Actions Taken as Part of Moving Dartmouth Forward: Sexual Violence Prevention, Response, and Support

MDF Action List

The following is a list of actions that were taken as part of President Hanlon's Moving Dartmouth Forward initiative along with additional steps to expand upon and improve the original MDF charge to address sexual violence. All of these steps have been complemented with a suite of actions in MDF enacted to reduce high-risk drinking and promote inclusivity.

  1. Hired a Title IX Coordinator/Clery Compliance Officer to be responsible for administration of policies, procedures, and data collection to ensure compliance and also established a Title IX office physical space and expanded staffing to include 4 positions.
  2. Launched unified disciplinary procedures for cases of sexual assault that included experienced, independent investigators and mandatory expulsion for those found responsible of the most serious forms of sexual assault.
  3. Created a single, campus-wide website for sexual assault prevention and response.
  4. Funded an on-campus placement for WISE—the Upper Valley crisis support, advocacy, and prevention center for domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  5. Introduced a comprehensive and mandatory four-year sexual violence prevention and education program for undergraduate students, including:
    • a developmental skills-based curriculum for positive behavior change,
    • a foundational and cohesive First-Year Experience,
    • centralized student involvement through a human-centered design student advisory board and First Year Experience student facilitators.
    • a mixed-methods longitudinal evaluation plan and research study.
  6. Expanded Dartmouth Bystander Initiative training through student partnerships with athletic teams, Greek communities, Trip & Croo Leaders, and others.
  7. Developed a Dartmouth-specific safety smartphone app and incorporated it into campus the technology download package for all incoming students. 
  8. Created an online "Consent Manual."
  9. Conducted sexual assault climate surveys (one in 2015, one in 2017, next one is set for 2021) and released the results of those surveys.
  10. Introduced a mandatory prevention and awareness program on sexual harassment, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct for all employees.
  11. Continued the Student Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault (SPCSA) and its role in suggesting new steps and improvements to the undergraduate social environment aimed at curbing sexual assault and violence.  
  12. Developed and implemented a student code of conduct, known as The Dartmouth Pledge, that is signed as part of Matriculation.

Additionally, this work intersects with other large-scale campus initiatives including Campus Climate and Culture Initiative (C3I) and Inclusive Excellence. Read more about the current activity of Moving Dartmouth Forward.