College-Mandated Renovations

An otherwise competent Daily Dartmouth article on the ongoing renovations to several fraternities and sororities neglects a basic fact: the reason these various houses are undergoing this construction at the same time (and it’s not because they’re all flush with cash).

As part of the Student Life Initiative, the College mandated that all fraternities undergo substantial improvements by (I believe) 2008 in order to meet the strictest fire-safety and handicapped-accessibility standards. As older facilities and private residences, these changes were not legally necessary—except to meet the College’s requirements.