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In the Pledge of Fellowship (Conduct)
However, incoming classes will soon have a Pledge of their own: The Dartmouth Pledge of Conduct. Here is the current version as prepared at the behest of President Hanlon by the Citizenship Working Group (composed of Paul Anderson, Dartmouth Parent; Isabella Coleman ‘17; Tom Cormen, Co-Chair; Kate Dumanian ‘18; Bobby Kaufman GR; Ethan Klein ‘16; Myles McMurchy ‘16; Leigh Remy, Co-Chair; Teddy Romeyn ‘17; Amanda Skinner, Graduate Studies; and Becca Wistrom, Judicial Affairs):
Pretty good thinking if you ask me, especially the confirmation of the right to voice conflicting ideas. That’s adults talkin’ — professors, I mean — not daycare-providing administrators. Perhaps such language will help the College avoid travesties such as befell Professor Laura Kipnis at Northwestern. (In that case, Kipnis was accused by two students of a Title IX violation due to the contents of an article that she wrote for the Chronicle of Higher Education: Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe. She was acquitted of the charges against her, but only after being questioned by two lawyers working for Northwestern.)
Readers should note that the Pledge is an exhortation: a general standard of principles that only goes as far as it goes; it will not be followed on by any specific set of behavioral rules (despite what The D might say about some kind of upcoming statement of values). In addition, the Pledge is not adjudicable: no one will be charged with breaking it.
Of course, I wonder how freshmen will become acquainted with the Pledge. Will they recite it with hand over heart? Or sign it? Or hear a lecture on it? Any way you cut it, a discussion about rights and obligations is always a good thing to my mind.
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…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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- The Indian Wars
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