Make a Criminal Complaint to Law Enforcement
The College strongly encourages a Reporting Person to file a report with local law enforcement. The Hanover Police Department (HPD) is a 24 hour agency that maintains on-call investigators. HPD can meet with a Reporting Person to answer questions about the criminal reporting process.
To learn what your reporting options are, or to initiate a criminal investigation, contact HPD by calling (603) 643-2222. HPD will review the following options for reporting:
Receive information only.
- HPD will explain how a Reporting Person has the option to provide a formal statement about the incident so that the information is preserved until the Reporting Person is ready to seek additional investigative services.
- No additional investigation needs to occur simply because a Reporting Person gives a statement to HPD. A Reporting Person can choose to provide a statement and have nothing more done for a criminal investigation process.
Initiate a partial investigation.
- HPD will complete a cursory investigation only. This type of investigation will be limited in scope and may include completing interviews with the Responding Person as well as identified key witnesses, or the collection evidence.
- The Reporting Party still has the option of requesting a partial investigation and then choosing not to continue with the criminal process any further. This further allows for the preservation of information and evidence without committing the Reporting Person to having a full criminal investigation completed or prosecution sought.
Conduct a complete criminal investigation.
- HPD will fully investigate the incident and refer the case to the Grafton County Attorney for prosecutorial consideration.
- At any point in all of the options the Reporting Person retains the right to instantly have the investigation suspended, regardless of where in the investigative process HPD might be. This allows the Reporting Person to have control over the investigation based on where they may find themselves in the recovery and coping process.
Contact the Department of Safety and Security at (603) 646-4000 for assistance with making a report to law enforcement.
The criminal process is separate from the Dartmouth student disciplinary process. A Reporting Person can pursue one, both, or neither options. The College will assist the Reporting Person to file a report and collaborate with law enforcement.
The Title IX Coordinator, the Department of Safety and Security, and the Director of the Office of Community Standards and Accountability, will provide Reporting Persons with information concerning their options and rights and will assist them in making reports to law enforcement.