General Conduct

Last updated August 25, 2016

1. General Conduct Standards

Behavior that violates common standards of decency, fails to comply with community laws or statutes, or demonstrates contempt for the generally accepted values of the intellectual community is prohibited.

2. Respect for Middlebury’s Educational Function

Any disruption of Middlebury’s educational function is prohibited.

3. Respect for Persons

Middlebury expects all members of the Middlebury 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; prevention of another's ability to communicate or move freely; defamation; violation of another's privacy; unauthorized entry and/or uninvited or unwanted presence in another’s room or office, are prohibited.
4. Respect for Property

Middlebury strives to create a community of trust, safety, and respect for others and for our shared resources. Theft or vandalism of or damage to Middlebury  property or the property of others is therefore prohibited; fines may be imposed. The minimum sanction for damage or vandalism, whether in a dormitory or other Middlebury facility, is payment of the cost of repair or replacement. Other sanctions may be imposed as well. Theft or destruction of property may also constitute a criminal offense, and may be reported to appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Additionally, unauthorized access to Middlebury property or that of others, or undermining authorized access to Middlebury property or the property of others, is prohibited. This includes but is not limited to unauthorized use of services, including dining hall meals and materials, and disposition of property to another under the pretense that it is one's own.

5. Respect for the Authority of Officials

Middlebury and the institutions at which Middlebury conducts programs  vest 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 and their equivalents; 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 Middlebury identification card upon request of Middlebury 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 Middlebury 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.