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Safety and Security Handbook

The entire Safety and Security Handbook is contained on this web page below.   Click here for the PDF version.  The  Definition of Crimes are at the bottom of the page along with the Crime Statistics - Middlebury campus,  and the Definition of Fire and Fire Statistics

The Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) provides uniformed security officers on campus and telecommunications staff in the office 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The department maintains regular foot and cruiser patrol of campus and responds to emergencies.  The Department of Public Safety reports to the Dean of the College. Public Safety Officers do not have powers of arrest but work closely with local law enforcement agencies.  Public Safety Officers have the authority to stop individuals on campus and to request identification.  Public Safety also have the authority to issue parking tickets and Notice of Trespass.  

The department's staff includes the Director of Public Safety, Associate Director of Public Safety, Patrol Supervision Support and Special Projects Manger, Telecommunications Manager and Technical Support Specialist, On-Call Manager and TrainerSergeants (2 full time), an Administrative Assistant, Patrol Officers (11 full time), Telecommunications staff (6 full time, 3 part time, 4 on call), Art Museum Monitors (4 part time, 3 spare monitors), seasonal Midd Rides drivers, and on-call Special Events Staff.  Public Safety also hires students for Midd Rides.

The DPS maintains two fully equipped patrol vehicles. Through the use of these vehicles, foot patrol and seasonal bike patrol, officers patrol the College's buildings and grounds. All officers carry radios and are CPR, First Aid and Automated External Defibrillator certified. The officers attend workshops and training seminars relevant to campus security and safety. These training sessions are provided by professionals in the fields of security, law enforcement, and emergency medical response. Additionally, many of the staff at the Department of Public Safety have extensive prior experience in law enforcement, safety, security work, emergency medical and fire response.

Public Safety officers are often the first responder for assistance in reports of fire, medical emergencies and criminal activity. The Department works with the Middlebury Police, the Vermont State Police, the State's Attorney of Addison County, Addison County Sheriff's Office, the State of Vermont Department of Liquor Control, Middlebury Fire Department, Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services, and Porter Hospital.

Fire alarm and intrusion alarm signals are received at the telecommunications center through a computerized alarm processing system. (There are a few small residential houses with a fire alarm system that only sounds locally and does not report to DPS.  Please the Fire Systems List in Annex C of this handbook.)    In the event of fire, smoke or smell of gas on campus,  the Department of Public Safety will notify the Middlebury Fire Department and will provide assistance with access to facilities, occupancy information and crowd control.    

Middlebury College has an enhanced 911 system. This allows for emergency calls from the campus telephone system to be sent directly to the Vermont statewide 911 dispatching service.  The Department of Public Safety is provided with the campus phone location but does not hear the conversation.   A Public Safety officer is dispatched to the location and will receive updated information from the responding agency.   In the event that a 911 call is placed from a cellular phone or from someone out of the area, the responding agency will notify DPS for assistance.   Details regarding the use of the 911 system appear in the Reporting Emergencies, Crime and Suspicious Activity section of this handbook.

Routine calls to the Department of Public Safety should be made to the general business line, (802) 443-5133.  This number is answered at the dispatch center and may also be reached by simply dialing the last four digits, 5133, from any campus extension. All calls with caller ID enabled will display for the telecommunication center.  If the call displays an ID for a College number, the telecommunicator has access to the location of the phone.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to support the educational goals of the college by delivering services that enhance and protect the college community.  An environment conducive to learning requires a commitment from each student, faculty member, staff member, and visitor to uphold the ideals of community living.  It is the role of the members of the Department of Public Safety to ensure that those ideals are held in high regard by enforcing College policies, laws and ordinances, protecting property and persons, and offering services that contribute to an effective living and learning environment. We welcome you to contact us with any questions or concerns either by email, or telephone.

Agreement with Middlebury Police                                              

The Middlebury Police Department has an agreement with the Department of Public Safety on patrol procedures, assistance with contacting students during investigation of a crime, warrants, parking enforcement and event security.   The Public Safety officer immediately report serious crime to the Middlebury Police, and provides MPD with documentation of crimes in accordance with College policies. The Department of Public Safety informs and encourages all victims and witnesses to report criminal acts to the Middlebury Police.   Investigations are managed cooperatively with the Middlebury Police.  When arrests must be conducted on campus, the Public Safety Department provides full cooperation and assistance to the Middlebury Police.    

The Department of Public Safety works closely with the Middlebury Police Department to uphold a community policing model of security.  The Middlebury Police Department readily provides DPS with training in the areas of traffic enforcement, special equipment use, local ordinance enforcement and other areas of mutual interest or concern. 

Reporting Emergencies

 

What is an emergency?

An emergency is any immediate threat to life and/or property that requires immediate response from police, fire or Emergency Medical Services. Some examples of emergencies are crimes in progress, any kind of fire or a serious injury or illness. If you are not sure if an incident falls into an emergency classification, feel free to call 911 when an immediate response is needed.   For more information on emergencies, see our emergency response information.

Police
Fire
Ambulance

Dial 911

Department of Public Safety

 Dial 802-443-5911 if calling from a cell phone or dial 5911 if calling from a campus phone

 

 

How should I report an emergency?

  • Stay on the line with the dispatcher.
  • Provide the address, location and a description of the emergency.
  • Provide the phone number at your location.
  • Provide a thorough description of the incident to assure appropriate resources are dispatched.

 

Emergencies:
Dial 911

(Vermont 911 Operator)

Campus Emergencies:
Dial 5911
(using College phones)
Dial 802-443-5911 (using Cell phone)
(Public Safety Dispatcher)

The Department of Public Safety is located on South Main Street (Rte 30), across from the Library, and next to the Admissions Office.

Contact Information:
Business Line: (802) 443-5133
Campus Emergencies:(802) 443-5911
TTY: (802) 443-3141
Fax: (802) 443-2338
E-mail:publicsafety@middlebury.edu

Mailing Address:
Public Safety
Middlebury College
125 S. Main St.
Middlebury VT.05753

Midd Rides:
Phone: (802) 443-RIDE (7433)
E-mail: middrides@middlebury.edu

Key Administration:
E-mail: keyadmin@middlebury.edu

125 South Main St. Map

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Timely Warning

In the event that a dangerous criminal situation is reported to Public Safety or the Middlebury Police, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Public Safety and in consultation with the Middlebury Police, when possible, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide "timely warning" will be issued.   The warning will be issued through the College's email system.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Public Safety may also send the warning by use the RAVE (text, cell call, email and college phone extensions) and may post the notice at entrances to residence halls and at academic buildings.

For more information on Emergency Notifications, see Emergency Response information.

Emergency Notification Systems

General information about emergency response and evacuation procedures for Middlebury College are available on the Middlebury College Emergency (http://www.middlebury.edu/er ) web site.

The Department of Public Safety has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document any situation that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation.  The Department of Public Safety has the responsibility to respond to such incidents and to determine if the situation does in fact pose a threat to the community.  If that is the case, Federal Law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community that may be affected by the situation. 

Adding / Changing Contact Information in RAVE

In the event of an emergency notification, the Department of Public Safety may use Rave to send a message to College community members.  In order to receive a cell phone call or SMS message, you must enter your cell phone number in BannerWeb.     To add your cell phone to Banner,

Log into Banner Web: http://go.middlebury.edu/bw

Select: Personal Information
Select: Update cell phone for emergency communications

While in the Banner Personal Information section, it may also be a good time to update Emergency Contacts.

In order to recognize the email, phone call or text message from Rave, please note important sender information.

  • A message sent to e-mail will have the following sender information: Rave Alert [middlebury@getrave.com]
  • A message sent to cell phones will display the following number: 802-388-0409
  • An SMS (text message) from Rave will display the number 802-388-0409

These numbers should be added to your cell phone contact list.

The College’s Emergency Web Alert System

The Emergency Web Alert System was created to assist with the rapid dissemination of emergency information to members of the campus community and the general public. The Emergency Web Alert System is comprised of two distinct parts.

  1. In the event of an emergency, authorized administrators can activate emergency notifications on the College's primary website, http://www.middlebury.edu. These notifications may display information or redirect to MiddAlert.net.
  2. MiddAlert.net is a high-availability website, hosted by Google that is used by authorized administrators to post current information about emergency situations at the College. MiddAlert.net is not dependent on the College's IT infrastructure in any way.

It is important to note that ENS messages reference MiddAlert.net as the source for updates about emergency situations at the College. People may also choose to subscribe to the MiddAlert.net feed.

Thorguard Lightning Warning System

A Thorguard Lightning Warning System has been installed at the College Golf Course.  The system operates from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. each day.

If the system detects lightning in a 2 mile radius, the warning horn at the Golf Course and Youngman Field will sound once and the lights will begin to flash at the following locations:

  • Golf Course
  • Youngman Field
  • Dragone Track
  • Baseball Diamond
  • Athletic fields
  • Proctor Tennis Courts
  • Atwater Tennis Courts

When the threat of lightning has passed, the warning horn will sound three short blasts and the lights will stop flashing. 

Emergency Response and Evacuation

The College has established an Emergency Core Team (ECT).  This team is comprised of senior administrators and is responsible for emergency planning, preparedness and recovery. The team has responsibility for all policy matters including policy decisions regarding the emergency.   The team will be informed during an emergency by the Incident Commander.

 The Core Team reports to the President or designee during an emergency, and:

  • Focuses on the impact to the institution
  • Provides direction in implementing policies
  • Oversees and supports the Emergency Planning and Preparedness and Threat Assessment Teams
  • Informs VIPs and the community through notifications and updates

The Core Team structure and management includes quarterly meetings to review issues related to mission and protocol.

Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team (EP&PT):  This team is comprised of college employees trained in emergency preparedness and response using the Incident Command System. This team reports to the Emergency Core Team during an emergency and:

  • Supports the Incident Commander
  • Establishes the Incident Command structure as appropriate for the incident
  • Gathers, confirms and evaluates incident information
  • Develops strategies using an action plan
  • Identifies resource needs

The Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team structure and management includes quarterly meetings that may include members of the Emergency Core Team and Threat Assessment teams.

Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAM)

Middlebury is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus and workplace environment.  As part of this commitment, Middlebury has established a Threat Assessment and Management Team (“TAM Team”), which is empowered to assess risk and formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that he or she may present a threat to health or safety of others.  The TAM Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm. 

The Threat Assessment Team structure and management includes monthly meetings to discuss cases and implement action plans and follow up strategies.  This team is comprised of College employees trained in Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management.  The TAM team may assist and support the EP&PT when the emergency involves a community member who is a danger to himself or others.

Anyone who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Department of Public Safety immediately at 802.443.5911. Individuals may also make a report to their Commons Dean or any member of the TAM Team (Tam Team members are listed on the Team’s website: go/threatasseessment)

In case of an immediate emergency, please call 911.

Team Training and Exercises

The Emergency Core Team, the Emergency Planning and Preparedness Team, and the Threat Assessment team will participate in training and exercises to support this plan. 

Minimum Requirement:  All team members will successfully complete the on-line course, IS-100.HE Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 for Higher Education (http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100HE.asp)

Tabletop Exercises and Drills:  Enactment of critical incidents and emergencies will be conducted for the purpose of testing:

  • Utility of the Emergency Operations Plan
  • Preparedness and skills of team members
  • Coordination with external entities
  • Knowledge, acquisition and deployment of resources

Frequency:  The trainings will be scheduled at the discretion of the team chairs, but will occur at least annually. 

Trainings will, when practicable, include first responders and other external agencies to test the College’s plan and its compatibility with local, regional, or state plans.

 

Evacuation Procedures

Armed Threat

If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area, the following is a list of actions that are recommended. These kinds of incidents are unpredictable. The guidelines provided are based on past experiences. Other actions may be necessary. If the individual possess an immediate threat to you, you may need to act using your best judgment.

If you can safely leave the area:

  • Exit the building immediately and notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building also.
  • Leave the campus if you can safely do so. Attempt to let a supervisor or fellow worker know that you are leaving so that everyone can be accounted for.
  • Call 911 and the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety at 443-5911.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
  • Your name
  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  • Number of shooters (if known)
  • Identification or description of shooter(s)
  • Number of persons who may be at risk
  • Your contact information and location

If you are at immediate risk and exiting the building is not possible:

  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Cover the door windows.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  • DO NOT answer the door.
  • Be aware that a fire alarm might have been pulled by an intruder.
  • Notify 911 and the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety, 443-5911.
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
    • Your name
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters (if known)
    • Identification or description of shooter(s)
    • Number of persons who may be at risk
    • Your contact information and location
    • Wait for local police or security to assist you out of the building.

 

Fire - For information on evacuation during a fire, see the Fire Safety section of this handbook.

Campus Security Authority(CSA)

 Campus security authority is a person who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities including but not limited to student housing, student discipline, athletics, and campus judicial proceedings. Someone who is designated by the institution as someone to whom crime reports can be made.  

Middlebury College has designated the following as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) Public Safety staff, Dean of the College, Dean of Students, Commons Heads, Commons Deans, Commons Coordinators, CRAs, FYCs, CAs, or RAs, other deans or staff who oversee residential life or student activities (housing, club sports, student groups), Director of Athletics, coaches, faculty advisor to a student group or other advisor to a student group. 

A crime is reported when it is brought to the attention of a CSA, and the report is made in good faith.  The CSA must report the crime to Public Safety by filling out the Campus Security Authority crime report form.  The CSA report form is located on the College’s web page http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/publicsafety/csa/node/439436#CSA

Missing Person

If a Middlebury College student is suspected to be missing from campus, immediately report it to the Department of Public Safety, student life staff member (i.e. commons coordinator, RA, CRA, FYC) Commons Dean or Dean of the College.

Policy

The purpose of this policy is to establish procedures for Middlebury College to respond to and assist with reports of missing students as required under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.  It shall be the policy of the Department of Public Safety to take immediate action to locate a member of the community when informed that a person has been out of contact, cannot be located or is missing.   When appropriate the Department of Public Safety will take initial steps to locate the student before referring the report to the Middlebury Police Department.

Middlebury College has created a Banner web form that gives students the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in the case that the student is determined to be missing. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers will have access to this information during an investigation.

Procedure

Any and all reports of missing students shall be directed to the Department of Public Safety (802-443-5133).  An investigation will be initiated to locate the missing student.  The Department of Public Safety and Student Life will gather all essential information about the student from the person making the report and from the students friends and acquaintances.  The information to be obtained includes, but is not limited to, personal description, clothing last worn, locations where student may be, person or witnesses who may have information, vehicle description, information of the physical and mental well-being of the student, up-to-date photographs, and class schedule.

Reports of a missing child will be reported to the Middlebury Police immediately. If the report involves a student, Public Safety shall notify Middlebury Police Department (MPD) after initial attempts to locate the student have been unsuccessful or if the report necessitates immediate police involvement due to circumstances (seen kidnapped; suspect violation of domestic restraining order; etc.). If locating the person could involve other jurisdictions, Public Safety will notify MPD or the other jurisdictions for their assistance.

Public Safety may notify the local police that the student is missing even if the student has not filled out the confidential contact form.

If a student is less than eighteen years of age the College is required to notify the parent or guardian that the student is missing.

When a student has been determined missing the Department of Public Safety shall report the missing student to Middlebury Police.

 

MiddTags:

Fire Safety

All of the large dormitories have sprinklers and fire alarm systems that communicate directly to the Department of Public Safety. Some small residential houses on campus have local smoke alarm systems that do not communicate directly with the Department of Public Safety. Some of these smaller houses do not have sprinkler systems. The Department of Public Safety conducts two fire drills during the academic year. One drill is conducted in each residence hall during the fall term and one in the spring term.

All of the large dorms have sprinkler systems that are tested monthly. All of the fire alarm systems are tested and cleaned annually. College technicians respond to every reported alarm or system trouble and will test or repair to insure the system is 100% functional. Smoke detector batteries are changed annually. Exit signs, emergency lights and fire extinguishers are tested annually. Custodians, night watchman and Public Safety officers are all involved in regular checks of fire safety equipment in all buildings on campus.

