Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon says Dartmouth “will take the lead” in dealing with issues “colleges and universities across the country face.”
As such, the school will be the first in the Ivy League to ban hard liquor on campus, and the first university outside of the military academies to mandate a four-year sexual violence prevention program.
The plan Hanlon presented Thursday was the product of the Moving Dartmouth Forward committee created in April to study problems the president said were “hijacking” the school’s promise: high-risk drinking, sexual assault and a lack of inclusion.
In addition to banning hard liquor starting with the new term at the end of March and implementing the sexual violence prevention program, the plan ends pledge or probationary periods for all student groups and creates new residential communities.
Sexual assault on college campuses has been in the spotlight as students and the federal government demand stricter policies and stronger enforcement.
Dartmouth recently overhauled its policies to include harsher sanctions and a trained external expert to investigate allegations. It will expand on that with the new mandatory program, an online “consent manual” on sexual behavior and a smartphone app to allow students to seek help if they feel threatened, Hanlon said.
On the alcohol front, Hanlon said education programs launched in the past few years have started to pay off, but the practice of “pregaming” — loading up on hard alcohol before heading out for the night — remains a problem.
And I’m sure that new ban will stop that!
Some had proposed an outright ban on fraternities and sororities, but the Moving Dartmouth Forward committee found no association between disorderly conduct and “the intensity of the Greek scene.”
But, don’t worry social justice warriors — Hanlon will keep the Greeks in line … by putting them under “annual reviews to ensure they are being inclusive and diversifying their membership”!