Dartmouth College Code of Conduct For Interaction with Minors

Revised 4/18/2019 ~ Approved 4/18/2019

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 Dartmouth College programs.

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 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 to join me.

I will utilize buddy systems and pursue safety in numbers, e.g. a child who needs to leave the group activity will be accompanied by another child of the same sex.

I will maintain appropriate physical boundaries at all times. I will touch children only in ways that are appropriate, public, and non-sexual.

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 engage in private communications with minors via written communication, text messaging, email, or social media or any other means except when related to activities involving Dartmouth College business.

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

I will not inflict any physical or emotional abuse such as striking, humiliating, ridiculing, or degrading minors.

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 , or neglect, must report that suspicion to the NH Child Protection Services 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.

 

My signature confirms that I have read this Code of Conduct and that any action inconsistent with this Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.