General Conduct

September, 2015

1. General Conduct Standards

Flagrant disrespect for persons, flouting of common standards of decency, behavior unbecoming of a Middlebury student, or continued behavior that demonstrates contempt for the generally accepted values of the intellectual community is prohibited.

2. Respect for the Educational Function of the College

Any disruption of the educational function of the College is prohibited.

3. Respect for Persons

The College expects all members of the College community to respect the dignity, freedom, and rights of others. Violence in word or deed against another; incitement or provocation to violence; negligent or reckless use of physical force; conduct that may reasonably be expected to exploit or coerce another; prevention of another's free expression of ideas by intimidation, abuse, or physical force; defamation; violation of another's privacy; unauthorized entry and, specifically, uninvited hostile presence in another's room or office, are prohibited.

4. Respect for Property

The College strives to create a community of trust, safety, and respect for others and for our shared resources. Theft of or damage to College property or the property of others is therefore prohibited; fines may be imposed. Additionally, unauthorized access to College property or that of others, or undermining authorized access to College property, is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized use of services, and disposition of property to another under the pretense that it is one's own. Other examples of prohibited activities are provided below.

a. College Facilities: Unauthorized entry into closed or restricted areas of the College, including roofs of buildings.

b. Library Resources: The Middlebury College library collections exist as common resources to be shared, preserved, and respected in a manner guaranteeing protection for future users. The ethical use of library materials, including all technological resources, involves acceptance of this principle and appropriate conduct regarding library collections. Middlebury’s Library and Information Services policies outline community expectations and prohibited behaviors regarding electronic and library resources. Other examples of disrespect for library resources include, but are not limited to:

i. writing upon, defacing, tearing, cutting, mutilating, or destroying books or other library property;
ii. removing or attempting to remove library property from the library without formal borrowing through the circulation desk;
iii. willful concealment of library property within the library;
iv. willful retention of library materials beyond their stated loan periods.

c. College Equipment: Failure to maintain and/or return on time instructional and/or other College equipment.

d. Furnishings: College furnishings provided in lounges and other public spaces belong in those spaces. The presence of such furnishings in a student's room is prohibited; fines may be imposed.

e. Vandalism and Physical Damage to College property: The minimum sanction for damage or vandalism, whether in a dormitory or other College facility, is payment of the cost of repair or replacement. Fines may also be imposed. If an individual voluntarily self-reports to the Commons dean, the sanction may be lessened.

f. Dining Hall property: Removal of food, dishes, utensils, etc., from any College dining facility is prohibited; fines may be imposed. Students are prohibited from eating in a College dining room without a board contract and without having paid for the particular meal, or providing food from the dining hall to individuals without board contracts; fines and meal charges may be imposed. Theft or destruction of property may also constitute a criminal offense, and may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

5. Respect for the Authority of Officials

Middlebury College vests many employees, students, and outside service providers with specific duties and authority to effect the purposes of the institution. These include but are not limited to faculty members; deans; administrative, custodial, dining, and library staff; Public Safety officers; residential life staff; and other individuals such as members of the police and ambulance forces, vendors, and security staff. All students are expected to respect the authority of these individuals when they are executing their responsibilities, and failure to do so is prohibited.  Students are expected to identify themselves by showing their College identification card upon request of College officials.

6. Communicating with Honesty and Integrity

Middlebury’s Community Standards include manifesting integrity and honesty in all decisions and actions. Therefore, providing information to any member of the College staff or faculty that an individual knows or reasonably should know is false or misleading is prohibited.

7. Retaliation

Middlebury’s Community Standards include cultivating respect and responsibility for others. Retaliating directly or indirectly against a person who in has good faith supported or participated in a College investigation of a policy violation of any type is therefore prohibited. Retaliation includes but is not limited to ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop or not support a complaint or to provide false or misleading information, or otherwise engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived to affect adversely that person's educational, living, or work environment. Depending on the circumstances, retaliation may also be unlawful, whether or not the complaint is ultimately found to have merit.