Personal Safety and Residential Life

Personal Safety

Security and Access to Student Residences

Middlebury College residence halls are secured by the enhanced card access system. Students, faculty, and staff need to carry their access identification card with them at all times. Residence halls are not open to the public but may be accessed by members of the College community on official College business. Students, faculty, and staff are issued keys to their rooms and should keep their doors and windows locked when going to sleep and when leaving the room. All students are issued an access identification card that allows them to gain access to buildings that have been designated as part of the Language School program, dining area, or laundry facility. The enhanced access system is monitored 24 hours a day by the Department of Public Safety. The system will display alarms when a door is propped open, the components of the system are tampered with, forced entry occurs, or if unauthorized person(s) attempt to access a building with an invalid access card. When an alarm is displayed at Public Safety, the telecommunicator will acknowledge the alarm and dispatch an officer to investigate. Public Safety Officers patrol campus regularly. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report all unauthorized persons and suspicious activities to Public Safety. College officials are authorized to enter a student's room under certain circumstances. See Residential Policies, "Entry into Residential Rooms" at


Public Safety can provide escort service for personal safety on campus after dark. Call x5133 to request assistance or x5911 to report an emergency.

Personal Property

Middlebury College does not maintain insurance for the personal property of faculty, staff, and students. Faculty, staff, and students are responsible for insuring valuable property that you bring with you.

Residential Life

Total immersion in the Language Schools is based on being in residence seven days a week. Classes are held Monday through Friday, but students should come prepared to remain on campus and work several hours each day, including weekends, and to interact with other students outside of class as a vital part of the curriculum. The Language Schools' co-curricular program is an integral part of the total immersion approach. Students need to participate as fully as possible in the cultural activities planned by each School and are encouraged to make use of the athletic and cultural facilities on campus.

If a student absolutely must be away from the campus overnight, the student needs to consult the school office and leave information in case of an emergency.

Residence Hall Regulations

Read sections 1,3, 4a, 4c and 4d of Middlebury Residential Policies. Some information is not applicable to the Language Schools, for example:

Housing Assignments – Section 2 does not apply to Language Schools. Your School coordinator makes all housing assignments. Speak to your School coordinator if you feel you need a room assignment change. Section 4b also does not apply to Language Schools as the Language Schools cannot provide housing for members of a student's family nor may guests be housed on campus.

For specific inquiries about housing or residential policies, please contact your School coordinator.

Middlebury College does not accept responsibility for loss of money or other personal property or damage thereto which may occur in residence halls and elsewhere on campus.

Fire Safety and Prohibited Items

• The room entry and exit must be clear.
• Nothing may be hung from a sprinkler apparatus.
• In common spaces and suite lounges, nothing can be hung from the ceiling; furniture cannot block an exit; decorations cannot be near an ignition source; and only one wall per common space can be decorated (with the exception of posters or pictures framed in glass, in which case more than one wall may be decorated).
• Nothing can be posted in an exit route (hallways, stairways, etc.).
• Any unauthorized air conditioners will be confiscated. The items will be stored until the end of the session, at which time the owner will need to make arrangements with Facilities Services to pay the mandatory storage fee and make an appointment to collect the confiscated item. If an item is not claimed at the end of the session it becomes the property of the College.
• Items in violation of fire safety guidelines will be confiscated. Fire Safety violations include: possession of candles, incense, halogen lamps, portable heaters, Christmas tree lights (with the exception of "rope lights"), dangerous chemicals, or hazardous materials. Fire safety violations also include: smoking, blocking the means of egress, or hanging tapestries on more than one wall and/or the ceiling. Discovery of any of these violations will result in confiscation and disposal of the prohibited item, fines, and the possibility of additional disciplinary action.
• Tampering with fire safety or life safety equipment is prohibited and students will be subject to fines and additional charges to repair or replace equipment. These charges will be borne collectively by the residence hall if the responsible individual(s) cannot be identified. When an individual is identified, the individual is fined and the additional cost to repair or replace equipment is assessed. The individual is also subject to disciplinary action. Fire and life safety equipment includes fire alarms, extinguishers, hydrants, smoke detectors, smoke detector batteries, carbon monoxide detectors, and sprinklers. Any problems with smoke detectors must be reported to the Department of Public Safety or Facilities Services immediately, as nonfunctioning detectors endanger the lives of all residents. If a signal alerts Public Safety to a malfunctioning unit, dorm rooms will be checked and action will be taken to repair the smoke detector.
• Occupants must exit a building when a fire alarm sounds. Failure to do so is considered dangerous behavior and can result in disciplinary action and fines.

