Middlebury

 

Making a report

Reporting an incident of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or harassment, does NOT require you to pursue charges criminal charges or Middlebury's disciplinary process. The legal system and Middlebury's disciplinary process are independent of one another, so you can choose to report to one or both entities. It is important to understand that when a "non-confidential" staff or faculty member is notified of behavior that may constitute harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or related retaliation involving a student they are obligated to report the matter to Middlebury's Human Relations Officer, Judicial Affairs Officer, or the Title IX Coordinator. Middlebury will take reasonable, prompt and appropriate action to respond to such reports where the alleged conduct impacts or has the potential to impact the educational, residential, or employment environment of any member of the Middlebury community.

If you are unsure about what you want to do, we encourage you to talk with a confidential resource to understand your options and decide what would be best for you. These confidential resources may include Parton Center for Health and Wellness, Chaplains Office, MiddSafe Advocates, and WomenSafe. For more information, please see the following:

Reporting Requirements for Staff and Faculty (sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents)

Requests for Confidentiality and Confidential Resources (sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking reports)

Disclosure to Law Enforcement (sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking reports)

Pursuing a Criminal Complaint and Medical Care and Evidence Preservation (sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking reports)

Services and Accommodations (sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking reports)

Reporting Requirements for Staff and Faculty (harassment and discrimination)

Requests for Confidentiality and Confidential Resources (harassment and discrimination reports)

Reporting on campus

Department of Public Safety 

Emergency line: 802.443.5911 or x5911 
Business Line: 443-5133

  • Reports can be taken immediately after an experience which is recommended, but can also be taken weeks or even months afterward
  • Reports can be made at the DPS office at 125 South Street or at a campus location of your choice
  • As a survivor you will not be charged with policy violations related to alcohol or drugs if they have been consumed
  • DPS can offer transportation to Parton Center for Health and Wellness or Porter Medical Center
  • If the other person is a Middlebury student a no contact order can be issued through DPS which requires the discontinuation of all contact between both parties including electronic communication and through third parties
  • Reporting a sexual assault to Public Safety does not commit you to pursuing a judicial complaint. Your report will be shared with your Commons dean, but neither they nor Public Safety will take any action on your behalf without your consent unless your safety or the safety of others is clearly in jeopardy. If the event reported may constitute sexual harassment, the Human Relations Officer (HRO) will also be notified. Please read Middlebury's Anti-harassment/Discrimination Policy, and note that in cases of harassment, once informed, the College is obligated to take action to make the harassment stop.

Commons Deans 
Atwater Commons Dean Scott Barnicle: 802.443.3310 or x3310
Brainerd Commons Dean Natasha Chang: 802.443.3320 or x3320
Cook Commons Dean Ian Sutherland: 802.443.3330 or x3330
Ross Commons Dean Ann Hanson: 802.443.3340 or x3340
Wonnacott Commons Dean Matt Longman: 802.443.3350 or x3350

  • Reports can be taken at any time
  • Dean can make housing and academic accommodations 
  • You can meet with or report to any dean with whom you feel comfortable (you do not have to meet with the dean from your Commons)
  • Reporting a sexual assault to Public Safety does not commit you to pursuing a judicial complaint. Your report will be shared with your Commons dean, but neither they nor Public Safety will take any action on your behalf without your consent unless your safety or the safety of others is clearly in jeopardy. If the event reported may constitute sexual harassment, the Human Relations Officer (HRO) will also be notified. Please read Middlebury's Anti-harassment/Discrimination Policy, and note that in cases of harassment, once informed, the College is obligated to take action to make the harassment stop.

Human Relations Officer 443-3289
If you think you may be experiencing sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, you may talk with the Human Relations Officer, Sue Ritter. She can provide information about immediate support, filing a report, and the options available to you for addressing your situation.

Judicial Affairs Officer 443-2024
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life Karen Guttentag is available to advise you about Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Policy and process, and about your rights. She is available to meet with students who wish to better understand this process and/or consider filing a complaint; however, this meeting does not obligate you to pursue a complaint.

Reporting off campus

We encourage students who have been sexually assaulted to seriously consider filing criminal charges. The state agencies below oversee this process.

Middlebury Police Department 388-3191 
Vermont State Police 388-4919
If the incident took place here in Middlebury and you wish to file charges off campus, you can contact the Middlebury Police Department. If it took place elsewhere in Vermont, you should contact the Vermont State Police. In Vermont, reporting the assault to the police will result in an investigation of the crime. Police will interview you and take a detailed statement of what occurred. You may choose to have people present with you during the interview to provide emotional support. The police will also interview witnesses, collect any physical evidence, and attempt to interview the assailant.

Addison County State’s Attorney’s Office 388-7931
The State's Attorney's Office can provide you with more information regarding your rights during a criminal judicial process and the Victim's Advocacy Program and Victim's Compensation Fund.