in any other space, including faculty-staff spaces or visitor spaces, Public Safety will issue a traffic citation.  After two citations, the car will be issued a Boot/Tow Notice, and will be booted or towed at the next infraction.

Car towed immediately in cases of compromised safety or accessibility
In the case of a car parked in a fire lane, loading zone, or signed accessible space, or in any case where there is a safety or accessibility issue, the car will be towed immediately.   Public Safety will not wait for multiple tickets to accrue.

Fines:

  • $30 fine for the following infractions: 
    • Prohibited Parking by Sign or Yellow Line
    • Overtime in 20-minute zone or 2-hour zone
    • Blocking a crosswalk, driveway, dumpster or other vehicle
    • Parking without a permit, or while permit is suspended or revoked
    • Taking two parking spaces for a single vehicle
    • Failure to display parking permit as instructed
    • Parking in other than an authorized lot or space
  • $50 fine for the following infractions: 
    • Exceeding posted speed limit
    • Reckless driving
    • Driving/parking on sidewalks or grass
    • Parking in a fire lane or zone
    • Disobeying a traffic control device or barrier
    • Parking in roadway (including Parrish East and West Circles and the Lang/LPAC Circle)
  • $100 fine for the following infractions: 
    • Blocking a fire hydrant, fire escape, or exit
    • Parking in a signed handicapped-accessible parking space
    • Removal of boot
    • Towing fine (not including fees from towing company)

Citation Fines Payment and Adjudication
Drivers have 30 days to pay a citation fine. Fines are discounted 20% if paid within 5 days of issue. If a student’s fine is not paid within 30 days, the fine will be added to the student’s Bursar account.  The student may not graduate until all fines are paid in full.

Public Safety officers will be instructed to boot the vehicle at the next infraction when a student accrues one of the following: a boot/tow notice; three unpaid citations; $100 or more in outstanding fines. 

To have a boot removed, the driver must pay the boot-removal fine of $100 and all outstanding parking fines.

If a student with a permit accrues three or more citations, or is booted, that student’s permit will be suspended for the remainder of the academic year.  Permit revocation decisions are based solely on the accumulation of three violations that have been un-appealed or unsuccessfully appealed.  All decisions are final.

Public Safety

Swarthmore’s Public Safety Department operates 24/7/365 and is fully committed to providing a safe and healthy campus for the entire community. Uniformed officers patrol buildings and grounds, respond to emergencies, educate the community about crime prevention, and provide individual safety escorts upon request. Public Safety also offers self-defense classes and regularly meets with RAs to discuss safety issues.  

The Department’s GARNET Safety Program includes free apps for smartphone devices such as EmergenSee which, when activated, sends audio, video, and a GPS location to the Department’s Communication Center and the Garnet Shuttle app, which provides real time location and estimated arrival times for shuttles. Information on both is available on the Public Safety website.  

For general questions or to learn more about safety and education initiatives please call ext. 8281 on campus or 610-328-8281 from off campus.  All emergencies should be reported to Public Safety’s emergency telephone line, ext. 8333 on campus or 610-328-8333 from off campus.  Any crime or suspected crime should be reported immediately to Public Safety.  The Department of Public Safety works closely with Swarthmore Borough Police, who may also respond to campus for major incidents or aide in the investigation of crimes.   

Public Safety works vigorously to comply with the spirit and letter of federal laws that govern campus safety and security. More information about these laws and our annual reports of information about crime on and around campus can be found on at  http://www.swarthmore.edu/public-safety/clery-crime-statistics, under Annual Fire Safety and Security Report.

Public Safety is located in Benjamin West House and serves as the visitor center and central phone operator for the College.

The Department strives to educate and partner with the community and instill the concept that safety is our shared responsibility.

Office of Student Engagement (OSE): Residential Communities

Swarthmore College is committed to student learning in and out of the classroom and thus supports the personal and leadership development of students through extracurricular activities. Swarthmore’s housing philosophy is based on the belief that residence-hall living enhances education by contributing to an individual’s academic, social, and personal development. If residential communities are to provide an environment for personal growth, residents must accept responsibility for their own actions and demonstrate respect for the rights and concerns of others and for the property of the College.

General housing policies and regulations described below are established by the Dean’s Office and the Office of Student Engagement. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies and rules concerning their conduct in the residence halls. Acceptance of space in College housing constitutes your knowledge of, willingness and agreement to abide by these housing policies. Living in College housing is a privilege and not a right. The Dean’s Office and/or Office of Student Engagement may, at any time and at its own discretion, withdraw this privilege due to behavior, which does not rise to the standards outlined below. Students who lose their housing privileges are not entitled to a refund of their room and board charges for the remaining weeks of the semester.

Residential Life policies

Student Health & Wellness Services

Student Health & Wellness Services is located in the Worth Health Center.  Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:00AM – 6:00PM and Wednesday 9:00AM – 8:00PM.  After hours on call is available when the Health Center is closed.  Walk-in service is provided by a registered nurse. Appointments are available to visit a nurse practitioner, physician, registered dietician, violence prevention advocate, alcohol and other drug counselor and student wellness program manager. Student Health and Wellness supports the health and well-being of every student, in keeping with the broader mission of facilitating a productive and rewarding college experience. Students experiencing true emergencies and/or severe medical issues should be evaluated and treated at a local hospital (i.e., Springfield Hospital or Crozer-Chester Medical Center).  

Services offered: acute care, alcohol and other drug counseling, allergy injections, first aid treatment, flu vaccine clinics, health and wellness promotion, interpersonal relationship education, nutrition counseling, referral services, reproductive health services, simple diagnostic screenings, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings, travel health, violence prevention services and well visits. Students have the right to expect that all aspects of care will be treated as confidential. Unless permitted by law, information is not shared with parents or family medical providers without the explicit permission of the student. In the case of threat to life of self or others, information will be shared with persons listed as emergency contacts as well as with relevant College officials.

Visits to the Student Health & Wellness Center are free of charge.  Lab specimens are sent to Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp and are billed by the lab to the student’s health insurance.  The college health plan generally covers 80% of most lab fees and students are responsible for the remaining balance.  Please be aware of your individual insurance coverage policy.  A nominal fee is charged for simple diagnostic tests and most medications dispensed at the Student Health & Wellness Center.

Swarthmore College requires all students to be adequately immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis and varicella according to Pennsylvania state requirements.  Unvaccinated students must complete a waiver form found on the Student Health & Wellness website.  Students are responsible for completing their health certificate prior to campus arrival.

Health care staff does not communicate with faculty members or others about missed classes, activities, or assignments. Students must give permission for the Health Center staff to be in touch with the relevant class dean, who will communicate with professors or other relevant community members. These communications indicate that the student is under the care of a medical professional and will be in touch once she/he is ready to resume work or classes. Class deans can help students strategize ways to make up work and to approach faculty members or others about their situation.

All students must be covered by a health insurance plan that meets the minimum requirements established by the College. The College offers an insurance plan for purchase by students who have no other health insurance coverage.