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Following the release of Dartmouth’s reopening plan last week, students have raised questions about the housing options on the College’s campus. According to director of campus planning Joanna Whitcomb, all new projects related to the construction and renovation of undergraduate residences are on hold.
In the wake of anti-racism protests and actions, members of the Geisel School of Medicine have begun speaking out against and taking measures to combat diversity and equity issues at their medical institution. Among these initiativesis a student run Instagram account @concernedstudent1797, which posts short anomymous narratives from students who have experienced discrimination.
The College’s Academic Honor Principle was not a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruptions to college life. Despite concerns that the move to online learning would result in a rise in incidents of academic dishonesty, the Office of Community Standards and Accountability did not receive more reports than normal, and the number of students involved in incidents only increased “within reason,” OCSA director Katharine Strong said.
Updated July 10, 2020 at 2:42 a.m.
The Ivy League announced this evening that all intercollegiate athletic activity will be canceled for the fall in response to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. The feasibility of moving fall sports to the spring, as well as plans for winter and spring sports, will be determined at a later date.
In response to the campus-wide email on Monday describing the College’s plans for the upcoming academic year, students have expressed discontent and suggested changes to the College’s reopening plan.
The weather vane depicting an image of a Native American, which formerly sat atop Baker-Berry Library, was removed last Thursday in response to student and community concerns about its alleged offensive nature. According to College spokesperson Diana Lawerence, the weather vane has been placed in storage in the Hood Museum. The administration has assembled a committee tasked with finding a replacement and examining other iconography on campus.
Following uncertainty among Dartmouth sororites and the Inter-Sorority Council over the inclusion of non-binary and gender non-conforming people in their bylaws, members of local sororities Chi Delta, Kappa Delta Epsilon and Sigma Delta each voted at the end of spring term to change their house constitutions to explicitly include non-binary potential new members.
Updated July 1, 2020 at 8:40 p.m.
Most students will spend two of the next four terms on campus, Dartmouth announced in a campus-wide email today. The Class of 2024 will receive priority for on-campus enrollment for the fall and spring terms, and the Class of 2021 will receive priority for the spring. The Class of 2022 will receive priority for the fall, and members of the Class of 2023, as well as students in the Class of 2022 who deferred their sophomore summer, will have priority for the summer of 2021.
Though the College originally stated that only students enrolled in classes for summer term would be allowed to stay in on-campus housing after the spring term ended, some students have been allowed to remain due to extenuating circumstances.
The Dartmouth sat down with African and African American Studies and theater professor Shamell Bell to discuss the current state of advocacy for the Black community at Dartmouth and beyond. Bell, one of the original organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement, describes herself as “a mother, community organizer, dancer/choreographer and documentary filmmaker.” At Dartmouth, she has taught classes in radical tradition, the Black arts movement and race, gender and performance.
In light of the highly publicized murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement has gained traction around the world and mobilized millions to take action. The College has served as a microcosm of this global movement, as protestors took to the Green to decry police brutality and several Greek houses created fundraising campaigns or pledged to donate money to pertinent organizations. As part of this movement, Kappa Delta Epsilon and Alpha Chi Alpha recently created the “20X Challenge,” an initiative that strives to address racial injustice in the Dartmouth Greek community.
Despite being away from campus, Dartmouth students have found ways to contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement within their local communities. Across the country, students are protesting, organizing, educating and creating art.
As Hanover and the greater Dartmouth community await the news for the upcoming fall term, cases of COVID-19 in Grafton County have been on the decline and businesses and health centers have adjusted to a new normal.
On June 18, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, allowing those affected by the program, including some Dartmouth students, to remain legally protected.
As members of the Class of 2022 start their summer classes online, some of them will also begin the process of virtual corporate recruiting in the hopes of securing an internship for their junior year. This summer, students can apply to 46 recruiting programs representing 38 different employers on Dartboard.
During his weekly “Community Conversations” livestream on Wednesday, Provost Joseph Helble shared some preliminary details regarding the College’s plans for bringing students back to campus. While Dartmouth anticipates that all undergraduates will have the opportunity to spend some part of the upcoming academic year living on campus, Helble said that not all students will be able to do so at the same time.
Updated July 18, 2020 at 10:50 a.m.
Four potential class members in the sexual harassment class action lawsuit against Dartmouth have opted out of the settlement class, forgoing their allotment of the $14 million awarded in the case’s settlement last year.