Security different for campus visitors

by Amanda Cohen | 7/13/07 3:10am

The Summer term hosts an onslaught of non-Dartmouth students who live in the College's residential halls during their time in Hanover. Those who participate in summer camps and other residential programs on campus, however, are not eligible for some of the services Safety and Security provides for Dartmouth students, including campus transportation in the absence of an emergency and use of the Good Samaritan policy.

While Safety and Security is responsible for the well-being of all campus visitors, non-Dartmouth students do not have the same "contract" with campus security as Dartmouth students, according to Director of Safety and Security Harry Kinne. As a result, Safety and Security reports all drug and alcohol violations committed by non-Dartmouth students to Hanover Police.

Additionally, many of the camp attendees are high school students, which increases the risk of minors being served alcohol.

"You have high school kids, and they are on campus, so we always want to alert and caution the fraternities and sororities [to] just be careful, because Webster Avenue is a big curiosity for people, and certainly some of the high school students may look like they're college age," Kinne said.

Kinne advised party hosts on campus to contact Safety and Security if high school students try to enter a party.

"Certainly providing alcohol to an underage person is against the law, [so the party host] could be charged for facilitating underage drinking," Kinne said. "Safety and Security will take responsibility for dealing with individuals away from the organization."

Most of the high school camps adhere to tight schedules, including curfews before 11 p.m., and supervised residence halls, which reduce the possibility of the campers attending parties hosted by Greek organizations.

"We do room checks every night and the staff will stay in the lobbies of the dorms until 12, 12:30 at night so it would be pretty difficult for a young man to get out and go to a fraternity party," Jeff Cook, the head coach at the summer soccer camp on campus, said.

At the Dartmouth Debate Institute, a three- to four-week debate camp for high school juniors and seniors, students who use or are in the presence of people using alcohol or drugs are in violation of the camp's policy and are immediately sent home. Therefore, any student present during an event in which alcohol is served faces disciplinary action.

"The student would be sent home, forfeiting thousands of dollars of his or her parents have paid to send them here, and if we thought the fraternity was complicit in the matter, we would probably report them as well," Ken Strange, the camp's director, said.

Cook noted that disciplinary actions taken against a camper during the summer could have negative ramifications for years to come.

"What they do off the field is as important as what they do on the field and I don't think any of the boys want to jeopardize their opportunity to get in to the best college they can," he said.

The Tuck Bridge program, however, enrolls college students and recent graduates, who have limited nighttime supervision. Because most of the students are of legal drinking age, they pose less of a legal threat to those hosting a party. Their presence in fraternity parties, however, has at times been overwhelming and negatively received, according to some party hosts.

"The Tuck Bridge kids came in huge groups a couple of times and some kids were definitely relatively annoyed by it," Tyler Young '09, a social chair for Alpha Delta fraternity said. "I'd say it takes away from parties a little bit when people look around and feel like they have no idea who a lot of the people are -- so we're definitely going to only let in the Tuck Bridge students that we know in the future."

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