Access During New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is committed to supporting incoming students as they transition to Dartmouth. We recognize that the needs of our students vary, and some may have different access needs. 

We strive to create programs that are inclusive to all and consider access needs across wide-ranging circumstances, such as mobility-access, visual/auditory or sensory integration processing, chronic health, and anxiety and attention, to name a few. We are aware that inclusive design is a constant work in progress.

As you navigate the next few months leading up to Orientation, do not hesitate to reach out if you experience an access need or concern. We recognize that you may not know what you need until you arrive at Dartmouth and begin New Student Orientation and that's okay; we are committed to supporting your transition in whatever ways we can.

If you have questions, we encourage you to reach out to New Student Orientation, and we will do our best to connect you with the appropriate resource. 

In the meantime, the information below details what you can expect during New Student Orientation in the Fall of 2022.

We also recognize that inclusive access and accessibility helps not only students who have a  disability or a short-term condition but all students. Regardless of how you identify, please take a moment to read this information as we believe that it may be helpful to all of you at some point!

Alternative Format

All New Student Orientation (NSO) programs and materials can be made available in alternative format. Contact us - new.student.orientation@dartmouth.edu - for more information.

Wellness and Break Spaces DURING NSO

If at any time during NSO you need a break, we will encouage you to please take a moment for yourself. We will also have self-care practices available.

If you or a friend need to step out of any large program during NSO to take care of your physical or mental wellbeing, there will be a break room available in some venues. Break room availability will be announced at the beginning of programs (when available).

Accessible Entrances

Accessible entrances can be found on the Dartmouth campus map. If you have concerns about access into a venue, please reach out!

Getting Around Campus

If you have any concerns about walking to and from programs, traveling from events to meals, managing our expansive campus - please be in touch. While we can’t guarantee solutions for everything, we will want to introduce you to resources that can help us all create a more accessible campus experience.

Assistive Listening Devices and Transcripts

Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) are available at some venues. 

If you need an ALD or a transcript of a program, please contact New Student Orientation.

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) supports  students with disabilities and their instructors to ensure equal access to courses and co-curricular programming. Approved accommodations and services are individualized and may include advising and consultation, technological solutions, academic adjustments (e.g. testing modifications, note-taking support), and auxiliary services (e.g. Sign Language interpreters). You can reach them at Student.Accessibility.Services@Dartmouth.edu

SAS partners with offices such as the Student Wellness Center and Academic Skills Center to connect students, especially those experiencing anxiety and/or difficulties with focus who do not necessarily have a disability, with appropriate support such as wellness check-ins and/or academic coaching. Moreover, SAS has compiled resources for students with injuries, illnesses, and other temporary conditions.

Access Dartmouth

Access Dartmouth serves as a mentorship organization for incoming students with disabilities and access challenges and helps ease their transition to Dartmouth. The group also engages in accessibility advocacy and activism on campus. Through these two missions, they hope to create a Dartmouth environment that is more supportive of students with disabilities through creating a strong, centralized disabled community and enacting structural change. You can find Access Dartmouth on Dartmouth Engage or email them at Accessible.Dartmouth@Dartmouth.edu.

Dartmouth Student Mental Health Union

The Dartmouth Student Mental Health Union comprises students working to destigmatize and normalize mental health through advocacy, peer support, partnerships with College offices who support wellness, and resource-sharing. Check out their Get Involved page, or email them at Dartmouth.Mental.Health.Student.Union@Dartmouth.edu to learn more.