Middlebury College Department of Public Safety
ext. 5911 for emergencies (24-hour coverage)

Emergency Dispatch Center
Call 911 - Vermont State Police

The Middlebury College Department of Public Safety encourages you to report suspected crimes and emergencies as promptly and as accurately as possible. In case of emergency at any time, night or day, call the Department of Public Safety at 802.443.5911 or at ext. 5911 from a College phone.

Emergency phones (push the red button to call Public Safety directly) are located in the main student parking lots:

C Lot (FIC),
D Lot (Atwater Halls A & B),
E Lot (Johnson),
K Lot (Robert A. Jones),
I Lot (Service Building by DKE),
Q lot (Center for the Arts),
R Lot (Ridgeline),
S Lot (Bicentennial Hall),
T Lot (Field House/Kenyon), 
Near Sidewalk at Twilight Hall and College Street,
Track lot (dirt lot east of Dragone Track),
Kirk Alumni Parking Lot.

There are Emergency phones located at the entrances of most residence halls. There is an emergency phone on the walkway between FIC and McCardell Bicentennial Hall and near the crosswalk at College Street and Twilight Hall.

To report a crime in progress or other emergency, dial 911. Be prepared to provide the State Police dispatcher with your name, a description of the type of emergency, and the location of the emergency. Dial 911 only in an emergency, which means you are in need of immediate police, fire, or medical response. All 911 calls from campus telephones automatically dial a Vermont State Police emergency dispatcher. Both the State Police and DPS receive immediate information indicating the address where the call initiated. While the caller is speaking to the Vermont State Police dispatcher, DPS is dispatching an officer to the location.

If you mistakenly dial 911, please do not hang up, since all calls are "captured." Stay on the line and talk to the dispatcher before you disconnect. In the event of a hang-up, emergency service personnel will attempt to call you back, or if there is no answer, they will send someone to the location from which you called.


All students and College employees need to provide and maintain current emergency contact information and evacuation plans in Banner Web for use in the event of an emergency, crisis, or significant disruption.

For information about the College's emergency response plan, please go to http://www.middlebury.edu/er.


125 South Main Street
Extension 5911 or 802.443.5911: campus emergencies (24 hours)
Extension 5133 or 802.443.5133: non-emergency / business line

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for safety and security on campus.

To address the security/emergency needs of Middlebury College, the Department of Public Safety provides uniformed security staff and a dispatcher/operator 24 hours a day. The DPS maintains three fully equipped patrol vehicles. Through the use of these vehicles, foot patrol, and seasonal bike patrol, officers maintain continual patrol through the College's buildings and grounds. All officers carry radios and are CPR and First Aid certified. The officers attend workshops and training seminars relevant to campus security and safety. Professionals in the fields of security, law enforcement, and emergency medical response provide these training sessions. Additionally, many of the staff at the Department of Public Safety have extensive prior experience in law enforcement, security work, emergency medical or fire response.

Residential buildings are locked and not open to the public. Additional information about the College’s Enhanced Access System is located at the Public Safety website under MiddCard information

Complete information on safety and security at Middlebury College is available at the Public Safety website or by request at the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety.

Weapons Regulations (Firearms/Knives/Fireworks/Stun guns, etc.) 

Weapons are prohibited on the Middlebury College campus, and neither hand-loading of ammunition nor the storage or possession of hand-loading materials are permitted on campus. Discovery of a weapon in a College building, residence hall, on College grounds, locked in a vehicle on College grounds, or in the possession of a student or employee on campus, or other violation of the weapons regulations, may result in confiscation of the weapon and disciplinary action against the owner and/or person in possession.

A weapon as used in this policy means any firearm, explosive, club or other object that has been designed with the intent to harm another person or property (or replica of such a firearm or object) or any object used to inflict harm to another person or property.   

Weapons also include, but are not limited to: pellet or BB guns, paintball or airsoft guns, blackjacks, slingshots, billyclubs, sandclubs, or metal knuckles (including replica or facsimile weapons), toy weapons (including "nerf" guns or any device capable of launching a projectile or substance), and any other devices which could reasonably be mistaken for a weapon or explosive.

Weapons also include knives with six inch or longer blades, and knives with blades less than six inches which by design can be used as weapons, such as switchblades or double-edged blades. 

Exceptions and Storage

Exceptions for the possession or use of toy or replica weapons in a College-sanctioned activity or academic program must be approved in advance by the Department of Public Safety.  The only other exception is for the storage of a student’s firearm or hunting weapon at the Department of Public Safety. Storage rules are  as follows:

  1. Middlebury College will only provide storage for hunting rifles, shotguns, hunting knives, bows and archery supplies. Students must register these weapons and store them with the Department of Public Safety. A handgun is never permitted on campus unless it is a duty weapon issued or authorized by the student’s employer. In such cases, the handgun must be registered and stored with the Department of Public Safety.
  2. Storage is limited to one firearm per person. Permission to store additional weapons may be granted by the director of Public Safety upon written request. All owners will abide by the firearms storage policy concerning storage time limits and penalties.
  3. Firearm permits shall be issued for one academic year. Owners must claim their weapon(s) at the close of the academic term or at any time they move out of campus student housing. Firearm permits may be renewed upon request.
  4. When permits are granted, the make, model, serial number, and caliber of the weapon shall be recorded on the permit and filed with the Department of Public Safety.
  5. A firearm permit may be revoked for any violation of rules governing the possession of firearms.