COVID-19 Community Expectations

Policy ID


Effective Date

Thursday, July 1, 2021


Office of the Provost

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of the Provost

Summary of Policy

This policy outlines the COVID-19 community expectations for all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Affected Parties

All Students

Policy Statement

Adherence to the standards set by Dartmouth to promote the safety and well-being of others on campus and in the surrounding community reflects the commitment we make to act responsibly as we face the challenges brought about by the coronavirus global pandemic. COVID-19 will continue to occur in our community this year, and it will be through the promises we make to one another to adhere to these standards that we can hope to contain the virus and maintain a robust and energized on-campus environment. Advancing the public good over individual preference is the means by which we can achieve our objective.

To reduce the risk to those accessing, or living, learning, and working on campus, as well as to our friends and neighbors in the surrounding communities, students must commit to following Dartmouth's expectations for conduct both on and off campus, as outlined in this set of Community Expectations. These expectations are based upon federal, state, and local guidance, and are subject to change in Dartmouth's sole discretion based on public health conditions.

We encourage students to follow closely information distributed by Dartmouth throughout the 2021–2022 academic year via email, social media, and on the Dartmouth Together website.

Before Arriving at Dartmouth (Whether to Live On Campus or Off Campus), I Will:

  • Ensure that I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless I obtain an exemption in accordance with the vaccine requirements, or plan to get the vaccine upon arrival and comply with Dartmouth's access and quarantine procedure for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Delay my travel to campus or the community if I am feeling ill or have signs of COVID-19. I will wait until I have consulted with and received clearance from the Dartmouth College Health Service before traveling to campus.

Throughout the Academic Year, I Will:

  • Follow all COVID-19 policies and campus standards as directed, which may become more restrictive or less restrictive if conditions change, including the need to quarantine, isolate, or transition to a remote campus experience.
  • Contact the Dartmouth College Health Service immediately to seek an evaluation or undergo testing if I experience symptoms.
  • Abide by all health and safety rules, regulations, and guidance for COVID-19 in the town of Hanover and any other community I reside in or travel to.
  • Use available campus resources, including residential life staff, student affairs staff, Report a Concern, and Live Safe if I see concerning behavior that I want to report or to ask questions.

If you need reasonable accommodations based upon a disability in order to comply with the expectations noted in this document, please contact the disability services office for your school or program. Please contact the Dartmouth College Health Service if you are seeking either a medical or religious exemption from the vaccine requirement.

Conduct Resolution Process

These Community Expectations are subject to enforcement by Dartmouth's respective schools and programs. Violations are subject to each school or program's standard conduct enforcement process, which includes, but is not limited to, withdrawal of on-campus access (in part or all), as well as disciplinary proceedings and resulting sanctions by the respective school or program


Fully Vaccinated

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after their second dose in a 2-dose series or 14 days after one dose in a single-dose series of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received full approval or emergency use authorization by the FDA or full approval or emergency use listing (PDF) by the World Health Organization.

Off Campus

Sachem Village, South Street and North Park apartments are considered off-campus housing as are properties owned by students or leased/rented by students from third party property owners and landlords.