Middlebury

Title IX Coordinator and Human Relations Officers

Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator's Designees

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 and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault) as defined by Middlebury’s policies. 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 Officer serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designee responsible for facilitating the investigation and adjudication of sexual misconduct and related retaliation complaints in accordance with Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.

Middlebury's Human Relations Officer (HRO) serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designee responsible for coordinating sexual harassment training and education, and 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 Violence, Dating Violence 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.

Human Relations Officers

In addition to serving as the Title IX Coordinator's designee (as described above), the HRO is the administrator 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.

The HRO is also the administrator responsible for overseeing investigations and adjudicating complaints of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and related retaliation in accordance with Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

Reporting Information

Complaints or reports of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or related retaliation should be directed to any of the following individuals: the Judicial Affairs Officer (Karen Guttentag, Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life: 802.443.2024; kguttent@middlebury.edu); the HRO designated for the program at issue; and/or the Title IX Coordinator (see contact information below).

Complaints or reports of discrimination, harassment and/or related retaliation should be directed to the HRO for the program at issue (see contact information below).

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 Violence, Dating Violence 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.

Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator and Human Relations Officer
Middlebury College
Service Building 213
Middlebury,VT 05753
802-443-2246
sritter@middlebury.edu

Steven C. Collier, J.D.
Human Relations Officer
Middlebury College
Service Building, 215
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3474
scollier@middlebury.edu

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
Ashley Fera Arrocha
Assistant Dean of Student Services and Human Relations Officer
Office of Student Services
440 Van Buren Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.4654
aarrocha@miis.edu

Michael Ulibarri
Human Resources Manager and Human Relations Officer
Human Resources Department
460 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
831.647.6404
mulibarr@miis.edu

If the Human Relations Officer is unavailable, or if the 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

Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Stalking and Related Retaliation

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, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and related retaliation are strictly prohibited under Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. This policy applies to all Middlebury students, faculty, and staff, as well as others who participate in Middlebury's programs and activities.

For additional information and resources please refer to Appendix B (contact information) and Appendix C (resources) to the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.  See also: Sexual Violence Resources and Information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Does the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence 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.

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

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

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

Other staff or faculty members are likewise available to assist you, including:

Dean of the College
Commons deans and CRAs (undergraduate students)
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty
(undergraduate program faculty)
Human Resources (staff)
Vice President for Language Schools, Schools Abroad and Graduate Programs or the program director (Language Schools, Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf School of English, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and School of the Environment faculty, staff and students)
Assistant Dean of Student Services, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Institute students)
Human Resources Manager, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (Institute faculty and staff)

Our Vermont campus staff can also direct you to confidential resources, including the Parton Center for Health and Wellness, MiddSafe Advocates, Chaplain's Office, Employee and Family Assistance ProgramCounseling Service of Addison County, WomenSafe and Porter Hospital.

See also Sexual Violence Resources & Information.

For contact information and confidential resources at locations other than our Vermont campus, please consult Appendix B and Appendix C to the Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking or contact the appropriate on-site program director.

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 Violence, Dating Violence, 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 Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking and Appendix C to the policy.

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. Also, we can offer alternative dispute resolution (i.e., mediation) in appropriate cases (this will depend on the nature of the allegations, the agreement of the individuals involved in the matter, or other relevant factors such as any history of misconduct of the accused individual). We can also direct you to other available resources such as counseling.

Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, 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. These may include but are not limited to:

  • No Contact Orders restricting encounters and communications between the parties);
  • Academic accommodations, including but not limited to deadline extensions, Incompletes, course changes or late drops, or other arrangements as appropriate (see the Academics: Course Registration and Conduct of Courses and Grades and Transcripts sections of the Handbook for more information);
  • Residential accommodations, including but not limited to arranging for new housing, or providing temporary housing options, as appropriate;
  • 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, and legal assistance both on and off campus, as applicable (see Appendix C to Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking for a list of resources);
  • 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 personnel will identify appropriate options and work with complainants to determine whether these services or accommodations are reasonably available and necessary in a particular case.

In addition to (or instead of) Middlebury’s processes, any student, employee  or covered third party who wishes to report a complaint of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking under Middlebury's policy may and should also pursue criminal charges with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies (see Appendix B to Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking for contact information). Middlebury will offer and upon request provide assistance to students, employees and covered third parties in contacting law enforcement agencies. These options are available regardless of whether an individual chooses to file a complaint with Middlebury. Individuals may choose to notify such agencies with or without assistance from Middlebury, or may choose not to notify such authorities.

In addition to (or instead of) Middlebury’s processes, individuals who are being or who may have been subjected to sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or related retaliation also have the right to pursue orders of protection, restraining orders and/or relief from abuse orders from United States courts or courts outside of the United States as applicable. Middlebury will support individuals if they wish to have Middlebury’s assistance in making contact with law enforcement authorities and other external resources to seek such orders. Middlebury will respect such orders to the extent applicable. In addition, Middlebury can also impose no-contact conditions on students, employees and third parties over whom it has some measure of control.

For more information, see Section 6 of Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.

Is confidentiality guaranteed?

It depends. 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 certain trained advocates. The medical, mental health, 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.

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 discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving a student are required to report that information to the HRO or JAO. Employees with supervisory responsibility are expected to report all incidents of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving employees to the HRO 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, Dating Violence 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 Violence, 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 Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking (see Section 4). Incidents of retaliation are treated seriously, and we encourage people to report any concerns about retaliation to the Human Relations Officer for the program at issue or the Judicial Affairs Officer.