Dartmouth College is in the process of developing a new sexual misconduct policy that will extend to all areas of campus life, according to a report published on Thursday in the Valley News. While specific policy details being considered by college President Phil Hanlon have not been released, the college has confirmed the new policy will apply to students, faculty and staff. From the story:
The campus already has a relatively new policy for students that is unified, in the sense that it applies to all forms of sexual misconduct. But (Geisel School of Medicine Dean for Faculty Affairs Leslie Henderson) said the campus also has various other, older policies on the books that address pieces of the puzzle. It’s time to align them, and bring them up to date, she said.
Students interviewed for the story largely seemed to be in support of a revised policy, which comes about a year after three professors in the school’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences were put on paid leave and barred from campus after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced. An internal review recommended that the professors — Todd Heatherton, Paul Whalen and Bill Kelley — be terminated; Heatherton retired, and Whalen and Kelley resigned as a result. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, which also has opened an investigation into the allegations, said this week that the probe is ongoing.
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