Bad Behavior Ruining Dartmouth, Says Its President
Philip Hanlon: Sex assaults, drinking, racism, sexism call for big changes
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Apr 17, 2014 8:36 AM CDT
In this May 1, 2001 photo, Dartmouth College students lounge on a lawn on the campus in Hanover, NH.   (AP Photo/Lee Marriner, File)

(Newser) – Dartmouth College's president has offered a stinging critique of his own school, saying that its future "is being hijacked by extreme behavior." In a speech last night, Philip Hanlon said sex assaults, rampant "dangerous drinking," and parties featuring "racist and sexist undertones" are undermining the Ivy League school's culture and image. "There is a grave disconnect between our culture in the classroom and the behaviors outside of it—behaviors which too often seek not to elevate the human spirit, but debase it," he said, citing a "general disregard for human dignity," the Boston Globe and Washington Post report per a copy of his prepared remarks. "It is time for Dartmouth to change."

Indeed, the Post reports applications dropped 14% this year—the most in two decades—and the federal government is investigating Dartmouth along with 52 other colleges and universities over allegations of sex assaults, an Education Department spokeswoman says. Twenty-four forcible sex offenses were reported at Dartmouth in 2012; the previous year saw 15 reports. But Dartmouth isn't alone in its woes, says Hanlon, who took his post in June. "These are issues everywhere,” Hanlon said. "A prospective student or parent should be concerned if a campus is not talking about them.” As for those who believe such campus problems can't be fixed: "Dartmouth will prove them wrong," he said, per the Dartmouth. (Some pretty gross hazing allegations made waves at Dartmouth in 2012.)

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flin1
Apr 17, 2014 6:59 PM CDT
Wanna find smart, hard working students? Go skim the cream of the mid-majors. Ivy League kids are often spoiled rich kids living on daddy's dime. .
westword6
Apr 17, 2014 4:58 PM CDT
Its true not only in the Ivy League schools, but throughout the post-secondary system. The sad fact is that parents are paying between 20 and 60 grand a year so that their children can drink, take drugs, party, and engage in promiscuous sex. Academic work has taken a seat at the back of the bus. All part of the New Reality. Beam me up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here.
Hard Little Machine
Apr 17, 2014 4:17 PM CDT
@ $60,000 a year I think the snowflakes can hire all the therapists and private security they need.