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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Feb 18, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

6 College Life

6.1 The Residential College Community

Swarthmore College seeks to help its students realize their full intellectual and personal potential, combined with a deep sense of ethical and social concern. The purpose of Swarthmore College is to make its students more valuable human beings and more useful members of society. The 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.

6.1.1 Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Code of Conduct

Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the policies and rules concerning their conduct. The Student Handbook provides information about academic freedom and responsibility; ethical use of the library and other educational resources; standard citation practices; the information technology acceptable use policy; and the policies and procedures that guide the process when academic or behavioral misconduct is suspected.

6.2 Residential Life

Swarthmore is a primarily residential college, conducted on the assumption that the close association of students and instructors is an important element in education. Most students live in college residence halls all four years. New students are required to live in the residence halls during their first two semesters. After their first year at the College, students are permitted to live in non-College housing.

6.2.1 Housing

Seventeen residence halls, ranging in capacity from 8 to 214 students, offer a diversity of housing styles. Several of the residence halls are a 5 to 15-minute walk to the center of campus. Swarthmore's residence halls are Alice Paul; Dana; David Kemp (the gift of Giles Kemp '72 and Barbara Guss Kemp, in honor of Giles' grandfather); Hallowell; Kyle House (named in honor of Fred and Elena Kyle '55); Lodges; Mary Lyon; Mertz Hall (the gift of Harold and Esther Mertz); Palmer; Pittenger; Roberts; the upper floors in the wings of Parrish Hall; Strath Haven; Wharton Hall (named in honor of its donor, Joseph Wharton, a one-time president of the Board of Managers); Willets Hall (made possible largely by a bequest from Phebe Seaman and named in honor of her mother and aunts); Woolman House; Worth Hall (the gift of William P. and J. Sharples Worth, as a memorial to their parents).

A mixture of class years live in most residence halls. About 90 percent of residence hall areas are designated as non-gendered housing either by floor, section, or building. The remaining areas are gender specific housing.

First-year students are assigned to rooms by the deans. Efforts are made to follow the preferences indicated and to accommodate special needs, such as documented disabilities. After the first year, students choose their rooms in an order determined by a housing lottery. There is also the opportunity to reside at neighboring Bryn Mawr and Haverford colleges in a cross-campus housing exchange that proceeds on a matched one-for-one basis. First- and second-year students typically reside with roommates, whereas juniors and seniors may select single rooms (as available). All students are expected to occupy the rooms to which they are assigned or which they have selected through the regular room choosing process unless authorized by the deans to move.

Resident assistants, selected from the junior and senior classes, are assigned to each of the residence halls. These leaders help create activities for students, serve as support advisers to their hall-mates, and help enforce College rules for the comfort and safety of the residents.

Residence halls remain open during fall break, Thanksgiving, and spring break, but are closed to student occupancy during winter vacation. Specific winter vacation dates are set each year, but generally include a 4-5 week period from mid-December through mid-January. Limited meal options are available during fall and spring breaks.

Guests- Friends of Swarthmore students are welcome to visit campus. If a guest of a student will be staying in a residence hall overnight, the resident assistant must be notified, the guest must be registered with the Office of Student Engagement, and all roommates must agree to allow the guest to stay. A guest is not permitted to stay in a residence hall more than four nights each term. Residence halls are designed for our student population, and as such children, non college-aged individuals, parents, and other adults should not be overnight guests. A guest is never permitted to sleep or reside in any public location (such as a dorm lounge, basement, or other public space). Requests for exceptions must be made to the Assistant Dean for Residential Communities. The Dean's Office reserves the right to require a guest to leave campus if their behavior begins to have an impact on the campus community or is otherwise disruptive.

Student hosts are responsible for the conduct of their guests on campus and will be held accountable for any violation of the code of conduct or other rules of the College committed by a guest.

More detailed housing rules and regulations are found in the Student Handbook, and on the housing website:

6.2.2 Storage and Insurance

A limited amount of College storage is available for international students and those students with extenuating circumstances. Students should plan in advance to secure private storage if they are not able to transport their items home during the summer semester. Students will move between residence halls a minimum of four times while at Swarthmore; we encourage students to pack lightly and only come with essential items.

