College Handbook 2008-2009 (as of June 2009)
College Handbook 2009-2010 (as of Jan. 2010)
College Handbook 2007-2008 (as of June 2008)
Answers to many questions can be found in Middlebury’s College Handbook, which describes College polices and procedures in detail. We recommend that students take some time early in the academic year to review the Handbook.
The following sections cover policies and procedures related to residential concerns and student conduct.
Administrative Appointments - Terms/Conditions
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS
Vice presidents, deans, chairs, program directors, and heads of administrative departments are appointed by the president and continue in office at the pleasure of the president. In normal cases, such appointments are for a specified term, regularly from three to five years. Appointments take effect on July 1 and continue until June 30 of the year of termination.
Special Provisions (associate status, release from contract, termination of appt)
SPECIAL PROVISIONS OF APPOINTMENT
a. Associate Appointment
Payment for Faculty Lectures Policy
Consulting and Outside Employment Policies
External consulting arrangements by faculty members which will enhance the individual's professional competence and/or provide a community service are encouraged, provided such arrangements do not interfere with the primary responsibilities of the individual to the College. The exercise of good judgment of all concerned is essential in determining what the proper balance of outside commitments against the individual's obligations to the College may be in each case.
Contracts and Grants Policy
Please note: In light of ongoing changes in federal regulations and administrative structure, this section must be revised annually. Please check with the dean of curriculum and faculty development, the Sponsored Research Office, or the office of Corporate and Foundation Relations if you have questions regarding administrative policies or procedures.
a. Appeal of Non-reappointment
i. Grounds for Appeal
A faculty member who has received notice of non-reappointment may appeal that judgment on the basis of either procedural errors or violation of academic freedom that may have influenced the academic department or program, and/or the Reappointments Committee or the Promotions Committee, and/or the president.
Rules of Reappointment for Physical Education Faculty
1. Review and Reappointment in the Department of Physical Education
C. Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA )
D. McCullough Student Center
Students and student organizations scheduling the use of any of the McCullough Student Center facilities, including but not limited to the McCullough Social Space, Mitchell Green Lounge, the mailroom, and the lobby, must do so through the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership (CCAL) at least two weeks before the event. Additionally, groups scheduling the use of the Social Space or Grille must arrange a meeting with a CCAL staff member at least two weeks before the event. Failure to meet this deadline may result in a limitation of requested services.
B. Health Care Policy Statement
In order to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by Middlebury College, a student must maintain good health, and the College expects each student to assume responsibility for his or her health. The College does not stand in loco parentis with respect to the health care of its students, and its health care services do not attempt to take the place of a family physician. In an effort to promote wellness, assist students in maintaining good health, and handle medical emergencies on campus, the College offers the following health care services:
A. Student Organization Policies
a. All student organizations are subject to College policies.
b. All recognized student organizations must register annually with the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership and have constitutions that have been approved by the Constitution Committee of the Student Government Association. The Constitution Committee may not approve a constitution with provisions that are in violation of Federal, State, or local laws, or Handbook policy.
K. Noise Issues
Middlebury College seeks to promote the quiet, comfort, and health of the College community and residents of the town of Middlebury. Students should neither cause nor condone excessive amounts of noise, but should strive to be considerate and respectful of others.
The following guidelines have been adopted to ensure that Middlebury students respect the peace and safety of their neighbors, inside and outside the premises of the College.
J. College Storage Policies and Procedures
1. Storage during the regular academic year for students enrolled in the undergraduate College:
a. Regular dormitory storage (trunks, suitcases, boxed items).
i. Resident assistants in each dormitory have keys to the storage areas and will give residents access upon request.
ii. At the end of the school year, Facilities Services staff will clean out these storage areas and will dispose of any items not removed by students.
I. Room Change Policy
At Middlebury College, we base our residential system on the principle of community living. We value the benefits and challenges of learning to live with other people. By interacting with people of different backgrounds and interest, community members form rich relationships. A residential community of roommates, hall mates, and friends prepares students to be involved in local, national, and international communities and to face the challenges of difference in a diverse world.
H. Off-Campus Living Policy
1. The College permits a limited number of seniors to live off campus. Permission is granted by a process coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the College. Special students must live off campus and are not included in the total number. The number of off campus residents is based on our commitment to the residential nature of the College and an evaluation of the rental market in the town of Middlebury.
G. Entry into Residential Rooms
1. Emergency Entry
The Department of Public Safety is authorized to enter a student's room in the event of emergency circumstances, such as fire, fire alarm, fire drill, an immediate threat to life, a call for help, or what reasonably seems to be a dangerous situation. If time permits the Department of Public Safety should first seek authorization from the dean of the College or the Commons dean before entering a student room to deal with an emergency. (See Special Room Inspection, 5. below.)
F. Residence Hall Regulations
1. All students are required to live on campus unless given permission by the Office of the Dean of the College to live elsewhere.
2. The Office of the Dean of the College makes all first-year student room assignments and supervises room draw for enrolled students and all other room assignments. Switching rooms and keys or changing residences without authorization may result in disciplinary action. (See I. Room Change Policy)
E. Academic Interest Houses
In 1991, the Residential Life Committee, the Student Government Association, and the Community Council recommended creating, in addition to the existing foreign language houses, a limited number of academic interest houses. Academic interest houses are houses in which residents pursue a common academic interest and share the fruits of that interest with the campus community.
The purpose of academic interest houses includes:
a. promotion of the academic interests;
D. Coeducational Residential Social Houses
1. General College Expectations of Coeducational Residential Social Houses
C. Policy on Student Social Organizations
For the purposes of this document, a student social organization shall mean an organization, whether located on or off campus, comprised primarily or exclusively of Middlebury College students, that has some of the purposes or attributes of a fraternity, sorority, or social house. This does not imply that Middlebury College authorizes, sponsors, or extends recognition to any off-campus student organizations.
B. Commons System
The goals of the Commons System are to build a sense of community by creating more opportunities for meaningful relationships among students, faculty, and staff; to develop programs and events that enrich the Middlebury College experience; and to give students a greater voice in determining the nature of the intellectual, social, and residential life of the College.
A. Principles for Residential Life
The following are the guiding principles for residential life at Middlebury College, as adopted by the Community Council in 1991 and presented to the Board of Trustees in March 1991.
1. Students at a residential college are part of a community of learners. Residential life supports and complements the academic programs and educational mission of the College.
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Academic Honesty / Honor Code / Disciplinary Policies
As an academic community devoted to the life of the mind, Middlebury College requires of every student complete intellectual honesty in the preparation of all assigned academic work.
B. Academic Honesty
Community Standards and Student Life Policy Overview
Middlebury College seeks to prepare students to be active citizens and leaders who will address the world’s most pressing problems. This mission is advanced through students’ experiences with successes and challenges, and is reflected in the following Community Standards: