In furtherance of its educational purpose, the College is committed to the open expression on campus of the widest possible range of views. The policies regarding sponsorship of events and other activities on campus by College departments and affiliated organizations are designed to achieve this goal. They are not intended, and should not have the effect, of restricting departments and organizations from conducting activities that involve the expression and debate of any point of view, and no department or organization should be denied permission for an event because of the points of view to be expressed by the participants.
Any College department, program, or recognized organization sponsoring an event or activity shall control, and be fully responsible for, all aspects of such event or activity, including compliance with rules and procedures regarding scheduling and use of facilities. All funding of costs associated with the event shall be paid through the College accounts of such department, program or organization.
No College department, program or recognized organization shall schedule an event or activity unless available College funds to cover the anticipated costs have been identified. No contribution from an outside organization or individual to cover the cost of an event or activity may be applied for such purpose unless the solicitation and acceptance of such a gift is approved in advance by the office of the Vice President of Development, receipt of the gift has been processed by the College’s Gift Recording Office, and the expenditure for such purpose is approved by the responsible vice president or dean.
Departments, programs and recognized organizations of Dartmouth College may co-sponsor events, projects or other activities, whether on or off campus, with other departments, programs or recognized organizations of the College. No event may be co-sponsored with an outside organization or individual unless such co-sponsorship is approved in advance, and College organizations and departments may not, in the absence of such approval, use their on-campus privileges for the purpose of enabling organizations or individuals to hold an event on campus or otherwise make use of the College’s name, facilities or other resources (including phones and mail privileges). When a co-sponsored event occurs, one department, program or organization must be designated the primary sponsor, and all facilities, reservations, expenditures, and other arrangements must be made through that primary sponsor.
Any proposed co-sponsorship or other joint activity with any outside organization or individual must be approved in advance by the Provost, a Vice President, the Dean or an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences or one of the associated schools, the Dean or an Associate Dean of the College, the Dean of the Tucker Foundation, the Director of Athletics and Recreation, or the Director of Outdoor Programs. Any request or inquiry by a department, program or recognized organization regarding affiliation should be directed in writing to the respective vice president, dean, or director. Violation of this policy may subject an individual or recognized organization to disciplinary action.
Dartmouth as an institution cannot support individual candidates for political office or political parties. Consequently, visits by political candidates at the invitation of College departments, programs, or recognized organizations are subject to rules established to ensure that such sponsored visits are consistent with applicable legal restrictions and the College’s academic mission.
College departments, programs, and recognized organizations wishing to sponsor appearances by political candidates are obligated to follow these rules. The failure of an organization to abide by such rules will jeopardize the organization’s privilege to sponsor future appearances and possibly its own good standing. Political candidates who do not wish to appear in accordance with these guidelines may, like other outside groups, rent certain College facilities in accordance with established rules and charges.
The following rules apply to appearances by political candidates at Dartmouth College when sponsored by a department, program, or recognized organization. Sponsors are expected to provide these rules to candidates and their campaign organizations.
It should be emphasized that, while individuals at the College may support the candidacy of a speaker who is to appear on campus, the purpose of sessions arranged pursuant to this format is not to bring any institutional support behind a particular candidate but instead to bring to the Dartmouth community the valuable educational experience of hearing and questioning candidates for political office.
The College reserves the right to cancel any appearance by a political candidate if it is determined that such appearance is not to be held within the specific rules set forth above or is inconsistent with the above-mentioned purpose for such events.