The insurance program for the College is designed to provide protection for College property and does not include the property of students or others. Students and their parents are strongly urged to review their insurance program in order to be sure that coverage is extended to include personal effects while at college.

6.2.3 Dining

All students living in campus housing must participate in one of the College's three meal plans which include 3 guests meals a semester. Students living off campus may subscribe to the meal plans, or they may add points to their card or 7 Anytime Meals a week for the semester from the Dining Services office in Sharples Dining Hall room 204. Swarthmore's Dining Services oversees the main dining facility in Sharples Dining Hall, Essie Mae's Snack Bar, the Kohlberg Coffee Bar, the Science Center Coffee Bar, and the Mary Lyon's Breakfast Room and a weekday Grab-N-Go lunch program.

Sharples Dining Hall is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Unlimited servings are permitted, but take-out is not. Although a sincere effort is made to meet the dietary needs of all students, not all special requirements can be accommodated. Kosher meals are not available in the dining hall.

Essie Mae's Snack Bar, the Kohlberg coffee bar, and the Science Center coffee bar are cash operations. Students may use their meal equivalency at Essie Mae's but not at the coffee bars. The two coffee bars as well as the snack bar accept points but the coffee bars are not set up as meal replacement options. Mary Lyon's Breakfast Room serves a hot breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, which is prepared by students. Mary Lyon's residents and guests may use regular meal credit to partake in the weekend breakfast.

Swarthmore students may obtain passes to eat at the Bryn Mawr and Haverford college dining halls from the Checkers at Sharples Dining Hall. See the Dining website for additional services - catering, cakes, barbeques and meals to go or ask a staff member.

Students eating in all college dining locations must present their college picture identification card for meal credit or points. These policies are in effect to protect each student's personal meal plan account.

6.2.4 Parking

Parking is very limited on Swarthmore's campus. Students should not plan on being approved for parking for more than one year during their time at Swarthmore. Students must have the permission of the Car Authorization Committee to park on campus and should apply in the spring term for the following academic year. Students who live off-campus in the Swarthmore Borough can secure street parking through Borough Hall, and are not generally eligible for campus parking spots. First-year students are not permitted to bring cars to campus.

6.3 Health & Wellness

6.3.1 Student Health and Wellness Services (SHWS)

The health and wellness team supports the needs of our diverse student body by providing individualized holistic care and campus-wide education.  The Health & Wellness Center offers myriad wellness promotion, counseling, education, and prevention services.

Students may walk-in for a health evaluation by a registered nurse.  Nurse practitioners, physicians, dietitian, alcohol and other drug counselor, and violence prevention advocate are available by appointment.  Our physicians are members of the Crozer Health System, a full-service teaching hospital and trauma center.  The Health & Wellness Center provides acute care, allergy injections, alcohol and other drug counseling, first aid treatment, interpersonal relationship education, nutrition counseling, referral services, reproductive health services, simple diagnostic screenings, travel health consultations, vaccinations, and wellness visits.  Our operational hours are based on when the need is highest, and are supplemented by an after-hours on call system that provides students with access to a registered nurse.  

All visits to the Health & Wellness Center are free of cost.  A nominal fee is applied for simple diagnostic tests and most medications dispensed at the Health & Wellness Center.  Laboratory specimens are sent to LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics and are billed by the lab to the student's health insurance.  A small dispensary of commonly used prescription medications is maintained.  Students who need prescription medication may purchase them through their insurance with a pharmacy or through the Health & Wellness Center for a fee.  A delivery service from a local pharmacy is available to students.  

The Swarthmore College Student Health Portal is available for managing your on-campus health needs and forms.  You can access your Student Health Portal through your mySwarthmore account.  Click on Worth Health Center, then, click on Student Health Portal.

More information on the Student Health & Wellness Center is available at

6.3.2 Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Services for students include counseling and psychotherapy, after-hours emergency-on-call availability, consultation regarding the use of psychiatric drugs in conjunction with ongoing psychotherapy, psychological testing, and educational talks and workshops. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) participates in training resident assistants and student academic mentors as well as other student support groups and provides consultation to staff, faculty, and parents.

