The president of the College appoints ombudspersons each year, to help employees with problems related to employment at Middlebury College. They are available at all times. Dealings with ombudspersons are strictly confidential unless an employee agrees to share information in order to resolve a problem. A list of current ombudspersons is available through the Human Resources Office, and is posted on the Human Resources Web site.

The functions of ombudspersons are to:

  • listen
  • provide answers to questions or to assist in finding someone who can
  • analyze situations and identify and evaluate options for responding to them
  • explain College policies and procedures and their application to an individual employee
  • investigate complaints
  • carry complaints forward, if an employee is unable to do so, and to advocate resolution
  • recommend changes when current policy and procedure seem outdated, abusive, inefficient, or arbitrary.
  • Use of an ombudsperson is a first resort when the employee doesn't know where to address a problem or how to approach the appropriate person or committee.

Use of an ombudsperson as a last resort occurs when the employee has worked through all appropriate channels but still feels the problem has not been resolved.

An ombudsperson's help is prompt, impartial, and confidential



Lynn Dunton, Old Chapel 105, x3085
Term Ending: June 30, 2015

Maria Farnsworth, Facilities, Service Building, x5472
Term Ending: June 30, 2014

Jennifer Feehan, Forest Hall, x5917
Term Ending: June 30, 2014

Michael Olinick, Mathematics, Warner Hall, x5559
Term Ending: June 30, 2014

Carol Quennville, Facilites Service Building, x5462

Term Ending: June 30, 2015

Charlotte Tate, Robert A. Jones '59 House, x5795
Term Ending: June 30, 2014