Harassment and Discrimination

Questions about this policy may be directed to the Office of the Dean of the College.

Haverford College is committed to freedom of thought, discourse and speech, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge within the context of a deep concern for social and ethical issues. The College, furthermore, has established policies directed toward behaviors that interfere with these freedoms and concerns. Foremost among these policies is the College’s Statement of Non-Discrimination, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, age, religion, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. When a student feels that he or she has been subjected to harassment and/or discrimination on any of these grounds, there are different options available for filing a complaint depending on the nature of the offending behavior and the person who is believed to have committed it.

Generally speaking, primary responsibility for preventing and remedying discrimination and harassment is in the hands of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Officers (currently Marilou Allen, Director of the Women’s Center; Danielle Macbeth, Professor of Philosophy; and Norm Medeiros, Associate Librarian). Students who are considering filing claims against staff, faculty members or third parties such as vendors to the College are encouraged to consult Ms. Allen or Chris Chandler, Director of Human Resources. Students who are considering filing claims against other students may turn initially to a variety of sources for information how to proceed: Ms. Allen, the Dean of the College or any of the Associate Deans. In cases of alleged sexual harassment, the Title IX coordinator, Steve Watter, will also be notified.  More detail on the procedures that are followed in these cases can be found in subsequent sections of this guide.

 

Last modified: September 9, 2013