Dartmouth College Code of Conduct For Interaction with Minors

Revised 5/22/20 ~ Approved 5/27/2020
 

Dartmouth College is committed to the safety and protection of minors. Under New Hampshire law, a minor refers to an individual who is under the age of 18. This Code of Conduct applies to all faculty, staff, volunteers and students representing Dartmouth College who interact with minors.

If you have questions about this Code of Conduct, please contact: Mimi Simpson, Minors Protection Officer at Dartmouth College, Marion.B.Simpson@dartmouth.edu or (603) 646-0348.

 

Statement of Acknowledgement and Understanding

I will:

I promise to follow the rules and guidelines in this Code of Conduct while interacting with minors who participate in-person or remotely online in Dartmouth College programs.

I further acknowledge and affirm that I will comply with all applicable Dartmouth College policies, including but not limited to the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.

I understand that as a person who interacts with minors under the auspices of Dartmouth College, I may be required to undergo a criminal history background check. The results must be acceptable to Dartmouth for the purposes of interacting with minors.

I understand that if I am currently enrolled as a student at the College and will be interacting with minors, I may be asked to consent to a review of my disciplinary history at Dartmouth, as well. The results of the review of student disciplinary records must be acceptable to Dartmouth for purposes of working with minors.

If I am required to be alone in-person or online with a minor in a qualifying Youth Skills Program/Camp, I will undergo a background check prior to doing so, or will ask another adult who has already undergone a recent background check and is an Authorized Adult(1) to join me.

I will communicate with minors electronically via electronic mail or publicly viewable group chats only, on which I will copy designated Parents/Guardians of those minors at all times, and I will not "friend" or Direct Message any minor.

I will maintain appropriate physical boundaries at all times.

I will treat everyone with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy and dignity.

I will use positive reinforcement rather than criticism or comparison when working with minors.


I will not:

I will not attempt to engage in private chat features through Dartmouth's online programs or engage in private communications with minors in any medium.

I will not touch or speak to a minor (or minors) in a sexual or other inappropriate manner.

I will not use, possess, or be under the influence of tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs at any time while working with minors.

I will not provide transportation to a minor (or minors) unless doing so is an acknowledged component of a program and within the scope of my responsibilities within that program.

I will not accept or give gifts to minors without the knowledge of their parents or guardians.

I will not use profanity in the presence of children and/or youth at any time.

 

Obligation to Report Possible Abuse or Neglect of a Minor:

I understand every person, including me, has an obligation to report suspected child abuse under New Hampshire law.

Under NH State RSA 169-C:29-31 anyone, including all Dartmouth employees, students and volunteers, who has reason to suspect a child under the age of 18 has been abused, including sexual abuse(2), or neglect, must report that suspicion to the NH Child Protection Services(3) at 800-894-5533 (when calling from in state) or 603-271-6562 (when calling from out of state). For immediate emergencies call 911.

I will comply with the mandatory reporting regulations of the State of New Hampshire. I understand that failure to report suspected child abuse to New Hampshire authorities is against the law.

After notifying New Hampshire authorities, I understand that it is also my obligation to notify my Program Manager and the Dartmouth Department of Safety & Security at (603) 646-4000 as soon as possible.

Individuals making reports in good faith will be protected from liability.

I will cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse of children and/or youth.

 

Footnotes:

(1) An "Authorized Adult" is any adult faculty member, college student, staff member, or volunteer who is working directly with minors and who has undergone a criminal background check within the current calendar year and with results acceptable under New Hampshire law and Dartmouth College standards.

(2) "Child sexual abuse" as defined by the New Hampshire Statute NH RSA 169-C:3.

(3) Depending on the direction provided by New Hampshire authorities, you may be advised to information Child Protective Services in other states.

 

My signature confirms that I have read this Code of Conduct and that any action inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or any Dartmouth College policy may result in disciplinary action, including expulsion or termination of employment from Dartmouth College.