May an organization use the name of the College?
Only an organization that is officially recognized by the SGA Constitution Committee may use the name of the College as part of its name. Sponsored groups that want to use other trademarks or service marks must receive written permission from the sponsoring department.
A student, group, or organization that is not recognized by the College may not use the name of Middlebury College or an abbreviation of the name of the College as part of its name.
Will a single sex organization be recognized by the College?
No. Middlebury College takes the position that an inclusive, open community is fundamental to its mission as a residential institution of higher learning committed to the liberal arts tradition. Middlebury College does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, marital status, place of birth, service in the armed forces of the United States, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in any of its programs or activities.
The College reaffirms its support of the decision by the Board of Trustees on January 13, 1990, concerning single-sex student social organizations:
"Any social organization which discriminates on the basis of gender or whose practices have the consequence of exclusion on the basis of gender is antithetical to the mission of the College and not appropriate as a model for society at large. Ties with any national organization whose rules or practices are at odds with this belief should not be maintained."
Middlebury seeks students who are "prepared to become leaders in society." The College "expects its graduates to be thoughtful, ethical leaders able to meet the challenges of informed citizenship." In the world our graduates will inherit, and in which we expect them to be leaders, discriminatory organizations will have no place. We, therefore, fail in preparing our graduates fully to assume the responsibilities of leadership if we suggest that membership in such organizations by our students is consonant with our stated mission.