Title IX Coordinator, Human Relations Officers and Judicial Affairs Officers

Susan P. Ritter, J.D., serves as Middlebury's Title IX Coordinator for the purposes of coordinating Middlebury's efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended (“Title IX”). In general, Title IX prohibits discrimination in educational programs on the basis of sex. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment as defined by Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and sexual assault as defined by Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking. The Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing the process for handling all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

Middlebury's Judicial Affairs Officers serve as the Title IX coordinator’s designees responsible for facilitating the investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct and related retaliation complaints in accordance with Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking.

Middlebury's Human Relations Officers (HRO) serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designees responsible for overseeing investigations and adjudicating complaints of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation in accordance with Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking, respectively. Middlebury's Alternate Human Relations Officers serve in a similar capacity as the Title IX coordinator’s designee(s) when the HRO is unavailable or has a conflict of interest.

In addition to serving as the Title IX Coordinator's designees (as described above), the HROs are the administrators responsible for overseeing investigations and adjudicating complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, and related retaliation brought under Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy. See also Middlebury's Nondiscrimination Statement.

Reporting Information

Complaints or reports of sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking and related retaliation should be directed to a Judicial Affairs Officer, a Human Relations Officer and/or the Title IX Coordinator (see contact information below).

Complaints or reports of discrimination, harassment and/or related retaliation should be directed to a Human Relations Officer.


IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT 802.443.5911 (Vermont Campus) or DIAL 911. Please see Appendix A to the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy or Appendix B to the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking for campus safety and local law enforcement contact information at other Middlebury sites. 

Contact Information

Sue Ritter HRO

Middlebury College (All Programs)
Susan Parsons Ritter, J.D.

Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer 
Middlebury College
Service Building 213
Middlebury,VT 05753
802-443-3289
sritter@middlebury.edu

Human Relations Officers 

Steven C. Collier, J.D. (All Middlebury Programs)
Middlebury College
Service Building, 215
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3474
scollier@middlebury.edu

Earl Fechter, J.D. (All Middlebury Programs)
Middlebury College
Service Building 216
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3426
efechter@middlebury.edu

Ashley Fera Arrocha (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
Assistant Dean of Student Services and Title IX Coordinator Designee for the Institute)
Office of Student Services
440 Van Buren Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.4654
aarrocha@miis.edu

Michael Ulibarri (Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey)
Human Resources Manager
Human Resources Department
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.6404
mulibarr@miis.edu

If a Human Relations Officer is unavailable, or if a Human Relations Officer has a conflict of interest, complaints should be directed to the Alternate Human Relations Officer:

Laura Carotenuto

Laura Carotenuto
Manager of Employee Relations and Alternate Human Relations Officer
Human Resources
Marble Works 120
Middlebury, VT 05753
802-443-2012
lcaroten@middlebury.edu

Elizabeth Karnes Keefe
Assistant Dean of the Language Schools and Alternate Human Relations Officer
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center 210
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5685
karnes@middlebury.edu

Judicial Affairs Officers
Karen S. Guttentag
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
Middlebury College
Service Building 219
802.443.2024
kguttent@middlebury.edu

Brian Lind
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
Service Building 217
802.443.5385
blind@middlebury.edu

 

Can I talk with someone to learn more about the process without having to reveal names or other identifying information?

Yes. We encourage you to come forward to explore your options. As such, if you want to make general inquiries about policies, procedures or available resources you may do so without having to identify the alleged wrongdoer by name or by implication. Requests for confidentiality are addressed in accordance with our policies (see below).

Harassment, Discrimination and Related Retaliation:For information about confidentiality requests and related information about confidential resources please see Section A.4. of Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Appendix B to the policy.

Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, Stalking and Related Retaliation: For information about confidentiality requests and related information about confidential resources please see Section 3 of Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking and Appendix C to the policy.

Does the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking apply to all faculty, staff and students?

