A. Principles for Residential Life


The following are the guiding principles for residential life at Middlebury College, as adopted by the Community Council in 1991 and presented to the Board of Trustees in March 1991.

1. Students at a residential college are part of a community of learners. Residential life supports and complements the academic programs and educational mission of the College.

2. Cultural and social activities support and complement the educational mission of the College. Residential life gives students substantial opportunities and responsibilities to initiate, organize, and direct the cultural and social life of the College.

As Middlebury attracts students from diverse backgrounds, it is crucial that the residential system nurture the educational and personal development of all students. While maintaining options for individual needs and preferences, every residential unit is open to all students without regard to race, sex, religion, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.

4. Residential life encourages tolerance, understanding, mutual respect, and lasting friendships.

5. Residential life gives students substantial control over their own lives. In their residences, students should create structures for self-government that will complement and strengthen campus-wide student government.

6. Residential life assures every student a comfortable and private environment.

7. Residential life encourages first-year students to become active and contributing members of the College.

8. The smaller houses, including those descending from the fraternities, offer varied and attractive living options for a limited number of students. These houses are expected to make distinctive contributions to the life of the campus and local community.

9. The same rules apply to all students and residences.

10. Residential life should facilitate student participation in the larger community beyond the College as well as creating opportunities for significant faculty, staff, and town participation in the life of the College.