To help prevent fires, please observe the following guidelines:

• Keep room entries, exits and hallways clear and free of potential obstructions, such as boxes, bicycles and mattresses.

• Do not overload outlets – plug one appliance into an outlet at a time.

• Avoid using extension cords whenever possible.

• The use of hot plates, toasters or cooking appliances in your dorm room is prohibited.

• Do not hang anything from a sprinkler apparatus.

• Do not build or place anything over the room radiator that will interfere with the free flow of air around the radiator.

• Always leave magnifying mirrors face down so they will not magnify sunlight.

• The use of candles, halogen lamps, and portable heaters is prohibited.

• Avoid hanging lights and paper together in your room. Do not hang lights or streamers on the side of doors facing corridors.

• No Smoking Allowed.

• For office spaces that are permitted to have a Christmas tree, make sure it is properly treated and keep it away from heat sources. Tree lights must be turned off before you leave your office. Christmas trees are not permitted in student rooms or suites.

 

In the event of fire:

• If you smell smoke or detect a fire, activate the nearest alarm and call 911 immediately from a safe location.

• Before opening any door, use the back of your hand to see if it is hot. Also check to see if the doorknob is hot. If either is hot, leave the door closed and stuff towels or clothes in the cracks and open a window. Try another exit if one is available.

• If the door is not hot, open it slowly and be prepared to close it quickly if necessary.

• In a smoke filled area, keep low to the floor to escape the smoke.

• If you see or smell smoke in a hall or stairway, use another exit.

• Exit the building cautiously. Carry a towel or blanket to protect you from flames or smoke.

• If the exit is blocked, return to your room; close the door, open a window and call for help.

• Do not use elevators in cases of fire.

• Know all the exits and evacuation plans for your building.

Remember: Do not tamper with smoke detectors or fire alarm equipment…they could save your life.

Middlebury College has many types of fire systems on campus that are maintained and tested by Facilities Services.

Fire Systems Descriptions:

The list of fire systems by building is located in Appendix C of this handbook.  Facilities Services personnel and Public Safety are all involved in regular checks of fire safety equipment in all buildings on campus.  Below, you will find the descriptions of the fire systems on campus.

Addressable: More advanced than the conventional zone model. Has the capability to give clear descriptions of where the fire is located. Each device will have its own address and the panel knows the status of each device.

Conventional Zone: Older style system used in small buildings. With this system you cannot tell which device has been activated within a zone. You are given a brief zone description and the fire could exist anywhere in that zone.

Unsupervised: Battery operated smoke detectors not connected to a fire panel. This type would be seen in small houses.

 

 

Emergency Phones

There are a number of phones located in buildings and parking lots around campus.  Some of the larger residence halls have red emergency phones located in hallways.  When the receiver is lifted on a red emergency phone, a call is automatically placed to the DPS telecommunications center.  All of the large residence halls, equipped with the card access system, have a phone at the main entrance near the card reader.  These phones have both a red emergency button that will automatically place a call to Public Safety, a black button which can be used, in conjunction with the keypad, to dial on-campus phone numbers.

All of the buildings, including the small residential student houses, have campus phones in main hallways, lounges and classrooms.  In the event of an emergency, these phones require the caller to dial 911 for police, or 5911 for Public Safety.  They may also be used for non-emergency inter-campus calls by simply dialing the college extension.  Student dorm rooms do not have a College phone.  Many students use personal cell phones and are instructed to program them with Middlebury College emergency phone numbers.  Students should also familiarize themselves with the phone locations in residence halls and other College buildings.

Emergency phones are located in several of the larger parking lots used primarily by students.  These phones are on black pedestals with blue globes on top. At night, the blue light on the emergency phone is illuminated. These phones have no receiver, but operate via a keypad and speaker system. For emergencies, press the red button and the call will connect directly to the Department of Public Safety.  These phones also have a black button that can be used, in conjunction with the keypad, to dial on-campus extensions.

Operation: To operate as a college phone push the black button for a dial tone and enter the desired number using the keypad. You may also contact the Department of Public Safety by dialing extension 5911 or "0" to be connected via the college switchboard operator.  These phones may also be used to make non-emergency calls. For example, to contact Midd Rides call RIDE (x7433) for an escort back to a residence hall. Push the black button again to end the call or stop the dial tone.

Emergency phones are located in the following parking lots:

  • C Lot (FIC)
  • D Lot (Atwater Halls A and B)
  • E Lot (Johnson)
  • Q Lot (Mahaney Center for the Arts)
  • R Lot (Ridgeline)
  • T Lot (Field House/Kenyon)
  • The Track Lot (at the corner of Porter Field Road and South Street)
  • The Kirk Alumni Parking Lot
  • K lot (Robert A. Jones)
  • S Lot (McCardell Bicentennial Hall)

There are also emergency phones on the walkway near Bicentennial Hall and Freeman International Center, on the walkway between DKE and the Axinn Center and near Twilight Hall.

Educational Prevention Programs

MyStudentBody

All first year students are required to complete MyStudentBody on the web.  MyStudentBody is a comprehensive approach to reducing the risk of drug and alcohol abuse and sexual violence among college students. MyStudentBody engages students and parents in effective, evidence-based prevention and gives administrators the data to target, evaluate, and strengthen prevention initiatives.

Bystander Intervention Training (PAWS)

  • Created by a team of student life staff
  • Facilitated by FYCs and RAs during Orientation
  • PAWS is Middlebury’s student-led bystander intervention program.  Pro-active engagement among students is critical when facing challenging situations in college.  This lively, interactive workshop will introduce participants to a method for assessing and responding to a range of situations in which quick action could ensure the safety and well-being of another member of the Middlebury community.

Sex Signals

  • Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Two shows offered during the third week of classes
  • http://www.catharsisproductions.com/#/sexsignals/
  • Description from their website: “Through improvisation and audience interaction, the play explores how social pressures, gender stereotypes, unrealistic fantasies, and false preconceptions all contribute to the tensions often found in dating.  Then, through a semi-improvisational scene, the presenters demonstrate how these, and other factors can lead to sexual assault.” 

Hall Meetings on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

PowerPoint presentation prepared by the Human Relations Officer and presented by the First Year Counselors during the first month of classes

Middlebury College’s Sexual Assault Oversight Committee

In response the recommendations from the 2005 Sexual Assault Working Group, and the 2007-08 Task Force on the Status of Women, in 2008 Middlebury created the Sexual Assault Oversight Committee (SAOC). The SAOC selects our five official student members (including one student co-chair) each spring. Please check this Web site at that time for application information.

The SAOC hosts committee meetings that are open to the community and created a website that includes information for students of all gender identities and sexual orientations who may be survivors of sexual assault or harassment, and for the friends and allies who support them.

The web site also includes information for students who have been accused of sexual assault, or who are seeking clarity on how to avoid committing sexual assault.

The website can be located at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/saoc

In response to a 2008 Recommendation of the Task Force on the Status of Women at Middlebury and to the fall 2012 Sexual Assault Oversight Committee (SAOC) student survey, the SAOC is creating a confidential, on-campus informational and advocacy program for students with emergency and non-crisis needs around sexual assault, sexual violence and stalking.  In addition to the team of student advocates, a small team of faculty and staff will also be selected to serve as advocates.

 

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, enacted on October 28, 2000, became effective on October 28, 2002. Sex offenders, under the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, must register with the state where an institution of higher education is located (even if they do not reside in the state) once they become enrolled or work at an institution of higher education. Changes in enrollment or employment status also must be made known to the state. Individuals covered by the act include:

** An individual enrolled at an institution of higher education in the state on a full-time or part-time basis; or

** An individual that has any sort of full-time or part-time employment at an institution of higher education in the state, with or without compensation, for more than 14days, or for an aggregate period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year.

The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Vermont convicted sex offenders must register with the Vermont Criminal Information Center maintained by the Vermont Department of Public Safety. Information concerning offenders registered may be disclosed to any person requesting information on specific individual in accordance with law. The Vermont Criminal Information Center can be contacted through the following web site http://vcic.vermont.gov/or at VCIC at (802) 241-5400

Building Security

MiddCard

The MiddCard is an official form of identification at Middlebury College. Students are required to carry their identification card at all times. The card qualifies a student for all privileges afforded to College ID holders, allows students to identify themselves to College officials, and gives them access to residence halls controlled by the Enhanced Access System.

For more information go to http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/publicsafety/MiddCard

Enhanced Access System

The Enhanced Access System uses proximity cards, (access cards) issued to authorized students, faculty, staff and guests, to control access to buildings. The system will electronically unlock doors designated and marked as entrances when an active card with privileges for that building is presented to the card reader mounted beside the door.

Individuals with access privileges will gain immediate entry. An alarm will be activated at the Public Safety monitoring station if someone attempts entry with an invalid card, a door is forced or propped open, or if tampering with components of the system occurs. When an alarm is received, a Public Safety officer will respond to investigate.  For a list of buildings with card access go to: http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/publicsafety/MiddCard/accesslocations

 

Public/Emergency telephones have been installed at the main entrances of residence halls equipped with the Enhanced Access System. These phones may be used for dialing dorm/office extensions or a caller can be automatically connected to the Public Safety emergency line by pressing the RED button.

Hours of Operation: The College Administration has defined the hours of operation for the Enhanced Access System during academic and language school sessions. Residence halls are controlled by Enhanced Access 24 hours a day. Exit doors are locked at all times to prevent entry, however, people can ALWAYS exit from any door, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Academic and Mixed (residential & academic use) building schedules vary depending upon department or College needs. Hours are posted with the list of access buildings and may change when necessary.

Academic Building Security

Campus academic facilities are open to members of the campus community and to guests and visitors during normal business hours, 8:15 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. Some buildings and facilities also have limited designated hours in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate evening classes, research or other special programming needs. Faculty and staff are responsible for securing their own private office spaces and storage areas. Public Safety officers have responsibility for securing some departments that remain open late or keep unusual hours. Public Safety officers, night watchmen, and building responsibles share the responsibility for securing college buildings. Public Safety officers routinely check buildings through the course of their patrols to maintain security.

After Hours Access for Students

Periodically, students will need additional access to certain locations controlled by the Enhanced Access System for academic or organizational needs.  Permission may be granted from department/faculty representatives by filling out and submitting the After Hours/Special Access Form.

Electronic copies should be kept on file with individual departments and the Department of Public Safety.

Computer Labs

There is a computer lab in Sunderland which is equipped with the Enhanced Access System. Generally, the labs will be unlocked during the business day. After business hours and on weekends, the labs will only be accessible to those in the College community with access privileges for the labs. A valid access card must be presented to the reader for entry.

Temporary Access Cards

Vendors, certain guests of the college, and students auditing classes may have a legitimate need to enter access controlled buildings. Public Safety has temporary access cards available for sign-out on an as needed basis with prior authorization granted from the responsible department. It is the department's responsibility to assist with determining access needs for the guest/visitor.  Departments should contact Public Safety for more information.

Note: Personal guests of students, faculty, or staff members are not eligible for temporary access cards.

Non-Proximity card based building access (Mag-stripe)

A few buildings on campus use the magnetic stripe on the ID card for access. This requires you to swipe your card through a credit card-style reader to gain entry. McCardell Bicentennial Hall uses a building wide system maintained by the administration at that building. All other mag-stripe readers are programmed and maintained by Facilities Services.

Access Problems & Questions

Note: If you cannot access a building and feel unsafe, please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately.

For more information please see the FAQ at http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/publicsafety/MiddCard/FAQ 

Tampering with any component of the Enhanced Access System may result in a fine or disciplinary action.

Propping a door open is a breach of the residential security system. This breach will activate both a local alarm (at the door) and an alarm at the monitoring station. Propping a door is considered tampering with the system and the penalties described above may be imposed.

Residential Room Keys

Room keys are issued by the Department of Public Safety. For residence hall regulations  and specific key information including move/return, and mailing keys refer to the online college handbook.

Students, Faculty/Staff must report lost or stolen keys to the Department of Public Safety immediately. 

If you have any questions in regards to keys, please e-mail keyadmin@middlebury.edu.

Medical Transports

The Department of Public Safety provides transportation for immediate but non-emergency transportation (illness, injury) to the Parton Health Center in Centeno House, 136 South Main Street during their business hours, and to Porter Hospital after hours. Students exhibiting signs of illness may be required to wear a mask and to sanitize hands before transport.

Emergency transportation is provided by the Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services.

To arrange non-emergency medical transport to the Health Center or Porter Hospital, please call x5133. If it is an emergency, dial 911. If you reside off campus and are in need of emergency medical assistance you can call Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services directly at 388-3333 or call 911.

Students must find their own transportation to medical appointments and to pick up prescriptions at other off campus locations.

Safety Escorts

Public Safety officers on patrol will provide safety escorts to and from on-campus locations during the hours of darkness when personal safety is a concern.

Mobility Escorts

The Department of Public safety will give escorts to students with mobility or vision impairments, and/or students with medical conditions that restrict driving or walking around campus.

Midd Rides (802) 443-7433

Midd Rides is an evening transportation service on and around campus that is available to Middlebury College community members. It operates each night during the academic year when classes are in session.
 

Night photograph of the Midd Rides vanMidd Rides Van

 

Hours of Operation

Midd Rides operates during the Fall term, J term and Spring term:

Sunday - Thursday, 7:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.

Friday & Saturday, 8:30 p.m. - 2:30 a.m.

Not in operation during Summer term and college breaks

Thanksgiving Break

Holiday Break

Winter Break

Spring Break

Stops

Adirondack Circle                  R Lot              Robert A Jones' 59 House
Track Lot/KDR                      T Lot               McCullough Student Center
E Lot                                     Q Lot              Frog Hollow
 
Note: Midd Rides will stop briefly at 51 main street. Passengers need to be waiting on the sidewalk. The van cannot wait for you to come out of the building.
 

Guidelines

  • Absolutely no smoking in the van
  • No alcohol in the van, open or closed.  This applies to all riders, even those of legal drinking age.
  • Please remain in your seat for the duration of the ride.
  • Please respect the driver's & driver's assistant's instructions.

All passengers must be seated and wear their safety belts as required by Vermont State Law and Middlebury College policy. The Midd Rides van will not operate if all passengers are not seated and wearing their safety belts. Individuals creating a disturbance on the bus or who, in the opinion of the driver, are a danger to themselves or others will be reported to the Department of Public Safety and removed from the vehicle.

The Midd Rides van can accommodate 14 passengers at one time. There may be times when the van is full and unable to take on additional passengers.  The Midd Rides dispatcher can provide specific information when you call for a ride. In addition, if you have called Midd Rides and no longer need pick up, please call back and let the dispatcher know.

Thank you in advance for compliance with our rules.




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Services provided by DPS

Public Safety offers a variety of routine services to assist the Middlebury College community.

Please note that emergency response takes preference over routine services

Lockout Services - General Information

The Department of Public Safety may be able to provide access to buildings or spaces when a person becomes locked out.  In order to protect the privacy and security of a space, the owner or person responsible for the space must be present.

Rooms/Buildings for Events

Certain rooms (ex. lecture halls) and buildings are approved for after-hour events; arrangements must be made with the Department of Event Management.  If Public Safety receives a room reservation request, or request form, an officer will open spaces for events.  Areas which are not reserved will not be opened.

Classrooms

Classrooms are under the control of particular departments.  Public Safety generally does not unlock (or lock) all classrooms. Some rooms have specific equipment that requires them to be locked and unlocked by the department; other classrooms are typically open.  Department chairs or assistants should be contacted to access locked rooms.

Residence Hall Lockouts

Any student who is locked out of their room, or has lost their key, is asked to come to the Department of Public Safety and pick up a loaner key. If the student cannot come to the DPS, a Public Safety Officer can open the room for him/her. The first time an officer lets a student into his/her room there is no fee. Any additional assists will result in the student being charged a $10.00 lockout fee. Officers will request identification before allowing access to any residential room.