Yes. These policies apply to all faculty, staff, and students, as well as others who participate in Middlebury’s programs. These policies may also apply to third parties, depending on the circumstances.

Is confidentiality guaranteed?

It depends.

A confidential resource is an individual who is legally and ethically bound to keep confidential all information shared with them in the course of providing counsel and support. In general, the law recognizes and protects the confidentiality of communications between a person seeking care and a medical or mental health professional, religious advisor or trained sexual assault advocate. The medical, mental health, and religious professionals and MiddSafe advocates at Middlebury, and their off-campus counterparts, respect and protect confidential communications from students, faculty, and staff to the extent they are legally able to do so. These professionals may have to breach a confidence, however, when they perceive a serious risk of danger or threat to any person or property. In addition, medical and mental health professionals may be required by law to report certain crimes (e.g., any allegation of sexual and/or physical abuse of a person under 18). These exceptions to confidentiality are governed by the law of the state in which the confidential resource is located.

An individual who speaks to a confidential resource must understand that, if they want to maintain confidentiality, Middlebury will be unable to conduct an investigation into the particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against the accused individual. However, confidential resources may assist the individual in receiving other forms of protection and support, such as victim advocacy; academic accommodations; disability, health or mental health services; and changes to living, working, or transportation arrangements. (See Middlebury's SMDVS policy, Section 6, Services and Accommodations for more information.) An individual who initially requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with Middlebury or report the incident to local law enforcement, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These confidential resources will help to direct the individual to the appropriate resources in the event that the individual wishes to file an internal complaint with Middlebury or report to the police.

Confidential resources are listed in Appendix B to the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Appendix C to the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking.

Non-confidential resources are all faculty or staff members, including residential life staff and ombudspersons, who are not medical or counseling professionals, clergy, or MiddSafe Advocates, and are therefore not permitted to honor requests for confidentiality.

Non-confidential faculty or staff who learn of an incident of harassment, discrimination, sexual misconduct, domestic violence or dating violence or misconduct, stalking or related retaliation involving a student are required to report that information to a HRO or JAO or the Title IX Coordinator. See Section B 1. of the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Section 9 of the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct and Stalking. 

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

Be assured, however, that Middlebury handles these matters with sensitivity and discretion and that we will endeavor to protect the privacy of individuals to the extent we can do so consistent with our obligations to respond to complaints or reports under the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking.

Requests for confidentiality will be evaluated in accordance with our policies, as applicable. For more information about confidentiality, see Section A.4 of the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Section 3 of the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking.

Is help available even if I don’t want to pursue a formal complaint?

Yes. See below.

Harassment, Discrimination and Related Retaliation Cases: Depending on the circumstances, there are ways we can address harassment, discrimination and related retaliation matters without a formal investigation and adjudication. For instance, we can issue No Contact Orders, provide academic accommodations, housing changes (for persons in residence on a Middlebury campus or in connection with a Middlebury program), or other services or accommodations that are reasonably available and necessary in a particular case. In some cases, a discussion with the person at issue may be enough to address the behavior. We can also direct you to other available resources such as counseling.

Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, Stalking and Related Retaliation Cases:

It is not necessary to file a complaint, participate in an adjudication process, or file a criminal complaint in order to request services or accommodations from Middlebury. For more information see Section 6 of Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Stalking.

What policies are in place to prevent retaliation?

Retaliation is prohibited under Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy (see Section A.3) and Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking (see Section 4). Incidents of retaliation are treated seriously, and we encourage people to report any concerns about retaliation to a Human Relations Officer or Judicial Affairs Officer.

Where can I obtain information about the process and available resources?

Students, faculty and staff should feel free to contact a Human Relations Officer to learn more about available resources and the process for addressing harassment, discrimination, and related retaliation matters.

Students, faculty and staff who are seeking information about available resources and the process under the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking should contact a Judicial Affairs Officer, Human Relations Officer or Title IX Coordinator.