CAPS is staffed by a diverse group of psychological, social work, and psychiatric professionals. The director and staff collectively provide regular appointment times Monday through Friday. Students may be referred to outside mental health practitioners at their request or when long-term or highly specialized services are needed. CAPS main office is located in the Worth Health Center, North Wing.

Treatment at CAPS is conducted within a policy of strict confidentiality. Where there may be a significant question of imminent threat to someone's life or safety, CAPS reserves the right to break confidentiality in order to ensure safety.

Requests for service may be made in person or by phone (x8059) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more detailed information about CAPS, visit the website at

6.3.3 Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all Swarthmore students.  If you are insured by another plan, please be certain that your private health insurance plan will adequately cover a student away from home. Services away from home, such as blood tests, MRI's, x-rays, and care from specialists are often not covered under a private insurance plan.

Students who have no insurance or inadequate insurance coverage must enroll in the College health plan offered to all students. If your insurance status changes, notify student health services immediately. Enrollment to the College health plan must be done within 31 days of the loss of other coverage. Students receiving financial aid may have a portion of the premium cost defrayed. For further information, please consult the College health plan Insurance Coordinator ( The College provides supplemental health insurance for students who are actively participating in intercollegiate and club sports. All athletes with questions related to insurance coverage with sports injuries should contact Marie Mancini (

6.4 Campus Safety

The Public Safety Department office is located in the Benjamin West House. The department provides round-the-clock uniformed patrol of the campus buildings and grounds by professionally trained patrol officers who can assist students in a variety of ways from emergency response to general advice on crime prevention. Students are encouraged to call the department at 610-328-8281 any time they feel Public Safety can be of assistance. All emergencies should be reported by contacting the department's emergency telephone line 610-328-8333. Any crime or suspected crime should be reported immediately to the Public Safety Department.

Swarthmore College's Annual Crime and Fire Safety Report is written to comply with the (Pa.) College and University Security Information Act: 24 P.S., Sec. 2502-3©, the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, and the Campus Fire Safety Right to Know Act. This annual report includes statistics for the previous 3 years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Swarthmore College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The College's Fire Safety Report contains a variety of fire safety related information in addition to campus fire statistics for the most recent three calendar years. To obtain a full copy of this document, visit

6.5 Cocurricular Opportunities

6.5.1 Student Government

The Student Council is the chief body of student government and exists to serve and represent the students of Swarthmore College. Its 11 members are elected semiannually. The powers and responsibilities of the Student Council are (1) the administration of the Student Activities Account; (2) the appointment of students to those committees within the College community upon which student representatives are to serve; (3) the oversight of those students of those committees; (4) the administration of student organizations; (5) the operation of just elections; (6) the execution of referendums; (7) the representation of the student body to the faculty, staff, and administration, and to outside groups, as deemed appropriate; and (8) the formulation of rules needed to exercise these powers and to fulfill these responsibilities. The Student Council provides a forum for student opinion and is willing to hear and, when judged appropriate, act upon the ideas, grievances, or proposals of any Swarthmore student.

The Student Budget Committee allocates and administers the Student Activity Fund.

The Social Affairs Committee allocates funds to all campus events, maintains a balanced social calendar, and is responsible for organizing formals and various other activities that are designed to appeal to a variety of interests and are open to all students free of charge.

Service on College Committees is determined by the Appointments Committee of Student Council that selects qualified student representatives.

6.5.2 The Arts

Creative arts activities take place in conjunction with the departments of art, English, music and dance, and theater. There are also many student groups that organize creative activities. Professional performers and artists are brought to campus regularly, both to perform/exhibit and to offer master classes. Campus facilities include practice and performance spaces available for student use.

6.5.3 Athletics/Physical Activities

Swarthmore's athletic program is varied, offering every student the opportunity to participate in a wide range of sports, including intercollegiate, club, and intramural teams.

6.5.4 Publications and Media

The Phoenix, the weekly student newspaper; the Halcyon, the College yearbook; The Daily Gazette, a Web based news service; and WSRN, the campus radio station, are completely student-run organizations. Lodge 6 is a media incubator for journalism. The campus New Media Center supports student initiatives in video and web formats. Several other student publications include literary magazines and newsletters. For more information, contact the student publications coordinator.

