About the Project

Mission & Outcomes

Our Mission

Sexual violence, as well as the norms and behaviors that perpetuate it, impact everyone's ability to thrive intellectually, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically. Dartmouth seeks to foster a community in which all members have the support of their peers and the institution to challenge the norms that allow power-based violence to persist. All members of the Dartmouth community should expect safety and accountability.


To put our mission into action, we identified four behavioral outcomes that will indicate that we are fulfilling our mission to shift the culture and create a climate where we significantly reduce, if not eliminate, sexual violence in our community. By engaging with the project, students will ideally show the following positive changes in behavior:

  • Increased utilization of resources and supporting those who have experienced harm (i.e. sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and dating violence)
  • Increased proportion of students developing positive relationships and sexual behaviors
  • Increased respectful communication and interactions across difference by understanding power, privilege, and identity
  • Increased acts of bystander intervention across the spectrum of harm 

Development, Implementation, & Progress

To reach our intended behavioral outcomes, it will take several years to develop, pilot, and assess new experiences for each year; integrate experiences into student and academic life; devise, implement, and refine a web-based tracking system; build an infrastructure for accountability and sustainability; and assess the overall efficacy of the project.

To learn more about our development, implementation, and progress, visit the timeline

Student Experience

To provide comprehensive prevention and education, students will engage with experiences each year that align with each of the four outcomes:

  • Using Resources and Supporting Others 
  • Developing Positive Relationships and Sexual Behaviors
  • Engaging Respectfully Across Difference 
  • Checking In and Stepping In 

Many prevention experiences will be infused into existing Dartmouth structures and will be appropriately timed to students' intellectual, cognitive, and social development. Student experiences will include varied teaching methods to account for different types of learners, provide experiential opportunities with interactive instruction, and focus on active skill building. By providing a menu of options, students will be able to participate in learning opportunities that are theory driven, socioculturally relevant, and suited to their interests, learning style, and time constraints.

For more information, visit the Student Experience page and the FAQs