In June of 1980, the Board of Trustees endorsed the following "Principle of Community" for Dartmouth College:
The life and work of a Dartmouth student should be based on integrity, responsibility, and consideration. In all activities, each student is expected to be sensitive to and respectful of the rights and interests of others and to be personally honest. He or she should be appreciative of the diversity of the community as providing an opportunity for learning and moral growth.
This statement provides a basis for interaction between and among all members of the College, and each of us is expected to be mindful of it in pursuing our own interests as members of this community.
The Guarini Institute strives to provide safe, rigorous off-campus learning experiences that will prepare students for a lifetime of learning and ethical civic engagement. However, we must be mindful that our off-campus programs are not immune to problems that arise as a result of lack of knowledge, thoughtlessness, misunderstanding, or various forms of intolerance. Therefore, it is critical that students have the ability to report incidents that cause them or others harm, and/or are in disharmony with our expectations of behavior.
The Achieving Community Together (ACT) process is a fact-finding, communication, education, and response process that was developed to provide guidance in assisting and supporting the student community when incidents occur that are experienced or perceived as undermining the College's Principle of Community.
All ACT reports are shared with the ACT Response Team (ART). This team evaluates each report and when appropriate meets with the impacted and implicated parties. If there is behavior that, if true, violates a college Standard of Conduct, the report will be shared with the Department of Safety & Security and the Office of Community Standards & Accountability for appropriate action under applicable disciplinary processes. Otherwise, the goal is not to engage in disciplinary action but to engage in dialogue about the action and its impact in an effort to learn, grow, and to enhance our community. Through this process we work together to raise awareness, create educational and restorative opportunities for growth and responsibility, and provide support across our community for fulfilling our Principle of Community.
Please note that incidents of sexual misconduct should be reported to the Dartmouth Title IX office. Sexual misconduct or other incidents can be also reported anonymously via the Dartmouth Compliance & Ethics Hotline.