6.5.5 Service and Activism

Service and activism activities are an integral part of the lives of many students, faculty, and staff members. The Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility (see 6.6.5) coordinates and supports many of these endeavors, and many student groups choose paths that engage issues and communities in multiple ways.

6.5.6 Student Organizations

Students are encouraged to get involved in extracurricular activities at Swarthmore. More than 100 clubs and organizations span a broad range of interests such as community service; athletics; political action; and religious, cultural, and social activities. If there isn't a club or organization that meets a student's interest, he or she may form one with the guidance of Student Council.

6.6 Student Centers

6.6.1 Black Cultural Center

The Black Cultural Center (BCC), located in the Caroline Hadley Robinson House, provides a library, classroom, computer room, TV lounge, kitchen, all-purpose room, a living room/gallery, two study rooms, and administrative offices. The BCC offers programming, activities, and resources designed to stimulate and sustain the cultural, intellectual and social growth of Swarthmore's black students, their organizations and community. Further, the BCC functions as a catalyst for change and support to the College's effort to achieve pluralism. The BCC's programs are open to all members of the College community. The BCC is guided by the assistant dean, with the assistance of a committee of black students, faculty, and administrators.

6.6.2 Greek Life

There are currently two fraternities and one sorority at Swarthmore: Delta Upsilon and Theta, both affiliated with a national organizations, and Phi Omicron Psi, a local association. Although they receive no College or student activity funds, Greek life organizations supplement social life. They rent lodges on campus but have no residential or eating facilities. In recent years, about 6 percent of male students have decided to affiliate with one of the fraternities. The sorority was founded in fall of 2013.

6.6.3 Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center (IC) provides programs, advocacy, and support for Asian/Pacific Islander American, Latino@, multiracial, Native American, LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bi/pansexual, trans*, queer/questioning, intersex, and asexual), low-income, international, and first-generation college students at Swarthmore College. In addition, the IC promotes systemic change toward intersectional perspectives across the institution and fosters collaboration and coalition building among communities both within and outside the IC and the College. Resources and programs include faculty-student-staff events, lectures, concerts, films, poetry slams, workshops and dialogues that explore race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, intersectional identities, and equity with a particular emphasis on social justice education and leadership. More information is available at

6.6.4 Interfaith Center

Religious advisers are located in the Interfaith Center in Bond Hall and currently consist of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant professionals. The advisers and the Interfaith Center provide members of the Swarthmore community opportunities and resources, in an atmosphere free from the dynamics of persuasion, in which they can explore a variety of spiritual, ethical, and moral meanings; pursue religious and cultural identities; and engage in interfaith education and dialogue. The center comprises offices, a large common worship room, and a private meditation room.

Student groups of many faiths also exist for the purpose of studying religious texts, participating in community service projects, and exploring common concerns of religious faith, spirituality, and culture.

Various services are available on campus, and area religious communities welcome Swarthmore students.

6.6.5 Eugene M. Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

The Lang Center, located at 3-5 Whittier Place, is a hub for activities that support Swarthmore's mission to "help students realize their fullest intellectual and personal potential combined with a deep sense of ethical and social concern." The Lang Center supports the College's commitment to social responsibility in the context of academic excellence by providing administrative, financial, logistical, and programming support for a wide range of opportunities to help make connections between the College and communities beyond, both local and global. Its staff works with individual students, student groups, faculty, staff, and community partners. The Lang Center offers extensive information about opportunities for service, advocacy, activism, social entrepreneurship, policy, and research. Its key programs are: Community-Based Learning-The Lang Center supports faculty and encourages students to take courses that connect academic content to communities outside the College. Students may, for examples, spend time outside the classroom working with an organization, or may devote assignments to research need by a community group.

The Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professorship for Issues of Social Change-The professorship was endowed in 1981 by Eugene M. Lang '38 to bring to the College an outstanding social scientist, political leader, or other suitably qualified person who has achieved professional or occupational prominence for sustained engagement with issues, causes, and programs directly concerned with social justice, civil liberties, human rights, or democracy.

Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program-Up to six students during the first semester of their sophomore year are selected to participate in this program, which includes a paid summer internship, the opportunity to apply for a substantial grant that supports the implementation of a major project with significant social value, and other benefits. Lang Center staff work closely with Lang Scholars as they develop and carry out their projects.

