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Dartmouth recognizes that deciding to make a report, either to the College or law enforcement, and choosing how to proceed are difficult decisions. The College supports and encourages prompt reporting of sexual assault, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. A report can be made by anyone who knows about the incident.
At the time a report is made, an individual need not know whether they wish to request any particular course of action, nor how to label what happened. Choosing to make a complaint, and deciding how to proceed after making the complaint, can be a process that unfolds over time.
Dartmouth encourages all individuals to make a report to the College and to local law enforcement. These options are not mutually exclusive; both internal and criminal reports may be pursued simultaneously. Reporting Persons and witnesses are encouraged to speak with a Confidential Resource before deciding how to proceed.
Anyone with knowledge about an incident are strongly encouraged to make a report as soon as possible, though a report can be made at any time. A delay in reporting may impact the College's ability to respond promptly and effectively or to take disciplinary action against an individual.
The College may implement interim measures as may be appropriate for the individuals or organizations involved and for the larger College community. Even when an individual does not specifically request that protective action is taken, the College may choose to impose interim measures at its discretion to ensure the safety of any individual, the broader college community or the integrity of the review process.
Interim measures may include but are not limited to:
To request interim measures, contact the Title IX Coordinator.
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:
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 Judicial Affairs, will provide Reporting Persons with information concerning their options and rights and will assist them in making reports to law enforcement.
The College encourages individuals to make a report or file a complaint with the Title IX Coordinator. If an individual chooses to move forward with a formal complaint, the Title IX Coordinator will work with the Office of Judicial Affairs to initiate the College's disciplinary process and investigation.
An individual can also report to the Department of Safety and Security or the Office of Judicial Affairs. If the report is received by the Department of Safety and Security or the Office of Judicial Affairs, they will promptly notify the Title IX Coordinator.
Any individual may make an anonymous report concerning an act of sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. An individual may report the incident without disclosing their name, identifying the Responding Person, or requesting any action. Depending on the extent of information available, the College's ability to respond to an anonymous report may be limited.
The Title IX Coordinator will receive the anonymous report and will determine any appropriate response, including individual or community remedies. In consultation with the Director of Safety and Security, the Title IX Coordinator will determine if the anonymous report includes sufficient information to submit a Clery Crime Report.