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Dartmouth College, Core Values
Adherence to the standards set by Dartmouth to promote the safety and well-being of others on our campus and in the surrounding community reflects the commitment we make to one another to act responsibly as we face the difficult challenges brought about by the global coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 will occur in our community this year, and it will only be through the mutual promises we make to one another to adhere to the practices and standards established by the institution that we can hope to contain the virus and move toward a return to a robust and energized on-campus environment. Advancing the public good over individual preference is the means by which we can achieve this objective.
If we are to meet our goal of providing an in-person educational experience for as many students as possible as safely as possible during the coronavirus global pandemic, we must all adjust how we conduct ourselves in our community. To reduce the risk to those accessing, or living, learning, and working on campus, as well as to our friends and neighbors in the surrounding communities, students must commit to following Dartmouth's expectations for conduct both on and off campus, as outlined in the following set of Community Expectations. These expectations are based upon federal, state, and local public health guidance, and are subject to change.
Please read the following agreement carefully.
By signing at the bottom, you are agreeing to abide by the terms of the agreement.
Dartmouth's Community Expectations for the upcoming academic year are subject to change. The institution reserves the right to update its plans and the terms of this agreement to reflect such changes, which will be informed appropriately by public health guidance and governmental regulation, and by behaviors we observe on our campus(es). We encourage students to follow closely information distributed by Dartmouth throughout the 2020–2021 academic year.
Before Arriving at Dartmouth (Whether to Live On Campus or Off Campus), I Will:
- Monitor my health for COVID-related symptoms for 14 days prior to arrival, where arrival is at least 14 days in the future. If fewer than 14 days, I will monitor my health for the time remaining before my arrival at Dartmouth
- Move into my on-campus housing on the date and during the time interval for which I register if registration is required by my school/program.
- Delay my plans to arrive on campus or in the community if I am feeling ill or have signs of COVID-19. I will wait until I am fully recovered and have consulted with and received clearance from Dartmouth College Health Services clinicians before traveling to campus.
Sachem Village, South Street and North Park apartments are treated as off-campus housing for graduate and professional school students, as are properties owned by students or leased/rented by students from third party property owners and landlords.
For purposes of the document, "community" refers to the states of New Hampshire and Vermont.
While Enrolled and Accessing Campus for Any Term in Academic Year 2020-2021, I agree to:
- Quarantine in my housing, whether on campus or off campus, for 14 days upon my arrival at Dartmouth unless I have been living in the community for more than 14 days before and have not traveled outside the states identified in Dartmouth's travel and quarantine guidance during that time.
- Participate in Dartmouth's mandatory monitoring and testing which includes:
- Being tested for the virus that causes COVID-19 on my arrival at Dartmouth, whether living on campus or in the community and to participating in periodic surveillance testing and monitoring as required by Dartmouth.
- Following the instructions of Dartmouth personnel concerning my 14-day initial quarantine and any additional quarantine or isolation, if necessary.
- Cooperating with contact tracing inquiries from New Hampshire and Dartmouth authorities immediately by, among other things, responding to texts and calls from contact tracers and answering all questions about my contacts honestly and completely.
- Monitoring my health daily throughout the entire term using the Temperature Self-Assessment (TSA) screening tool
- Following other campus standards as directed.
- Contacting the Health Service immediately to seek an evaluation or arrange for testing when I experience symptoms, including those identified in the daily TSA screening tool.
Throughout the Year, I Will:
- Physically distance, maintaining at least a 6-foot separation between myself and others at all times, where possible.
- Wear face coverings inside all Dartmouth facilities, including but not limited to classrooms, workplaces, laboratories, dining facilities (unless eating), and residential halls (except when I am alone in my assigned room) and outside on Dartmouth grounds when I am unable to maintain physical distancing.
- Observe all guidelines for dining.
- Understanding that Dartmouth strongly discourages hosting any guests or visitors during the pandemic, after obtaining consent from my roommates, if any, I agree to host guests or visitors only as follows:
- Students living on-campus agree not to host any guests or visitors who do not also reside on-campus. No more than two guests from the on-campus community may be hosted at a time and all Dartmouth requirements for face coverings, physical distancing, and hygiene must be observed.
- Students living off-campus agree to host no more than two guests at a time in the entire housing unit occupied by the student, even if more than one student occupies the house/apartment in question. No guest may be hosted unless the host student fully complies with the guidelines from the state of New Hampshire or Vermont, as appropriate, related to travel, quarantine, face coverings, physical distancing, and hygiene.
- Agree to abide by all health and safety rules, regulations, and guidance for COVID-19 in Hanover and any other Upper Valley community where I reside or travel.
- Agree to comply with all Dartmouth event and hosting guidelines. If I live off-campus or am engaging in off-campus activities not covered by the event and hosting guidelines, I will comply with the group gathering guidelines of the state in which I reside.  **
- If I am a member or leader of a student organization, regardless of the organization's status, I will abide by group gathering and social events policies and will not organize or attend gatherings or events that violate Dartmouth policy.
- Receive a vaccine for COVID-19, should one become available that is both FDA- and Dartmouth-approved, when the Health Service makes them available on campus, or by submitting a record proving receipt of the vaccine from the third-party health care provider to Health Services.
- Adhere to all other health and safety practices recommended or required by Dartmouth, such as frequent handwashing and wiping down of high-touch surfaces.
- I agree to comply with Dartmouth's travel and quarantine guidelines for graduate and professional students.
- If I am approved for Dartmouth travel or must travel for personal reasons, I agree to comply with all institutional travel and quarantine policies and restrictions and to follow state of New Hampshire quarantine restrictions upon my return.
- Use available campus resources, including but not limited to Report a Concern and Live Safe, if I see concerning behavior that I want to report or to ask questions about.
If you need to seek reasonable accommodations based upon a disability in order to comply with the expectations noted in this document, please contact the disability services office for your school/program. If requested accommodations are not determined to be reasonable, you will be expected to follow Dartmouth's expectations or to continue to study remotely.
Accountability and Responsibility
To protect the campus community and myself, I must abide by the rules reflected in these Community Expectations. I understand that they may be modified by Dartmouth College from time to time. I understand that any violations of this agreement, including but not limited to those related to screening, testing, quarantining, isolating, physically distancing, wearing face coverings, hosting unpermitted visitors or guests and initiating, hosting or attending prohibited in-person gatherings may result in immediate removal from campus and/or disciplinary action as set forth in the attached COVID-19 Conduct Resolution Process.
Infractions requiring disciplinary review shall be resolved under the processes in place for each of the schools.
 ** Dartmouth's Event Limits policy was updated on August 11, 2020, after the Community Expectations were distributed to graduate and professional students. The changes to the Event Limits policy supersede this sentence. Students are encouraged to review the Event Limits expectations.
By signing this Community Expectations agreement, I agree to abide by these rules and regulations. I acknowledge that Dartmouth College cannot eliminate my risk of illness during a global pandemic. I voluntarily accept the risks associated with on-campus study at this time.