Moving Dartmouth Forward

November 2015

Moving Dartmouth Forward Review Panel Issues First Report

Lawrence Bacow, Chair of the Moving Dartmouth Forward Review Panel, submitted the Review Panel's first report on November 8.

Read the Chair's letter and the panel's full report.

College Unveils Six House Communities to Open Next Fall

The College has designated the six new house communities that will provide permanent home bases for all Dartmouth undergraduates beginning in the fall of 2016.

“This is a great step forward for Dartmouth,” says Dean of the College Rebecca Biron, who is overseeing the transition to the house system. “The house communities are based on the simple premise that successful learning requires strong community bonds. The houses will provide more opportunities for intellectual engagement through social encounters among students, faculty, and staff.”

Read the full story on Dartmouth Now.

The Steering Committee

Under the banner of Moving Dartmouth Forward, a Presidential Steering Committee was established to recommend actions to end high-risk and harmful behavior in the following three critical areas: sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and lack of inclusivity.

The group spent the summer of 2014 researching and crowdsourcing the best solutions for the way forward. Members examined the best practices of other universities; spoke with leading experts in each area of focus; and solicited ideas from student organizations, individual students, and other members of the Dartmouth family.

Frequently Asked Questions

What did President Hanlon announce on January 29, 2015?

President Hanlon announced his “Moving Dartmouth Forward” implementation plan (MDF), identifying a powerful road map for the future that will address the critical issues of sexual assault, high-risk drinking, and creating an inclusive campus environment. 

President Hanlon's Speech

January 29, 2015 – Remarks as prepared

Good morning, students, faculty, staff and alumni.

We’ve come today to talk about our future. 

But I want to begin the conversation by reaching back into our past.

The President's Plan

[Download a PDF of the plan.]


The vision for Dartmouth is a campus that is more inclusive, where faculty and graduate students play more influential roles in the lives of undergraduates, where students learn and grow outside the classroom, and where we have more options for social life and community interaction. A new housing model will address each of these goals, and we are moving forward aggressively to implement it.

Moving Dartmouth Forward