Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy

On January 17, 2022, Dartmouth’s Senior Leadership adopted a policy to address discrimination and harassment. The policy defines Prohibited Conduct and outlines a clear set of procedures for formally or informally resolving reports of discriminatory behavior. The Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy is one of the ways in which we can demonstrate our values of equity and inclusion through accountability.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) 

What is this policy? 
The Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy (NDAP) affirms Dartmouth College's commitment to creating and maintaining a living, learning, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on a person's membership in a protected class, and to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state laws that prohibit such conduct. 

Why has it been created? 
As part of the reorganization of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, all policies are undergoing review. This policy provides clear definitions of Prohibited Conduct and provides updated resolution procedures that ensure fairness and equity for all parties involved. 

How is this different from the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures?   
Discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct based on sex, gender expression/identity, or sexual orientation is covered within the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy (SMP).  Sex and gender-based offenses require certain responses and resolution procedures in accordance with the Final Rule issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May 2020. 

To whom does the policy apply? 
This policy and resolution procedures apply to all Dartmouth Students, Faculty, Staff, and Invitees.  

Who oversees the policy and resolution process? 
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity, or OIDE, holds this policy and process. Specifically, staff members in the Equity and Compliance arm of the office will be the ones working directly with parties involved. 

What if I just have some questions and am not sure if I want to file a complaint or engage in the process? 
We welcome questions and conversations! Any Equity and Compliance staff member is happy to meet for a conversation to discuss your concern.  A conversation does not begin a formal process or constitute a complaint. 

Why is the sanctioning process different for faculty than it is for students and staff? 
Dartmouth College has different contractual obligations to each of its constituent groups- faculty, students, and staff.  Any formal process must contemplate and respect these obligations and referring sanctions responsibilities to a Dean when the Respondent is a faculty member is one way that we do that. 

What exactly is an Informal Resolution? 
Recognizing that some individuals may not want to participate in a Formal Resolution process, Dartmouth strives to resolve conflicts at the lowest possible level of intervention. Often, the most effective avenue for informal resolution of complaints is direct conversation with the person or persons reported to have caused the offense, and thoughtful discussion of the issue that will include exploring options for resolution.  OIDE will guide the parties throughout the process, suggesting and supporting resolutions that are appropriate for the parties as well as the severity of the behavior.