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As President Phil Hanlon gears up to present his final Moving Dartmouth Forward plan to the Board of Trustees next week, some student leaders and faculty members have expressed skepticism as to whether the new policies will effectively change student social life, while others are hopeful and supportive. His presentation to the public, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m. in the Moore Theater, represents the final step in a nine-month process to generate feedback and create new campus policies to combat harmful student behaviors and exclusivity.
Following a meeting of Greek leaders and administrators on Sept. 17, Greek councils and presidents have seen their schedules filled with internal and external meetings on different proposals for Greek life reform.
The Board of Trustees discussed academic goals, changes to Geisel Medical School and Thayer Engineering School and “Moving Dartmouth Forward” presidential steering committee progress this weekend. Reflecting on the weekend, College President Phil Hanlon said the meeting focused on academic excellence and productivity.
Greek leaders recommended policy changes related to high-risk drinking, sexual misconduct, freshman safety, house renovations, faculty advisors and inclusivity, calling on students and alumni invested in the Greek system to show their support. As of about 1 p.m. Sunday, the website had received roughly 650 signatures.
The Palaeopitus senior society called on the “Moving Dartmouth Forward” presidential steering committee to increase transparency and better communicate with students. A letter sent Thursday night, signed by nearly 60 student leaders as of press time, suggested reforms like releasing preliminary recommendations for feedback and detailing its research.
Greek leaders proposed policy changes related to high-risk drinking, sexual misconduct, freshman safety, house renovations, faculty advisors and inclusivity in a letter sent to senior College administrators earlier this week.
A restructured leadership team and two new task forces are on Provost Carolyn Dever’s agenda as she moves into her third month at the College. Across its initiatives, Dartmouth must work to create its own image and stop allowing its problems to define it, as it has for decades, she said.
Fraternities must abolish pledge terms for new members, members of the Interfraternity Council decided unanimously on Sunday night. The vote does not come with any new enforcement measures, IFC president Wil Chockley ’15 said, noting that College and government policies already ban hazing. Its student-driven nature, combined with a fear of system-wide retribution if a fraternity violates the policy, will contribute to its enforcement, fraternity presidents interviewed said.
Abolishing the College’s Greek system was the most popular online submission that the presidential steering committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward received, the group announced on Wednesday. The preliminary findings released by the committee did not include feedback from means other than online submissions, such as discussion groups.
English professor Barbara Will stood in front of Thursday's class meeting of “Social Entrepreneurship,” an upper-level economics class. Introducing herself as the chair of the steering committee for Moving Dartmouth Forward, Will urged students to send in their feedback to the initiative, which the committee will collect this summer and synthesize into a report, with recommendations to be presented to College President Phil Hanlon this October.
The final set of “Campus Conversations” will take place today, concluding the Office of the President’s series of biweekly public talks with a discussion of global learning experiences at the College. Approximately 415 people have attended the talks since they began in February under the banner of “Moving Dartmouth Forward,” according to the office of public affairs, and the videotaped sessions have garnered a total of over 3,000 views.
A presidential steering committee will spend the next six months examining issues of sexual assault, high-risk drinking and inclusivity, College President Phil Hanlon announced in a campus-wide email Monday afternoon. Three professors, two administrators, four sophomores and two alumni comprise the committee, which will spend its first phase — until June 30 — gathering community input.
Around 30 faculty members and 15 students attended Monday’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” sessions, which discussed the Innovation Center and New Venture Incubator and an arts and innovation district that would centralize campus entrepreneurial and artistic endeavors. Some involved in the College arts community expressed hesitation about the consolidation, noting a desire to separate artistic creativity from what they saw as financially-driven entrepreneurship.
Over 120 community leaders gathered in Dartmouth Hall for an invitation-only summit last night to discuss ways to end harmful behavior, including sexual violence, high-risk drinking and exclusion in campus social spaces. The summit, which College President Phil Hanlon announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday afternoon, included speeches and breakout sessions for discussion and brainstorming.
Dartmouth’s difficulty in recruiting and retaining minority faculty members may derive from a preexisting lack of minority professors, tenure prospects and additional mentorship responsibilities these faculty members take on, students, faculty and staff said at the fifth set of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” discussions. Facilitated by Dean of the Faculty Michael Mastanduno and Dean of the Thayer School of Engineering Joseph Helble on Monday, the sessions focused on issues surrounding faculty recruitment and retention.
Students’ familiarity with technology gives them skills that are often inaccessible to more experienced workers, but may also leave them vulnerable to social gaffes in the workplace, Center for Professional Development director Roger Woolseysaid at the fourth set of “Moving Dartmouth Forward” discussions, held on Monday. About 20 alumni and administrators gathered at noon in the Hood Auditorium for the first of two discussions and spoke about Dartmouth students’ professional needs, including business etiquette, networking and communication skills.
Presenters at yesterday’s “Moving Dartmouth Forward” sessions, which focused on digital learning, spoke about the transition from Blackboard to a new online management system, Canvas, the College’s recent partnership with the online learning platform edX and possible plans to redesign large courses to feel more like seminars. The noon session attracted about 70 attendees, who were mostly staff and faculty.
Discussing issues ranging from a lack of shared cooking spaces to the need for more student-faculty interaction in residence halls, alumni, faculty and students gathered for the second set of Moving Dartmouth Forward sessions in Fahey Hall yesterday.
The D-Plan’s flexibility is both its greatest advantage and biggest drawback, faculty, staff, alumni and students concluded at the first set of Moving Dartmouth Forward discussion sessions on Monday. The two meetings, held in the afternoon and evening to allow more community members to participate, were presented by the D-Plan Study Group, a research committee formed in response to College President Phil Hanlon’s address to the faculty last November.