Safety & Emergency
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.
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),
Q lot (Center for the Arts),
R Lot (Ridgeline),
S Lot (Bicentennial Hall),
T Lot (Field House/Kenyon),
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.
The College is revising and expanding its emergency preparedness policies. The changes will be announced upon completion. All students and College employees need to provide and maintain current contact information and evacuation plans in Banner Web for use in the event of an emergency, crisis, or significant disruption.
THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
125 South Main Street
Extension 5911 for campus emergencies (24 hours)
Extension 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 two 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 Public Safety website or by request at the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety.
FIREARMS / FIREWORKS / KNIVES / STUN GUNS
Violations of the firearms, fireworks, knives, or stun gun regulations will result in confiscation of the item(s) and the owner and/or person in possession may be subject to disciplinary action.
Firearms and ammunition are prohibited on the Middlebury College campus. Firearms include any type of rifle, pistol, handgun, muzzleloader, pellet gun, BB gun, air gun, paint gun, or device capable of propelling a projectile at a significant velocity.
Discovery of a loaded firearm 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 may result in disciplinary action, and confiscation of the firearm. Neither hand-loading of ammunition nor the storage or possession of hand-loading materials shall be permitted on campus.
Exceptions are provided solely for the storage of firearms with the Department of Public Safety, as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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.
A firearm permit may be revoked for any violation of rules governing the possession of firearms.
Fireworks and firecrackers are illegal in the State of Vermont, except when used as part of a fireworks display by a licensed exhibitor who has obtained the permits required by the State Fire Marshal. Students or employees who possess or discharge fireworks are subject to disciplinary action and/or fees.
Knives with a six-inch or longer blade are prohibited on campus. Knives with blades that are less than six inches, but by design can be used as weapons, such as switchblades or double-edged blades, are prohibited on campus.
Stun guns and Tasers are not allowed on campus.
Explosives / Dangerous Chemicals / Hazardous Materials
Possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals, or hazardous materials, except as authorized in supervised academic programs, is strictly prohibited on the College campus.