“We seek to find mutual respect, trust and happiness in our relationships with persons of every race, ethnicity, class, religious preference, political affiliation, gender identity, physical ability, sexual orientation and age, including persons removed by time and place.”

Earlham College Principles and Practices

Earlham is committed to being a living and learning community where mutual respect among all people is a natural part of how we conduct our everyday lives. As a Quaker institution, we hold firmly to Principles and Practices to encourage an atmosphere of civility and respect.

Earlham policies prohibit discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under applicable law in the administration of its employment or educational policies, admissions policies and practices, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs.

This page provides you with guidance on what behavior is prohibited and includes links to campus resources to help you resolve individual incidents or patterns of behavior that are perceived to be a violation of Earlham policy.

Any incident that poses or might pose an immediate threat to an individual member of the Earlham community or the community at large should be reported to the police (dial 9-1-1) or Public Safety (call 765-983-1200).


What you should report

Members of the Earlham community are encouraged to report any behavior perceived to be a violation of Earlham’s Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy. This includes:

  • Bullying: The aggressive and hostile acts of an individual or group of individuals that are intended to humiliate, mentally or physically injure or intimidate, and/or control another individual or group of individuals.
  • Discrimination: Differential treatment of an individual or group of people based protected characteristics, including race, color, national origin; religion; sex, including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions; age; disability; veterans and past or present service members.
  • Harassment: Verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of race, color, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability or any other protected class.
    • Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to, epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation on the campus of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group
  • Discrimination on the basis of sex: Any discrimination or harassment based on sex stereotypes, sex characteristics, pregnancy or elated conditions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Under Title IX, this also includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, among other prohibited behavior. Please refer to Earlham’s Sexual Harassment Policy.

If you experience or witness an incident that isn’t described above and would like confidential advice on how to manage the situation, we encourage you to contact Earlham’s ombudsperson.


Sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs. Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance[.]”

If you have experienced or were witness to acts of sexual misconduct, please contact the Office of Title IX or use the form below to make a report.

Prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.


Receiving supportive measures

Whether you are reporting a claim or responding to one, Earlham is legally responsible for preserving your equal access to educational programs and activities while the matter is being investigated and resolved.

Upon receipt of notice of alleged harassment or discrimination, Earlham will work directly parties to provide reasonable and appropriate supportive measures designed to mitigate the effects of the alleged behavior. These non-disciplinary and non-punitive measures will be determined on a case-by-case basis.  Supportive measures are available to parties whether or not a formal complaint is filed.  

Supportive measures may include:

  • Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
  • Referral to community-based service providers
  • Visa and immigration assistance
  • Student financial aid counseling
  • Education to the community or community subgroup(s)
  • Altering campus housing assignment(s)
  • Altering work arrangements for employees or student-employees
  • Safety planning
  • Providing campus safety escorts
  • Providing transportation accommodations
  • Implementing contact limitations (no contact directives) between the parties
  • Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
  • Trespass, Persona Non Grata (PNG), or Be-On-the-Lookout (BOLO) order
  • Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
  • Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
  • Any other actions deemed appropriate by the offices of Human Resources, Student Conduct, or Title IX

Who to contact for assistance

Earlham Ombudsperson

For confidential guidance, contact the Earlham Ombusperson. The Ombudsperson can help you better understand college policy and direct you to the correct administrator, should you wish to file a formal complaint.

Human Resources

Please contact Human Resources for employment-related discrimination or harassment concerns. You should also contact Human Resources if you have a general question about an incident involving an Earlham College employee. Should that incident involve allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment, please contact the Office of Title IX.

Office of the President

Please contact Earlham’s Chief Diversity Officer, for answers to general questions, concerns about process, or guidance on college policy.

Office of Title IX

Contact the Office of Title IX for all reports of sexual misconduct or harassment. The Office of Title IX can explain college policy and Title IX law, and will walk you through your options for finding resolution. Title IX can also offer supportive measures.

Disability and Accessibility Services

Disability and Accessibility Services provides students with documented disabilities with reasonable accommodations to ensure their full participation in academic, social, and residential life programming.

Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is made up of a dynamic and diverse team of individuals who work together to support one of the best residential life programs in the area.