Institutional statements vs Individual statements

Policy ID

038-0009

Effective Date

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Division

Office of the Provost

Office of Primary Responsibility

Office of the Provost

Summary of Policy

The board of trustees, the president, the senior leadership group, and their designees are the only recognized institutional spokespeople for Dartmouth.

Affected Parties

All Students, All Faculty, All Staff

Policy Statement

Affected Parties

All students and employees.

Policy Statement

Dartmouth is committed to free speech and open inquiry and seeks a community in which a diversity of viewpoints can be freely shared and exchanged to promote deeper understanding of complex issues and ideas. Moreover, Dartmouth supports and protects the academic freedom of faculty to engage in scholarly activity.

The board of trustees, the president, the senior leadership group, and designees are the recognized institutional spokespeople for Dartmouth. No other individual, group, or department has the authority to issue official institutional statements or speak on behalf of Dartmouth.

Of course, Dartmouth community members are free to take positions as individuals, including, for example, as subject-matter experts. Such statements must be clearly made in an individual capacity and should include a disclaimer that community members are not speaking on behalf of Dartmouth.