C. Policy on Student Social Organizations


For the purposes of this document, a student social organization shall mean an organization, whether located on or off campus, comprised primarily or exclusively of Middlebury College students, that has some of the purposes or attributes of a fraternity, sorority, or social house. This does not imply that Middlebury College authorizes, sponsors, or extends recognition to any off-campus student organizations.

Middlebury College takes the position that an inclusive, open community is fundamental to its mission as a residential institution of higher learning committed to the liberal arts tradition. Middlebury College does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, place of birth, service in the armed forces of the United States, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability.

Any social organization which discriminates on the basis of gender or whose practices have the consequence of exclusion on the basis of gender is antithetical to the mission of the College and not appropriate as a model for society at large. Ties with any national organization whose rules or practices are at odds with this belief should not be maintained.

The College assumes that individual students are responsible and accountable for their own behavior and that groups of students are responsible and accountable for their collective behavior. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action against an individual or a group. Serious violations of the policy may result in a suspension of up to one year, and repeated infractions may lead to additional penalties.