Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies

Links to the full text of Middlebury’s Alcohol and Other Drugs policies are available below (printed copies are available from the BLSE director):

Middlebury is committed to promoting individual and community health, safety, and responsibility. We expect all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to observe all local, state, and federal laws governing the possession, use, and furnishing of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, also referred to as illegal drugs. We have also committed to ensuring that, in accordance with theDrugFreeSchoolsand Community Act of 1989, our policies concerning alcohol and drugs are clear, readily understood, and applied consistently and equally to all students. When alcohol violations occur, students may face disciplinary action. Serious incidents that put a student or others at risk of harm, as well as repeated offenses, require a more vigorous response, including referral to counseling or a treatment facility, and/or disciplinary outcomes as appropriate.

All BLSE students, faculty, staff, and visitors are subject to local, state, and federal laws, as well as Middlebury’s drug and alcohol policies, while on Middlebury-owned or leased properties or involved with off-campus programs or activities sponsored by Middlebury or a registered Middlebury organization. Middlebury does not protect students from prosecution for drug or alcohol offenses under local, state, or federal laws and does not interfere with legitimate law enforcement activities. Law enforcement officers may have a legal right to search individuals, and with consent or proper documentation may search property—including residence hall rooms—without prior notice. Middlebury also reserves the right to furnish law enforcement officials with information regarding alleged illegal activities. 

In order to preserve the safety of our residents, the State of Vermontand MiddleburyCollegeboth adhere to policies that limit disciplinary consequences when appropriate care is sought for individuals in drug- or alcohol-related distress. Please see Good Samaritan Policy for more information.

Prohibited Actions


  • Underage drinking. Only persons of legal age (21 or older in the United States) may possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Legal proof of age, such as a valid driver's license, state issued liquor identification card, or a passport, may be required.
  • Purchasing, serving, or furnishing alcohol for or to a minor
  • Selling, manufacturing, or distributing alcohol illegally.
  • Possessing, producing, or providing false identification.
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Driving on or off campus under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited: fines are assessed, and driving privileges on campus will be suspended. Students who are charged by law enforcement officers with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and are awaiting the outcome of legal proceedings shall have their campus driving privileges suspended pending the court disposition. In those incidents where the DUI involves an accident with injuries to others, or other exceptional factors, immediate disciplinary action may take place.
  • Bringing alcohol to a Bread Loaf or Middlebury event, or taking alcohol served at that event from the authorized area. Only alcohol served at Bread Loaf sponsored events is permitted at those events.
  • Possessing alcohol in unauthorized spaces. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public spaces, or outside on the campus grounds, unless the area has been designated for a registered or catered event. Students of legal age may transport open alcohol containers for personal use within residence halls, but the use of hallways for parties is prohibited.
  • Bringing kegs or common containers (e.g., punch bowls containing alcohol) onto campus.
  • Engaging in drinking games or other activities designed for the purpose of becoming intoxicated.              


  • Using or possessing illegal drugs.
  • Using, possessing, selling, distributing, or manufacturing prescription medication without a properly issued prescription.
  • Distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute illegal drugs or controlled substances.
  • Growing and/or manufacturing any illegal substance.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia that has been used.

Health and Community Responsibility

Middlebury believes that alcohol and other drug-related problems affect our entire community and that each of us has a responsibility to help safeguard the community health by respecting Middlebury’s policy and intervening in situations of abuse. Any member of the Middlebury community having knowledge of an individual on campus who is abusing alcohol or in possession of or using illegal drugs is urged to encourage the individual to seek counseling and/or medical assistance. All members of the community are also expected to help protect the community health by informing the Bread Loaf directors or staff members of instances of drug distribution and/or sales.

Involvement with or dependency upon drugs or illegal use of alcohol is viewed by Middlebury as a health concern, as well as a disciplinary matter. Any time a Bread Loaf director (or designee) has reasonable concerns that a student’s health is being compromised by alcohol or other drug use (even in cases where no concrete evidence or direct witness is involved) a drug and/or alcohol assessment, on or off campus, may be required.

Laws, Resources, and Additional Information

For information specific to state and federal laws governing the use, possession, and distribution of drugs and alcohol, as well as additional resources, see Drugs and Alcohol: Policies, Laws, and Resources (