Selective Safety?

by Cecilia Schmidt | 11/22/04 6:00am

To the Editor:

As a parent of a college student at Brown, I was shocked to read the November 19 article about the selective requirement for wearing safety helmets while skiing at Dartmouth.

It is outrageous that College spokesman Roland Adams claims that "safety was the major motivation for the rule." If that is indeed the case, why would the College require helmets exclusively for those students participating in skiing to fulfill a requirement? This is clearly an issue of liability. Students not enrolled in Dartmouth ski classes can just as easily hurt themselves as those who voluntarily participate in the sport. It seems to me that Dartmouth's policy sends out a clear message to parents: We will protect your students only as much as we have to in order to protect ourselves from lawsuits.

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