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.

In his Moving Dartmouth Forward plan, announced in a speech to the community on January 29, 2015, President Hanlon called for the creation of a “code of conduct” that would “articulate the high expectations—as they relate to civility, dignity, diversity, community, and safety—that we have for Dartmouth students. These are the fundamentals for every graduate who will go out into the world to lead.” The charge of the Community Citizenship working group has been to develop the language for this statement of community citizenship.

The 11-person working group—made up of a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and parents—worked together to review current Dartmouth documents, including the Principle of Community, the honor principle, and standards of conduct, as well as a review of conduct codes at other institutions. During this process the group discussed the principles, values, and expectations expounded in these documents, how or if they are relevant to our community today, and what conduct they want to see in the community in the years ahead.

Dartmouth Citizenship Pledge

As a member of the Dartmouth community:

I hold myself to the highest standards of learning, teaching, and scholarship.

I will conduct myself with integrity, in all matters.

As a citizen of this community, I accept several responsibilities.

I am responsible for my own education.

I will uphold the Academic Honor Principle.

I will contribute to this community and conduct myself, here and in the wider world, in a manner worthy of my education.

I affirm that in the Dartmouth community:

We learn together.

We teach one another.

We create knowledge together.

We treat ourselves and each other with dignity.

We recognize that our diverse backgrounds broaden our understanding of the world.

We appreciate that an honest and respectful exchange of ideas – even conflicting ones – strengthens our intellect and makes for an inclusive community.