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Safety at Dartmouth

Dartmouth College is concerned about the safety and welfare of every member of its community, which includes students, faculty, employees, guests and visitors. To promote safety in the campus community, Dartmouth has developed a number of programs, policies, and procedures aimed at providing a safe and secure environment.

Emergency Phones and Calls

Fifty-six (56) emergency Blue Light telephones with direct contact to Safety and Security have been installed on campus at locations throughout campus such as: “A” Lot, Alumni Gym (near basketball courts) Baker/Berry (Novak Café) Boss Tennis Center, Brewster, Butterfield, Cummings, Davis Varsity House, Dewey Parking Lot, Dewey Path, Gilman, Hitchcock, Little, Maynard Lot, McCulloch, McLane, McNutt, Moore, Morton, Old Tuck Drive, Ripley, River Lot, Scully-Fahey Field, Streeter, Thompson Arena, Topliff, Wentworth, Wilder, and Wilson. In addition, five emergency telephones are located at sites on the periphery of the campus: Chase Field, Garipay Field, Lyme Road, Sachem #1 and Sachem #2. These telephones can be used to report a criminal incident, a fire, or any other type of emergency.

All local pay telephones can be used to reach emergency services by dialing 911; no coin is needed. Safety and Security can be reached at 646-4000, and at 646-3333 for Campus Emergencies.

The Office of Risk and Internal Controls Services

The Office of Risk and Internal Controls Services is responsible for the College’s property, casualty and auto programs, including loss control strategies and claims management. Risk Management handles all facets of workers compensation. Internal Controls also reports through Risk Management.

Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) serves the Dartmouth community by managing occupational and environmental health and safety issues. In particular, EHS is responsible for ensuring the College is in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations. Beyond compliance, EHS is committed to the well-being of the College community through promoting workplace safety and health. Behind the scenes, EHS manages and works to minimize potentially hazardous biological, chemical, and radioactive wastes.

Dartmouth EHS is also responsible for mitigating potentially hazardous biological, chemical, and radiological emergencies. To report an emergency of this type, call Safety and Security at 646-3333. For more information, Dartmouth EHS can be reached at 646-1762 or by stopping by the office at 37 Dewey Field Road, Suite 6216. Additional information about EHS can also be found at

Facilities Operations and Management

Facilities Operations and Management (FO&M) manages and maintains College buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. It inspects campus facilities regularly, makes on-going repairs affecting safety and security, and responds to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks. In addition, a FO&M “troubleshooter” is on call after regular business hours and during weekends to respond to emergency situations involving campus facilities.

Office of Residential Life

All Residential Education staff members undergo training in safety and security policies and support the efforts of the Department of Safety and Security to educate students-in-residence about campus safety. The Residential Operations Office inspects residential facilities regularly, makes ongoing repairs affecting safety and security, and responds to reports of potential safety and security hazards. It also inspects privately-owned GLOS houses to review safety and security issues (The Office of Residential Life does not manage or maintain Senior Society houses).

Outdoor Programs

The Outdoor Programs Office has developed a series of procedures to manage risks in outdoor activities. In addition, the office’s Safety and Training Committee offers a consultation service to other campus departments to review their procedures and guidelines for off-campus programs. Outdoor Programs also offers courses in first-aid and CPR. For more information on Outdoor Programs policies and procedures, please consult the Outdoor Programs web site at

Personal Responsibility

The cooperation and involvement of all members of the College community (students, faculty, employees, guests and visitors) in a campus safety program are essential. Community members can and should assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common-sense precautions. For example, valuable items such as computers, stereos, and cameras should never be left unattended and should be marked with engraving instruments provided by the Department of Safety and Security. Doors to residence halls and, in particular, individual room doors should be kept locked at all times. Bicycles should be registered and secured with a sturdy lock. Cars should be locked at all times, and valuables should be locked in the trunk of the car. It is important to report any suspicious activities in residence halls or other campus buildings as well as any unusual incidents to the Department of Safety and Security. Remember, security is also YOUR responsibility.

Report to the Community

Each year the Department of Safety and Security and the Office of the Dean of the College in conjunction with other offices on campus, provide a publication on safety for the information and protection of Dartmouth students, faculty, employees, guests and visitors. The Dartmouth College Annual Security Report, which complies with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, is provided to all students, faculty and staff by October 1, and is available to anyone at

See also “Safety and Security”

Last Updated: 9/3/15