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A Message from President Jim Yong Kim

May 8, 2012

To Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff:

Today I am pleased to announce the twelve students, faculty, and staff who will form the Committee on Student Safety and Accountability (COSSA) under the leadership of Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson. This group will take an integrated approach to improving student safety and well-being by addressing the interrelated threats of high-risk drinking, hazing, and sexual assault. The COSSA members are:
-Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College,  committee chair -Rebecca Biron, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese -Hannah Decker '13 -N. Bruce Duthu, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies -Duncan Hall '13 -Harry Kinne, director of Safety and Security -Kathryn Lively, associate professor of Sociology -Rob McClung, the Patricia F. and William B. Hale 1944 Professor in the Arts and Sciences -Tyler Melville '14 -Harry Sheehy, director of Athletics and Recreation -Chelsea Suydam '14 -Lisa Thum, Assistant Dean of undergraduate students

These members bring a valuable diversity of opinion and experience that will be critical as they work to improve student health and evaluate how best to instill a culture of shared accountability among the Dartmouth community.

The Committee will draw on the latest research and evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies by consulting with leading experts in student safety. COSSA will also tap into the expertise on campus by working with the Dartmouth College Health Improvement Program (DCHIP) and the Student and Presidential Committee on Sexual Assault (SPCSA) to build on the work already in progress.

The task force will serve as an advisory body to the President, Provost, and Dean of the College, and its work will supplement outreach to the community and educational efforts that are under way. It will work over the next year to develop recommendations for effective short-term and long-term actions.

This effort requires vibrant, informed, and thoughtful debate among the entire Dartmouth community, and COSSA will reach out broadly to build on the dialogue that has already begun and gather feedback.

I encourage you to seize those opportunities and contribute your voice to this vital discussion. The harmful behaviors that affect our campus are no match for the power each of us has to shape the Dartmouth experience we wish to enjoy.

Sincerely,
President Jim Yong Kim

Last Updated: 5/9/12