Dartmouth To Ban Hard Alcohol As Part Of Social Reform Effort

Jan 29, 2015

Fraternity row at Dartmouth College in Hanover
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More than 800 people packed the Hopkins Center to see President Hanlon’s unveil proposals to reform Dartmouth’s social culture. Most of his remarks focused on liquor, which Hanlon called a serious risk to campus safety.

Hanlon also called for reforms to the fraternity system and said starting next fall freshmen will be assigned to live in residential communities led by professors.

Senior Taylor Payer says she welcomes Hanlon’s promise to get tougher on sexual assaults on campus but says true change will require more drastic measures. 

Dartmouth President Philip Hanlon
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"The only way we’re going to be accountable is if we abolish the Greek system, its going to promote binge drinking and sexual assault as long as it exists. No amount of banning hard alcohol is going to solve any of that."

Hanlon said he didn’t think eliminating fraternities would solve what he called “the more pervasive challenge.” But Hanlon, a Dartmouth alum and former fraternity member, also said if the Greek system doesn’t engage in “lasting reform” the college would revisit the issue.