Swarthmore College dean resigns after student protests
SWARTHMORE » Swarthmore College Dean of Students H. Elizabeth Braun announced her resignation Wednesday in the wake of a student sit-in that ended earlier this month.
“After many years of leadership positions in higher education, I am planning to launch my own consulting firm specializing in higher education,” said Braun, who served as dean of students since 2010, in a statement. “It has been a privilege to serve Swarthmore College these last eight years, and to work with dedicated and talented staff, faculty, and students across campus, and particularly the staff in the Dean of Students Division. I am very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish together in support of students.”
Students led by the advocacy group Organizing for Survivors protested for nine days over the handling of sexual assault cases on campus and sought Braun’s resignation.
The students said their sexual assault claims have been ignored by authorities and that the college administration has overlooked their concerns. They were seeking a review of the college’s investigation procedures and a ban of on-campus fraternity houses.
College President Valerie Smith previously said in a statement that the school is committed to improving its Title IX policies and helping students.
Smith also issued a statement Wednesday praising Braun for her work at the college, including building improvements and the creation of the Office of Student Engagement, the Center for Innovation and Leadership, and the Student Emergency Fund.
Smith said she would appoint an interim dean to succeed Braun prior to her departure June 30, who will lead the Deans Division until a national search for her replacement is completed.