Note: When residence halls are closed for the holiday break, Public Safety will not be able to provide access unless the student is on the approved list from the commons deans.

Motor Vehicles

Public Safety has tools that may provide access to locked motor vehicles. However, there is no guarantee that a vehicle can be opened. The person requesting the lockout must provide proof of ownership of the vehicle and must sign a waiver before Public Safety can attempt to open it.

Note: Public Safety's tools will not open trunks; they only work on the passenger area of a vehicle.

Academic Building Lockout

Department heads or department assistants are the primary contacts for lockouts in academic spaces. If no one is available, Public Safety will allow a faculty or staff member into their assigned space only. The Department is unable to allow students or others who are not assigned to that space access to locked academic areas without permission from the owner. Identification will be requested.

Residential Room Keys

Room keys are issued by the Department of Public Safety. For residential hall regulations refer to the college handbook. Individuals must report lost or stolen keys to the Department of Public Safety immediately.

Lost Keys:

The individual will be allowed to sign out a second key from Public Safety for a 24 hour period. There is a key charge and a lock change fee for lost and stolen keys (see below).

Lockouts:

If an individual locks the key inside his/her room, he/she will be allowed to sign out a second key from Public Safety for a 24 hour period. If an individual is not able to come to Public Safety to obtain a replacement key, the individual can request a Public Safety officer to assist with unlocking his/her dorm room door.  The lockout service will result in a $10 charge.

Room Change / Move out  -  Key return:

When a person's housing assignment ends, or enrollment ends due to withdrawal, conclusion of the academic year, summer term, or graduation, he/she must move out of the room and return key immediately. 

During the Academic Year, keys must be returned to the key to the Commons Office or to the Department of Public Safety.  

Summer School keys must be returned to the Department of Public Safety.  Individuals may not occupy a room after the housing assignment ends or once the room key has been returned.

Note: Individuals who have opted out of J-Term are not enrolled, and must return their key at the end of Fall Term.  Keys will be reissued for Spring Term.

Individuals returning to the same dorm room after a break, do not return the key until the end of the academic year.

Mailing Keys:

If you return your key via mail, you must e-mail Key Administration keyadmin@middlebury.edu immediately. Alert the department that you are sending your key and request additional time for it to be returned.  When mailing your key, you must send it by FedEx or UPS Next Day Service as lock changes are submitted promptly to prepare for upcoming events and housing.  Do not use paper envelopes. Keys are often stripped out by automated mailing machines and never make it to Middlebury College. Failure to return the key results in a lock change with charges being applied to student accounts. A key is counted as returned when it arrives at the DPS office at Middlebury. 

Failure to return a room key will result in the fines listed below.

  • $50 nonrefundable key charge being billed to the student
  • An additional $50 will be charged for a lock change

If you have any questions in regards to keys, please e-mail keyadmin@middlebury.edu.

 

Note:  people living in touch pad code buildings will need to log into their Banner Web account to see the code.  If you need to have your code changed during the academic year contact the Residential Systems Coordinator at (802) 443-3301.  There may be a $25.00 charge for touch pad code changes.

Storage

The Department of Public Safety maintains a storage facility for students' personal belongings. This facility is intended for use by Middlebury College undergraduates who will be away from the college for the summer, or for a few terms (not to exceed 18 months). This storage area does not have climate controls, and the college is not responsible for any damage caused by cold, heat, humidity, insects, or rodents. When a student withdraws or graduates from the college, all items must be removed from college storage at the time of withdrawal or before leaving campus following commencement.

Internet Safety

What is internet fraud?

Generally, any type of fraud scheme that uses one or more components of the internet - such as chat rooms, email, message boards or web sites - to present fraudulent solicitations to prospective victims, to conduct fraudulent transactions, or to transmit the proceeds of fraud to financial institutions or to others connected with the scheme.

What are the major types of online internet fraud?

  • Auctions and retail schemes, online auctions being the number one avenue for internet fraud
  • Business opportunity/"work-at-home" schemes
  • Identity theft and fraud
  • Investment schemes
  • Credit card offers
  • Credit repair
  • Vacation prize promotions
  • Nigerian money offers - This scheme involves someone claiming to be a Nigerian official, who promises big profits in exchange for help moving large sums of money out of their country
  • Advance fee loans
  • Internet access services
  • Health and diet scams
  • Free goods, like long distance phone cards, computers, electronics, etc.
  • Cable descrambler kits

Filing a complaint about internet fraud

You can file complaints about specific types of fraud with the following agencies:

  • Commodities Fraud: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)
  • Securities Fraud: SEC Enforcement Division Complaint Center or your state securities regulators

If you think that you've been the victim of a fraud scheme that involved the internet, you can also file a complaint online with the Internet Fraud Complaint Center, a joint project of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

Further Information

Government Web sites

U.S. Department of Justice

Internet Fraud Complaint Center

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Securities and Exchange Commission

Nongovernmental Web sites

Vermont Better Business Bureau

Internet Fraud Watch

Internet ScamBusters

National Cyber Security Alliance

Personal Safety - Steps to Take

Middlebury College and the town of Middlebury, Vermont are relatively safe communities, but no community is crime free. To ensure your own security and that of your friends and colleagues, take care and use common sense. By following suggestions outlined in this booklet, you can substantially reduce the possibility of becoming a victim. Your involvement is essential to the prevention of crime on campus. Disinterest and complacency are the prime contributors to the success of crime. That is why the burden of crime prevention is shared by the Department of Public Safety and the Middlebury College community

Members of the community are called upon by the DPS to recognize and report incidents of suspicious criminal activity. Your assistance will greatly aid the DPS in effectively fighting crime. Please do your part in the following ways:

  • Be Aware of your vulnerability; follow the measures of self protection and property protection outlined in this booklet.
  • Be Alert for suspicious or criminal activity and conditions that may represent a hazard to the community.
  • Get Involved by becoming more security conscious and by reporting all incidents of suspicious or criminal activity, no matter how insignificant they may appear, to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
  • Remember that unreported crimes cannot be solved. By not reporting crimes you may be allowing the perpetrators to commit additional and possibly more serious crimes.

Walking or Running

  • Avoid traveling alone at night. Travel in pairs. Call Midd Rides (x7433) if you need a safety escort at night.
  • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas; use well-lit, regularly traveled walks or pathways. Avoid short cuts and keep away from shrubbery, bushes, alleyways, or any other areas where an assailant might be lurking.
  • Runners, walkers or joggers should do so facing traffic. Avoid these activities after dark, but if you do so, use extra precautions like staying in pairs, travel well-lit areas and wear reflective clothing or tape.
  • Dress in clothes and shoes that do not hamper movement.
  • Dress sensibly, don't flaunt expensive jewelry. Don't carry large amounts of cash.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
  • Carry a noise-making device with you at all times, and use it if you suspect you are in danger.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Walk purposefully, confidently and keep moving.
  • Do not hitchhike or accept rides from casual acquaintances.
  • When walking to your residence or vehicle, have your keys ready in hand.
  • When being dropped off at your residence by taxi or private vehicle, ask the driver to wait until you get inside.
  • If threatened by an approaching vehicle, run the opposite direction. The vehicle will have to turn around before being able to follow.
  • If you think you are being followed or feel threatened, increase your pace and move away from the threat, join any group of people nearby or cross the street, and if necessary, keep crossing back and forth. If you are pursued, run to a lighted area, business, or residence; call for help, scream, or raise a commotion any way you can to get someone's attention; enlist the aid of a passerby; locate a phone and dial 911 or pull a fire alarm. Do anything that might attract attention or summon assistance. If you are walking alone and someone passes you, check to make sure that person has continued walking in the other direction.
  • If you find yourself confronted by an assailant, you must remember that while screaming and struggling may in some instances frighten off the assailant, in other instances such actions may further antagonize the assailant and bring forth a more violent reaction. Above all you must keep your head and assess the situation before choosing your course of action. Whether or not the assailant is armed or has made threats against your life will, obviously, be a determining factor in your decision. The key word in this type of situation is survival.

Residence Halls and Private Residences

 

  • Keep the doors and windows to your residence locked at all times.
  • Never sleep in an unlocked room or house.
  • Report defective locks on windows and doors immediately to Facilities Services (x5472).
  • Do not put your name and address on key rings. Do not attach your keys to your Midd Card.
  • Do not keep your residence and your vehicle keys on the same ring.
  • If you lose the keys to your residence, have the locks changed. On campus residents should notify the Department of Public Safety immediately. Requests to have an on campus lock changed can be made by contacting Facilities Services (x5472). There is a charge for this service.
  • Do not study in poorly lit, secluded areas.
  • Require visitors to identify themselves before you open your door. Request official identification from all repair or service personnel.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
  • If you find that your room has been entered, DO NOT GO INSIDE. Go to a neighbor and call the Department of Public Safety (for College housing) or the town police (for private residences). If you are already inside, DO NOT TOUCH ANYTHING. You may disturb evidence that is important to police investigation.
  • If you are awakened by an intruder in your room, do not try to apprehend him. He may be armed or may easily arm himself with something inside the room. Attempt toget out of the room if it is possible.
  • If you see a suspicious person or vehicle on campus or in your neighborhood, IMMEDIATELY contact the Department of Public Safety or the town police. Try to get the license plate number, state and description of the vehicle, but do not chase the car to do so.
  • Do not prop open doors to dormitories or other College buildings.
  • Be cautious when using bathroom facilities when there is no one else around, particularly at night.
  • Solicitation in residence halls for any purpose by persons outside the College community is prohibited. Outside solicitors found in the dorms should be reported to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
  • Peeping Toms are best dealt with by not yelling or attempting to detain the offender. He or she may panic and react in an unpredictable manner. If the offender runsaway, note the direction of travel. If there is a place from which you can observe safely, watch to see if they get into a car, go to another dorm, etc. Try to get a good description of the person and report the incident by calling x5911 immediately.
  • Obscene, harassing and annoying phone calls should be dealt with by immediately hanging up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Do not try to find out who the caller is even if you think it is a friend playing a joke. Contact the Department of Public Safety to report phone harassment. Some ways to deal with phone harassment include using your voice mail system or answering machine to screen calls. You may also record an obscene call by using the memo feature on some answering machines. If the calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the call was received and what was said. Describe the type of voice and note any background noises. Consider changing your phone number, depersonalizing your answering machine or voice mail message or not being listed in the campus directory. Contact Telephone Services (x5700) for assistance in these areas.

Use of Athletic Facilities

  • Avoid using the athletic facilities alone, especially after dark or during off-hours.
  • Use the "buddy system". Work out with a friend, and make arrangements to go to and from the gym together.
  • Confine your running and jogging to the daylight hours and to open, well-traveled areas.
  • Avoid showering alone in the locker room. Shower back at your residence.
  • Avoid bringing cash, wallets, watches or other valuables to the athletic facilities.
  • Keep your locker locked whenever unattended. This includes those times when you leave briefly to shower, visit the trainer or the equipment room, etc. Most of the thefts at the athletic facilities are from unlocked lockers or property left unsecured in the locker room area.
  • Do not leave items of significant value in the coat rack area adjacent to the fitness center while your work out.

In the women's locker room

 

  • If there is another woman in the locker room, ask her to wait for you, so you will not be showering alone. If you are with a male companion, ask him to wait for you just outside the locker room.
  • Report all incidents of voyeurism to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
  • If you encounter a male intruder inside the women's locker room
  • Call loudly for help. Your call for assistance should carry into the hallway.
  • Keep out of the intruder's way, and do not attempt to prevent him from leaving.
  • Try to exit the locker room quickly.
  • Formulate a description of the intruder in your mind.
  • Notify the Department of Public Safety immediately by using an emergency phone to dial 911 or x5911.

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Protection of Property

The majority of crimes that are committed on the Middlebury College campus involve the theft of personal property. Larcenies are crimes of opportunity and occur primarily when property is left in unlocked or unattended areas. In an attempt to alleviate this problem, the Department of Public Safety makes the following recommendations:

Residential locations

  • Avoid bringing large amounts of cash or valuables to campus or your residence.
  • Keep items of value out of sight. If you must keep cash or valuables in your room for short periods of time, do not store them in obvious hiding places like desks or dressers.
  • Never lend out the key to your room or residence.
  • If you live in a dormitory, take your room key to the shower with you. Do not leave it in your robe or clothing, where someone going through your pockets can find it.
  • When leaving your vehicle at a service station or parking garage, leave only the ignition key.
  • Participate in the Midd Watch Program.
  • When leaving for vacations, store valuables such as stereos and televisions out of sight. During summer recess, do not leave valuables in student storage areas. These areas are not secure and the College is not responsible for the loss of property. The Department of Public Safety does have a secure storage area.
  • Check with your family insurance agent to determine if your property is properly covered under your parent's homeowner's insurance. If not, you should consider purchasing your own insurance.

Safety While Driving

 

  • Report all suspicious persons or vehicles seen around parking areas to the Department of Public Safety immediately.
  • When parked, keep your vehicle locked and the windows rolled up tightly.
  • Have your key ready when you approach your car. Check inside and under your car to make sure no one is hiding.
  • Never leave your vehicle’s engine running while unattended.
  • When parking, choose a well lit, heavily traveled area.
  • Lock all packages, luggage and valuables in the trunk or out of sight.
  • Keep spare keys in your wallet or purse, not inside the vehicle where a thief is likely to find them.
  • If your car breaks down, open the hood and then stay locked inside the vehicle. If someone stops to help, do not open the door or window, but have him or her call for assistance.
  • If you do not know the location of your destination, ask someone for specific directions before you leave.
  • If you get lost, do not pull over until you find a well-lit public area where you can stop and ask for directions.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, drive to a well-lit public area and call the police.
  • If a person with a weapon ever confronts you and wants your vehicle, give it up. No car is worth being injured or losing your life over.

Bicycle Safety and Security

Safety

  • Ride responsibly; wear a helmet and ride predictably.  Ride in a straight line instead of weaving or changing position in the lane.  Always leave at least 3' between yourself and any obstacle such as parked cars or shoulders that are in poor condition.
  • Make sure your bicycle brakes are in working order.
  • Vermont state law requires a white front light and rear red light when riding at night. Also, bright, reflective clothing increases your visibility and can help reduce conflicts.
  • Always ride on the right side of the road with the flow of traffic. Ride on roads and not sidewalks whenever possible. Remember, bicyclists are not permitted to ride on sidewalks in the Town of Middlebury downtown area.
  • Do not ride the wrong way on a one way street.  Drivers and pedestrians don't expect wrong way traffic.
  • Obey all traffic laws and always use hand signals when turning. 
  • Pay attention to your surroundings: keep alert, don't wear headphones, and warn pedestrians or fellow riders when you are passing them with statements like “On Your Right!” You should also warn motor vehicle drivers if they are placing you in danger with their driving.
  • Take extra care when passing parking lot exits or biking through a parking lot.
  • Invest in a strong bicycle lock or strong padlock and chain. Chains should be casehardened steel with links of at least 5/8 inch in diameter.
  • Walk bicycles across crosswalks to avoid bicycle/vehicle collisions.
  • The map below provides information about the new roadways and directions of travel to downtown Middlebury from the College campus.  Additional bicycling information can be found on the Town of Middlebury web page.
    Bicycling from Campus to Middlebury

Security

  • Register your bike with the Department of Public Safety.
  • Retain original purchase documentation including serial number.
  • Always lock your bike. Optimally, bikes should be locked around the frame and through both wheels and secured to a bicycle rack.
  • Always lock your bicycle to a rack and not a tree, bench, or handrail.
  • Try not to lock your bike "free standing." A thief can easily walk away with a bike and remove the lock.
  • Whenever possible, keep your bicycle inside. Most residence halls have designated "bike rooms".
  • If you leave your bicycle outside, choose a well lit and heavily traveled location.
  • Find out if your bicycle is covered by your parent's insurance policy. If not, it would be advisable to insure it.
  • If left unattended or unlocked, a bicycle might be removed by the Department of Public Safety.
     

