K. Noise Issues

 

Middlebury College seeks to promote the quiet, comfort, and health of the College community and residents of the town of Middlebury. Students should neither cause nor condone excessive amounts of noise, but should strive to be considerate and respectful of others.

The following guidelines have been adopted to ensure that Middlebury students respect the peace and safety of their neighbors, inside and outside the premises of the College.

1. Education

First-year students will be informed about the College's noise regulations by the residential life staff.

The student body must uphold the Ordinance for the Regulation of Noise of the town of Middlebury. This ordinance prohibits excessive or unnecessary noise, including vocal disturbances and loud music, and punishes offenders with fines.

2. Noise Complaints Against Individuals, Organized Groups, or College Residences Originating from Off Campus

If an individual student violates the town ordinance and a complaint is made from off campus, the Department of Public Safety may take the following actions:

a. The first substantiated complaint made against any identified individual during a given time period should be brought to the attention of the appropriate member of the residential life staff, or the Department of Public Safety.  Repeated offenses should be brought to the attention of the dean's office for appropriate judicial action.

b. A second substantiated complaint made against any individual during the same time period may result in judicial charges through the College judicial system.

c. Any subsequent charges brought against an individual during the same academic year may result in further judicial actions.

3. Noise Complaints Against Social Houses Originating from Off Campus

Social Houses are responsible for the noise originating at their events.  Complaints are dealt with through the IHC system of internal governance in collaboration with the IHC adviser.

4. Complaints Against Individuals or Groups Originating on Campus

a. Each hall is encouraged to meet at the beginning of the year to discuss noise issues and consider the establishment of quiet hours at their own discretion.

b. Should complaints arise, students are encouraged to approach the individual or group themselves. However, where problems cannot be resolved in this way, the complaint should be brought to the appropriate member of the residential life staff, or the Department of Public Safety. Repeated offenses may be brought to the attention of the dean's office for appropriate judicial action.