Social and Residential Resources and Support

Career Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Dean's Office
Identification (ID) Cards
Parking on Campus
Public Safety
Residential Life
Student Health Service


Career Services

The Career Services Office provides students and alumni with counsel as they explore career directions. The office’s mission is to help students gain self-understanding and to connect their interests, values, and skills with knowledge about careers and life beyond Swarthmore College. 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, as well as programs to help students navigate the important transition from college to a meaningful career.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides psychological counseling and psychotherapy to students and offers consultation to parents, faculty, and staff. Services are free, but generally students are limited to one (1) appointment a week. Off-campus referrals are readily available. There
is limited access to a psychiatrist to prescribe and monitor medications. All students being seen by the psychiatrist must also be engaged in therapy with one of the CAPS counselors. Students on medications are generally responsible for covering the costs of these medications. The Health Center will help students obtain the medications with proper documentation and payments.

Dean's Office

The Swarthmore College dean of students 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 and 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 judicial affairs 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 Social Affairs Committee events, College movies, Upper Tarble dances, etc., will require a valid College ID. Any guest of a student must be signed in with the name of both the host and guest recorded at the door of the event.

Swarthmore ID cards are not transferable. Anyone found loaning an ID to another individual for use
at Sharples Dining Hall or any College function will be fined $35. The borrower will also be fined $35. Misused cards will be confiscated and returned only on application to the dean of students.

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

Parking regulations are strictly enforced every day of the year, even when the College is not in session. Do not park on campus without a permit. Students who park in faculty/staff lots risk having their car “booted” and/or losing future parking privileges. To avoid costly fines and towing charges for illegal parking, eligible students must obtain a parking permit from the Car Authorization Committee before bringing a car to campus.

Public Safety

The Public Safety Department provides around-the- clock uniformed patrol of the campus buildings and grounds by professionally trained patrol officers who can help in a variety of ways, from emergency response to general advice on crime prevention.

All officers are in constant radio contact with the College Communications/Reception Center and will be dispatched immediately to the scene of any emergency. Students are encouraged to call the department at ext. 8281 any time they feel public safety can be of assistance.

All emergencies should be reported to public safety’s emergency telephone line, ext. 8333. Any crime or suspected crime should be reported immediately
to public safety. When major incidents occur, the Swarthmore borough police may also respond.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The Public Safety Department maintains these statistics, the most current report can be found online [pdf].

Residential Life

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 residence halls 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. Residential Life policies

Student Health Service

The Worth Health Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week when school is in session. Student Health Service supports the health and well-being of every student, in keeping with the broader mission of facilitating a productive and rewarding college experience.

Outpatient services include massage therapy, nutrition counseling, allergy injections, physical examinations, gynecological and contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and counseling, travel information and readiness, and wellness information.

Students have the right to expect that all aspects of care will be treated as confidential. In accordance with Health Center policy and in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), information is not shared with parents or family medical providers without the explicit permission of the student or as otherwise permitted or required by law. 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.

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.