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Dartmouth’s Undying Shame
Dartblog sources have obtained the Undergraduate Judicial Affairs Office charge for Andrew Lohse ‘12 (below), confirming that he will be accused of hazing — information that first appeared in the Boston Globe. We reproduce it here in the belief that the Dartmouth community has a legitimate need to know that the Kim administration has behaved in a morally repugnant fashion.
Despite Dartmouth’s written policy of encouraging students to report hazing violations, and President Kim’s recent plea that students voluntarily approach the administration with details of hazing, the decision to charge Lohse communicates the College’s real intention far more loudly than any of its words: If you come to us with embarrassing allegations about hazing, we will prosecute you. This message makes it hard to believe that there will ever again be a whistleblower at the College.
Lohse’s column in Dartblog and his subsequent piece in The Dartmouth appear to be the sole source of the College’s evidence about him, though perhaps investigators also recorded incriminating information when he initially complained to senior College administrators in November, 2010.
If Dartmouth sincerely wishes to have students report hazing, the College should at the very least extend the spirit of its Good Sam policy to protecting whistleblowers. Regrettably for Lohse, he is only a student and not an employee of a company. Under New Hampshire’s whistleblower statute, a company cannot punish an employee for aiding in an investigation or complaining about inappropriate activity.
Shame on the Kim administration for abusing a student’s good faith and trust.
Addendum: An Olde Green, who follows campus affairs closely, writes in:
I was especially struck by the College’s selective applications of charges such as”provided alcohol to students under the age of twenty-one…”, and “and/or provided alcoholic beverages to obviously intoxicated individuals.”
These charges could probably be applied to 80% of all students 21 or older, as well as most certainly being brought against every single Greek House (I’ve always wondered why, in fact, NH AG hasn’t done that.
The random and/or self-serving application of any law makes a sham of the law itself, and, from my perspective, is the reason inebriation is the (aided and abetted by the admin) norm at Dartmouth, and the source of the whole hazing issue anyhow. Odd to be using, from my perspective, the cause to produce the ‘cure’.
August 14, 2013
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June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
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October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
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September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
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August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
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