Social Responsibility and First-Year Students

Effective Date

Monday, October 19, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of Greek Life

Office(s) of Secondary Responsibility

Office of Student Life

Reason for Policy

The goal of this policy is to promote and increase first-year safety during the crucial first weeks of fall term while mitigating the related risks that Greek organizations assume when hosting first-year students during this time.

Affected Parties

All Students

Policy Statement

Social Responsibility and First Year Students Policy

The policy was passed by the Greek Leadership Council (GLC) from the Interfraternity Council in Spring 2013. It means that first year students will only be allowed in Greek spaces during substance-free GLC-approved events.

From the first day of the return of Trip 'Section A' through noon on the Monday after Homecoming weekend, or the seventh Monday of the term, whichever is later, no Greek organization may allow First Year students to attend events at which alcohol is served. Furthermore, during this time, First Year students are only allowed in the physical plants of Greek organizations at GLC-approved events.

At Dartmouth, the Greek community is very open to all members of campus. However, we want to ensure that you can ease your way into college without the added stress of an unfamiliar social scene. With this policy, you will be able to meet many members of the Greek community and learn about the parts of our Greek organizations that extend beyond social life. In addition, these first few weeks of your first year will give you the time to truly bond with your class.