Effective June 19, 2014 (the start of summer term), the College is adopting the enclosed Unified Disciplinary Procedures for Sexual Assault by Students and Student Organizations. The new procedures will apply to conduct occurring on or after June 19, 2014. Complaints concerning misconduct that is alleged to have occurred before that date will continue to be subject to the generally applicable student disciplinary procedures. For example, a complaint by an undergraduate student that a sexual assault occurred prior to June 19, 2014 would be processed under the existing Standards of Conduct and Committee on Standards procedure.
As noted in the Unified Disciplinary Procedures, this policy applies to the investigation and resolution of complaints of: sexual assault; aiding, abetting, or inciting sexual assault; and retaliation for reporting or participating in an investigation of sexual assault. Sexual and gender-based harassment not involving physical assault -- as well as domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking -- will be addressed in the generally applicable standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures for undergraduate students and graduate and professional students. For example, a complaint that a Geisel School of Medicine student engaged in sexual harassment not involving sexual assault would be addressed under the Geisel School's student disciplinary procedure. The same would be true for complaints against students alleging domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The continued use of generally applicable disciplinary procedures to investigate and resolve complaints of sexual misconduct not involving sexual assault is in no way intended to minimize the impact of such conduct or the seriousness with which Dartmouth regards and deals with it. On the contrary, sexual and gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by both federal law and Dartmouth policy, and the College will take prompt, appropriate, and effective action to eliminate the behaviors, prevent their recurrence, and address their effects, including the full range of possible disciplinary sanctions when a student is found responsible. However, allegations of sexual assault involve distinct issues which can be investigated and resolved more effectively through the procedures set forth in the Unified Disciplinary Procedures.
A draft of the Unified Disciplinary Procedures was posted on March 19 for community comment. Many comments were received, each was carefully considered, and many changes were made. While time does not permit us to address every comment or change, the following are especially noteworthy:
 Recent federal legislation requires colleges and universities to adopt policies to address sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, in addition to sexual assault. See Section 304(a)(5) of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (also known as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE)), Pub. L. No. 113-4, 20 U.S.C. 1092 (f)(8)(A)(ii).
Last Updated: 9/15/14