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Dartmouth In the News

Today’s Quiz: Will newspaper pieces like the below national news story have an effect on applications next year?

a) Yes. People will ask what the heck is happening at Dartmouth such that these stories appear in the national press month after month;

b) No. Parents don’t care about sexual assault, especially regarding their daughters;

c) Yes and No. The College’s poor financial aid, bloated tuition, weak endowment growth, uniquely stingy AP policy, aimless leadership and lack of innovation are more important to people than any single issue like assault.

d) Who TF cares? I don’t want to hear about the damned place any more.

Bloomberg Sexual Assault Comp.jpg

… investigation, sexual assault, drugs, alcohol, expulsion, harassment, penetration, force, threats… Quite a drumbeat of words to have associated with your alma mater.

Addendum: Inside Higher Education reports on the new policies at the College:

Dartmouth College and the University of California System have announced changes in policies for dealing with sexual assaults.

At Dartmouth, new penalties are being adopted to assure strict punishment. Under rules announced Saturday, expulsion will be mandatory in cases “involving penetration accomplished by force, threat, or purposeful incapacitation or where an assault involving penetration is motivated by bias,” and where a student has previously been found responsible for a sexual assault. In addition, the college said that in “other cases involving penetration, a strong presumption in favor of expulsion.”


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