    Bicycles locked to handrails or in walkways will also be removed and treated as abandoned. These bicycles are taken to Fletcher Barn Storage for safe-keeping by Public Safety officers and are subject to recovery/storage charges. If you are concerned that members of the Department of Public Safety or Facilities Services may have removed your bicycle, please contact the department to ascertain if your bicycle may be secured in Fletcher Barn storage.

 

 

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Alcohol and Other Drugs

Middlebury College is committed to promoting individual and community health, safety, and responsibility.  We expect all students to observe 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 the Drug Free Schools and 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, a leave of absence, and/or disciplinary outcomes as appropriate.

Therefore, the College will:

a. Inform students of federal, Vermont, and local laws, and the policies of Middlebury College, to which they are accountable.

b. Encourage an environment of enriching extracurricular and social opportunities that includes substance-free events and healthy venues for students of legal age who choose to drink.

c. Educate members of the community through academic and student life programs and policies about the role of alcohol and drugs in our society, safe and responsible decisions around alcohol consumption, and the negative individual and community consequences of abuse.

d. Where appropriate, provide educational and health services to students who choose to use alcohol or drugs, who experience negative consequences, or who violate the commitment to individual and community safety.

Policies
All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are subject to local, state and federal laws, as well as College drug and alcohol policy rules and regulations, while on College-owned or leased properties or involved with off-campus activities sponsored by the College or a registered College organization. The College 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 College residence hall rooms—without prior notice.  The College also reserves the right to furnish the police with information regarding alleged illegal activities.

In order to preserve the safety of our residents, the State of Vermont and Middlebury College both 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 below for more information.

Alcohol
The following actions are prohibited:

a. Underage drinking.  Only persons of legal age (21 or older in the United States, and as defined by the laws of a foreign host country) 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.

b. Purchasing, serving, or furnishing alcohol for or to a minor.

c. Selling, manufacturing, or distributing alcohol illegally.

d. Possession, production, or provision of false identification.

e. 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 court outcome 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 College disciplinary action may take place.

f. Violating Middlebury College Party Regulations. Party Regulations may be found in the Office of the Dean of Students and the Department of Public Safety, and at go/party. Small, informal gatherings held in individual rooms, suites, and small houses occupied by students of legal age, at which alcoholic beverages are consumed, do not have to be registered.  Residents of the living space will be treated as "party hosts," and held responsible for the actions of individuals in attendance.  Students are responsible for unregistered gatherings and related activities that occur in their rooms, whether or not they are present.

g. Bringing alcohol to a College event, or leaving a College event with alcoholic beverages provided at the event.

h. Possessing alcoholic beverages 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.  For purposes of this policy, residential hallways are normally considered private spaces.  Students of legal age may transport open alcohol containers for personal use within residence halls, but the use of hallways for parties is prohibited.  Individual Commons may designate certain spaces in residence halls as senior commons rooms; these spaces will be considered private.

i. Possession of alcohol in first-year residence halls.

j. Possession by students of legal drinking age of kegs or common containers (e.g., punch bowls) in a residential space without advance registration with the Office of the Dean of Students. Unauthorized kegs or common containers will be confiscated along with taps. The Department of Public Safety will return confiscated kegs and taps to the vendor.

k. Engaging in drinking games and other behaviors designed for the purpose of becoming intoxicated through the abusive use of alcohol (e.g., funnels, keg stands, “around-the-world” parties, and other alcohol consumption based on speed and/or volume, etc.).

Alcohol Citation System

Middlebury’s commitment to student and community health and safety is supported by a response to alcohol infractions that holds students accountable for their actions, and provides resources and support for making safer choices. In addition to the responses to alcohol use noted in the Introduction above, the College issues written alcohol citations to underage students found to be in possession of alcohol. The citation system allows the College to respond to underage student alcohol possession of any kind as soon as it comes to our attention. 

  • First citation. The student receives a letter of warning from the Commons dean, who also provides specific information about Vermont law and College rules and expectations related to alcohol use.
  • Second citation. The student receives a second letter of warning from the Commons dean.
  • Third citation. The student receives a reprimand from the Commons dean. A copy of the reprimand is sent home to families or guardians. The student is required to meet with his or her Commons dean for consultation. Additional educational requirements and/or assessments may be required at the discretion of the Commons dean.

Any additional citations will result in further disciplinary sanctions and/or health-related referrals at the discretion of the Commons dean.

Because hard alcohol has been shown to correlate strongly with serious health risks, as well as negative impact on the community, the consequences for possession of hard alcohol will normally be more severe than those outlined above.

Disciplinary outcomes and/or health and educational requirements  may also result from alcohol policy violations that do not include the issuance of citations. While discipline is cumulative at Middlebury, which may mean the assignment of greater sanctions for repeated or accumulated violations, it is not progressive. That is, depending on the severity of the violation, a student may receive any sanction, even for a first offense.

Drugs
The following actions are prohibited:

a. Using, or possessing illegal drugs.

b. Using, possessing, selling, distributing or manufacturing prescription medication without a properly issued prescription.

c. Distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute illegal drugs or controlled substances.

d. Growing and/or manufacturing any illegal substance.

e. Possession of drug paraphernalia that has been used.

 Middlebury will respond to students who engage in prohibited behavior involving drugs through the General Disciplinary Processes, as well as with health, safety, and educational referrals and requirements, and/or law enforcement involvement, as appropriate.

Health and Community Responsibility
Middlebury College 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 College policy and intervening in situations of abuse. Any member of the College 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 appropriate College staff members of instances of drug distribution and/or sales.

Involvement with or dependency upon drugs or excessive or illegal use of alcohol is viewed by the College as a health concern, as well as a disciplinary matter.  Any time a Commons dean 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 consultation or assessment, on or off campus, may be required.  In addition, the dean may notify the student's parents or guardian of concerns about the student's drug or alcohol use.

Good Samaritan Policy
Middlebury’s  Good Samaritan Policy is intended to encourage students to seek swift medical assistance for themselves and others without fear of penalty. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students. We urge students not only to take care of their own wellbeing, but to behave in an equally responsible way with their peers.

There may be times when safety concerns arise from a student’s excessive drinking or drug use, and in these situations, students should not hesitate to seek help from the Student Life staff, Public Safety, medical or counseling professionals, and/or local or state police out of fear of disciplinary action.  Under this Good Samaritan policy, neither the student in distress nor the student or organization seeking assistance will ordinarily be subject to disciplinary action for the possession, provision, or consumption of drugs or alcohol.

This policy refers to isolated incidents only, and does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, nor does it preclude disciplinary action arising from violations of other College policy. However, in cases involving additional policy violations, Middlebury will consider the positive impact of reporting an incident as well as the health and safety needs of the involved student(s) when determining the appropriate course of action. 

This policy cannot protect students from action by law enforcement personnel, but it is consistent with a law enacted by Vermont in June 2013 that provides limited immunity from prosecution to a witness or victim of a drug or alcohol overdose who seeks medical assistance to save the life of an overdose victim. For more information about this act, please see Drugs and Alcohol: Policies, Laws and Resources found in Appendix B or online at http://www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/misc/drug_and_alcohol.

Laws and Resources
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 found in Appendix B or online at http://www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/misc/drug_and_alcohol.

Fire Statistic

Definitions & Collection Requirements

Fire: Any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner. The cause of a fire can be intentional, unintentional, mechanical or an act of nature. The cause might be undetermined.

False Alarm (FA): The fire alarm system was activated without the presence of fire or danger, when the system malfunctioned; for example the detector was dirty.

Unwanted Alarm: The fire alarm system was activated as it was designed to do, though the ultimate cause of the alarm was false; for example, the cause was steam, fog or smoke from cooking without the presence of an actual fire.

Fire-related injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause, while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of the fire. The term “person” may include students, employees, visitors, firefighters, or any other individuals.

Fire-related death: Any instance in which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of fire; or dies within one year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.

 

Middlebury College Fire Statistics 2010
Student Residential Facility Total Number of Fire in each building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of injuries that required treatment Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by fire
107 Shannon Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
108 South Main Street 1 1 Unintentional - stove top
0 0 $0-$99.00
131 Franklin Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
149 Shannon Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
220 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
236 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
248 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
33 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
51 Franklin Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
637 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
70 Hillcrest Road 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
77 Main Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
82 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
97 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
99 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Allen Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Atwater Hall A 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Atwater Hall B 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Battell Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bowker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brackett House 1 1 Undetermined - Trash can 0 0 $0 -$99.00
Brooker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coffrin Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cousteau Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Deanery (Max Kade) 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earhart Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Fletcher House 1 1 Undetermined - Table top and carpet 0 0 $0-99.00
Forest Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gifford Hall 1 1 Unintentional - stove top
0 0 $0 -$99.00
Hadley Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hepburn Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Homer Harris House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Homestead House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jewett House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Rho House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kelly Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LaForce Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lang Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Le Chateau Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Longwell House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Meeker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Milliken Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Munford House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Norgay Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Painter Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Palmer House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pearsons Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Peary Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Perkins House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Porter House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Prescott House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ride Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

Ross Complex

Dining Hall

0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ross Towers 1 1 Unintentional - stove top
0 0 $0 -$99.00
Sperry House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Starr Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Stewart Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Mill 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Turner House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Voter Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weybridge Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Middlebury College Fire Statistics 2011
Student Residential Facility Total Number of Fire in each building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of injuries that required treatment Number of deaths related to a fire Value of property damage caused by fire
107 Shannon Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
108 South Main Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
131 Franklin Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
149 Shannon Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
220 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
236 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
248 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
33 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
51 Franklin Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
637 College Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
70 Hillcrest Road 1 1 Unintentional - toaster fire 0 0 $22.00
77 Main Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
82 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
97 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
99 Adirondack View 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Allen Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Atwater Hall A 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Atwater Hall B 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Battell Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bowker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brackett House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Brooker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Coffrin Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Cousteau Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Deanery (Max Kade) 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Earhart Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Forest Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Gifford Hall 2 1 Undetermined - fire in recycling bin 0 0 $21,244.77
    2 Unintentional - Cardboard box on stove top. 0 0 $220.00
Hadley Hall 1 1 Intentional - burned plastic in hallway 0 0 $74.00
Hepburn Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Homer Harris House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Homestead House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jewett House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kappa Delta Rho House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Kelly Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LaForce Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Lang Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Le Chateau Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Longwell House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Meeker House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Milliken Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Munford House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Norgay Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Painter Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Palmer House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Pearsons Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Peary Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Perkins House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Porter House 1 1 Unintentional - stove fire 0 0 $22.00
Prescott House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ride Modular 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ross Complex Dining Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Ross Towers 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sperry House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Starr Hall 1 1 Undetermined - fire in recycling bin 0 0 $22.00
Stewart Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
The Mill 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Turner House 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Voter Hall 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Weybridge Street 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A

 

Middlebury College Fire Statistics 2012

Student Residential Facility

Total Number of Fire in each building

Fire

Number

Cause

of Fire

Number of injuries that required treatment

Number of deaths related to a fire

Value of property damage caused by fire

107 Shannon Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

108 South Main Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

110 South main Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

105 South Main Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

131 Franklin Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

119 South Main

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

149 Shannon Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

20 Adirondack View

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

220 College Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

236 College Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

248 College Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

33 Adirondack View

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

51 Franklin Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

637 College Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

70 Hillcrest Road

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

77 Main Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

82 Adirondack View

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

97 Adirondack View

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

99 Adirondack View

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Allen Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Atwater Hall A

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Atwater Hall B

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Battell Hall

1

1

Undetermined burn mark on window sill

0

0

$100-999

Bowker House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Brackett House

1

1

Unintentional – knocked over toaster on to floor

0

0

$100-999

Brooker House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Coffrin Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Cousteau Modular

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Deanery (Max Kade)

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Earhart Modular

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Forest Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Gifford Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Hadley Hall

6

1

Undetermined

Burn mark on door

0

0

$100-999

 

 

2

Undetermined – burn mark on window sill

0

0

$100-999

 

 

3

Undetermined – burn mark on the ceiling

0

0

$0-99

 

 

4

Undetermined – burn mark on bed post

0

0

$100-999

 

 

5

Undetermined – burn mark on shelving

0

0

$0-99

 

 

6

Undetermined – burn mark no shelf and desk

 

 

$100-999

Hepburn Hall

1

1

Undetermined – burn mark on carpet

0

0

$0-99

Homer Harris House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Homestead House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Jewett House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kappa Delta Rho House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Kelly Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

LaForce Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Lang Hall

1

1

Undetermined – burn mark on desk

0

0

$100-999

Le Chateau Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Longwell House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Meeker House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Milliken Hall

1

1

Undetermined – burn mark on ceiling

0

0

$100-999

Munford House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Norgay Modular

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Painter Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Palmer House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Pearsons Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Peary Modular

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Perkins House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Porter House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Prescott House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride Modular

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ross Complex Dining Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ross Towers

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Sperry House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Self-Reliance

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Starr Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Stewart Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Mill

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Turner House

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Voter Hall

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Weybridge Street

0

0

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Definitions of Crime Statistics

The Department of Public Safety is the centralized reporting authority for Middlebury College. All members of the Middlebury College community are encouraged to report criminal incidents and other emergencies promptly to the Department of Public Safety. The Dean of the College Office can assist students in reporting serious incidents. The Human Resources Office (x5465),  located in the Service Building, can assist employees.

The Department of Public Safety collects statistical information from the Dean of the College Office and the Middlebury Police Department for the annual report. The Middlebury Police Department provides the Department of Public Safety with statistical information regarding crimes occurring on all public and privately held properties adjacent or contiguous to the campus as defined by federal law.

In an effort to provide members of the campus community with information about campus crime and crime-related problems, the Middlebury College Department of Public Safety, in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, provides information on crime statistics. The department also maintains a relationship with the appropriate jurisdictions relative to students who may commit crimes off-campus.

Middlebury College reports crimes using the definitions as described in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program. The Middlebury College Department of Public Safety also reviews all crimes for manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, or disability. Statistics are reported for those reportable crimes that are also Hate Crimes.

Officials of the College with "significant responsibility for students and campus activities" are required by federal law to notify the Department of Public Safety of crimes that are defined under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Department of Public Safety actively seeks out reports from such officials such as athletic coaches, advisors, etc.

The following are the Definitions of Crimes as mandated by the Clery Act:

Criminal Homicide/ Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter - the willful (nonnegligent) killing of one human being by another.

Criminal Homicide/Manslaughter by Negligence - The killing of another person through gross negligence.

Forcible Sex Offenses - Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent

mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth). This includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

Non Forcible Sex Offenses - Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse. This includes incest and statutory rape.

Robbery - The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault with a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

Burglary - The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony or a theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit a larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Arson - Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle (automobile, truck, bus, motorcycle, motor scooters, snowmobiles, etc.) Includes all cases where motor vehicles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned, including joyriding.

Hate Crimes - Specific crimes that are identifiable as hate crime, including murder, manslaughter, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.

Bias-Motivated Incident - Incidents that are not categorized into one of the listed criminal offenses but may include cases of written or verbal harassment, intimidation, destruction, damage or vandalism of property or graffiti in which the victim is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim. Any student, faculty member or employee who is the victim of a bias-motivated incident or hate crime is encouraged to file a report immediately.

Timely response to these incidents is crucial. Failure to report allows the incidents to remain hidden and may even allow them to escalate. The College takes all reports seriously and will thoroughly investigate every incident and work with local law enforcement agencies whenever necessary. Reports can be filed with the Department of Public Safety, Dean of the College, Human Resources, Dean of Faculty, the Human Relations Officer or the Community Relations Adviser

 

2012 Annual Crime Report Statistics - Middlebury College

Type of Offense

On Campus

Residential Facility

Non-campus Building/Property

Public Property

Criminal Offense

 

 

 

Murder / Non-negligent Manslaughter

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Arson

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Burglary

 

2010

27

22

1

0

2011

18

10

0

3

2012

12

10

0

0

Robbery

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

 

2010

4

4

0

0

2011

5

5

0

0

2012

5

4

0

0

Non Forcible Sex Offense

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Arrests - Middlebury Campus

 

Liquor Law Violations

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

 

2010

1

1

0

0

2011

1

1

0

0

2012

1

1

0

6

Illegal Weapons Possession

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Referred for Disciplinary Action - Middlebury Campus

 

Liquor Law Violations

 

2010

16

14

0

0

2011

49

41

0

8

2012

90

57

0

3

Drug Law Violations

 

2010

63

55

0

0

2011

67

55

0

1

2012

49

38

0

1

Illegal Weapons Possession

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Hate Crimes  -  Middlebury Campus

2010:     One in residential facility vandalism incident characterized by sexual orientation bias, and one in residential facility intimidation incident characterized by sexual orientation bias.