Student-led service and activist groups-Many student-led groups use Lang Center facilities and also receive guidance from Lang Center staff. These groups include Blueprints Mentors; Chester Youth Court Volunteers; College Access Center of Delaware County; Chester Garden Youth Collaborative; Dare to Soar; Education for Empowerment; Green Advisers; Learning 4 Life; Let's Get Ready; Peace Innovation Lab; PowerPush; Saturdays of Service; Taller de Paz (Workshops for Peace); Volunteer Income Tax Assistance; Trash 2 Treasure; War News Radio; and Student Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia.

Summer Social Action Awards (S2A2)-For full-time, 10-week summer internships with non-profit organizations, grassroots advocacy groups, and public service agencies, these grants provide living expenses and summer earnings. Lang Center staff and Career Services provide guidance as students find internship placement sites that are congruent with their interests.

The Swarthmore Foundation-A small philanthropic body formed by Swarthmore College in 1987 with endowments from alumni, foundations, and others, the Swarthmore Foundation supports students, staff, and faculty involvement in community service and social action. Applications for grants are accepted twice during the academic year.

The Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College-Eugene M. Lang '38 and the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College created the Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College in 2005 to support groups of Swarthmore students who propose and implement social and civic action projects that are substantial in scope.

6.6.6 Tarble Social Center

The Tarble Social Center in Clothier Memorial Hall was provided through the generosity of Newton E. Tarble of the Class of 1913 and his widow, Louise A. Tarble. The facility includes a snack bar, a lounge space, Paces (a student-run café and party space), an all-campus space, meeting rooms, the Swarthmore College Computer Society media lounge and the offices of the Social Affairs Committee (SAC), Debate Society, and Rattech.

6.6.7 Women's Resource Center

The Women's Resource Center (WRC) is located in a lodge on the west side of campus; it is open to all women on campus. It is organized and run by a student board of directors to bring together women of the community with multiple interests and concerns. The resources of the center include a library, kitchen, various meeting spaces, computer, and phone. The WRC also sponsors events throughout the year that are open to any member of the College community.

6.7 Student Advising

6.7.1 Class Deans

The Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs oversees the advising system. The deans are available to all students for advice on any academic or personal matter. A dean is assigned to each class in order to specialize in advising matters that are particular to that year. Students, however, may approach any dean for advising, support, or to learn about College resources.

6.7.2 Academic Advising

Each first-year student is assigned to a faculty member or administrator who serves as the student's academic adviser. Once students are accepted by an academic department for their major, normally at the end of the sophomore year, the advising responsibility shifts to the chair, or the chair's designate, of that department. Requests for a change of adviser in the first two years will be freely granted subject only to availability and equity in the number of advisees assigned to individual advisers.

6.7.3 Academic Support

Academic support can be accessed through the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, through the Office of Student Disability Services, through academic departments (peer mentors, clinics, and review sessions), through the Writing Center (Writing Associates), and in dormitories (Student Academic Mentors). Tutors can be arranged through departments or through the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. No fees are required for any of these services.

Academic Programming

Throughout each year, the Office of Academic Affairs coordinates programming designed to support all students' academic success. Examples of this programming include workshops on time management, procrastination, effective class participation, and study strategies across various academic disciplines.

Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) are students specially selected and trained to work with students on the development of skills necessary for academic success including time management, organization, study strategies, and reading techniques. All residence halls with first-year students are assigned a SAM to serve as a resource for its residents. SAMs also hold weekly office hours at the McCabe and Cornell Libraries, and at the Black Cultural Center. They sponsor "Drop-In Hours" at locations throughout campus during advising and registration periods.

Writing Associates (WAs) are students who have been specially trained to assist their peers with all stages of the writing process. WAs are assigned on a regular basis to selected courses, and they are located in the Writing Center in Trotter Hall. All students have access to the Writing Center as needed and can receive help on a drop-in or appointment basis.

6.7.4 Health Sciences Office (Premed Advising)

The staff of the Health Sciences Office is available to students and alumni considering a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or other health professions. The Health Sciences Adviser counsels students throughout their undergraduate years and beyond, and assists them in the process of application for graduate training.

