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Welcome Letter to New Students

September 5, 2017

Dear New Students:

I want to welcome each of you to Dartmouth College. You are about to begin one of the most exciting times in your life and our department wants to help insure that your "Dartmouth Experience" is a safe one.

You often hear that Dartmouth is a special place; its depth of character, traditions, diversity, commitment to academic excellence, as well as its beautiful natural surroundings contribute to making Dartmouth such an exemplary academic environment. We want you to enjoy the campus and take full advantage of all Dartmouth has to offer, and in doing so we encourage you to take appropriate personal and collective precautions when living, learning, working, and playing at Dartmouth.

We take your safety very seriously and we want you to do the same. Dartmouth takes the issues of sexual assault, hazing, and the dangers of excessive alcohol consumption very seriously and is committed to preventing these issues from interfering with your educational experience. Your safety is, and always will be, our department's greatest concern. We want you to know that we are always available to you and we encourage you to contact us for any reason; at any time.

You can always reach us around the clock at 646-4000. Several years ago we introduced a new safetyapp called Dartmouth LiveSafe. It is easily downloaded to your smartphone from the App Store or Google Play. The app provides you access to campus resource information, easy Emergency 911 and Dartmouth Safety and Security communications, anonymous tip reporting and much more. I encourage you to download the app and make it part of your campus safety tool box.

Dartmouth also has an emergency notification system, called DartAlert, to alert our community of a catastrophic event occurring on or near campus. DartAlert consists of an outdoor siren and audible speakers and a mass email, cellphone, and desktop alert system. I encourage you to visit the Emergency Preparedness website to learn how to sign up for cellphone text orvoice messages and desk top alert messages.

The Department of Safety and Security provides Dartmouth College with professional safety and security services that include incident response, investigation, and follow up of all security related matters that come to our attention. We strive to engage our community via education, information sharing and training programs, as our strongest ally in deterrence and prevention. The members of this department are dedicatedto the Mission of the College and, as stated in our Mission Statement, to the maintenance of a campus environment that supports academic excellence, independent thought, and cultural collaboration.

We are here to help you at all times: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will see us around as you enjoy the campus, so please feel free to say hello or stop by and visit our offices on the 3rd floor of 5 Rope Ferry Road.

Have a wonderful and safe Dartmouth Experience.

Keiselim A. Montás

Interim Director of Safety and Security & College Proctor

Last Updated: 8/24/17