2011:     No hate crimes reported.

2012:     One on-campus intimidation incident characterized by ethnicity/national origin bias.  

MiddTags:

2012 Bread Loaf Crime Report Statistics

Type of Offense

On Campus

Residential Facility

Non-campus Building/Property

Public Property

Criminal Offense

 

 

 

Murder / Non-negligent Manslaughter

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Negligent Manslaughter

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Arson

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Motor Vehicle Theft

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

 

Burglary

 

2010

4*

4

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

*Burglaries occurred October 2010 when no one was residing at Bread Loaf Campus

 

Robbery

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offense

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Non Forcible Sex Offense

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Aggravated Assault

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Arrests – Bread Loaf

 

Liquor Law Violations

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Referred for Disciplinary Action – Bread Loaf

 

Liquor Law Violations

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Drug Law Violations

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Illegal Weapons Possession

 

2010

0

0

0

0

2011

0

0

0

0

2012

0

0

0

0

Hate Crimes  -  Bread Loaf Campus

2010 – No hate crimes reported in 2010.

2011 –  No hate crimes reported in 2011.

2012–  No hate crimes reported in 2012.

 

Appendix A - Sexual Misconduct Policy

1.  Introduction
As an educational institution, Middlebury College is committed to promoting a campus environment where sexual misconduct, which includes sexual assault and inappropriate sexual conduct, is not tolerated, and where survivors of sexual misconduct of all kinds are provided support and avenues of redress as appropriate. Many activities prohibited by Middlebury’s sexual misconduct policy are unlawful, and all are antithetical to the mission of the College. Middlebury College will take reasonable and appropriate remedial action to prevent sexual misconduct, eliminate any hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if applicable.

This Sexual Misconduct Policy governs the behavior of all Middlebury College undergraduate students enrolled in classes on the Vermont campus when the alleged conduct occurs during the academic year, or when the alleged conduct occurs in the summer and neither the complainant nor the respondent(s) are participating in another Middlebury program.  In all other cases, the procedures set forth in the College’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy will apply to sexual misconduct complaints.

Any Middlebury student, staff member,  faculty member, or third party participating in any Middlebury College undergraduate program or activity, who wishes to report a complaint of sexual misconduct against a Middlebury undergraduate student may do so at any time.

Middlebury’s process to address cases of alleged sexual misconduct is designed to:

  • Consider the rights of the complainant, the rights of the respondent, the safety of the community, and applicable laws and College policies;
  • Conduct a timely, fair, impartial, and equitable investigation and adjudication process with thoroughness and respect for all involved parties;
  • Protect the privacy of all parties to the extent practical, while balancing the need to perform an investigation, follow the procedures outlined below, comply with applicable law, and maintain campus safety;
  • Hold all students found to have violated Middlebury College policies accountable for their actions and provide appropriate remedies to address the discriminatory effects of sexual misconduct on the complainant and others.

The parties will be provided procedural rights as outlined in this policy.  Since the College lacks full judicial authority, such as the power to subpoena or place witnesses under oath, a student's rights cannot be coextensive with or identical to the rights afforded an accused in a civil or criminal legal proceeding. The procedures outlined below are designed, however, to assure fundamental fairness and to protect students from arbitrary or capricious disciplinary action. All panel members, investigators, and College officials shall conduct their proceedings in the spirit of these principles. If exceptional circumstances dictate variation from these procedures, the variation will not invalidate a decision unless it prevented fundamental fairness.

Students found to have violated this Sexual Misconduct Policy may be subject to the full range of disciplinary actions, as applicable, up to and including expulsion from the College.

There are many resources available to support individuals who are involved in some way with an incident of sexual misconduct. Please see Appendices A & B for contact information. See also the resources outlined at go/sexualassaultinfo.

2.  Notice of Nondiscrimination/Title IX Coordinator
Middlebury College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities, and Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, as amended (“Title IX”), as well as applicable state law, requires that it not discriminate in such a manner. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment (as defined in the College’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination policy) and sexual misconduct (as defined below). The dean of the College is the Title IX Coordinator, and is responsible for coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.  Information on how and with whom to pursue a Title IX complaint can be found in Appendix C of this policy. The full text of Middlebury’s Nondiscrimination Statement is available in the on-line Handbook.

3. Sexual Misconduct and Harassment
In addition to this Sexual Misconduct Policy, Middlebury College also maintains an Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy that includes sexual harassment among its prohibited behaviors. Definitions of sexual misconduct can be found below in Section 4, and definitions of other forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, can be found in the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy.  In some cases the behaviors alleged in an initial complaint may potentially violate both policies. As a result, the investigative processes for both policies are structured to be a coordinated effort when appropriate.

4. Definitions

Sexual Misconduct
Sexual misconduct violates the rights of others, and demonstrates flagrant disregard for the principles of this community. Middlebury seeks to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct, and desires to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community through sexual misconduct prevention, education, support, and a fair adjudication process. Use of alcohol or other drugs does not minimize or excuse a person’s responsibility for conduct that violates this policy.

Sexual misconduct may include  sexual assault, inappropriate sexual conduct, or both. The definitions below are intended to provide clarity, and do not suggest that one behavior is more severe or violating than the other.

Sexual Assault
Sexual assault occurs when a person engages in a sexual act, as defined in this subsection, with another person and compels that person to participate in a sexual act without consent; by threat or coercion; by placing the other person in fear that any person will suffer imminent bodily injury; by impairing substantially the ability of another person to appraise or control conduct by administering or providing drugs or intoxicants without the knowledge or against the will of the other person; or when a person is under the age of 16.

A sexual act for purposes of this subsection is contact, including oral contact, with the genitals or the anus of another person.  

Sexual assault can be committed by any person against any other person, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or past or current relationship status. Sexual assault may occur with or without physical resistance or violence.

Inappropriate Sexual Conduct
Inappropriate sexual conduct includes unwelcome sexual conduct that does not constitute sexual assault as defined above but is sexually violating in nature. It includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Nonconsensual physical contact of a sexual nature. This includes intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, mouth, genitals, or contact of a sexual nature with any other body parts;
  • Sexually exploitative behavior. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Capturing through any means images of sexual activity, sexually explicit images, or another’s nudity without consent, and/or sharing this material with others without all participants’ consent;
    • Viewing or allowing or aiding others to view sexual activity or another’s nudity without all participants’ consent.

Exception: This section is not intended to prohibit the use of sexually explicit materials that are reasonably related to the academic mission of the College. Specifically, this section is not intended to proscribe or inhibit the use of sexually explicit materials, in or out of the classroom, when in the judgment of a reasonable person they arise appropriately to promote genuine discourse, free inquiry, and learning.

Consent
Consent means words or actions, freely and actively given by each party, which a reasonable person would interpret as a willingness to participate in agreed-upon sexual conduct.

Consent is not valid when a person is incapable of giving consent due to the person’s use or consumption of drugs or alcohol; when intimidation, threats, physical force, or other actions that a reasonable person would consider coercive are applied; when a physical or mental condition is present such that the person cannot knowingly or voluntarily give consent; or when a person has not achieved the age required for consent, as defined by state law.  Silence, non-communication, or a lack of resistance does not necessarily imply consent. Previous relationships or consent do not imply consent to future sexual conduct.  Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.  Consent can be rescinded at any time.

The use of alcohol or drugs does not minimize or excuse a person’s responsibility for committing sexual misconduct, or for determining whether another is capable of giving consent, as described above.  

Capability to Give Consent
An objective standard will be used in determining whether a person is incapable of giving consent due to the person’s use or consumption of drugs or alcohol, or if a physical or mental condition as described above is present. That is, consent is not valid when:

(a) From the standpoint of a reasonable person, the respondent knew, or reasonably should have known, that the person was incapable of giving consent due to the person’s use or consumption of drugs or alcohol, or that the person’s physical or mental condition would prevent knowing and voluntary consent; and
(b) The person was, in fact, incapable of giving consent due to the person’s use or consumption of drugs or alcohol,  or the person was incapable of providing knowing or voluntary consent due to a physical or mental condition.  

Coercion
Coercion is defined as compelling someone to act by applying pressure, harassment, threats,  intimidation, or other actions a reasonable person would consider to be coercive.

Retaliation
Retaliating directly or indirectly against a person who has in good faith filed, supported, or participated in an investigation of a complaint of sexual misconduct as defined above is prohibited. Retaliation includes but is not limited to ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop or not support the complaint, or to provide false or misleading information, or engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived to affect adversely that person's educational, living, or work environment. Depending on the circumstances, retaliation may be unlawful and may constitute a violation of this policy, whether or not the complaint is ultimately found to have merit.

Complainant
A complainant is usually an individual filing a complaint of a violation of Middlebury College policies. In some cases (such as, e.g., cases in which a person involved in an incident of alleged sexual misconduct does not wish to participate in the process but the College decides that the alleged misconduct needs to be investigated ), Middlebury College may serve as the complainant. In these cases, the College may extend the full rights of the complainant as defined in this policy to affected parties as deemed appropriate by the JAO.

Respondent
A respondent is an individual alleged to have violated Middlebury College policies.  See Scope of Oversight and Pending Discipline at the end of this policy for more information.

Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO)
The judicial affairs officer is the administrator and Title IX Coordinator’s designee responsible for overseeing the investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct complaints against students. The JAO serves as an informational resource for all parties involved in the sexual misconduct complaint, investigation and review process. Contact information may be found in Appendix A.

Human Relations Officer (HRO)
The human relations officer is the administrator and Title IX designee responsible for coordinating sexual harassment training, overseeing sexual harassment investigations, and adjudicating harassment complaints brought by students, faculty and staff under Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy. If extraordinary circumstances dictate that a case must be adjudicated when it is not possible to convene the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel (see below), the HRO will adjudicate the case, and will assume all authority otherwise granted to the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel. Contact information may be found in Appendix A.

Sexual Misconduct Review Panel (SMRP)
The Sexual Misconduct Review Panel is convened at the conclusion of an investigation to review the final report, determine a finding, and if required, determine a sanction. This panel will ordinarily consist of the Community Judicial Board (CJB) administrative co-chair, one CJB faculty or staff member, and two CJB student members. When the undergraduate program is not in session, it may not be possible to include student members, and the SMRP may consist entirely of staff and faculty members from the judicial boards. If extraordinary circumstances dictate that a case must be resolved when it is not possible to convene the SMRP, the HRO will adjudicate the case, and will assume all authority otherwise granted to the SMRP. See General Disciplinary Process for  more information about the CJB.

Days
Unless otherwise noted, “days” indicates calendar days, regardless of whether the majority of Middlebury’s administrative offices are open. “Business days” indicates days on which the majority of Middlebury’s administrative offices are open, and generally connotes Mondays through Fridays.

5.  Confidentiality
People who have concerns about sexual misconduct often ask for assurances about confidentiality.

In general, the law recognizes and protects the confidentiality of communications between a person seeking care and a medical or mental health professional or religious advisor. The medical, mental health, and religious professionals at Middlebury College respect and protect confidential communications from students, faculty and staff to the extent they are legally able to do so. These professionals may have a responsibility to report, however, when they perceive an immediate and/or serious threat to any person or property. In addition, medical and mental health professionals are required by law to report any allegation of sexual assault of a person under age 18.

General inquiries to College officials other than those identified above about policies or procedures may remain private. In all cases, Middlebury College will endeavor to protect the privacy of individuals to the extent it can do so consistent with its obligations to uphold relevant policies, and to protect the safety of the community. The College has an obligation to investigate complaints of sexual misconduct and/or harassment, however, and to take reasonable steps to prevent sexual misconduct or ongoing harassment (see below), so strict confidentiality may not be guaranteed.

If a complainant insists that his or her name or other identifiable information not be revealed, Middlebury will evaluate the request in the context of its responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Thus, Middlebury may weigh the request for confidentiality against the following factors: the seriousness of the alleged conduct, whether there have been other sexual misconduct or sexual harassment complaints about the same individual, and the extent of any threat to the College community.

Middlebury College is also part of a larger community and context. If there is an independent investigation or lawsuit related to a sexual misconduct, harassment, or retaliation matter, Middlebury officials, those involved in the investigation, or others may be required by law to provide documents, investigation reports and related materials, and findings and sanctions issued under this policy.

6. Procedures for Addressing Sexual Misconduct
A) In General
The information in the sections below applies to students, staff or faculty of Middlebury College who wish to report a complaint of sexual misconduct against a Middlebury College student, as defined above, through Middlebury College processes.

All Middlebury students, faculty members and staff members have the right to pursue sexual misconduct complaints beyond the College, and are encouraged to use local, state, or federal enforcement agencies, including the Middlebury police and the Vermont State Police, as applicable, regardless of whether they choose to file a complaint on campus. See contact information in Appendix A.

Middlebury will not wait for the conclusion of a criminal investigation or proceeding to begin its own investigation and resolve complaints under this policy. The College will, however, comply with valid requests by law enforcement for cooperation in a criminal investigation. As such, the College may need to delay temporarily an investigation under this policy while law enforcement is in the process of gathering evidence. Once law enforcement has completed its gathering of evidence, the College will promptly resume and complete its investigation. The College may also take interim measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the complainant and the school community while law enforcement is gathering evidence.  

B) Complaints
Any Middlebury College student, faculty member, or staff member who has reasonable cause to believe that a student has violated the sexual misconduct policy, or who believes that she or he has been subjected to retaliation for having brought or supported a complaint of sexual misconduct against a student, is encouraged to bring that information to the immediate attention of the Judicial Affairs Officer. Contact information for the Judicial Affairs Officer can be found in Appendix A. A complaint may be brought verbally or in writing, and will ultimately need to be recorded in written form by the complainant or a member of the staff involved with the investigation.

Any student, faculty member or staff member may file a complaint of sexual misconduct against a faculty or staff member by following the procedures outlined in Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy.

Any faculty or staff member who learns of an incident or conduct that appears to be prohibited by this policy must report this information to Middlebury’s Human Relations Officer (see Appendix A for contact information), unless their status  as a confidential resource precludes this disclosure. Confidential resources include the staff of the Parton Center for Health and Wellness, the staff of the Chaplain’s Office, or other medical, counseling, support, or religious personnel and volunteers who are required by law to maintain confidentiality.

Rights of Complainants
Individuals whose complaints of sexual misconduct are being investigated by the College can anticipate that:

  • They will be treated with sensitivity, dignity, respect and in an unbiased manner by all involved administrators, investigators and adjudicators.
  • They will be informed in writing that their complaint of sexual misconduct is being investigated, and of any other suspected related policy violations being explored through this investigation.
  • They will be advised of Middlebury’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and procedures.
  • They will be afforded the same rights and opportunities as the respondent throughout the investigation and adjudication process.
  • They will be given periodic status updates throughout the investigation and adjudication process.
  • They may access Middlebury College and/or external resources for medical and counseling services at any time.
  • They may choose to pursue a formal complaint with external law enforcement authorities or other federal or state agencies at any time.
  • They may invite a Middlebury College student, faculty, or staff member to accompany them at meetings regarding the investigation process.
  • They may submit one letter of character reference for consideration by the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel.
  • They may meet with the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel in person prior to the Panel’s determination of a finding.
  • In the event of a finding of guilt, they may submit an Impact Statement.
  • They will be informed in writing, concurrently with the respondent, of the finding issued by the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel, as well as the outcome of any appeal, to the extent permitted by law.
  • They will have the right to appeal the outcome based on the grounds designated in this policy, provided they have participated in the investigation process.
  • They may retain legal counsel at any time, although legal counsel is not permitted to participate in Middlebury’s investigation and adjudication process.  Attorneys who wish to communicate about a case may contact the College’s legal counsel directly.