Swarthmore graduates are represented at 72 medical, dental and veterinary schools in 28 states in the U.S., including such top schools as Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Penn, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and many fine state universities. The College's acceptance rate is substantially higher than the national acceptance rate.

While many students planning a medical career decide to major in biology or chemistry, others elect to concentrate in one of the humanities or social sciences, while structuring their overall program to fulfill medical school requirements. The following courses are part of a typical program:

As veterinary and dental schools have more variable requirements, in addition to those listed above, prevet and predental students should meet with Gigi Simeone, the Health Sciences Adviser, to plan their programs.

6.7.5 Prelaw Advising

Swarthmore's academic rigor provides an excellent preparation for students considering a career in law. Swarthmore graduates are represented at law schools across the U.S., including such top schools as Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, and Yale.

Swarthmore students interested in law are encouraged to take a varied and challenging academic program, which will develop their analytical, reading, writing and speaking skills. There is no prelaw major or prescribed prelaw coursework. Students have applied successfully to law school with majors and minors in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Gigi Simeone, the Prelaw Adviser, is available to any student or alum considering a career in law. The Prelaw Office counsels students throughout their undergraduate years and beyond, and assists them in the process of application to law school. It offers a series of meetings with law school admissions deans each fall. The office also prepares dean's certifications for students applying to law schools that require it. More information is available at

6.7.6 Career Services

Career Services offers individualized attention to students who are seeking career direction, considering majors, exploring internships, job searching or applying for graduate school. Career Counselors and Career Peer Advisers help students develop knowledge of themselves and their life options, advance their career planning and decision-making abilities, and develop skills related to their internship/job search and graduate school admission. Individual counseling and group workshops encourage students to expand their career options through exploration of their values, skills, interests, abilities, and experiences. A noncredit Career Development course is available for all students, regardless of their academic discipline or year.

Career programming includes alumni career panels and dinners, presentations, workshops, employer information sessions, an etiquette dinner, career fairs and interview days. The office cooperates with Alumni Relations and the Alumni Council to help students connect with a wide network of potential mentors and the offices co-sponsor the annual Lax Conference on Entrepreneurship.

Exploration of career options is encouraged through internships, summer jobs, and alumni-hosted externships during winter break. Students may receive assistance in researching, locating, and applying for internships, employment, and graduate school admission and receive advice in how to gain the most they can from these experiences.

Career Services hosts on-campus recruiting by representatives from for-profit, government and nonprofit organizations. The Career Services website ( provides access to comprehensive online databases of internship and job listings as well as an events calendar to make information about activities and programs available to students. Recommendation files are compiled for interested students and alumni to be sent to prospective employers and graduate admissions committees.

6.8 Student Conduct System

Swarthmore places great value on freedom of expression, but it also recognizes the responsibility to protect the values and structures of an academic community. It is important, therefore, that students assume responsibility for helping to sustain an educational and social community where the rights of all are respected. This includes conforming their behavior to standards of conduct that are designed to protect the health, safety, dignity, and rights of all. Community members also have a responsibility to protect the possessions, property, and integrity of the institution as well as of individuals. The aim of the College's Student Code of Conduct is to balance all these rights, responsibilities, and community values fairly. The student conduct system is overseen by the dean of the senior class & director of student conduct, and all questions should be directed to this office.

The formal student conduct system at Swarthmore College has two main components: (1) Minor Misconduct: Allegation(s) in which possible sanctions do not include suspension or expulsion from the College if the student were found responsible and are typically conducted by the dean of the senior class & director of student conduct; and (2) Major Misconduct: Allegation(s) subject to College policy in which possible sanctions could result in suspension or expulsion from the College if the student were found responsible, and are typically addressed by the College Judiciary Committee (CJC) or an Administrative hearing with the dean of the senior class & director of student conduct, including all allegations of academic misconduct. The CJC is composed of faculty, students, and administrators who have undergone training for their role.

All allegations of sexual and gender based harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, stalking, and intimate-partner violence are addressed through the College's Sexual Assault and Harassment Policy.

Violation of the laws of any jurisdiction, whether local, state, federal, or (when studying abroad) foreign, may subject a student to College disciplinary action. A pending appeal of a conviction shall not affect the application of this rule.