Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity
Notice of Non-Discrimination
The College expressly prohibits any form of discrimination and harassment on the basis of any College-recognized protected classification, including sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or disability in any decision regarding admissions, employment, or involvement in a College program or activity in accordance with the letter and spirit of federal, state, and local non-discrimination and equal opportunity laws, such as Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act, The Equal Pay Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and the Borough of Swarthmore Ordinance on Non-Discrimination.
Swarthmore College, as an educational community, will promptly and equitably respond to all reports of discrimination and harassment based on a protected classification in order to eliminate the discrimination, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects on any individual or the community.
Inquiries or complaints may be directed as follows:
Director, Equal Opportunity and Engagement
101 S. Chester Road, Room 115
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
Interim Title IX Coordinator
504 Fieldhouse Lane
500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081
|US Dept of Education, Office for Civil Rights
US Equal Employment
PA Human Relations
The College's complaint resolution procedures applying to:
- staff can be found in Chapter 11 of the Employee Handbook,
- students can be found in the Student Conduct Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook,
- instructional staff can be found in section II.C.1 of the Faculty and Instructional Staff Handbook and
- sexual violence, harassment, stalking and intimate-partner violence (including domestic violence and dating violence) complaints can be found in the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy
Swarthmore prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes a good faith effort to appropriately disclose perceived wrongdoing and the College makes every effort to redress such situations. In all cases, members of the community should report their concerns when they feel they are being subjected to unethical, illegal, or unsafe activities or when they become aware of such activities going on at the College.
Statement of Equal Opportunity
Swarthmore College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all qualified persons without discrimination against any person by reason of any College-recognized protected classification, including sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or disability.
In keeping with the long-standing traditions of the College and the spirit and letter of the federal and state equal opportunity laws, we affirm it the standing policy of the College to realize equality of opportunity in education and employment; to guard against discrimination contrary to that aim; and to correct discriminatory behavior if found to exist within the College community. Consistent with maintaining an educational program of the highest quality, our standing policy includes affirmative efforts to achieve the above goals in employment and education.
The above policy has been and shall be further implemented by the President and by members of the faculty and administration designated by the President for that purpose. (Adopted by the Board of Managers 1 March 1975, with amendments 24 April 1976, 3 December 1977, 7 December 1985, and 5 March 2007.)
These policies apply to all College community members, including faculty, staff, students, and volunteers.
Harassment Based on Protected Class
Harassment based on a protected class is defined as unreasonable, unwelcome conduct that is based on an individual’s sex, race, color, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, disability, or any other College-recognized protected classification. This type of harassment can occur in any form and can be directed at individuals or groups. When appropriate, minor infractions can oftentimes be resolved informally and with remedial steps, including training, counseling, or mediation. When this harassment objectively and subjectively harms the person by severely, persistently, or pervasively interfering with the person’s educational opportunities, peaceful enjoyment of residence and community, or terms of employment, it is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion/dismissal. In all cases, the College encourages individuals to seek support and assistance as soon as harassing conduct occurs. Before any conduct can be considered for the disciplinary action, it must be clear that no substantial free expression interests are threatened by bringing a formal charge of harassment.
Retaliation is any act or attempt to retaliate against or seek retribution from any individual or group of individuals involved in the investigation and/or resolution of a complaint. Retaliation can take many forms, including continued abuse or violence, bullying, threats and intimidation. Any individual or group of individuals, not just a complainant or respondent, can engage in retaliation.
Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Intimate Partner Violence (including Domestic Violence and Dating Violence), Stalking, and Related Prohibited Conduct
This link will redirect you to the Sexual Misconduct Prevention & Response site.
Sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and intimate-partner violence are broad terms designed to capture a spectrum of behavior. Sexual assault, sexual harassment and intimate-partner violence (including domestic violence and dating violence) are specifically defined within the Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy. In general, sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to incapacitation. In general, sexual misconduct is a broad term that refers to all of the prohibited behaviors under this policy. The Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy can be found here.