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Sexual Assault Prevention, Education, and Response

At Dartmouth, we believe that one sexual assault is one too many.

Dartmouth is taking action to strengthen an environment in which sexual assault and harassment are not tolerated. Every reported instance of sexual misconduct is investigated and support is provided to every survivor. We are committed to the safety and well-being of every member of our community.

Consistent with President Obama’s call to action to address sexual assault on college campuses nationwide, at Dartmouth we are making progress on a number of fronts. Our recent actions include:

  • Strengthened sexual assault policy: On June 19, Dartmouth adopted a new student disciplinary policy for charges of sexual assault (PDF). The new policy requires that an independent investigator look into complaints and provides for mandatory expulsion in some cases of sexual assault. This policy applies to conduct occurring on or after June 19, 2014 by undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. 

    Prompted by feedback from the Dartmouth community, the new policy incorporates a number of changes to the original proposal posted on March 14. It will provide for the prompt, effective, fair, and impartial investigation and resolution of complaints of sexual assault.
  • Community mobilization: More than 800 undergraduates have already received training through the Dartmouth Bystander Initiative, a prevention program designed to empower students to recognize and intervene to stop potential assault. The initiative is based on research and has been designed specifically for Dartmouth with the aid of top national experts.
  • National leadership: Dartmouth is galvanizing the campus around this issue. On July 13-17, 2014, the College hosted the Dartmouth Summit on Sexual Assault, a major national conference that brought together more than 270 participants from over 60 colleges and universities, national experts in the field, and officials from the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Education, to discuss best practices and policy analyses that can be applied on campuses. We are consulting with experts to develop evidence-based prevention and response programs. Our efforts have been acknowledged by the White House, where President Phil Hanlon ’77 was invited to a February 2014 conference with Vice President Joe Biden and others.

This site provides information on Dartmouth’s resources, policies, and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. If you need help now, see this comprehensive list of resources.

We welcome questions and comments about the initiatives Dartmouth is taking to address sexual assault at

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Last Updated: 11/20/14