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Dartmouth President Calls for End of "High-Risk and Harmful Behaviors" that Stand in the Way of College's Future

Cites sexual assaults, high-risk drinking, and lack of inclusion as focus of wide-reaching "Moving Dartmouth Forward" initiative to adopt reforms by November 2014

HANOVER, N.H., April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The president of Dartmouth College has called for an end to high-risk and harmful behavior on campus that is hurting students, dividing the community, distracting the College from its core mission, and compromising its vision for the future.

President Philip J. Hanlon '77, echoing what Board of Trustees Chairman Steve Mandel '78 wrote to the community in March, said "enough is enough," and asked the community to come together to move Dartmouth forward.

At a rare presidential summit with dozens of student leaders, as well as faculty, staff, and alumni, President Hanlon laid out a process of reform, critical to the success of his wide-reaching initiative known as Moving Dartmouth Forward. The effort will promote change in every place on campus where social activities take place, including residence halls, greek and affinity houses, and senior societies.  

Efforts to date have included important steps such as: a new sexual assault policy to be enforced in June that includes mandatory expulsion and an external investigatory process; a new center focused on violence prevention and community mobilization; training for students to recognize and prevent potential sexual assaults; and high-risk, binge drinking initiatives that have demonstrated progress over the past three years.

"We have taken important steps forward over the last several years, but progress does not equal success," Hanlon said. "We need to move faster. Risky and harmful behaviors stand between us and realizing Dartmouth's amazing promise and potential. We cannot let that happen."

He announced the formation of a Presidential Steering Committee to focus on three critical areas: sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and lack of inclusion. The Steering Committee will comprise representation of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni. The members of the Steering Committee will be named in the coming days.

"This is not a mandate from the top. To be successful, every member of the community—especially students—must be part of the solution," emphasized Hanlon.

Hanlon outlined a set of actions, and charged the Steering Committee to work together from now through November to crowd-source the community's ideas and vet the best solutions to move Dartmouth forward. The Steering Committee will submit its recommendations to the president and his senior team, in time for Board of Trustees approval this fall.

"This is a chance to combine collective wisdom, creativity, and shared commitment to envision this College at its very best. This is a time to engage the community and build momentum. Working together, with the courage of our convictions, Dartmouth will move forward," said Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson.

Hanlon stressed that solving this set of challenges is integral to helping Dartmouth realize its full potential, painting a vision of "a campus where students are formed into leaders through rigorous academic training and shared efforts to make a difference in the world where Dartmouth's footprint has never been greater."

"There are some in higher education who say that this set of problems cannot be solved," he said. "But I say Dartmouth will prove them wrong. High-risk and harmful behavior will not be tolerated. We will move Dartmouth forward."

About Dartmouth  Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world's greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences and its three leading professional schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

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