Policies and Laws

Middlebury College Policies

Middlebury is committed to providing a campus and workplace environment that is safe and secure for all students, staff, faculty, and others who participate in Middlebury’s programs. Sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking, sexual harassment, sex discrimination and related retaliation, as defined by Middlebury’s policies (see below), are strictly prohibited. Middlebury will take reasonable, prompt, and appropriate action to respond to such conduct where the conduct impacts or has the potential to impact the Middlebury program-based educational, residential, or employment environment of any member of the Middlebury community. To access Middlebury’s policies, please see the links below (printed copies are also available from the offices/individuals identified below).

Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking

Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy

Summary of Middlebury’s SMDVS Process

Middlebury’s process for addressing complaints of sexual miscondcut (including sexual assault), domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking, and related retaliation is summarized below. In the event of any differences between this summary and the more detailed terms of Middlebury’s SMDVS policy, the language of the SMDVS policy supercedes the language of this summary.

Middlebury utilizes trained, experienced investigators to conduct investigations into complaints of sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence and misconduct, and stalking, and utilizes trained, experienced administrators (Middlebury’s Human Relations Officers, or HROs) to make the official determination as to whether the policies under investigation were violated.

All meetings at various stages of the investigation/adjudication process involve one-on-one conversations with JAOs, investigators, and HROs, to which each party can bring an advisor of their choice. There is no in-person hearing at which parties have to testify formally in front of a panel, or interact with or be cross-examined by each other. (The same is true with regard to the procedures under Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination policy.)

When a report of conduct prohibited by the SMDVS policy is made to one of the individuals identified above, the Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO), who serves as the facilitator of the process, assigns an investigator. In general the process proceeds as follows:

  • The investigator interviews parties and witnesses, and collects evidence.
  • Both parties are invited to review all of the evidence.
  • Each party may meet with the HRO and investigator to share their feedback on the evidence.
  • The investigator prepares a report with a recommended finding and a rationale for that finding. The report is shared with both parties, each of whom may submit a written response to the report to the HRO.
  • The HRO considers the investigator’s report, all evidence, and both parties’ written response. Using the preponderance of the evidence standard (“more likely than not”), the HRO then makes the official determination as to whether the policies under investigation have been violated. If a policy violation is found, the sanctions are determined by a designated Middlebury program administrator based on the status of the respondent (e.g., whether the individual found to have violated policy is a student, faculty member, or staff member). 
  • Both parties are provided with equal appeal rights, as applicable, to the extent appeal rights are provided. The governing, detailed procedures are outlined further in the SMDVS policy.
Sanctions for violations of the SMDVS policy are more fully described in the “Sanction” section and Appendix F of the policy.

Questions about these policies can be directed to the following:

Judicial Affairs Officers
Karen S. Guttentag
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
802-443-2024
kguttent@middlebury.edu

Brian Lind
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
802-443-5385
blind@middlebury.edu

Human Relations Officers
Steven C. Collier, JD
802-443-3474
scollier@middlebury.edu

Earl Fechter, JD
802-443-3426
efetcher@middlebury.edu

Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer
Susan P. Ritter, JD
802-443-3289
sritter@middlebury.edu

State Criminal Laws Regarding Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking are criminal offenses. To view Vermont criminal laws and other state criminal laws applicable to Middlebury’s programs, please see Appendix A to Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking.

Note: Middlebury will offer and upon request provide assistance to students, employees, and covered third parties with notifying law enforcement agencies. See also contact information below.

Emergencies: Dial 911

Middlebury Police
802-388-3191

Vermont State Police
802-388-4919