Liveblogging Moving Dartmouth Forward

President Hanlon will report on the Steering Committee’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” reforms today.

President Phil Hanlon is announcing the long-awaited “Moving Dartmouth Forward” recommendations that the Steering Committee reported today in the Hopkins Center’s Moore Auditorium.  The Dartmouth Review is bringing live updates on Hanlon’s address.  Refresh page to see updates.

  • 8:21 AM — The venue is a packed house.  The second story balcony is being opened for more spectators.
  • 8:33 AM — President Hanlon has appeared on stage.
  • 8:36 AM — He’s beginning with talking about Kemeny and how he reflected “Dartmouth’s promise.”
  • 8:37 AM — He says that we need to address a “vital component: the environment in which we live and learn.”  Wants to eliminate “extreme behaviors” and increase “inclusivity.”  Similar to rhetoric over the last months.
  • 8:38 AM — Gives thanks to Steering Committee and Professor Barbara Will.
  • 8:40 AM — “Let’s hit the high points.”  Will “transform residential life” at College: new housing plan.  Beginning with ’19s, each student will be put into one of six “residential communities,” which will have dedicated spaces and events.  Each will have resident professor and graduate students.
  • 8:42 AM — Mentions one million dollar per year budget for increasing faculty diversity.  Also wants to increase undergraduate diversity.
  • 8:43 AM — Wants to get rid of “extreme behavior.”  Mentions zero-tolerance policy put into place over summer; bystander training program.  Next year, will have four-year awareness education program.  Will introduce “Dartmouth smartphone safety app.”
  • 8:45 AM — Addressing “high-risk drinking.”  Finds it “far too prevalent,” blaming hard alcohol.  There is a hard alcohol ban for undergraduate students, who cannot drink or own it on campus.  No hard alcohol at sponsored College events.
  • 8:46 AM — Students will be required to sign a code of conduct starting next fall.
  • 8:47 AM — Ties code of conduct to Internet conduct.
  • 8:48 AM — Addresses Greek system.  Steering Committee found that all peers regardless of Greek life “struggle with alcohol.”  Says will not get rid of Greek system, but all organizations on campus will be held to higher standard of “accountability.”  That one person in the audience with the “Abolish the Greek System” sign must be disappointed.
  • 8:50 AM — Dean of College is going to have “annual review process” for behavior — hazing, pledge term, etc.  “Organizations that choose not to follow these standards will not be part of this community.”
  • 8:52 AM — Strengthening academic rigor: major investment in “experiential learning.”
  • 8:54 AM — Will set up a chair for accountability — Tufts President Emeritus Larry Bacow.
  • 8:54 AM — Will have climate surveys in the future.
  • 8:55 AM — Finishes with, “We will move Dartmouth forward,” of course.