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The DOC and Outdoor Programs have developed these policies to help ensure that all of our participants, leaders, officers and staff can consistently deliver the best outdoor education and common adventure experiences. 

Emergency Procedures

SEVERE - If life or limb threatened:
CALL 911
*Have SOAP note & location ready*

SEVERE/MODERATE: 1. Call Safety & Security – (603)-646-3333
*Have SOAP note & location ready*
2. S&S will notify OPO Staff
3. If no answer, stay by phone until OPO contacts you or try again.
4. If anything in the situation changes, CALL BACK.
MINOR - manage, report incident asap.


* Don't hesitate to call for outside advice if situation is trip-altering*

* Fill out incident report thoroughly & within 24 hours of incident occurring. *

No cell phone service? See "Guidelines for Communication on DOC Trips" on the DOC Google Drive for InReach use instructions.


General Policies

DOC alcohol & drugs policy

Driver Certification Process 

OPO Vehicle Operation Policies (AKA Driver Talk)

Notice of Non-Discrimination

International Travel with the DOC

DOC Shooting Range Policies


Policies for Trip Leaders

The Leader Handbook is a great resource for Leaders.

The DOC's club policies can be viewed here

In particular, check out:

How to become a leader - Overview

Guidelines on Leader Requirements

Concussion and EpiPen Protocols



Other Resources

Incident Report Form and instructions for completing. 

Each club has specific protocols and procedures governing the conduct of their trips. These can be found in the policies folder of each club's Shared Drive. If you do not have access, see your club chair, the DOC Secretary or DOC Advisors. 

A guide to planning trips with the DOC

DOC Break Trip Planning Timeline  

International Travel

Trips going internationally must register their travel with Dartmouth. See this section for more information.  


Land Use

Permission from Dartmouth is required for any bolting of climbing routes, trail construction, or other permanent changes to any Dartmouth property. Contact the Outdoor Programs Office with inquiries. 

Last Updated: 1/23/23