Swarth­more Col­lege dean re­signs af­ter stu­dent protests

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Alex Rose arose@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @arosedelco on Twit­ter

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.

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