Rights of Respondents
Students responding to complaints of sexual misconduct can anticipate that:

  • They will be treated with sensitivity, dignity, respect and in an unbiased manner by all involved administrators, investigators and adjudicators.
  • They will be informed in writing that a complaint of sexual misconduct against them is being investigated, and of any other suspected policy violations being explored through this investigation.
  • They will be advised of Middlebury’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and procedures.
  • They will be afforded the same rights and opportunities as the complainant throughout the investigation and adjudication process.
  • They will be given periodic status updates throughout the investigation and adjudication process.
  • They may access Middlebury College and/or external resources for medical and counseling services at any time.
  • They may invite a Middlebury College student, faculty, or staff member to accompany them at meetings regarding the investigation process.
  • They may submit one letter of character reference for consideration by the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel.
  • They may meet with the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel in person prior to the Panel’s determination of a finding.
  • In the event of a finding of guilt, they may submit a Sanction Statement.
  • They will be informed in writing, concurrently with the complainant, of the finding issued by the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel, as well as the outcome of any appeal, to the extent permitted by law.
  • They will have the right to appeal the outcome based on the grounds designated in this policy, provided that they have participated in the investigation process.
  • They may retain legal counsel at any time, although legal counsel is not permitted to participate in Middlebury’s investigation and adjudication process.  Attorneys who wish to communicate about a case may contact the College’s legal counsel directly.

Complaint Receipt and Review
A complaint of sexual misconduct or retaliation brought against a student should be submitted to the Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO). Upon receiving the complaint, and at any point during the investigation and review process, the JAO and HRO may consult to determine if a complaint of sexual misconduct also contains allegations that, if proven, could constitute other forms of sexual harassment. Consultation between the HRO and the JAO may include a review of available information, including but not limited to Public Safety reports and/or statements provided by the respondent or other relevant witnesses.

In cases where the JAO, or the JAO in consultation with the HRO, believes that the allegations, if proven, would not constitute sexual misconduct or harassment, the complainant will be advised of other judicial and support options as appropriate, and no further sexual misconduct or harassment investigation will be pursued. If a complainant subsequently provides new information, this decision may be reevaluated.

In cases where there is a basis to believe that other forms of sexual harassment, but not sexual misconduct, may have occurred, the procedures outlined in the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy will ordinarily be followed.

In cases where there is a basis to believe that sexual misconduct, but not other forms of sexual harassment, may have occurred, the procedures outlined below will ordinarily be followed.

In cases where there is a basis to believe that sexual misconduct and other forms of sexual harassment may have occurred, the JAO and the HRO will ordinarily conduct or supervise an investigation jointly, or in conjunction with other College offices or individuals (including, if warranted, independent investigators), as appropriate under the circumstances. The adjudication procedure outlined in the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy will ordinarily be followed in connection with a harassment complaint and the adjudication procedure outlined in this policy will ordinarily be followed in connection with a sexual misconduct complaint, but the nature of the allegations may compel a departure from the separate processes.

7. Sexual Misconduct Investigation

Investigation Overview

  1. The JAO will inform the respondent in writing that a complaint of sexual misconduct has been filed against him or her and is being investigated.
  2. Should a respondent who has been notified of an investigation fail to cooperate with the investigator, the investigation may proceed, a finding may be reached, and a sanction may be imposed based on the information available.
  3. A no-contact order is normally issued to restrict contact and communication between the complainant and respondent for the duration of the investigation. In addition, other preventative measures, such as room changes or class changes, or in particularly serious cases, temporary removal of a student from campus, may be taken at any time.
  4. If prior to or during the investigation the College becomes aware that additional College policies may have been violated, students will be notified in writing, and these too will be investigated  and resolved through this process. While not condoning infractions of any kind, the College considers reporting incidents of sexual misconduct to be of paramount importance.  Therefore, to encourage reporting, the College may, where appropriate, offer leniency with respect to other policy violations that may be revealed as a result of a report.  The nature and scope of the leniency will depend on the particular circumstances involved. The JAO will have sole discretion in determining the appropriate course of action.
  5. The College may choose to discontinue an investigation at any time. The complainant may request that an investigation be discontinued  at any time. The College will attempt to honor the wishes of the complainant. However, to accommodate cases where compelling evidence suggests significant individual or community safety concerns, the decision to discontinue an investigation is within the sole discretion of the College.

Investigation

  1. The JAO will appoint an investigator. The investigation will be conducted as promptly and equitably as possible without compromising thoroughness. The investigator is expected to 1) conduct the investigation in a thorough, impartial, and expeditious manner; 2) make all findings in a fair and objective manner, and 3) submit a written investigation report to the JAO in a timely manner. The investigator is authorized to contact any and all individuals; the College recognizes, however, that individuals who are bound by legal privileges may not be able to disclose privileged information, unless an exception applies. The investigator is authorized to access relevant records, except those legally protected as confidential or privileged, and may collect any additional evidence relevant to the complaint.
  2. The respondent and the complainant may each elect to have a Middlebury College student, faculty or staff member present with them at all phases of the investigation process to provide support. This individual may not play any other role in the investigative process (e.g., may not also be a witness or serve as legal counsel), and may only speak or otherwise represent the complainant or respondent at the discretion of the investigator or the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel.
  3. The complainant and respondent will be asked to identify all relevant evidence they would like the investigator to review, as well as witnesses they would like the investigator to interview. Both students may provide, if they wish, a list of questions they would like the investigator to ask of particular witnesses or of each other. The investigator is not required to consider the evidence submitted or interview any particular witness, even if identified by one of the parties, nor to ask questions provided by either party. However, in determining whether to interview witnesses or review evidence, the investigator should consider such factors as equity, fairness, thoroughness, and impartial treatment of both parties.
  4. All participants in the investigation are expected to cooperate fully by providing complete, accurate, and truthful information. They may also be expected to sign statements or other documents memorializing the information they provided, and may be asked to keep the substance of the interview confidential. Failure to cooperate fully with the investigator may subject the witness to the full range of disciplinary actions, as applicable.
  5. Formal rules of evidence do not apply in College disciplinary proceedings. The JAO will make rulings on evidentiary or procedural questions related to the investigation and adjudication process.
  6. At the conclusion of the investigation, the investigator will share the witness statements and other relevant materials with the complainant and the respondent. Both will have an opportunity to respond to this information in writing within seven days.
  7. The deadline for the receipt of the complainant’s and respondent’s written responses is also the deadline for receipt by the investigator of the character reference letters for each party. Guidelines for character references will be provided by the JAO.
  8. If at any stage following the submission of these responses new relevant evidence is gathered, it will be shared with the complainant and respondent, who will have an opportunity to submit a written response within a time frame determined by the JAO.
  9. When the final responses, if any, from the complainant and respondent have been received, the JAO will share each student’s response with the other student.
  10. The investigator will submit a final report to the JAO. The final report will include all investigation materials, the complainant and respondent responses, both students’ character references, and the investigator’s recommended finding of whether the sexual misconduct policy and any additional policies being explored through this investigation have been violated. This recommendation will be based on the standard of preponderance of evidence, i.e., whether it is more likely than not that the policy was violated, along with the investigator’s rationale for this recommendation.

Sexual Misconduct Review Panel

  1. Upon receipt of the report, the JAO will convene a four-person Sexual Misconduct Review Panel. This panel will ordinarily consist of the Community Judicial Board (CJB) administrative co-chair, one CJB faculty or staff member, and two CJB student members. If extraordinary circumstances dictate that a case must be adjudicated when it is not possible to convene the SMRP, the HRO will serve in this role.
  2. The panel (or in extraordinary circumstances as noted above, the HRO, henceforth implied in all following references to the panel in this Handbook section) will be provided with the investigator’s complete report. The panel is not bound by the investigation report; rather, it is advisory to the panel. The panel may accept or reject the investigator’s recommended finding in whole or in part, and may request additional relevant information before making a final determination. The panel may consult with other persons as appropriate. The panel should avoid duplicating the efforts of the investigator, as well as accepting the investigator’s recommended finding without careful review of all of the evidence.
  3. The complainant and respondent may choose to meet individually with the panel prior to the panel’s finding. The panel may request an individual meeting with either party. Guidelines for this meeting will be provided by the JAO.

Finding and Sanction

  1. The panel will issue a finding regarding whether Middlebury College policy has been violated, based on the standard of preponderance of the evidence. Three of the four panel members must find that a policy has been violated for a finding of guilt.
  2. The JAO will notify concurrently both the complainant and the respondent in writing of the finding to the extent permitted by law.
  3. If the panel determines that no Middlebury College policies have been violated, complainants and respondents will be notified concurrently of the finding in writing. The respondent will have no record of the complaint or the outcome in his or her permanent file. Complainants may appeal this outcome; see Appeals below. Non-disciplinary outcomes, such as extending and modifying No Contact Orders, may be imposed regardless of the finding.
  4. If the panel determines that the sexual misconduct policy has been violated, the complainant may submit an Impact Statement to the panel, and the respondent may submit a Sanction Statement to the panel, within three business days of notification. Guidelines for each statement will be provided by the JAO.
  5. The panel will reconvene, consider the Impact and Sanction statements if they have been submitted, and determine a sanction. Prior conduct and judicial history may also be taken into account in determining a sanction. Although sanctions may include any form of College discipline listed in the Handbook under General Disciplinary Processes, violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy will most likely result in suspension or expulsion.  Sanctions may also include remedies applied to the respondent to address the needs of the complainant, including but not limited to room changes, class changes, building restrictions, extracurricular activity restrictions, modification of No Contact Orders to favor the complainant, and other actions to preserve the rights of the complainant to a discrimination-free environment.  
  6. The JAO will inform the complainant and respondent concurrently in writing of the sanction to the extent permitted by law.

Time Frames for the Investigation and Finding by the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel
As noted above, the investigation will be conducted as promptly and equitably as possible without compromising thoroughness. Absent extenuating circumstances, the College’s investigation of a sexual misconduct complaint will ordinarily be completed within 45 days from the time a formal complaint, as described above, is made.  This time period may be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances including, but not limited to, the complexity of the case and the availability of witnesses.  If the complainant or respondent would like to request an extension of this time frame, a request for extension with a description of the reasons for the request should be directed to the JAO.  The JAO will make a decision on the appropriateness and extent of any extension (after notice to the other party), and will inform the complainant, the respondent, and any other individual who needs to know, of that decision.  The JAO may also decide to extend this general 45-day time frame given extenuating circumstances.  The JAO will inform the complainant, the respondent, and any other individual who needs to know, of any such decision.

Absent extenuating circumstances, the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel will issue a finding regarding whether Middlebury College policy has been violated within 15 days after receipt of the investigator’s complete report. The 15-day period may be extended if the panel determines that further information or investigation is needed.

Absent extenuating circumstances, the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel will issue a decision regarding sanctions, to the extent applicable, within five business days of the deadline set for the Panel’s  receipt of an Impact Statement and/or Sanction Statement.

8. Appeals
The complainant and respondent each has the right to appeal the decision of the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel. The purpose of an appeal is to review the adjudication process.

Grounds
Appeals are accepted on the basis of one or more of the following:

  • discovery of significant new factual material not available to the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel that could have affected the original outcome; however, information that was deliberately omitted by the appealing party will not support an appeal;
  • procedural error where the error prevented fundamental fairness;
  • abuse of discretion in the issuance of a sanction, meaning that the SMRP imposed a sanction significantly disproportionate to the offense.

The right of appeal is only available to a respondent or complainant who participated in the investigative process. An appeal must be made in writing to the vice president for Academic Affairs or designee ("VPAA") within five business days of receipt of written notification of the finding in cases where no violation has been found, or within five business days of receipt of written notification of the sanction in cases where a policy violation has been found. The appeal must include the grounds for appeal and an outline of supporting evidence.

Procedures
The VPAA will invite an informational response to the appeal from the JAO and the other party, who may respond within five business days of the request. The  VPAA may request assistance from the original investigator, a new investigator, or any other relevant individual, as necessary.

The VPAA may deny the appeal, or if any of the appeal grounds have been met, may:

  • return the case to the original Sexual Misconduct Review Panel for reconsideration; or
  • convene a new Sexual Misconduct Review Panel to review the case, which will ordinarily occur when the original outcome was deemed to be based upon an abuse of discretion.

It is the responsibility of the  VPAA to determine which aspects of the case merit a new review, and the parameters of the review, and to direct the JAO accordingly. Absent extenuating circumstances, the  VPAA  will notify the complainant and respondent of the determination concurrently in writing within 30 days, to the extent permitted by law, and will notify the JAO in writing of instructions for any further action.

All decisions by the VPAA and following a second review of the case are final, except in cases where the sanction is expulsion. In cases of expulsion, the respondent may submit a final appeal to the president within five business days of written notification of the appeal outcome. The complainant may submit a response to the respondent’s final appeal within five business days thereafter. The president may reduce the sanction, if warranted, after consultation with the VPAA and a representative of the Sexual Misconduct Review Panel.  Absent extenuating circumstances, the president will inform the parties of the final decision concurrently in writing within 30 days of receiving the appeal and complainant’s response, if any, to the extent permitted by law.

9.  Communicating with Honesty and Integrity
Middlebury College prohibits intentionally making a false report or providing false or misleading information in any investigation of complaints of Middlebury College policy violation; please see Communicating with Honesty and Integrity under General Conduct, which applies to proceedings under this Sexual Misconduct Policy as well.

Complainants will not be deemed to have provided false or misleading information under the Handbook if their factual allegations are intended to be truthful and are made in good faith, regardless of whether the conduct complained of is ultimately found to constitute sexual misconduct. Staff or faculty members who provide false or misleading information during the investigation/adjudication process may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination, in accordance with existing contracts or policies.

10. Scope of Oversight and Pending Discipline
Please see "Scope of Oversight" and “Pending Discipline” under Student Life Policy Overview.  

11. Policy Access
The Sexual Misconduct Policy is available in Middlebury's on line Handbook. Printed copies of this policy are also available upon request at several College offices, including the dean of the College, the dean of students, the Commons offices, dean of the Faculty, Human Resources, and Public Safety. This policy may be amended from time to time; the web site referenced above should be consulted for any updates. The amended policy, as published through the College’s web site, shall supersede wholly any prior versions of the policy. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities who need assistance in filing or pursuing a complaint of sexual misconduct or retaliation, upon request.

Appendices

Appendix A: Administrative Contacts

Title IX Coordinator
Shirley M. Collado
Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer
Middlebury College
Old Chapel
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5382
scollado@middlebury.edu

Judicial Affairs Officer/Title IX Coordinator’s Designee for the Sexual Misconduct Policy
Karen S. Guttentag
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
Middlebury College
McCullough 138
802.443.2024
kguttent@middlebury.edu

Human Relations Officer//Title IX Coordinator’s Designee for the Anti-Harassment/Nondiscrimination Policy
Susan P. Ritter
Middlebury College
DKE 101
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3289
sritter@middlebury.edu

Alternate Human Relations Officer
Laura Carotenuto
Middlebury College
Human Resources
Service Building
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.2012
lcaroten@middlebury.edu

Federal/State Agencies

Middlebury Police
802.388.3191
Vermont State Police
802.388.4919

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Telephone: 617.289.0111
Facsimile: 617.289.0150
Email: OCR.Boston@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 1.800.669.4000
Fax: 212.336.3790
TTY: 1.800.669.6820

Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Unit
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001
802.828.3171
802.828.3665 (TTY)
civilrights@atg.state.vt.us

Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
800.416.2010, x25 (voice)
802.828.2481 (fax)
877.294.9200 (TTY)
human.rights@state.vt.us

Appendix B: Resources
Alternative Academic and Living Situations
The College will change a complainant’s academic and/or living situation(s) if changes are requested and are reasonably available.
Confidential Health Care

Parton Center for Health and Wellness
Health Services: 802.443.5135
Middlebury College has a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) on staff at the Parton Center. She has received specialized training to provide comprehensive care to survivors of sexual assault, including physical assessment and collection of forensic evidence using a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit ("Rape Kit"). Having evidence collected does not commit you to filing a complaint with Middlebury College or charges with the police. It will allow you to preserve evidence while you take time to decide if you want to file a report and/or press charges. If you bathe, change clothes or otherwise alter your physical condition before having evidence collected, then you may be washing away valuable evidence. A lengthy delay in reporting may make evidence more difficult to collect.

