Reporting to Middlebury

We are always deeply concerned when behavior that may constitute sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence or misconduct, or stalking comes to our attention, and we would very much like to gather more information and provide support. Sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and sexual exploitation), domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking, and related retaliation are strictly prohibited under Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking (SMDVS policy).

We encourage you to file a report with Middlebury by contacting a Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO), a Human Relations Officer (HRO), or the Title IX coordinator (see contact information below). This will allow us to provide you with resources, support, and accommodations. We can also talk with you about pursuing a complaint with Middlebury and/or with the police. Middlebury’s policies are designed with the needs of students and employees in mind, and we make every effort to conduct investigations with care and sensitivity.

Please note that filing a complaint with Middlebury does not require you to file a report with the police. The legal system and Middlebury's disciplinary process are independent of one another so you can choose to report to the police (or choose not to). For more information, see Reporting to the Police.

If you are considering filing a complaint but want to learn more about the investigation and adjudication process before doing so, consider requesting an informational meeting with a JAO, HRO, or the Title IX coordinator. You do not need to share any information about your experience during this conversation, and you are welcome to bring a support person with you if that would be helpful.

If you are unsure about what you want to do, we encourage you to talk with a confidential resource to understand your options and decide what would be best for you. These confidential resources may include the Parton Center for Health and Wellness, the Chaplain’s Office, MiddSafe Advocates, and WomenSafe. For more information about confidential resources and requests to maintain confidentiality, see Confidential Reporting.

Retaliation by Middlebury, and/or by any other member of the Middlebury community, against someone because they have reported an incident or participated in an investigation is prohibited. Middlebury will take steps to prevent retaliation and will take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

Reporting Requirements for Staff and Faculty

Any staff or faculty member who learns of an incident of alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, stalking, or related retaliation involving a student or covered third party must report this information to Middlebury’s Title IX coordinator, an HRO, and a JAO, or the appropriate program director in cases involving the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf, the Institute, or other Middlebury programs as applicable, 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, MiddSafe Advocates, or other medical, counseling, support, and religious personnel and volunteers who are required by law to maintain confidentiality.

Employees with supervisory responsibility are expected to report all incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, stalking, or related retaliation involving employees to the Title IX coordinator, an HRO, and/or to Human Resources.

Reporting Contact Information

Judicial Affairs Officers
Karen Guttentag
802-443-2024
kguttent@middlebury.edu

Brian Lind
802-443-5385
blind@middlebury.edu

Human Relations Officers
Steve Collier
802-443-3474
scollier@middlebury.edu

Earl Fechter
802-443-3426
efechter@middlebury.edu

Title IX Coordinator
Susan P. Ritter
802-443-3289
sritter@middlebury.edu