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2011 Alcohol/Drug Stats
The College’s 2011 Clery Act stats have been published in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Most importantly, total liquor law arrests by the Hanover Police have dropped from 134 in 2010 to 40 in 2011. (In contrast, in 2009 and 2010, no students at Harvard, Columbia, Brown, and Penn were arrested for underage drinking. None.)
This change has occurred under an agreement between the College and Chief Giaccone wherein students who are apprehended for the first time by the police for underage drinking, usually after being transported to DHMC in a highly intoxicated state, will be referred directly to the Town’s Diversion program, rather than being arrested.
Chief Giaccone informs me (in a midnight e-mail, no less) that in 2011, 78 Dartmouth students went through the Town’s Diversion program, as opposed to 90 students in 2010. The difference between 2011 and 2010 is slight — far less consequential than the change in the number of arrested students — a reflection of the number of students doing the Diversion program without being arrested.
Avoiding a formal arrest record for underage alcohol use represents some progress, but as we have noted before, graduate schools are not taken in by the maneuver. Columbia Law, as but one example, asks specifically in the Character and Fitness portion of its application if an applicant has been sent to a diversion program.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…