Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson sent out a campus-wide email earlier today confirming rumors that all classes have been cancelled tomorrow. Classes will be replaced by alternative programming that was “prompted by a series of threatening and abusive online posts” directed at students involved in Friday’s protest of the Dimensions show. The email is included in full below.
“To the Dartmouth community,
We are writing today to let you know that tomorrow, Wednesday, April 24, 2013, all undergraduate and graduate classes in the Arts & Sciences will not be held. They will, however, be replaced by alternative programming designed to bring students, faculty, and staff together to discuss Dartmouth’s commitment to fostering debate that promotes respect for individuals, civil and engaged discourse, and the value of diverse opinions.
This unusual action is being taken by the President and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences and is strongly supported by the Dean of the College, other divisions, and many students and staff. This has been prompted by a series of threatening and abusive online posts used to target particular students in the wake of the protest that disrupted the Dimensions Welcome Show on Friday evening. We feel it is necessary for the community as a whole to have the opportunity to learn about all that has transpired and to discuss further action that will help us live up to our mission.
Tomorrow’s programming will include:
-9:30–11 a.m.: Faculty of Arts & Sciences (tenured and tenure-track) participation in a meeting of the Faculty Coordinating Committee, in the Black Family Visual Arts Center’s Loew Auditorium
-10–11 a.m.: Jessica Pettitt, a social justice and diversity consultant and facilitator, will speak in Dartmouth Hall 105
-11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.: Community gathering on the lawn in front of Dartmouth Hall
-12:15–1:15 p.m.: Complimentary lunch for the Dartmouth community at Class of 1953 Commons
-1:30–3 p.m.: “Teach-in” small discussions facilitated by faculty and staff in rooms across campus, locations to be announced
Additional details regarding locations will be published by 9 a.m. tomorrow on the Dean of the College website: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~deancoll/
The decision to replace classes for a day with alternative programming is not taken lightly. The faculty will decide how best to make up tomorrow’s class time.
Together, we will make this day an important step toward realizing a better Dartmouth.
We hope to see you tomorrow,
Carol Folt, Interim President
Michael Mastanduno, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Charlotte Johnson, Dean of the College
Joseph Helble, Dean of Thayer School of Engineering
Lindsay Whaley, Interim Vice Provost
Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Harry Sheehy, Director of Athletics
Harry Kinne, Director of Safety & Security”