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Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon’s Email to College Community Regarding Investigation Into ‘Sexual Misconduct’ Allegations Against Professors

  • Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon speaks to faculty and students about changes planned for the Ivy League school Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Hanover, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The following is the text of an email that Dartmouth College President Phil Hanlon sent to the college community on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, about the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office launching a criminal investigation regarding “allegations of sexual misconduct” related to three Dartmouth professors who were placed on paid leave last week.

To the Dartmouth community,

I write to let you know that the New Hampshire attorney general's office, the Grafton County attorney, New Hampshire State Police, the Grafton County sheriff's office, and Hanover police have launched a criminal investigation of three members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences who are alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct. Dartmouth is cooperating with law enforcement officials on this matter.

Last week, the College confirmed its own ongoing internal investigations. The three faculty members are currently on paid leave, with restricted access to Dartmouth property.

It is important to remember that investigations are ongoing, with no official findings yet produced. However, we take these allegations very seriously and are pursuing our own independent investigations in coordination with law enforcement officials. (Read the Dartmouth News story, https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2017/10/state-investigates-sexual-misconduct-allegations.)

I want to say in the most emphatic way possible that sexual misconduct and harassment are unacceptable and have no place at Dartmouth. Such acts harm us as individuals and as members of the community.

Dartmouth's sexual respect website, at https://www.dartmouth.edu/sexualrespect/help/, offers assistance and resources to those in need. Please do not hesitate to seek help.

Sincerely,

Philip J. Hanlon '77

President