Moving Dartmouth Forward

November 2014

MDF: A Progress Report

The Presidential Steering Committee, charged by President Hanlon to develop recommendations to curb high-risk behaviors, has completed the community re-engagement portion of the process launched in May. Our goal during this phase was to interact with the community to ensure all voices are being heard, share some of the ideas we’ve received, and discuss the feasibility of concepts as we head toward the delivery of the final recommendations that we believe will Move Dartmouth Forward.

What We Have Learned: Sexual Assault

Of the three behaviors we’ve studied as a committee, sexual assault is undoubtedly the most devastating, the one that leaves the deepest scars on both individual victims and the community in general. Defined as any unwanted or unwelcome touching of a sexual nature that occurs without valid consent, sexual assault is also notoriously difficult to measure and to address. National studies suggest that sexual assault is widespread on college campuses, affecting as many as one in every four or five students. Yet it is also vastly underreported.

What We Have Learned: Inclusivity

In our October 13 post, “What We Have Learned:  High-Risk Drinking, we discussed the phenomenon of high-risk drinking on our campus and on university campuses nationwide. In this letter, we would like to present our findings around the lack of inclusivity, a phenomenon that has proven to be as troubling to our community and as antithetical to our educational mission as binge drinking.

The Committee’s Goal

The Moving Dartmouth Forward Presidential Steering Committee was charged with making recommendations to President Phil Hanlon that will combat the root causes of extreme behavior in the critical areas of sexual assault and high-risk drinking, and will also seek to foster more inclusivity on campus.

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