Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Related Retaliation
Middlebury strictly prohibits conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and related retaliation. All students, as well as faculty, staff, and others who participate in Bread Loaf programs and activities are subject to Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.
Complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and inappropriate sexual conduct), domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and related retaliation should be made to the Human Relations Officer, the Bread Loaf director or designee, or the vice president for Middlebury’s Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs.
Employees with supervisory responsibility are expected to report any complaints or suspected acts of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving employees (even if they do not involve direct reports) to the Human Relations Officer, Human Resources, the Bread Loaf director or designee, or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate programs.
Please note: Any faculty or staff member who learns of an incident of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving a student must report this information to Middlebury’s Human Relations Officer, unless their status as a confidential resource precludes this disclosure. Confidential resources include the staff of the Parton Center for Health and Wellness, the staff of the Chaplain’s Office, or other medical, counseling, support, or religious personnel and volunteers who are required by law to maintain confidentiality.
Ordinarily, allegations will be addressed in accordance with the procedures outlined in Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy or Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking, as applicable; however, where applicable law in the locale where the program takes place mandates different procedures or policies, those procedures and policies will apply.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided, upon request, for persons with disabilities who need assistance in reviewing the policies or in filing or pursuing a complaint of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or related retaliation.
Please consult the appendices to the policies for resources and contact information.
Sexual Relationships between Faculty and Students
The integrity and trust of faculty-student relationships are central to Middlebury’s mission. All Bread Loaf students should be aware that:
A sexual relationship between a faculty member and a student for whom he or she has current direct academic or other professional responsibilities violates the standards articulated by the American Association of University Professors. It undermines—in fact or by perception—the integrity of the evaluative process as well as the trust, respect and fairness essential to the educational environment. Such relationships are inappropriate and members of the faculty are expected to avoid them and the potential conflicts of interest, favoritism, or bias they may bring about.
Faculty should note that a seemingly consensual sexual relationship with a student may nevertheless meet the legal definition of sexual harassment, as lack of mutual consent may be inferred from the power differential in faculty-student relationships. Please see the full text of the “Policy on Sexual Relationships Between Faculty and Students” at: www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/misc/antiharassment#other