Moving Dartmouth Forward

President Hanlon Provides Update on Moving Dartmouth Forward

On September 14, 2015, President Hanlon updated the Dartmouth community on implementation of the Moving Dartmouth Forward plan.

Read President Hanlon's letter here.

The Dartmouth Citizenship Pledge

The Community Citizenship Working Group has finalized the text of a new citizenship pledge. A draft of the pledge was posted for comment in May. In accordance with the Working Group’s recommendation, all new students will sign the Citizenship Pledge upon their arrival. The pledge will also be discussed in a variety of student gatherings. The Working Group has now completed its charge.

Professor Rebecca Biron Appointed Dean of the College

Professor Rebecca Biron has been appointed dean of the College, Dartmouth’s senior officer responsible for undergraduate academic life, Provost Carolyn Deverannounced today. Biron’s role will include leadership of the College’s new residential house communities and the professors directing the communities.

Biron is a professor of Spanish and comparative literature whose research and teaching focus on Latin American literary and cultural studies, literary theory, gender studies, and Mexican cultural criticism. As dean, she will provide direction on student inclusivity and diversity issues and strategic planning for admissions and financial aid. She assumes the deanship for a four-year term beginning July 1.

“I’m delighted to take on this official role in the effort to better integrate Dartmouth’s educational mission with student life,” says Biron. “At its best, the intellectual community provided by a residential liberal arts college challenges students to grapple with new ideas and perspectives in order to grow as whole people. I’m excited to find new ways to collaborate with students, faculty, and staff as colleagues in learning both in and beyond the classroom.”

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

Moving Dartmouth Forward Initiative Passes Milestones

The Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative has passed a number of milestones, including selection of a safety phone app tailored for the College, the drafting of a code of conduct pledge, a social event and alcohol management plan, and a framework for student organization standards and review.

The Moving Dartmouth Forward effort will now shift from proposal development through the working groups, to implementation, which will include community conversations and detailing logistics on how each component will work. Working out the details of implementation will occur through the summer and into the fall term, says Elizabeth Agosto, associate dean of the College.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

Dartmouth-WISE Agreement Brings Victims’ Advocate to Campus

A WISE advocate for students, staff, and faculty affected by dating and domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking will begin work at Dartmouth this summer thanks to an agreement between the College and WISE, a regional advocacy and crisis services organization for those affected by domestic or sexual violence.

The WISE campus advocate will be an employee of the Lebanon, N.H.-based nonprofit and will have offices on the Dartmouth campus and at the WISE Program Center. WISE will advertise for the position and hopes to have someone in the role by July 1.

“This new position enhances and formalizes Dartmouth’s long-standing relationship with WISE and is part of the important work we’re doing as part of Moving Dartmouth Forward to create a safer and healthier campus,” says Provost Carolyn Dever.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

House Professors Named to Residential Communities

Six members of the faculty have been chosen to serve as the first house professors of Dartmouth’s new model of residential life.

The house communities—a cornerstone of the Moving Dartmouth Forward plan announced by President Phil Hanlon ’77 in January—are designed to transform Dartmouth’s undergraduate residential experience, bringing more continuity to students’ on-campus living options and greater opportunity for faculty-student interactions beyond the classroom. The houses will open to students in fall 2016.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

All Students Invited to Take Climate Survey

This week, all Dartmouth students will be invited to take a climate survey on sexual assault and sexual misconduct to evaluate the College efforts to foster a healthy, safe, and nondiscriminatory campus environment.

All undergraduate and graduate students will receive an email with an individual link to the web survey form, which will be available from April 2 through 23. Conducted in collaboration with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the survey is part of the ongoing effort by the College to understand the extent and effect of harmful behavior on student experience, says Heather Lindkvist, Dartmouth’s Title IX coordinator and Clery Act compliance officer.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

Students Learn Details of Alcohol Policy Changes

As part of a comprehensive approach to reducing high-risk drinking and promoting student health and safety, Dartmouth's ban on hard alcohol for undergraduates takes effect on March 28, the day undergraduates return to campus following spring break.

The policy applies to all undergraduate students—regardless of whether they are 21 years old or older—and prohibits the possession, consumption, and serving of hard alcohol within and on the grounds of undergraduate residential facilities, Greek letter organizations and society facilities, the Collis Center, 53 Commons (including Sarner Underground), Robinson Hall, and the Tom Dent Cabin.

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Work is Under Way on Moving Dartmouth Forward Plan

Work on the Moving Dartmouth Forward plan has begun on many fronts, with the first milestones—the application deadline for new residential house professors and the institution of a ban on hard alcohol—coming up next month.

In addition, committees are working on other projects, including a new statement of community citizenship and an annual assessment of student organizations.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

President Hanlon Announces MDF Review Panel Members

President Phil Hanlon '77 today announced the members of the external review panel that will monitor implementation of his Moving Dartmouth Forward plan to reduce extreme behaviors and promote inclusivity on campus.

The group, chaired by Lawrence Bacow, Tufts University president emeritus, will report regularly to President Hanlon and the Board of Trustees on whether each action within the Moving Dartmouth Forward plan is progressing along its projected timeline.

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

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