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College Residence Policies and Terms


A summary of existing regulations appears in this section. New or modified rules and regulations will be publicized as warranted.

College residential policies and terms for undergraduates appear in this section. Please note that the information included on these pages and in the housing application has been prepared for Dartmouth undergraduates and their families and is accurate as of March of 2012.  Dartmouth College, however, reserves the right to make from time to time such changes in its policies, regulations, operations, services, programs and activities as the Trustees, faculty and College officers consider appropriate and in the best interests of the Dartmouth community.


Residential Community Expectations, Policies, and Services
Definition of Terms
Health and Safety
Important Safety Tips
Residential Event Accessibility and Accommodation Policy
I. ORL Community Policies
II. Individual Room Policies
III. Building/ORL Policies
IV. Housing Policies
V. Services
Residential Life Judicial Process and Sanctions

Residential Community Expectations, Policies and Services

Residential communities exist to support the educational mission of Dartmouth College. It is the responsibility of each student living in College housing of any type to observe standards of conduct that permit other residents to live in and maintain a safe, secure environment that is conducive to academic and personal success.

On campus housing is an opportunity for Dartmouth students to live and learn together in a community environment.  Residential Life is actively engaged in the process of encouraging the development of responsible citizens and healthy communities. Responsible membership in a community - citizenship - requires that students learn to express their individuality as well as to understand and consider the impact that expression has on others. A positive sense of community develops only when students assume the responsibility to work towards the successful participation of all members. Essential to this process is each resident's responsibility to openly communicate with other members of the community.

Residential Life staff provides support through relationships that focus on care and concern and through the maintenance of clear boundaries for appropriate, safe behavior.  These boundaries are important because they encourage predictable environments as well as insure that individual behavior does not interfere with the legitimate rights of other members of the community. Students can gain personal insight and learn the responsibilities of citizenship by being held accountable for their own behaviors.

All Dartmouth students are expected to adhere to the College Residence Policies and Terms, as well as all College rules and regulations that students are charged to know and observe. No system of standards can fully address in specific fashion all possible situations that arise. When these standards do not address a specific behavior, students are expected to conduct themselves with a spirit of social responsibility and respect for the rights and needs of others. Behavior that violates the spirit of the College Residence Policies and Terms may be addressed, as appropriate to the context and circumstances of the behavior.

Definition of Terms

College Residences

Any college owned and operated Residence Hall, Greek letter organization or Undergraduate Society House, Affinity House, or Apartment Complex.

Common Areas

Any area in a College Residence outside of a student room such as: bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, study spaces and hallways.

Student Room

Includes single, double, triple and quad rooms, along with campus apartments or suites.  Kitchens and living rooms associate with suites and apartments are considered part of the student room.

Health and Safety

The safety and security of all students in residence is of utmost concern to the College and it is expected that all students adopt reasonable safety habits. As a result of this concern, the College has taken a number of actions. Regular patrols by Safety and Security and other College personnel occur nightly in each College-owned residence hall and academic affinity program house. Safety visits by Safety & Security occur weekly in the Greek letter organizations and undergraduate society houses.  Additional hall security procedures are in effect during weekends when many visitors are on campus (for example: Homecoming, Winter Carnival, and Green Key).  Foot patrols and informational posters are circulated in advance reminding students abut personal safety and the safeguarding of personal property.

A number of exterior security phones, many with attached locator blue lights, have been installed in various campus locations. These eighteen security phones are located at Butterfield, McLane, Ripley, Hitchcock, Topliff, Lord, Morton, Little, Judge, and the north and south ends of the McLaughlin Cluster, Davis Varsity House, Thompson Arena, Wentworth Hall, Baker Library, Gilman, A-Lot and the River Parking Lot, which is adjacent to the docks on the Connecticut River.

Officers from the Department of Safety and Security conduct a number of residence hall safety programs throughout the year. These programs discuss some of the most common types of campus crimes, crime prevention and crime reporting procedures. This information is also available directly from the Department of Safety and Security by calling (603) 646-4000.

All Residential Life staff members undergo training in safety and security policies and support the efforts of the Department of Safety and Security to educate students in-residence about campus safety. As members of a community, each individual has a responsibility to ensure that safety hazards are eliminated, fire equipment is maintained and fire procedures are established and followed. Students who by virtue of their behavior toward themselves or other residents show an inability to live in a group setting, refuse intervention and/or endanger themselves or others in any manner may be asked to leave the Dartmouth residential community immediately.

Suspicious persons and activities in the residence halls or their environs should be reported to the Department of Safety and Security. Most importantly, each student should watch out for the well-being of his or her neighbors, friends and classmates. Safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Important Safety Tips

  • Keep your room door locked when you are out or especially while you are sleeping. If your lock does not work, report it immediately to Residential Life staff.
  • If you live on a ground or first floor, keep your window closed and locked when you are not in your room.  If your window lock does not work properly, please contact Residential Operations for a repair.
  • Report any suspicious person or activity to the Department of Safety and Security at 646-4000.
  • Do not leave your laundry unattended.
  • Lock your bicycle in one of the storage racks.  Remember that it is mandatory that you register your bicycle with the Department of Safety and Security.

Residential Event Accessibility and Accommodation Policy

Dartmouth College seeks to ensure that students with disabilities have appropriate access to events hosted in the residence halls, regardless of sponsor. The Office of Residential Life is committed to this goal and is available to work with any event sponsor or student. There are two types of events hosted in residence halls:

  • Closed Events: Closed events are those events only open to residents of a given community. In order to request accommodations for these types of events, please refer to the Office of Residential Life Statement on Diversity as well as in pre-event publicity for these events.
  • Open Events: Open events are those events that are open to the Dartmouth community or the general public. In order to request accommodations for these events, please contact the Senior Associate Director of Residential Education.

Accommodation: The College employs a variety of ways to provide accessibility to residence hall events. Some methods of accommodation include provision of auxiliary aids and services, technology, personal assistance or, where programs or activities initially are scheduled in physically inaccessible locations, by relocation.

Whenever feasible, events should be scheduled in accessible locations in the first instance. In the case of events in the residence halls that are open to the Dartmouth community or the general public, it is important that the sponsors of events plan ahead. In advance of selecting a particular venue, event sponsors should contact the Office of Residential Life for information concerning the accessibility of the proposed venue and to make arrangements for participants with disabilities.

Resources: Dartmouth has resources that can provide guidance as to how to plan events to maximize the opportunities for participation by persons with disabilities, including how to respond to requests for accommodations, such as requests for relocation, for interpreters, or for other forms of accommodation. For events in the residence halls, the Senior Associate Director for Residential Education serves as the point person for these resources (Telephone: 603-646-1491, Email

Requests for Accommodation/Relocation: Individuals seeking accommodations in order to participate in events hosted in the residence halls are encouraged to provide as much advance notice as possible, but in any event, a minimum of two weeks advance notice, so that there is sufficient time to provide accommodations or relocate an event.

Notice: Pre-event publicity, whether by flyer, website, or other means must include information on how potential participants may request accommodations. The following is a suggested statement for use in pre-event publicity for events in the residence halls open to the Dartmouth community or general public:

If you need accommodations or have questions about the accessibility of this event, please contact the Senior Associate Director of Residential Education at 603-646-1491 or

Last Updated: 3/28/12