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

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) provides individual and group psychological counseling and psychotherapy to students and offers consultation to parents, faculty, and staff. CAPS is open when classes are in session; appointments can be made by visiting CAPS during office hours, M-F 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.  Psychotherapy sessions are confidential to the extent provided for by Pennsylvania law.  CAPS services are provided free of charge.

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 Social Affairs Committee (SAC) events, 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.  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 24 hours a day, and every day of the year, at Swarthmore College. Students must have an approved student permit in order to park on campus; a very limited number of student parking permits are available.  Generally, parking permits are only awarded to seniors or special accommodations. Students may not park in non-student parking spots at any time. 

Students who park without a permit, and/or students who park in faculty/staff lots may have their cars ticketed or towed. Repeated violations of this policy may be referred to the Student Conduct process where sanctions and/or fines may be imposed. 

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 for women for PE credit and regularly meets with RAs to discuss safety issues. 

The Department’s GARNET Safety Program includes free apps for smartphone devices such as SWATSafety, a central source for safety information, and EmergenSee which, when activated, sends audio, video, and a GPS location to the Department’s Communication Center. 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.

Residential Life

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 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.

General housing policies and regulations are established by the Dean’s Office. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies and rules concerning their conduct in the residence halls. Acceptance of space in College housing reflects a knowledge of and willingness to abide by housing policies. Living in College housing is a privilege and not a right. The Dean’s Office 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 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.  The Worth Health Center is not a hospital or an emergency room and is not staffed by doctors; 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). 

Outpatient services include nutrition counseling, allergy injections, physical examinations, gynecological and contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and counseling, reproductive health services, travel information and readiness, and wellness information, including referral for massage and other complementary services.

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.

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.