Student Organization Standards and Review

Developing an Annual Review Process

The Student Organization Standards and Review Working Group was charged with developing a set of expectations for college-recognized student organizations and recommendations for an annual review process and completed its work in 2015.

As stated in the Moving Dartmouth Forward Plan, the expectations and review process are meant to "demonstrate that [organization] structures (advisers, meetings, oversight, accountability, etc.) and programming enhance students' academic and personal development and contribute to the health and well-being of the members of the organization and the community as a whole and promote inclusivity."

Under new procedures devised by the working group, all recognized student organizations that fall within the Collis Center for Student Involvement/Council on Student Organizations, Club Sports, the Dickey Center, the Dartmouth Center for Service, Greek Life, Outdoor Programs, the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Rockefeller Center, Sustainability, the Tucker Center, and the Thayer School, will be reviewed by a ten-person student board at least once every four years. Board members are selected by an application and interview process. Groups are selected at random and will represent a cross section of the departments during any given academic year. The standards by which organizations are reviewed, the Dartmouth Student Organization Expectations and Privileges, are found below.

The Student Organization Accountability Program was piloted during the 2015-16 academic year with a sample of recognized student organizations.  As part of the review process, an anonymous survey was sent to members of the organizations to gather feedback about their experiences and student organization leaders made presentations to the ten-person student organization accountability board. The program is now incorporated into the Dartmouth student organization experience and reviews approximately 50 organizations annually. 

See more information about the Student Organization Accountability Program (SOAP).

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