Sexual Misconduct (including sexual violence)
Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at Haverford College. Sexual misconduct is a broad term that includes but is not limited to sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, stalking, domestic, relationship and dating violence, and retaliation. Such behaviors are anathema to Haverford’s foundational principles that underscore human dignity, promote equality, and repudiate violence in any form.
The goals of this policy are to create a community free from sexual misconduct of all kinds, to provide avenues for those affected by sexual misconduct to obtain assistance and to provide a prompt and equitable complaint and investigation procedure. The College is committed to helping students affected by sexual misconduct deal with its impact, and has many resources available to do so. It is also committed to providing educational, preventative and training programs regarding sexual harassment and sexual violence. Students subjected to sexual misconduct are encouraged to explore all options available to them—including College judicial processes, civil litigation, or pursuing criminal charges. These options are not mutually exclusive.
Students who believe they have experienced sexual misconduct may choose to contact directly medical, psychological or judicial personnel on or off campus indicated on the How to Get Help page, but if the individual is in physical danger, or has physical injuries which require immediate attention, she/he should call Campus Safety or 911, and a Campus Safety/police officer will respond right away.
Haverford will investigate all complaints of sexual misconduct in a full, reliable and impartial manner. The College will take all steps necessary to stop the misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and offer appropriate remedies to address its effects on those involved.
Haverford College respects the privacy of students who seek help and/or report incidents of sexual misconduct, but cannot guarantee confidentiality in all cases. Follow this link to learn more. (Only certain professionals with statutory confidentiality privileges acting within that role [e.g., licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and clergy] can guarantee confidentiality). Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 obligates the College to stop sexual harassment (including sexual violence), remedy its effects, and take steps to prevent its recurrence. As a result, while protecting confidentiality to the greatest extent possible, the College may need to investigate an incident and take action once an allegation is known, whether or not the student wishes to pursue a complaint.
Learn more about confidentiality of reporting as it relates to sexual misconduct and how to request confidentiality if you make a report to someone who is obligated to inform the Dean of the College or Title IX Coordinator about the incident.
Retaliation against an individual for making an allegation of sexual misconduct, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, for cooperating in an investigation of such a complaint, or advocating for a campus free of sex and gender discrimination is prohibited and a violation of this policy. Retaliation can take many forms, including continued abuse or violence, threats, and intimidation. Any individual or group of individuals, not just a complainant or respondent, can engage in retaliation. Anyone who believes that they have been retaliated against for making a complaint/report or for cooperating in an investigation or hearing should immediately contact the Title IX Coordinator. Retaliating against a person who has cooperated in an investigation and/or Dean’s Panel hearing is a violation of community standards and is, as such, unacceptable.
Violations of this policy may result in the imposition of a full range of sanctions up to and including separation.
This policy applies to sexual misconduct when it occurs:
- On the Haverford campus; or,
- Off campus, if:
- The conduct was in connection with a College-sponsored program or activity; or,
- The conduct may have the effect of creating a hostile environment for a member of the Haverford community
Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges and Bryn Mawr Colleges are part of the Tri-College Consortium. Haverford students may also cross-register with the University of Pennsylvania. Haverford students, when studying or visiting on the campus of Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore or the University of Pennsylvania or when attending a College-related event for one of these four institutions, are subject to this policy as well as the policies of the visited institution. Visiting students from Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and University of Pennsylvania are also subject to this policy.
Student complaints of sexual misconduct against Haverford faculty, administrators, staff and third parties fall with the purview of the College's employee procedures, so reports of possible violations should be made to the Director of Human Resources or one of the EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Officers (Marilou Allen, 610-896-1183). The College will take all such complaints seriously and will conduct a timely and thorough investigation and take appropriate action to resolve the matter, prevent recurrence of the behavior in question and correct its effects, as necessary and appropriate. Given the nature of the allegation, the Title IX Coordinator will also be consulted throughout the process. See a fuller description in the Students' Guide.
Faculty, administrator, staff or third party complaints of sexual misconduct against students will normally be addressed by a Dean's Panel. In cases where harassment by students of non-students is alleged, an EEO Officer will be consulted as part of the process.