Graduate Student Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedures

Effective Date

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Office of Primary Responsibility

Summary of Policy

Dartmouth College is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination to assure that its educational programs and activities are available to all students. 

Reason for Policy

Dartmouth is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all its students, faculty, staff, and applicants for admission and employment. For that reason, Dartmouth prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, national origin, citizenship, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other legally protected status in the administration of and access to the College's programs and activities, and in conditions of admission and employment. Dartmouth adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations.

College Policy can be viewed here.

Affected Parties

Students Under the Guarini School Programs

Policy Statement

Dartmouth is dedicated to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory learning, living, and working environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The College's Principle of Community establishes that interactions between and among members of the Dartmouth community should be based on integrity, responsibility, and consideration so that all may fully access and benefit from the opportunities the College provides. The College grievance procedure outlined below provides a means to assure prompt due process to any graduate student who believes that she or he has been discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, handicap, or national or ethnic origin.

Association with Dartmouth College involves participation in a free and open community where all students are recognized and rewarded on the basis of individual performance, rather than on any particular personal convictions or preferences, including sexual or affectional orientation. Any graduate student who feels discriminated against for any of these reasons may also use this grievance procedure.

Resolution By Informal Negotiation

Any graduate student who believes he or she has been discriminated against should first seek a resolution of the problem through informal discussion. Initially, the student should attempt to discuss the problem with the faculty member, administrative officer, staff person or student directly concerned. If a resolution is not reached through discussion, the student should then bring the problem to the attention of the appropriate department head or administrative officer in charge.

In cases where a student is uncomfortable about discussing the problem with the party directly concerned or is uncertain whether to initiate a grievance, he or she may seek, in confidence, the advice of the Affirmative Action Officer or the Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies who, with the student's permission, will seek to resolve the problem through discussion with the involved parties.


If a resolution has not been achieved within ten working days from the time the grievance was first raised, the student should prepare a written statement of the allegations and submit it to the Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. The Dean of the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, or the Dean's designee, will have ten days to: (1) achieve a settlement by negotiating with the parties identified in the complaint.

In regard to written complaints involving academic matters, the Dean of the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, or designee, will have two weeks to: (1) achieve a settlement by negotiating with the parties involved; or (2) submit the case for consideration by the Provost. The Provost shall consult with appropriate faculty members involved and shall also meet with the student bringing the complaint before making a final decision with regard to the matter.