Sharing Music & Videos: Your Responsibilities with Respect to Copyright Law

Many members of the Middlebury community have questions about the sharing of music and movies in digital format over the Internet. These policies and procedures describe how Middlebury College handles alleged copyright violations concerning file sharing. You should understand the risks of certain types file sharing given potential legal action.

Peer-to-Peer Programs (P2P)

C.19. Administrative Appointments - Terms/Conditions


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.

C.18. Special Provisions of Appointment (associate status, release from contract)

a. Associate Appointment

i. Purpose
Appointment with associate status is designed to allow particular individuals to reduce their teaching responsibilities at the College for limited periods without interrupting their normal employment. The reasons for requesting associate status may include, for example, the need to fulfill familial obligations, the wish to engage more fully in scholarly or artistic projects (or other forms of professional development), or the wish to reduce one's teaching obligations for a few years before retirement.

C.14. 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.

C.10. Research Policies

Research involving animals must be approved in advance by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Contact Professor Bob Cluss, the committee chair, for procedures and forms.

Research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Human Subjects Review Committee (Institutional Review Board).  The committee's procedures and forms are available at  Further information may be obtained from Professor Matthew Kimble, the committee chair.

rev. 8/8/16

C.5. Appeal 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 provost (in the case of first and contract reviews) or the president (in the case of tenure reviews).

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


1. General

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.

1. Education

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.

1. Purpose

The purpose of academic interest houses includes:

a. promotion of the academic interests;

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.

Academic Honesty / Honor Code / Disciplinary Policies

Last updated August 25, 2016

A. Introduction

As an academic community devoted to the life of the mind, Middlebury requires of every student complete intellectual honesty in the preparation of all assigned academic work.

B. Academic Honesty

1. Definitions

a. Plagiarism

Sharing Music & Videos: Your Responsibilities with Respect to Copyright Law

Many members of the Middlebury community have questions about the sharing of music and movies in digital format over the Internet. These policies and procedures describe how Middlebury College handles alleged copyright violations concerning file sharing. You should understand the risks of certain types file sharing given potential legal action.

Peer-to-Peer Programs (P2P)

Collection Policy -- General


The Collection Development policy of Middlebury College Library furnishes general written guidelines that relate the Library's collection-development efforts to the needs and interests of the Middlebury College community. Because it is the College's chief provider of books, maps, serials, government documents, microforms, bibliographic databases, and other materials, the Library's central purpose is to support first the teaching and learning activities that uphold the curriculum, and second the research and service responsibilities of the College.

Collection Policy -- Music


This policy outlines the written guidelines for the continued growth and maintenance of Middlebury College's music collection and is a supplement to the Middlebury College Library Collection Development Policy. By articulating the collection goals and policies, this document helps to ensure that the music collection supports the needs of the College community. The policy acknowledges the music collection's distinct roles in: