Education and Training

Middlebury’s educational programs consist of awareness programs, bystander intervention programs, information on risk reduction, ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns, and primary prevention programs. These programs include the following:

Mandatory education for new students
All new undergraduate students are required to complete two online courses prior to their arrival on campus:

  1. Campus Clarity’s Think About It: Part I course, which covers alcohol and drug abuse as well as sexual violence primary prevention and response, safe and positive options for bystander intervention, information on risk reduction, recognizing the warning signs of abusive behavior, and how to avoid potential attacks. This evidence-based course provides campus administrators with data to target, evaluate, and strengthen prevention initiatives for new students. Students are able to return to the course at any time to review material, learn about resources, or access follow-up modules and materials. The course also includes Middlebury’s policy and procedures for addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This content includes a statement that Middlebury prohibits these behaviors as defined in its policy in accordance with the Clery Act, as amended in 2014; internal and external reporting; confidentiality; resources; interim measures and accommodations, information about the Title IX coordinator; definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and consent (in reference to sexual activity) in the applicable jurisdiction; and the application of the preponderance of the evidence standard in its adjudication of these matters (as referenced in Middlebury’s policy). It also includes, among other topics, Middlebury’s Alcohol and Other Drugs policy, including Middlebury’s Good Samaritan policy. Student feedback on course satisfaction, quiz results, and questions/concerns is collected within the program and is reviewed annually to evaluate effectiveness and cultural appropriateness.

  2. United Educators’ Show Some Respect online course on harassment.

All incoming undergraduate students participate in the following Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy trainings upon arrival:

    Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy Overview: Mandatory MiddView orientation for all new undergraduate students. Building on content from Living Well at Middlebury, specific content is presented on bystander intervention as primary prevention including, but not limited to, identifying reasons why some people intervene and barriers for intervention; strategies for intervention and the language of intervention; connections to community standards and the institution’s mission; bystander testimonies from faculty, staff, and students; bystander pledge; review of emergency resources; and distribution of materials containing relevant phone numbers. Student feedback on session satisfaction, learning objectives, and questions/concerns are reviewed annually through the MiddView survey to evaluate effectiveness and cultural appropriateness.

Middlebury provides new students in its other schools and programs with the following online course:

Campus Clarity’s Think About It: Graduate Students. This course is specifically tailored to meet the needs of adult learners of all ages outside of the traditional first-year experience. Course content includes cultural attitudes, power and agency, language and trigger warnings, alcohol, sexual harassment, healthy communication and relationships, recognizing abusive relationships, stalking, sexual violence, barriers to mutual consent, risk factors, acquaintance assault, supporting survivors, and safe interventions as bystanders. The course also includes Middlebury’s policy and procedures for addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This content also includes a statement that Middlebury prohibits these behaviors as defined in its policy in accordance with the Clery Act, as amended in 2014; internal and external reporting; confidentiality; resources; interim measures and accommodations; information about the Title IX coordinator; definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and consent (in reference to sexual activity) in the applicable jurisdiction; and the application of the preponderance of the evidence standard in its adjudication of these matters (as referenced in Middlebury’s SMDVS policy). Student feedback on course satisfaction, quiz results, and questions/concerns is reviewed annually to evaluate effectiveness and cultural appropriateness.

Ongoing Education and Prevention Programs (Undergraduate Program)

  1. Building on the content introduced in the mandatory Think About It: Part I online course from Campus Clarity, second-semester first-year students are invited to take Think About It: Part II. Course content includes, but is not limited to, sexual health, sexual violence, alcohol and drugs, risk reduction, pro-social behavior, and bystander intervention. First-semester sophomores are invited to take Think About It: Part III. Course content includes, but is not limited to, a review of course content from Parts I and II and reflection questions and quizzes about knowledge and skills integration. Student feedback on course satisfaction, quiz results, and questions/concerns is collected within the program and is reviewed annually to evaluate effectiveness and cultural appropriateness.

  2. Green Dot Violence Prevention Strategy overviews outside of new student orientation are available for groups, teams, clubs, and departments by request and/or invitation. Open sessions are scheduled throughout the year as well. Green Dot six-hour bystander trainings include deeper content on recognizing situations of potential harm; understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence; overcoming barriers to intervening; identifying safe and effective intervention options; and taking actions to intervene. The trainings are offered five to six times during the academic year for cohorts of 20–45 students at a time. Cohorts are compiled with attention to representation from diverse social identities and campus-based affiliations. Referrals and nominations for future trainees are solicited from training participants, faculty, and staff. Green Dot overview sessions are also tailored to the needs of student leaders on campus including, but not limited to, residential life staff, MiddView orientation trip leaders, social houses, and athletes. More information about Green Dot at Middlebury’s undergraduate campus and its ongoing prevention and educational efforts related to awareness events, bystander intervention, and primary prevention can be found at go.middlebury.edu/greendot. Process evaluations are used to evaluate facilitator efficacy, content retention, and participant intention for future bystander action at the conclusion of overviews and bystander trainings. This data is utilized in real time to make presentation-based changes as needed.

  3. For students and employees in its Vermont-based programs, Middlebury also displays and distributes materials that contain information about campus and community-based emergency safety and support, medical care, advocacy and resource referrals, counseling, spiritual and pastoral care, housing, academic and other accommodations, reporting, (confidential and nonconfidential), and relevant contact information. Such materials include emails to students, faculty, and staff; posters in residence hall bathrooms and other campus buildings; and resource guides distributed to students and published on the Middlebury website.

Programs for Middlebury Faculty and Staff

Middlebury provides online training to all faculty and staff. The training is offered by LawRoom and is titled Intersections: Preventing Harassment and Sexual Violence. This online training includes such topics as Title IX; identifying who is at risk; prevalence; costs of sexual violence; understanding sexual assault; relationship violence; stalking and cyberstalking; criminal law and policy definitions; consensual sexual activity; being a bystander; barriers to intervention; safe and positive options; roles and responsibilities of faculty and staff; reporting; confidentiality; how to talk to survivors; a survivor’s reactions; interim measures; preserving evidence; institutional response; reporting vs. investigating; conduct proceedings; protection from retaliation; a culture of respect; Middlebury’s policy and procedures for addressing sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, which includes a statement that Middlebury prohibits these behaviors as defined in its policy in accordance with the Clery Act, as amended in 2014; and the application of the preponderance of the evidence standard in its adjudication of these matters (as referenced in Middlebury’s policy).

Live trainings regarding sexual violence prevention and response are provided to certain incoming and current undergraduate faculty, summer program faculty (e.g., the Language Schools), faculty chairs, and selected staff, including residential life staff (e.g., CRDs, RAs, CAs, FYCs), deans, Athletics Department coaches and staff, and other dean of the College staff. These sessions include information about Middlebury’s policies and procedures, reporting, Middlebury’s Title IX coordinator and designees, resources, confidentiality, and bystander intervention.

Faculty, staff, and students in the undergraduate program, Language Schools, School of the Environment, MiddCORE, Bread Loaf, and other programs also receive written information (with links to policies, resources, and information) regarding Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking; Middlebury’s Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy; reporting and contact information; links to campus and local resources; and information about the Title IX coordinator and Title IX designees. Medical and counseling staff at Middlebury’s Parton Center for Health and Wellness received training on trauma, working with survivors, and developing best practices and protocols for caring for individuals who may have experienced sexual and/or dating violence.