Services and Accommodations

It is not necessary to file a complaint with Middlebury, participate in an adjudication process, or file a criminal complaint in order to request help from Middlebury. We will provide assistance to help you access support services and accommodations, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Academic accommodations: If your experience is compromising your ability to meet your academic obligations, Middlebury may be able to provide you with support options. These may include but are not limited to assignment deadline extensions, work group adjustments, course changes or late drops, incompletes, or other arrangements as appropriate.
  • No Contact Orders and No Trespass Notices: No Contact Orders (NCOs) are Middlebury’s non disciplinary measures to prevent two or more individuals from communicating directly or indirectly with each other. In most cases, NCOs are put in place at the request of one or both parties, but in some circumstances, Middlebury may put one in place to preserve the safety of both parties and other community members. A No Trespass Notice (NTN) prohibits the presence of an individual on Middlebury property, and on properties on which Middlebury programs are occurring. Violating an NTN or an NCO is a violation of Middlebury policy. No Trespass Notices are legally enforceable; a violation may therefore also lead to arrest and prosecution.
  • Residential accommodations: These accommodations include arranging for new housing, or providing temporary housing options, as appropriate. Temporary accommodations may sometimes include providing a second residential space for an individual to access on a short-term basis for additional privacy.
  • Changing transportation or working arrangements or providing other employment accommodations, as appropriate.
  • Assisting the individual in accessing support services, including, as available, victim advocacy, academic support, counseling, disability, health or mental health services, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid services, and legal assistance both on and off campus, as applicable.
  • Informing the individual of the right to report a crime to local law enforcement and/or seek orders of protection, restraining orders, or relief from abuse orders from United States courts or courts outside of the United States as applicable, and providing assistance if the individual wishes to do so. Middlebury will also work with complainants and others as appropriate to respect and implement the requirements of such orders on premises that it owns or controls, as necessary and appropriate.
  • Visa and immigration assistance: If you have questions or concerns about how your experience and needs may intersect with your visa and/or immigration status, please contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for more information.
  • Student financial aid assistance: If you have questions or concerns about the impact of your experience on your student financial aid, please contact Student Financial Services for more information.
  • Disability-related needs: If you have a disability and have related concerns about your needs with regard to your experience, please share them with any of the resources noted below, as well as with the staff of the Student Accessibility Services office (students) or Human Resources (employees).
  • Advocacy support: As noted above, MiddSafe Advocates are trained students who provide free and confidential support, information, referrals, and advocacy in person and via a hotline and app. WomenSafe is a local organization providing similar services for Addison County residents of all gender identities and sexual orientations. 
  • Additional measures: Middlebury can make other arrangements, such as changing transportation or working arrangements or providing other employment accommodations on a case-by-case basis to provide individuals with distance from another party or to meet related needs.

Requests for these or any other accommodations or assistance can be directed via email, by phone, or in person to a Judicial Affairs Officer (JAO), a Human Relations Officer (HRO), the Title IX coordinator, a Commons dean, program director, Human Resources (staff or faculty), or the dean of the faculty or provost (faculty). The request will be evaluated and responded to after consultation, as needed, with the appropriate authority or authorities for the school or program at issue. Factors to be considered may include the following:

  • The specific needs expressed by the individual seeking the service or accommodation (“complainant”);
  • The severity and/or pervasiveness of the allegations;
  • Any continuing effects on the complainant;
  • Whether the complainant and the person against whom the allegations were made share the same residence hall, dining hall, class, extracurricular activities, transportation, or job location; and
  • Whether other judicial measures have been taken to protect the complainant.

When an individual reportedly subjected to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, or stalking makes a reasonable request for accommodations like those described above, Middlebury is obligated to comply with that request if such accommodations are reasonably available.

Middlebury will maintain as confidential any services, accommodations, or protective measures provided to complainants, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair Middlebury’s ability to provide them. As such, Middlebury may need to disclose some information about the individual to a third party to provide the necessary accommodations, or protective measures in a timely manner. The following individuals are typically responsible for determining what information should be disclosed and to whom it should be disclosed: a JAO, an HRO, the Title IX coordinator, a Commons dean, a Public Safety officer, or a program director. The decision to disclose information will be made after careful consideration of possible alternatives to disclosure and/or limiting the information provided to the third party as much as possible without compromising Middlebury’s ability to provide the services, accommodations, or protective measures.

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

Other Administrators
Department of Public Safety
802-443-5911 (Emergency)
802-443-5133 (Non emergency)
publicsafety@middlebury.edu

Commons Deans

Human Resources
802-443-5465

Vice President for Academic Affairs/
Dean of the Faculty
Andi Lloyd
802-443-5735
lloyd@middlebury.edu

Executive Vice President and Provost
Susan Baldridge
802-443-5518
scbaldridge@middlebury.edu