COVID-19 Updates: Fall Semester

Health and Wellness Courses for New Students

Middlebury College is committed to the health and safety of its students and to building a supportive, respectful community. To begin this process, we utilize online educational tools to provide pre-matriculation education and resources to all new students through the SafeColleges platform.

Prior to arrival on campus/to a program, all incoming students are required to complete a course that addresses relationships, sexual and relationship violence, and bystander intervention. Undergraduate students are also required to complete a couse on alcohol and other drugs and for the 2020-2021 academic year, a course on COVID-19 safety and prevention.

Many incoming students have already participated in critical conversations on these topics, while others may be exploring them for the first time.  Regardless of prior trainings or coursework, Middlebury requires all new students to complete their assigned course(s) in order to particiate in their program. 

Middlebury focuses on these topics because both national and local data suggest that they are areas of heightened risk for students joining a new program and/or community and because national and local law dictates that this information is provided to all new members of our programs. The online course provides students with a foundation of knowledge, language, and tools that will be used to continue conversations about these important issues during orientation and throughout the rest of their programs. 

Sexual Violence Prevention: Sexual Violence Prevention is a reality-driven online course designed to educate students about consent, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, as well as the realities of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Featuring student presenters and survivors, the course includes scenarios, testimonials, and key advice for each of these topics. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Alcohol and Other Drugs is a reality-driven online course designed to educate students on the risks of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and to teach successful strategies for handling dangerous situations related to substances. The course features four modules:

  • Your GPA
  • Your Brain
  • Your Peers
  • Your Life

Each section provides extensive, research-based evidence of the detrimental effects of alcohol and other substances can have, and how social skills and interactions can help reduce harm.