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New Student Orientation
Collis Center for Student Involvement
6181 Collis Center
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH  03755
Phone: 603.646.0089

Messages from the Dean of the College to New Students

September 4, 2013

Dean Charlotte Johnson

Dear Members of the Class of 2017:

You are now little more than a week away from the beginning of Orientation. To ensure your success in and out of the classroom, I want to take a moment to remind you of the core values I mentioned in my message last month, and to share the expectations and obligations arising from your entering the Dartmouth community.

Accountability: As the Preamble to our Community Standards reflects, "The integrity of the Dartmouth community depends upon students' and student organizations' acceptance of individual responsibility and respect for the rights of others." We expect all students to assume personal responsibility for positive citizenship and to conduct themselves in a manner that supports and promotes a successful residential learning community. Sexual misconduct, hazing, the use of physical violence, drug use, behavior resulting from excessive alcohol consumption and other harmful and disruptive activities have no place at Dartmouth.

Academic Honor: The College Academic Honor Principle, established 50 years ago this year, states:  "Fundamental to the principle of independent learning are the requirements of honesty and integrity in the performance of academic assignments, both in and out of the classroom. Dartmouth operates on the principle of academic honor, without proctoring of examinations. Any student who submits work which is not his or her own, or commits other acts of academic dishonesty, violates the purposes of the college..." You will learn more about the Academic Honor Principle, and its importance at Dartmouth, during Orientation.

Civility: As I noted in my last message, our Principle of Community calls for each of us "to be sensitive to and respectful of the rights and interests of others, and to be personally honest."  We also expect that you apply these basic principles of civility regardless of the forum in which you are communicating. We have been particularly concerned in recent years that online opportunities for anonymous expression have compromised the ties and trust that bind us as a community. As we have seen from reports across the country, the hurt and distress that unfiltered and personally derogatory comments may cause can be significant. In this community, we defend the right to freedom of expression, but harassment and threats of harm are not protected.  Nor are anonymous violations necessarily anonymous.  When warranted the College has been able to identify "anonymous" postings.

Inclusivity: You will learn most when you make meaningful connections across differences, whether those differences lie in ideas, disciplines, cultures, backgrounds, nationalities, faiths, race and ethnicity, or personal experiences. Push yourself out of your comfort zone wherever you can and look for people who have different perspectives to share. Challenge your assumptions, think critically about what you hear from others, and be open to the many opportunities for growth during your time here. Your education and your Dartmouth Experience will be richer as a result.


Charlotte Johnson
Dean of the College

July 17, 2013

Dear Members of the Class of 2017:

By the end of today, you will have received your housing and roommate assignments. As you prepare for the reality of your transition into our residential learning community, I ask that you join in our individual and collective commitment to the College Principle of Community. More than thirty years ago, the Board of Trustees adopted the Principle as a basis for interaction between and among all members of the College:

The life and work of a Dartmouth student should be based on integrity, responsibility and consideration. In all activities each student is expected to be sensitive to and respectful of the rights and interests of others and to be personally honest.  He or she should be appreciative of the diversity of the community as providing an opportunity for learning and moral growth.

Our lives and work together are informed by this principle and our core values of academic honor, accountability, civility, and inclusivity.  I believe that the community is at its best when the Dartmouth Experience, which you will each define for yourselves, is grounded in these values.  As Dartmouth's newest citizens, you assume responsibility for contributing to a positive living and learning environment for students, faculty and staff alike.

My colleagues and I look forward to having you on campus and to partnering with you in your academic and personal success.  You will hear from me again before your September arrival.  In the meantime, I wish you and your family a wonderful summer.


Charlotte Johnson
Dean of the College

May 9, 2013

Welcome Class of 2017 and Transfer Students!

We are delighted that you have chosen to become part of our community. Over the next few months, we will be providing a wealth of information to help you prepare for your arrival on campus. You will need to monitor this site regularly and pay close attention to deadlines by which you need to submit important information to the College. More details follow below in the message from our New Student Orientation planning team.

Beginning early on Wednesday, September 11th, you will engage with our outstanding faculty and staff about the curriculum and what it means to be a member of the Dartmouth community. Orientation will include a wide range of faculty presentations that will prepare you for academic engagement and selecting your fall term courses. You'll also participate in a variety of programs that will introduce you to the highest principles and values of our community: academic honor, integrity, responsibility, mutual respect, and inclusivity.

Classes will begin on Monday, September 16th, marking the beginning of the College's 244th academic year. It will be a very exciting time.

Congratulations. We can't wait to see you get started. We look forward to welcoming you in the fall.

Charlotte Johnson
Dean of the College

Last Updated: 9/4/13