Reporting Concerns about Inappropriate Activities
Swarthmore College takes seriously its commitment to ensure a safe, ethical and lawful educational, living, and work environment. Our community places a high value on ethical behavior, individual responsibility, and personal integrity. As members of this community, we each have a responsibility to share concerns of inappropriate activity.
Inappropriate activity can range from being asked to engage in a clearly illegal or unethical activity, such as falsifying research data; misdirecting College funds or resources; or requiring an employee or student to do something that is clearly not related to their role at the college (such as babysitting your children on College time or in exchange for academic favors). Suspected violations of college policy should also be reported. Examples include, but are not limited to, falsifying college records (such as applications or time records), or violations of the college's policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. Reporting discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct: you must report allegations of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator. Please see the Swarthmore College Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for details on reporting discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. Anyone determined to have engaged in the type of conduct described above is subject to disciplinary action by the College up to and including dismissal or expulsion, and civil action or criminal prosecution when warranted.
If you encounter or become aware of behavior that is inappropriate or unethical, there are several different ways for you to share your concerns.
Whistleblower Hotline (External) (866) 292-7713
If you do not feel comfortable with any of these options, the Swarthmore College Hotline - (866) 292-7713 - is another avenue you may choose. This toll-free line is available 24/7 and there will always be someone available to speak with you. The line is managed by an outside company that will listen to your concern and direct it to the appropriate college official for prompt and corrective action. You may remain anonymous or you may choose to identify yourself. Regardless of your decision, your information will be documented and addressed appropriately.
- Public Safety - For emergencies: (610) 328-8333 or other concerns: (610) 328-8281
- Human Resources - (610) 328-8397
- Dean of the College – (610) 328-8365
- VP for Finance and Administration - (610) 328-8316
- Provost - (610) 328-8319
- any other supervisor, manager, or senior officer of the College
- any member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Board of Managers, firstname.lastname@example.org
The purpose of this Bias Response Protocol is to establish an understanding of how Swarthmore College defines a “bias incident” and to identify and describe how the College responds to reports of bias incidents, harassment and hate crimes.
Issues related to diversity and inclusion are multidimensional and complex. The Swarthmore community should expect that the definitions and procedures will continue to evolve. The College encourages active engagement by all community members in the ongoing conversations and efforts if we are to make real progress toward our goal of cultivating a diverse and inclusive learning environment. Shared responsibility is at the core of this goal. Learn More
Suspected Criminal Activity and Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting
Contact Public Safety directly to report suspicious or suspected criminal activity as well as emergencies that involve an immediate threat to person, property, or the College environment.
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting: You must also contact Pennsylvania’s ChildLine at (800) 932-0313 and Public Safety at (610) 328-8333 immediately if you suspect abuse of a child that is under the care or supervision of a College program. For instructions on making reports of child abuse, please also see the Swarthmore College Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting 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.