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Update on ongoing investigations

February 19, 2018

To the Dartmouth community,

As you know, Dartmouth is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct involving three faculty members in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Each of the three separate investigations is being conducted by an experienced external investigator, who is close to concluding her work. We will, therefore, soon move from the investigative stage to consideration of any disciplinary action, where appropriate.

As College policy indicates for arts and sciences faculty, once each investigation is complete, any disciplinary process will follow the procedures set forth in the Organization of the Faculty of Dartmouth College (OFDC), the rules and regulations that govern all faculty at the institution. The OFDC can be found here:

As our consideration of these cases proceeds, I have confidence in the process that governs faculty at Dartmouth. Out of respect for that process, I anticipate that we will refrain from further comment until the cases are concluded. 

The three faculty members have been on paid leave with restricted access to Dartmouth property during the investigations. While continuing to pursue timely, thorough, and equitable investigations, the College has been cooperating with ongoing criminal investigations of alleged misconduct, conducted by the New Hampshire attorney general’s office.

I want to emphasize what I’ve said throughout the course of these investigations—sexual misconduct and harassment have no place at Dartmouth and we will not tolerate such behavior. We are committed to ensuring the rights and protecting the safety of all members of our community. As we continue to safeguard the Dartmouth community, we recently announced the chair and members of the Presidential Steering Committee on Sexual Misconduct. We charged the committee with identifying areas where Dartmouth should consider improvements to policies and procedures regarding sexual misconduct and consensual relationships, ensuring greater clarity, consistency, and coherence among these policies, and incorporating best practices for educational and training opportunities for all campus constituencies. 

Dartmouth offers a range of support services to all, including those who have made reports of sexual assault and misconduct. The services can be found on Dartmouth’s sexual respect website at Please do not hesitate to seek help.

In the cases before us, we remain committed to comprehensive and fair reviews. In doing so, we will ultimately strengthen our community. I appreciate your patience as this process continues.


Phil Hanlon ’77

Last Updated: 2/19/18