Haverford’s approach to sexual misconduct is based on the concept of “The Circle,” which is a network of offices and individuals to whom a student in need of help may turn, depending in his or her level of comfort. Any office or individual in this network can be turned to initially for support and information; however, at the center of the Circle is Marilou Allen, the Director of the Women’s Center, and student assistants (SAs) who are trained Women’s Center staff. Ms. Allen and the student assistants are extensively trained in responding to victims of sexual misconduct in a variety of ways, which include but are not limited to referrals to other Circle members who may be of help. It is always the victim, however, whose wishes are paramount in accessing other offices both on and off campus.
Reaching Marilou Allen and the Student Assistants: Marilou Allen can be reached at Founders 318, x1183 (email@example.com) weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Evenings and weekends, the quickest way to reach her is to call Security at x1111.
- A student calling Security should tell them that she/he needs to talk with Marilou Allen. The dispatcher will ask, “Can you tell me what it’s about?” The caller is free to say she/he would rather not tell the dispatcher why she/he is calling and the dispatcher will simply take the caller’s number and not ask any further questions. The dispatcher will contact Marilou Allen, and she will return the call.
The SAs can be reached by 24-hour hotline, the cell phone number is 484-571-2775.
When a student contacts Marilou Allen or an SA, she will:
- explain the options available on and off campus to deal with the sexual assault.
- help survivors decide what steps they want to take, coordinate the help they seek, and support them throughout the process.
- go with survivors to Health Services, the hospital, Psychological Services, Security, or the police.
The SAs are required to inform Marilou Allen, who in turn is required to report to the Dean of the College and the Director of Security that an incident has occurred. During the report none of the specific or identifying facts are disclosed. The anonymous report of a rape or sexual assault will be included in the Annual Crime Statistics which Security compiles, in compliance with federal law (the Clery Act). Copies of this annual report can be obtained from the Security Office.
Victims and friends of victims should bear in mind that complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, as described above, unless the report is made in the context of a client-counselor relationship with a licensed psychologist. Title IX requires Haverford to investigate to the best of its ability any other claim of sexual assault, even if the victim wishes the matter to remain private, and even if there is minimal information initially available. Every effort will be made, however, to insure the privacy of the victim, and the College takes the Title IX requirement to prevent the victim from retaliation very seriously. If you have questions about Haverford’s obligations under Title IX as well as the steps that can be taken to maximize privacy and protection, please see the Title IX Coordinator, Associate Dean of the College Steve Watter.