To contact the SANE call the Health Center at 802.443.5135. After hours the phone message will direct you to the appropriate contact number, or you can call the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) directly at 802.388.7641, and they will connect you with the SANE and other resources. The SANE is typically available 24 hours a day. When she is not available, please see information under Porter Hospital Emergency Room below.

Care is provided to students at no cost. Lab tests, medical care and medications provided by the Health Center will be paid for by the Vermont Center for Crime Victim Services at the student’s request.

These services are confidential and information is not shared without the student’s written permission, except in the limited circumstances described herein. Health care professionals are required to report to law enforcement authorities the sexual assault of a person under the age of 18, or where there is risk of immediate danger to self, others or property. Consequently, in some circumstances, providers may not be able – legally or ethically – to maintain confidentiality.

Counseling Services: 802.443.5141
Short-term and crisis counseling is available for students who have been sexually assaulted or have had an upsetting sexual encounter. These services are confidential, except in the limited circumstances described herein. Mental health professionals are required to report to law enforcement authorities the sexual assault of a person under the age of 18, or where there is risk of immediate danger to self, others, or property. Consequently, in some circumstances, providers may not be able – legally or ethically – to maintain confidentiality.

When Parton Center for Health and Wellness is closed: call CSAC at 802.388.7641, and they will connect you with the appropriate resources.

Porter Hospital:  802.388.4701
If the Parton Center is closed, or if you prefer to seek treatment off campus, you may receive care at Porter Hospital’s Emergency Room. The Department of Public Safety can provide transportation, and it is not necessary to share information with them about the nature of your emergency. Porter Hospital staff offers medical treatment and can collect physical evidence. There may be a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner available, but this is not guaranteed. You may want to call in advance to request that a SANE be made available, if possible, before you come in. Please see the recommendations above under Parton Center for Health and Wellness regarding evidence collection.

College Chaplain:  802.443.5626
The College chaplains are available to provide supportive confidential counseling of all kinds, faith-based or otherwise.

Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC): 802.388.6751; after hours or in emergencies, call 802.388.7641
CSAC offers a wide range of professional mental health and developmental services designed to meet the needs of those seeking help. Their staff includes persons trained in developmental services, substance abuse treatment, psychiatry, psychology, mental health counseling, and social work. They provide emergency counseling 24 hours a day at the number above.  Services may be provided over the phone or in person.

Independent Counselors
In addition to CSAC, there are a number of independent counselors in Addison County with experience working with survivors of sexual assault. For assistance choosing a counselor, you can talk with any member of the Middlebury counseling staff or other individuals with whom you feel comfortable.

Employee and Family Assistance Program (for staff and faculty): 1.800.828.6025
The College's Employee and Family Assistance Plan provides confidential counseling and referral services to reduce stress and improve the quality of life for employees.  The EFAP provides confidential assessment and referral services, and short-term counseling. The services of the EFAP are free to employees, up to the limits of the plan.  All assistance is confidential; no one at Middlebury College will know that an employee has used the EFAP.
Emergency and Non-crisis Support

Department of Public Safety: 802.443.5911
The Department of Public Safety encourages any student, faculty, or staff member who has been sexually assaulted to report this incident to their office. From a safety and investigatory standpoint, the sooner a sexual assault is reported, the better; even so, we strongly encourage reporting at any time you are ready to do so. Public Safety can help you to attend to your immediate needs, including transportation to Parton Center for Health and Wellness (students only),  or the Porter Hospital Emergency Room. A request for assistance does not obligate you to make a report to Public Safety.

If you report a sexual assault to Public Safety, after your immediate needs have been attended to, you will be interviewed by a member of their staff and asked to share your account of what took place. You may indicate a gender preference of the staff member who interviews you if you wish. S/he may ask you additional questions to make sure all of the important details are recorded. The officer will take notes, and once they are typed up, you will be asked to review them for accuracy. You may choose to ask someone you trust to be present with you during this conversation; although reporting your experience can be empowering, it can also be difficult and upsetting. Your conversation with Public Safety can take place in their office at 125 South Main Street, or a member of their staff may be willing to meet you in another confidential space on campus that feels more comfortable to you.

Also, upon receiving a report of sexual assault, Public Safety may alert the campus and community that a sexual assault has occurred if there is concern about further risk to others. The warning will be general and will not specify your name or other identifying information. Reports of sexual assault made to Public Safety will result in the notification of the sexual assault incident to the Judicial Affairs Officer, Human Relations Officer, the dean of Students, and/or the Parton Center for Health and Wellness. Reporting a sexual assault to Public Safety does not commit you to pursuing a complaint. We also encourage survivors to report any sexual assault to the Middlebury Police.

WomenSafe 24-Hour Hotline:  1.800.388.4205; Office, 802.388.4205
Based in Middlebury, WomenSafe is a local non-profit organization providing crisis intervention, problem-solving assistance, safety planning and emotional support to survivors of physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse, including female, male, and transgender members of the Middlebury College community. They also provide medical and legal advocacy, and support groups for female survivors.

SafeSpace Vermont:  866.869.7341 or 802.863.0003
SafeSpace, a service of the RU12? Community Center, provides information, support, referrals, and advocacy to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning survivors of violence and offers education and outreach programs in the wider community. Support services include a hotline during established hours, direct advocacy, one-on-one support, and support groups.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network): 1-800-656-HOPE [for men as well as women]
This comprehensive national resource includes a telephone and on-line hotline, and may be particularly helpful for male survivors of sexual assault.

Vermont Statewide Emergency Number: 800.489.RAPE
This number will automatically connect the caller with the local Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program.
For Individuals with Disabilities:  800.489.7273
This number will automatically connect the caller with the local program for crisis intervention, peer counseling, court advocacy, information, referral and other services.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct
On Campus
To report a complaint of sexual misconduct on campus, contact the Judicial Affairs Officer listed in Appendix A. You may also contact the Department of Public Safety; see above.

Off Campus
Middlebury Police or Vermont State Police
802.388.3191                   802.388.4919
You may also report an assault to the police. Assaults on campus should be reported to the Middlebury Police Department. Assaults occurring in Vermont, but outside the town of Middlebury, should be reported to the Vermont State Police. Assaults that occur outside of Vermont should be reported to the police department that serves the location where the assault took place.

Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office: 802.388.7931.

Appendix C: Title IX Coordinator
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Middlebury College’s Title IX coordinator or to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (contact information is listed in Appendix A). The full text of the College’s Nondiscrimination Statement is available at http:www.middlebury.edu/about/handbook/general/nondiscrimination. Printed copies are also available from the offices of the dean of the College, the dean of Students, the Commons deans, the judicial affairs officer and the human relations officer. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities who need assistance in reviewing the College’s Nondiscrimination Statement and its Anti-Harassment/Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct policies.

The dean of the College serves as the College’s Title IX coordinator for the purposes of coordinating the College’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX. The Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing the process for handling all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

The College’s judicial affairs officer serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designee for the purposes of overseeing sexual misconduct complaints and charges under this policy.

The College’s Human Relations Officer serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designee for the purposes of coordinating sexual harassment training and education, conducting and/or supervising sexual harassment investigations, and adjudicating sexual harassment complaints on behalf of the College. The College’s Alternate Human Relations Officers serve in a similar capacity as the Title IX coordinator’s designee(s) when the Human Relations Officer is unavailable or has a conflict of interest.

 

Appendix B - Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs and Alcohol: Policies, Laws, and Resources

To Members of the Middlebury College Community:

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires that the College annually notify all students, faculty, and staff of the following:

*Middlebury College’s standards of conduct, which prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on College property or in connection with any activities or programs sponsored by the College.

*A description of the College’s disciplinary sanctions that will be imposed on students and employees for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment.

*A description of applicable sanctions under federal, state, and local law for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.

*A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol.

*A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students.

Middlebury College’s Alcohol and Drug Policies

Middlebury College is committed to promoting individual and community health, safety, and responsibility.  We expect all students, faculty and staff to observe local, state, and federal laws governing the possession, use, and furnishing of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, also referred to as illegal drugs. 

Middlebury College 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 College policy and intervening in situations of abuse. Any member of the College community having knowledge of an individual on campus who is abusing alcohol or who is 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 appropriate College staff members of instances of illegal drug or alcohol possession, distribution and/or sales.

Any violation of Middlebury’s Drug and Alcohol policies may result in discipline up to and including termination of employment (in the case of employees) or suspension or expulsion (in the case of students).  Links to the full text of Middlebury’s Alcohol and Drug Policies are available below. Printed copies are also available upon request from the following offices:  Dean of Students, Commons Deans, Public Safety, and Human Resources.

Middlebury College Student Life Policies: “Alcohol and Other Drugs”

Middlebury College Handbook 9.3 Discharge (“Use or possession of, or being under the influence of illegal substances or alcohol while at work”)

 

Federal and State Laws

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are subject to local, state and federal laws, as well as College drug and alcohol policy rules and regulations, while on College-owned or leased properties or while involved with off-campus activities sponsored by the College or a registered College organization. Students are also expected to observe the laws of the local jurisdiction when participating in off-campus activities sponsored by the College. The College does not protect individuals 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, when in possession of the proper documents, have a legal right to search individuals and property without prior notice. The College also reserves the right to furnish the police with information regarding alleged illegal activities.

Federal, state, and local laws pertaining to the illicit manufacture, possession, distribution and use of drugs and alcohol are summarized below. The information herein regarding Federal, state, and local drug and alcohol laws does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please consult your attorney if you have any questions. In addition, this section is intended to be a summary of certain drug and alcohol laws only. Such laws may change from time to time; as such, you should access the statutes directly or consult your attorney to obtain the most up to date and accurate information

A.            Federal Law

Federal Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances (21 U.S.C. § 844)

First Offense

Second Offense

Additional Offenses

Convictions Relating to Possession of Mixture/Substance Containing Cocaine Base

Convictions for Possession of Flunitrazepam

May be sentenced for up to 1 yr. in prison; shall be fined $1,000, or both.

Prison sentence between 15 days and 2 yrs. and a minimum fine of $2,500

Prison sentence between 90 days and 3 yrs. and a minimum fine of $5,000

Prison sentence between 5-20 yrs. and a minimum fine of $1,000 (depending on amount and/or prior convictions

Prison sentence of not more than 3 yrs. and fines as provided generally in the statute for first or additional offenses, or both.

Criminal Forfeitures (21 U.S.C. § 853)

Any person convicted of a federal drug crime punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year shall forfeit to the United States any personal or real property that is related to the violation. This includes real property, personal property, money, and intangible personal property, including rights, privileges, interests, and claims.

Denial of Federal Benefits, Including Student Loans, Grants, Contracts, and Commercial and Professional Licenses (21 U.S.C. §862)

Convictions for federal or state offenses consisting of the distribution of controlled substances: Ineligible for any and all federal benefits for up to 5 years after a first conviction, up to 10 years after a second conviction, and permanent ineligibility for all federal benefits after a third or subsequent conviction.

Convictions for federal or state offenses related to possession of controlled substances: Ineligible for any and all federal benefits for up to 1 year, and/or drug treatment program and/or community service (first conviction); up to 5 years (second or subsequent conviction(s)), and or drug treatment program and/or community service.  

Federal Trafficking Penalties Schedule (See also 21 U.S.C. § 841

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRUG/SCHEDULE

QUANTITY

PENALTIES

QUANTITY

PENALTIES

Cocaine (Schedule II)

500 - 4999 gms mixture

First Offense :

5 kgs or more mixture

First Offense :

 

 

Cocaine Base (Schedule II)

28-279 gms mixture

Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual

280 gms or more mixture

Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.

Fentanyl (Schedule II)

40 - 399 gms mixture

 

400 gms or more mixture

 

Fentanyl Analogue (Schedule I)

10 - 99 gms mixture

Second Offense : Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual

100 gms or more mixture

Second Offense : Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.

Heroin (Schedule I)

100 - 999 gms mixture

 

1 kg or more mixture

 

LSD (Schedule I)

1 - 9 gms mixture

 

10 gms or more mixture

2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment

Methamphetamine (Schedule II)

5 - 49 gms pure or 50 - 499 gms mixture

 

50 gms or more pure or 500 gms or more mixture

 

PCP (Schedule II)

10 - 99 gms pure or 100 - 999 gms mixture

 

100 gm or more pure or 1 kg or more mixture

 

PENALTIES

Other Schedule I & II drugs (and any drug product containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid)

Any amount

First Offense : Not more that 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 yrs, or more than Life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.

 

Second Offense : Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 15 yrs. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual

 

 

Other Schedule III drugs

Any amount

First Offense : Not more than 10 years. If death or serious injury, not more that 15 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.

 

Second Offense : Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs. Fine not more than $1.5 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual

 

All other Schedule IV drugs

Any amount

First Offense : Not more than 5 years. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.

 

Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)

Less than 1 gm

Second Offense : Not more than 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if not an individual.

All Schedule V drugs

Any amount

First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.

 

Second Offense : Not more than 4 yrs. Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.

 

 

 

 

 


Federal Trafficking Penalties - Marijuana

 

 

 

 

DRUG

QUANTITY

1st OFFENSE

2nd OFFENSE*

Marijuana (Schedule I)

1,000 kg or more mixture; or 1,000 or more plants

Not less than 10 years, not more than life

Not less than 20 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, mandatory life

Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual

Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if other than an individual

 

 

Marijuana (Schedule I)

100 kg to 999 kg mixture; or 100 to 999 plants

Not less than 5 years, not more than 40 years

Not less than 10 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, mandatory life

Fine not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual

Fine not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual

 

 

Marijuana (Schedule I)

more than 10 kgs hashish; 50 to 99 kg mixture

Not more than 20 years

Not more than 30 years

 

If death or serious injury, not less than 20 years, not more than life

If death or serious injury, mandatory life

more than 1 kg of hashish oil; 50 to 99 plants

Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual

Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than individual

 

 

 

Marijuana (Schedule I)

1 to 49 plants; less than 50 kg

Not more than 5 years

Not more than 10 years

Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million other than individual

Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than individual

Hashish (Schedule I)

10 kg or less

 

 

Hashish Oil (Schedule I)

1 kg or less

 

 

*The minimum sentence for a violation after two or more prior convictions for a felony drug offense have become final is a mandatory term of life imprisonment without release and a fine up to $8 million if an individual and $20 million if other than an individual.

Distribution or Manufacturing in or Near Schools: (21 U.S.C. § 860)
Any person convicted of distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or manufacturing a controlled substance in or on, or within one thousand feet of, the real property comprising a private college is subject to twice the maximum punishment (including imprisonment and fines) and at least twice any term of supervised release as the standard penalties for the same offense, with a mandatory term of imprisonment of not less than one year. These mandatory minimum sentencing provisions shall not apply to offenses involving 5 grams or less of marijuana. There are additional penalties for two or more offenses.

Full text of Controlled Substances Act
Section 812. Schedules of Controlled Substances
List of Controlled Substances

 

 

 

 

B. Vermont Law

Alcohol

Minors Misrepresenting age, Procuring, Possessing, or Consuming Liquors (7. V.S.A.§ 656 and
 7 V.S.A. § 657)
It is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to procure, possess, or consume alcohol.

