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.

Title IX Coordintaor/Compliance Officer 
Middlebury College
Service Building 213
Middlebury,VT 05753
802-443-2246
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
802.443.3474
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

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 a 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, Title IX Coordinator, Human Relations Officer or program director.

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

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of the College
Commons deans and CRAs (undergraduate students)
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of Faculty
(undergraduate program faculty)
Provost (faculty)
Human Resources (staff)
Dean of the Language Schools (Language Schools)
Dean of International Programs (Schools Abroad)
Director, Bread Loaf School of English
Director, MiddCore
Director, School of the Environment
Director, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
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 (see Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking, Section 2. Definitions);
  • 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, visa and immigration assistance, student financial aid services, and legal assistance both on and off campus, as applicable (for a list of resources, see Appendix C to Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking);
  • 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.

Middlebury personnel will identify appropriate options and work with complainants to determine whether these services or accommodations, when requested, are reasonably available in a particular case. Middlebury will maintain as confidential any accommodations or protective measures provided to complainants, to the extent that maintaining such confidentiality would not impair the ability of Middlebury to provide the accommodations or protective measures.

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 this policy may and should also pursue criminal charges with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies (see Appendix B 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 personally.

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 (see Section 2. Definitions: No Contact Orders; No Trespass Notice).

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 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 alleged perpetrator. 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 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 sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving a student are required to report that information to a HRO or JAO or the Title IX Coordinator, and they are “responsible employees” to this extent (see 9. Reporting Requirements for Staff and Faculty for more information). The Title IX Coordinator, HROs and JAOs are “responsible employees” for the purposes of redressing reports of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and related retaliation in accordance with this policy (see Appendix B for contact information).

Employees with supervisory responsibility are expected to report all incidents of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or 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, 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.