Disciplinary Action

Except in cases of emergency withdrawal, suspension or dismissal, this  section describes the disciplinary process that is normally followed when a Bread Loaf student allegedly commits a policy violation. Where other Middlebury policies specify separate processes, those processes will apply (see, e.g., the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy). Moreover, where applicable law where the program takes place mandates different procedures or policies, those procedures or policies will apply. 

  • Alleged policy violations should be reported to the Bread Loaf director or, if she or he is not available, designee (associate director, on-site director). The Bread Loaf director or designee will review pertinent information.
  • In the event that a complaint or report of a policy violation is made against a Bread Loaf student, the accused student will be given oral or written notice of the allegations as well an opportunity to respond to those allegations prior to any determination or disciplinary action. The “opportunity to respond” means that the student will be given an opportunity to meet/communicate with the Bread Loaf director or designee.
  • The Bread Loaf director or designee will make a determination based on the preponderance of the evidence as to whether the student has violated policy. During this process, the rules of evidence applicable to civil or criminal cases do not apply.
  • The Bread Loaf director may take a number of actions, including (but not limited to) issuing an oral or written warning, or authorizing suspension or expulsion. These actions will be accompanied by notification of any other institution in which the student is enrolled.
  • In the event that the student is suspended or expelled, the student may appeal the decision to the vice president for the Middlebury Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs within three business days of the determination.

The appeal must be in writing (e-mail or hard copy), and must state the grounds for the appeal as well as an outline of supporting evidence.

  • The student will be notified of the appeal decision within five business days of the receipt of the appeal, unless there are extenuating circumstances.
  • The vice president’s decision shall be final.

(Note: separate procedures exist for alleged violations of Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/ Discrimination policy).