First Offense

Second Offense

Civil penalties include a $300 fine and a 90 day suspension of the person’s driver’s license (unless the person successfully meets the conditions of the court diversion board, including an alcohol safety program)

Fine up to $600 or prison up to 30 days, or both; a 120 day suspension of the  person’s driver’s license; completion of an alcohol and driving program at the person’s own expense

Sale or Furnishing Alcohol to Minors or Enabling the Consumption of Alcohol by Minors (7 V.S.A. § 658)
It is illegal to sell or furnish alcohol to, or knowingly enable the consumption of alcohol by, a person under the age of 21. Fines range from $500-$2,000 or a prison term of up to 2 years, or both. Additional penalties will be imposed if the minor gets in an automobile accident that causes death or serious bodily injury to him/herself or others (prison term of up to 5 years or a fine of up to $10,000, or both).

Limited Immunity from Liability for Reporting a Drug or Alcohol Overdose (18 V.S.A. § 4254).

Act No. 71 (H.65).     Effective Date: June 5, 2013

An act relating to limited immunity from liability for reporting a drug or alcohol overdose

In this act, the General Assembly states its intent to encourage a witness or victim of a drug overdose to seek medical assistance in order to save the life of an overdose victim by establishing a State policy of protecting the witness or victim from prosecution and conviction for certain crimes. The act provides limited immunity from citation or arrest of prosecution for a person who, in good faith and in a timely manner, seeks medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose or for themselves if they are experiencing a drug or alcohol overdose.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (23 V.S.A. § 1201)
A person shall not operate, attempt to operate, or be in actual physical control of any vehicle on a highway when the person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 or more or when the person is under the influence of alcohol or when the person is under the combined influence of alcohol and any other drug to a degree which renders the person incapable of driving safely. 

See also 23 V.S.A. § 1202 (Consent to Taking of Tests to Determine Blood Alcohol Content)

Penalties include the following, depending on the circumstances:

First Offense

Fine up to $750 and/or prison up to 2 yrs.

See 23 V.S.A. 1206

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1206 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

Second Offense

Fine up to $1,500 and/or prison up to 2 years; 200 hrs. of community service

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

Third Offense

Fine up to $2,500 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

Possible license  suspension for life and other conditions

See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. § 1210

Fourth or Subsequent Offense

Fine up to $5,000 and/or prison up to 10 yrs.

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

DUI Offense with Death Resulting

Fine up to $10,000 and/or prison between 1-15 yrs.; separate penalties may be imposed for multiple deaths; other penalties may apply

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

DUI Offense with Death Resulting; 3rd or Subsequent Offense

Mandatory prison term of at least 5 yrs. (court has discretion to impose lesser sentence under certain conditions)

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

DUI Offense with Serious Bodily Injury Resulting

Fine up to $5,000 and/or prison up to 15 yrs. Separate penalties may be imposed for each person injured

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

DUI Offense with Serious Bodily Injury Resulting; third or subsequent offense

Mandatory prison for at least 5 yrs. Other penalties within the Court’s discretion (court has discretion to impose lesser sentence under certain conditions)

License suspension and other conditions See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. 1208 & 1209a

23 V.S.A. §1210

Other penalties include alcohol screening, alcohol and driving education (depending on the circumstances); additional penalties apply for refusal consent to blood alcohol testing. See, e.g., 23 V.S.A. §§ 1205, 1206, 1208, 1209a, 1210

Illegal Drugs

Drug

Penalty 

(Possession)

Penalty

(Delivery or Sale)

Increased Penalty

Based on Amount

Statute

Marijuana

1st offense: Fine up to $500 and/or prison up to 6 months.

Subsequent

Offense: Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 2 yrs.

Fine up to $10,000 and/or prison up to 2 yrs..

2oz or more:  Fine up to $10,000-$500,000 and/or prison up to 3-15 yrs.. Trafficking: Fine up to $1,000,000 and/or prison up to 30 yrs.

18 V.S.A. § 4230

Cocaine

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 year.

Dispensing: Fine up to $75,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $100,000 and/or prison up to 10 yrs.

2.5 grams or more:

Fines up to $100,000-$1,000,000 and/or prison up to 5-30 yrs..

Trafficking: Fine up to $1,000,000 and prison up to 30 yrs.

18 V. S. A. §4231

LSD

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 year.

Dispensing: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

100 milligrams or more: Fines up to $25,000-$500,000 and/or prison up to 5-20 yrs.

18 V.S.A. §4232

Heroin

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 year

Dispensing: Fine up to $75,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $100,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

200 milligrams or more: Fine up to $100,000-$1,000,000 and/or prison up to 20 yrs..

Trafficking: Fine up to $1,000,000 and/or prison up to 30 yrs.

18 V.S.A. §4233

Depressant, Stimulant, and Narcotic Drugs

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

Dispensing: Fine up to $75,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

100 or more times benchmark unlawful dosage:

Fine up to $25,000-$500,000 and/or prison up to 20 yrs.

18 V. S.A. §4234

Methamphetamine

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

Dispensing: Fine up to $75,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $100,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

2.5 grams or more: Fine up to $100,000-$1,000,000 and/or prison up to 20 yrs.

Trafficking: Fine up to $1,000,000 and/or prison up to 30 yrs.

18 V. S. A. §4234a

Ephedrine and Pseudoephedrine

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

 

9 or more grams: Fine up to $100,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs.

18 V. S.A. §4234b

Hallucinogenic Drugs

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

Dispensing: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 5 yrs. 

10 or more doses:

Fine up to $25,000-$500,000 and/or prison up to 15 yrs.

18 V.S. A. §4235

Ecstasy

Fine up to $2,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

Dispensing: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to 3 yrs.

Selling: Fine up to $25,000 and/or prison up to

2 grams or more:

Fine of up to $25,000-$500,000 and/or prison up to 20 yrs.

 

18 V.S.A.  §4235a

Unlawful Manufacture, Distribution, Dispensing or Sale of a Noncontrolled Drug or Substance

Fine up to $5,000 and/or prison up to 1 yr.

If violation involves dispensing or sale to person under 21:

Fine up to $10,000 and/or prison up to 2 yrs.

 

 

18 V.S.A. § 4228

Manufacture or Cultivation of a Regulated Drug (other than cultivation of marijuana)

Fine up to $1,000,000 and/or prison up to 20 yrs.

 

 

18 V.S.A. § 4236

Selling or Dispensing to Minors; Selling on School Grounds

Dispensing to Minors: Prison up to 5 yrs.

Selling: Prison up to 10 yrs.

Selling or Dispensing on School Grounds: Prison of up to 10 yrs.

 

 

18 V.S.A. § 4237

Penalties for Dispensing or Selling Regulated Drugs in a Dwelling

Fine up to $1,000 and/ or prison up to 2 yrs.

 

 

18 V.S.A. § 4252

Second and Subsequent Offenses for Violating 18 V.S.A. §§ 4228, 4230, 4231, 4232, 4233, 4234, 4235, 4236 or 4237

Prison term or fine up to twice that authorized by those sections, or both.

 

 

18 V.S.A. § 4238

 

 

 

 

 

 C.            Local Law (Town of Middlebury Ordinance)

A person who has in his or her possession an open container containing any malt or vinous beverage, or spirits, or alcohol while on Town property without a permit specifically authorizing such possession or who violates a term or condition of permit issued under shall be subject to a fine not in excess of $1,000 this Ordinance, for each violation.

Town Property shall mean any street, highway, sidewalk, park, building, or any other place owned by, or under the authority and control of the Town within the village area as defined on map #139-Village Area of Middlebury, Vermont 1968 prepared by Hans Klunder Associates, Inc. and recorded in the Middlebury Town Clerk's Office; and also Chipman Hill Park; Means Woods, Battell Woods, Wright Park and East Middlebury Recreation Park.

Alcoholic Beverage Restrictions An Ordinance For Restricting Alcoholic Beverage Use on Town Property

Information and Resources

The use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and potentially harmful. Abuse of alcohol and drugs can have a dramatic impact on professional, academic, and family life. We therefore encourage staff, faculty, and students experiencing difficulty with drugs or alcohol to contact one of the many resources available on or off campus. It is important that all members of our community know where help is available for those who need it. Resources and information regarding health risks and resources are available below.

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol

According to the CDC:

“There are approximately 79,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States. This makes excessive alcohol use the 3rd leading lifestyle-related cause of death for the nation. Additionally, excessive alcohol use is responsible for 2.3 million years of potential life lost (YPLL) annually, or an average of about 30 years of potential life lost for each death. In the single year 2005, there were more than 1.6 million hospitalizations and more than 4 million emergency room visits for alcohol-related conditions.

The Standard Measure of Alcohol
In the United States, a standard drink is any drink that contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol. Generally, this amount of pure alcohol is found in

  • 12-ounces of regular beer or wine cooler.
  • 8-ounces of malt liquor.
  • 5-ounces of wine.
  • 1.5-ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey).

 Definitions of Patterns of Drinking Alcohol

  • Binge drinking
    • For women, 4 or more drinks during a single occasion.
    • For men, 5 or more drinks during a single occasion.
  • Heavy drinking
    • For women, more than 1 drink per day on average.
    • For men, more than 2 drinks per day on average

Excessive drinking includes heavy drinking, binge drinking or both.

Most people who binge drink are not alcoholics or alcohol dependent.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, if you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation, which is defined as no more than 1 drink per day for women and no more than 2 drinks per day for men. However, there are some persons who should not drink any alcohol, including those who are

  • Pregnant or trying to become pregnant.
  • Taking prescription or over-the-counter medications that may cause harmful reactions when mixed with alcohol.
  • Younger than age 21.
  • Recovering from alcoholism or are unable to control the amount they drink.
  • Suffering from a medical condition that may be worsened by alcohol.
  • Driving, planning to drive, or participating in other activities requiring skill, coordination, and alertness.

Immediate Health Risks

Excessive alcohol use has immediate effects that increase the risk of many harmful health conditions. These immediate effects are most often the result of binge drinking and include the following—

  • Unintentional injuries, including traffic injuries, falls, drownings, burns, and unintentional firearm injuries.
     
  • Violence, including intimate partner violence and child maltreatment. About 35% of victims report that offenders are under the influence of alcohol.  Alcohol use is also associated with 2 out of 3 incidents of intimate partner violence. Studies have also shown that alcohol is a leading factor in child maltreatment and neglect cases, and is the most frequent substance abused among these parents.
     
  • Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, and increased risk of sexual assault. These behaviors can result in unintended pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
     
  • Miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women, and a combination of physical and mental birth defects among children that last throughout life.
     
  • Alcohol poisoning, a medical emergency that results from high blood alcohol levels that suppress the central nervous system and can cause loss of consciousness, low blood pressure and body temperature, coma, respiratory depression, or death.

Long-Term Health Risks
Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases, neurological impairments and social problems. These include but are not limited to—

  • Neurological problems, including dementia, stroke and neuropathy.
  • Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
  • Psychiatric problems, including depression, anxiety, and suicide.
  • Social problems, including unemployment, lost productivity, and family problems.
  • Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breast. In general, the risk of cancer increases with increasing amounts of alcohol.
  • Liver diseases, including—
    • Alcoholic hepatitis.
    • Cirrhosis, which is among the 15 leading causes of all deaths in the United States.
    • Among persons with Hepatitis C virus, worsening of liver function and interference with medications used to treat this condition.
  • Other gastrointestinal problems, including pancreatitis and gastritis.”

 

See:
CDC Alcohol and Public Health

CDC Alcohol and Public Health Fact Sheets

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcohol and Athletes

Women and Alcohol

My Student Body

Blood Alcohol Concentration
BAC is calculated separately for each sex, due to the fact that women have less fluid in their bodies compared to men of the same weight, which means that alcohol concentrations in their blood stream are higher when taken pound per pound.

Another factor not to be overlooked when calculating BAC is the quantity of food inside the stomach, which influences the BAC concentration by slowing down the alcohol absorption process. Eating a big meal before starting to drink can lead to BAC levels of about 35-40% lower than doing so with an empty stomach. Moreover, the BAC is also influenced by the type of food ingested: the more protein it contains, the lower the resulting BAC, and vice versa. And last but not least, the body’s own metabolism will influence BAC levels.

Calculations are for people with a normal body weight for their height, free of drugs or other affecting medications, and those who are neither unusually thin nor obese.

BAC Calculator

Health Risks Associated with Drugs:
According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency:

“You hear about drugs on TV and in the movies, on the radio, in books and magazines, on the Internet, and in daily conversation with friends and peers. Some of the information is accurate, but a lot of it is not.

Here are a few realities to consider:

  • You can’t predict the effect that a drug can have on you—especially if it’s the first time you try it, and even if it’s a small amount or dose. Everyone's brain and body chemistry are different. Everyone's tolerance for drugs is different.
  • Using drugs can lead to abuse, addiction, serious health problems, and even death.
  • Drugs that are legal—prescription and over-the counter (OTC) medications—can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs.

DEA Drug Fact Sheets

Find out as much as you can about illegal and legal drugs and their effects on your body and brain. The more informed you are, the more confidently you can make the right decision about drugs. Read DEA’s Drug Fact Sheets for the latest information on:

Amphetamines

Heroin

Methadone

Barbiturates

Hydromorphone

Methamphetamine

Bath Salts

Inhalants

Morphine

Benzodiazepines

Ketamine

Opium

Cocaine

Khat

Oxycodone

Dextromethorphan (DXM)

K2 or Spice

Peyote and Mescaline

Ecstasy

LSD

Steroids (anabolic)

GHB

Marijuana

 

 

National Institutes of Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse: The Science of Drug Abuse and Addiction
http://www.drugabuse.gov/

Resources

Potentially-available treatment programs are described, for example, at the following web sites:

Parton Center for Health and Wellness  (802.443.5141) (students only)

Employee Assistance Program (1.800.828.6025) (faculty and staff)

Alcoholics Anonymous/Local AA Meetings

Vermont Drug Treatment Programs

Vermont Department of Health

Friends of Recovery-Vermont

Appendix C Fire Alarm System Table

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Important Numbers

 

Emergencies 911

Campus Resources

Emergency and Power Outage Line 802 - 443 - 2500
Public Safety Emergency Line. 802 - 443 - 5911
Public Safety Business Line 802 - 443 - 5133
Health Center 802 - 443- 5135
Telephone Services 802 - 443 - 5700
Facilities Services 802 - 443 - 5472
Helpdesk 802 - 443 - 2200
Atwater Commons 802 - 443 - 3310
Brainerd Commons 802 - 443 - 3320
Cook Commons 802 - 443 - 3330
Ross Commons 802 - 443 - 3340
Wonnocott Commons 802 - 443 - 3350
Dean of the College 802 - 443 - 5382
Midd Rides 802 - 443 - 7433
Grille 802 - 443 - 5014
Emergency Notification System 802 - 388 - 0409
Center for Counseling and Human Relation 802 - 443 - 5141
College Chaplain 802 - 443 - 5626
Human Relations Officer 802 - 443 - 2246
Judicial Boards

Community Resources

WomenSafe 800 - 388 - 4205
SafeSpace 802 - 863 - 0003
Porter Hospital 802 - 388 -  4701
Fletcher Allen Health Care 802-847-0000
Rutland Regional Medical Center 802 - 775 - 7111
Domestic Violence/
Sexual Assault  Statewide Emergency Number
800 - 489 - RAPE
Middlebury Police Department 802 - 388 - 3191
Vermont State Police 802 - 388 - 4919
Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office 802 - 388 - 7931
Town of Middlebury Office 802 - 388 - 4364
Vermont Poison Control Center 802 - 658 - 3456
Poison Control Center 800 - 222 - 1222
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800 - 273 - 8255
Counseling Service of Addison County 802 - 388 - 6751
Counseling Service of Addison County
24 Hour Emergency Service

802 - 388 - 7641
Road Conditions 511 or
800 - ICY - ROAD

 

Tip: Program your  cell phones with these numbers