Run-ins with the campus authorities are common but not at all scary. Rightly—and thankfully for many students—the administration tends to treat alcohol abuse as a medical issue, rather than a moral one. If you are caught publicly intoxicated by the campus authorities, sanctions will likely include a fine, a mandatory talk with your Class Dean, and a referral to Dick’s House Office of Counseling and Human Development.
Safety & Security (S&S) is not out to get anyone. They have a pretty good handle on the party atmosphere at Dartmouth, and their primary concern is always for student safety. The Hanover Police Department is an entirely different matter. Those guys don’t mess around, so unless bumming a ride back to campus from the Grafton County Jail is how you’d like to spend a Sunday morning, stay well away from the “H-Po”—of course, that’s easier said than done.