Smoking Policy

The Vermont Clean Indoor Air Act prohibits smoking in public places, except in designated smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls, including the small houses. Read the detailed smoking policy.


You should not exchange furniture, remove dorm furnishings from your room, or move lounge or other furniture into your room. If you remove furniture from your room, or move lounge furniture into your room, you will be charged the replacement cost of any missing item. Once a bill has been issued the charges will not be removed, even if the missing item is subsequently returned to its proper place.

Housekeeping and Maintenance

Occupants must maintain clean and sanitary conditions in dormitory rooms and must clear common space after personal use. Damages to common areas or hallways may be billed to the residents of the entire dormitory unless the individual(s) responsible can be identified. Cleaning equipment is readily available, and students are responsible for keeping their rooms in order. The custodial staff cleans and maintains common areas, such as kitchens, bathrooms, and lounges daily (unless the facility in which students reside has less than 19 people and then the facility is on a reduced cleaning schedule), with the exception of Sundays.

Charges are imposed for damage to rooms or furniture, for removal of furniture, and for rooms not left in neat condition at the end of the occupancy period.

Students should report all problems related to housekeeping and maintenance in their dormitory to their School office for referral to the appropriate College department.


Residents should expect to share communal bathrooms in the residence halls.


Students, faculty, and staff using bicycles on campus are required to register their bicycles at the Department of Public Safety. Bicycles should be kept in designated storage rooms or racks provided for their storage. They should not be in residence halls, other buildings, or chained to other objects on campus. There is a charge of $25 for bicycles removed from unauthorized locations.


The Bookstore sells small refrigerators for student dorm rooms. The store will buy back at a discount refrigerators purchased there if the item is in good condition and with the original receipt.


Pets are strictly prohibited on campus. There is a fine of $25 plus the cost of impoundment for any pets brought to campus. Service animals are permitted but must be registered with the Office of Public Safety.

Thermal Comfort Policy

Middlebury College recognizes that thermal comfort is important for both the health and productivity of its students, faculty, and staff. During periods of high heat and humidity certain measures may have to be taken to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff as well as to create a minimum thermal comfort that enables the campus community to work effectively. Of these measures air conditioning is the most costly solution in terms of both real dollars and environmental impact. The installation of air conditioning will not be considered until natural cooling methods and retrofit options have been explored. Read the full Thermal Comfort Policy.

Carbon Neutrality

Middlebury College is committed to achieving its sustainability goals through how and what it teaches, how it operates, open dialogue, carefully considered risk, and learning from its successes and failures. Middlebury College encourages everyone to conserve energy and water resources. Faculty, staff, and students should turn off lights and appliances when leaving a room, and keep the use of appliances and water to a minimum.

The use of personal air conditioning units is not permitted.

The College's efforts are intended to assess and improve the environmental, economic, and social performance with tools that provide a useful measure of progress toward ecological resilience, economic prosperity, and social equity. The College appreciates everyone's consideration of this mutual effort in environmental awareness and change.


The College provides faculty, staff, and students with personal-size blue recycling bins for temporary storage of recyclable materials. Individuals are responsible for sorting these materials into the appropriate bins at the centralized recycling locations in each building. English language guides to what can be recycled are provided in the arrival packet, and bins are color-coded and labeled in all languages. Cardboard boxes should be broken down and left near recycling bins on the first floor of each building. Batteries are hazardous waste and must not go into the trash. They should be separated and placed in the recycling areas. Fluorescent light bulbs are regulated as well and should be given to the custodian for proper disposal. Please visit for more information.

Sharp objects can pose a serious risk to staff when placed in the trash. Do not put needles in the trash! Parton Health Center provide students with a sharps container. Sharps containers should be returned to the Health Center when full or when no longer in use for proper disposal.