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

Nondiscrimination Statement

Middlebury College ("Middlebury") complies with applicable provisions of state and federal law which prohibit discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities, on the basis of race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, service in the armed forces of the United States, positive HIV-related blood test results, genetic information, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability and/or any other status or characteristic as defined and to the extent protected by applicable law. Middlebury also complies with all other anti-discrimination protections that might be provided by particular states in which it operates educational programs; questions about the scope of any such protections should be addressed to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator and/or the on-site administrative representative for the particular program at issue. The Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator coordinates Middlebury's efforts to comply with any and all federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of one or more of the protected characteristics listed above. Discrimination complaints are processed in accordance with the procedures set forth in Middlebury's Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy.

Middlebury also designates the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its 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 (see policy information below).

The Title IX coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing 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 for the purposes of overseeing sexual misconduct and related retaliation complaints under Middlebury's Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking.

Middlebury's Human Relations Officer serves as the Title IX coordinator’s designee for the purposes of coordinating sexual harassment training and education, and overseeing investigations and adjudicating sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation complaints under 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 Human Relations Officer is unavailable or has a conflict of interest.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Middlebury's Compliance Officer/Title IX coordinator or to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (contact information is also listed in Appendix 1 below).

Middlebury hereby designates the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504, where applicable, generally prohibits discrimination in educational programs and employment, against qualified individuals with disabilities, on the basis of disability.

The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, as a Graduate School of Middlebury College ("the Institute"), falls under the jurisdiction of the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator with respect to compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws (as referenced above), but the Institute’s Human Relations Officers provide local oversight for compliance with federal and state laws at the Institute.

Contact information for the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Relations Officers, the Judicial Affairs Officer, the Institute's Human Relations Officers, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and other federal and state agencies is listed in Appendix 1, below.

Related Policy Links:

Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Recruitment Policy for Employers

Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking

Middlebury College Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy (students)

Middlebury College Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy (employees)

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) Accommodation of Individuals with Disabilities Policy (students)

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy (employees)

APPENDIX 1

Administrative, Local, State, and Federal Contacts

Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Susan P. Ritter, J.D.
Middlebury College
DKE 101
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3289
sritter@middlebury.edu

Judicial Affairs Officer
Karen S. Guttentag
Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life
Middlebury College
McCullough 137
802.443.5124
kguttent@middlebury.edu

Human Relations Officers

Middlebury College (All Middlebury Programs)
Susan P. Ritter, J.D.
Middlebury College
Service Building 213
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.3289
sritter@middlebury.edu

Steve Collier, J.D.
Middlebury College
Service Building 215
802.443.3474
scollier@middlebury.edu

Alternate Human Relations Officer (All Middlebury Programs)
Laura Carotenuto
Middlebury College
Human Resources
Service Building
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.2012
lcaroten@middlebury.edu

Alternate Human Relations Officer (Middlebury Language Schools; Schools Abroad; Graduate Programs)
Elizabeth Karnes Keefe, Assistant Dean
Middlebury College
Sunderland Language Center 210
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.443.5685
karnes@middlebury.edu

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

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

Middlebury Summer Language Schools at Mills Contact
Sasha Miyamoto
Language Schools Administration
PMB 9972, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
510.430.2285
smiyamoto@middlebury.edu

Federal/State Agencies

VERMONT
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Phone: 617.289.0111
Fax: 617.289.0150
OCR.Boston@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: 800.669.4000
Fax: 212.336.3790
TTY: 800.669.6820

Vermont Attorney General’s Office, Civil Rights Unit
109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609-1001
Phone: 802.828.3171
TTY:  802.828.3665
civilrights@atg.state.vt.us

Vermont Human Rights Commission
14-16 Baldwin Street
Montpelier, VT 05633-6301
Phone: 800.416.2010, x25
Fax:  802.828.2481 
TTY:  877.294.9200
human.rights@state.vt.us

CALIFORNIA
Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
50 Beale Street, Suite 7200
San Francisco, CA 94105-1813
Phone: 415.486.5555
Fax: 415.486.5570
ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
350 The Embarcadero
Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105-1260
Fax: 415.625.5609
TTY: 800.669.6820

Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Oakland District Office
1515 Clay Street, Suite 701
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.622.2941

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-1475
Telephone: (202) 453-6020
Facsimile: (202) 453-6021
Email: OCR.DC@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 N. M Street, NE
Fourth Floor, Suite 4NWO2F
Washington, D.C. 20507-0100
Telephone: 1-800-669-4000
Fax: 202.419.0739

NEVADA
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
915 Second Avenue, Room 3310
Seattle, WA 98174-1099
Telephone: (206) 607-1600
Facsimile: (206) 607-1601
Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
450 Golden Gate Ave.
5 West, P.O. Box 36025
San Francisco, CA 94102-3661
Telephone: 1.800.669.4000
Fax: 415.522.3415

Nevada Equal Rights Commission
1820 East Sahara Avenue
Suite 314
Las Vegas, NV  89104
Phone 702. 486.7161
Fax 702).486.7054

NEW MEXICO
Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building
1244 Speer Boulevard, Suite 310
Denver, CO 80204-3582
Phone: 303.844.5695
Fax: 303.844.4303
OCR.Denver@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
3300 North Central Avenue
Suite 690
Phoenix, AZ 85012-2504
Phone: 800.669.4000
Fax: 602.640.5071
TTY: 800.669.6820

505 Marquette Avenue, NW
Suite 900 - 9th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 800.669.4000
Fax: 505.248.5192
TTY: 800.669.6820

Human Rights Division
New Mexico Department of Labor
1596 Pacheco Street, Suite 105
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: 505.827.6838

New Mexico Higher Education Department
2048 Galisteo
Santa Fe, NM 87502
Phone: 505.476.8400
Fax: 505.476.8453
http://www.hed.state.nm.us/institutions/complaints.aspx

RHODE ISLAND
Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Education
8th Floor
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Telephone: (617) 289-0111
Facsimile: (617) 289-0150
Telephone: 617-289-0100

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Telephone: 800-669-4000
TTY: 800-669-6820

Commission for Human Rights
180 Westminster Street
3rd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: 401-222-2661
TTY: 401-222-2664

Amended and published on January 6, 2015; supersedes Middlebury's Nondiscrimination Statement dated June 13, 2014.