General Information

All students are responsible for knowing and understanding all of Middlebury and Bread Loaf policies, as articulated in this and in the Middlebury College Handbook (

Community Standards

Bread Loaf shares the commitment of the larger Middlebury College community to the following goals:

  • cultivating respect and responsibility for self, others, and our shared environment;
  • encouraging personal and intellectual courage and growth;
  • manifesting integrity and honesty in all decisions and actions;
  • promoting healthy, safe, and balanced lifestyles;
  • fostering a diverse and inclusive community committed to civility, open-mindedness, collaboration, and cooperation.

Emergency Withdrawal, Suspension or Dismissal

Middlebury recognizes its obligation to promote the welfare of its community as a whole and to take appropriate action when that welfare is jeopardized. To that end, Middlebury reserves the right, notwithstanding and apart from the disciplinary procedures described herein, on an emergency basis, to suspend, dismiss, or require to withdraw any student whose presence at any of its Bread Loaf School of English campuses is determined by the appropriate authority (e.g., the Bread Loaf director or designee or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate Programs) to pose a danger to the Middlebury and/or Bread Loaf community or its members or to be unduly disruptive of the living, working, and/or learning environment of others, or who appears to be unwilling or incapable of effectively and/or safely participating in Bread Loaf’s academic and/or residential life program(s). In cases of emergency suspension or required withdrawal, the conditions and procedures for readmission, if applicable, will be determined and communicated in writing to the student at the time of the student’s departure or shortly thereafter (see Pending Discipline below and Withdrawals).

Scope of Oversight

Students will be held accountable for policy violations that take place between the first and last day of each Bread Loaf session or Middlebury’s confirmation of their resignation or expulsion. Conduct that takes place on or near Middlebury premises or property or in connection with a Bread Loaf-related event, or occurs off-site but violates the law or may represent a threat to the safety of the Middlebury or Bread Loaf community or its members, the pursuit of the program’s objectives, or the educational environment of others, may be subject to the disciplinary process outlined below (see Disciplinary Action).

In cases where a student is found responsible for a policy violation while participating in any Bread Loaf program, the finding of responsibility may also be referred to the appropriate authority overseeing any additional Middlebury or non-Middlebury program in which the student is or will be enrolled. This may include but is not limited to: further investigation; additional adjudication under existing policies (using only information gathered in the first disciplinary process, or using subsequently gathered information, or both, as deemed appropriate by the overseeing authority); disciplinary action; or other remedies or processes deemed appropriate by the authority overseeing the home institution or additional program. 

Pending Discipline

A student will not be permitted to graduate while a disciplinary matter is pending; the student’s graduation will be held in abeyance until the matter is resolved. Nor will a student ordinarily be permitted to withdraw from a Bread Loaf program with a disciplinary matter pending. If a student withdraws nonetheless, with the matter pending, the withdrawal will be considered a resignation from Middlebury, and the student will not be allowed to return to any Middlebury program. Notation thereof will be made in the student's file. Middlebury may also notify all institutions or programs in which the student is (or will be) enrolled of any pending or unresolved disciplinary matters pertaining to that student.

In extraordinary circumstances, however, the Bread Loaf director or the vice president for Language Schools, Schools Abroad, and Graduate programs, after appropriate consultation, a review of the case, and consideration of Middlebury’s best interests, may grant permission for a student to withdraw from the Bread Loaf program when a disciplinary matter is pending. Should the student be readmitted to any Middlebury program, the disciplinary matter must be resolved either before the student's return, or immediately upon the student's return.