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Did the College Hide AD Evidence?

The core issue in the AD litigation was whether AD was functioning “in conjunction” with the College when the Hanover zoning ordinance was passed in 1976. In its brief, the College insisted that during that period the administration was providing “substantial oversight” of the Greek houses. It turns out that back in the misty past (not that misty; I was a freshman), the brothers knew that an historic turning point had been reached, and they declared for all time that they were independent of the College:

AD Independence Letter.jpg

Why did the College sit on this evidence, rather than include it in its filing with the court? Now that the NH Supreme Court has ruled, it is too late to do anything?

Addendum: An alumnus comments on the importance of the above letter:

1) AD had its zoning taken away because it did not prove that it was independent and self policing in 1976.

2) The College made the zoning complaint and allegations that caused Hanover to act.

3) The College, presumably, when it makes complaints, engages in a good faith review of its records to determine if there is a basis to make allegations. Really, shouldn’t everybody?

4) This document was in the possession of Dartmouth.

5) The letter, along with everything else, shows that there was no basis in fact for the determinations of the zoning board. Presumably its members will say “we only get what people put into the case, which is true.

6) But, if we believe that, the question comes down to: “Does Dartmouth have any obligation to tell the truth, or is Dartmouth entitled to ignore facts in order to achieve its objectives”

7) If the answer is the latter, then we’ve all joined the bookburners. Because that’s what we’re doing — burning history and ignoring facts. Put another way, let’s say somebody was doing medical research and only reported positive results and ignored adverse reactions (and deaths)? Or what if a student at Dartmouth wrote a history paper and the actual sources referenced said exactly the opposite of what was presented? Or, put yet another way, why is Dartmouth not subject to the same honor code in its own dealings as it pretends to require of its students?

Addendum: An alumnus comments:

Liars lie. However, people who ask for your money (charity being the highest form of trust- a contract in which one exchanges wealth fr a promise to do “good”) ought to be very cautious about their long earned franchise.


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