Dear Middlebury Community,

We are writing to provide an update about an incident that occurred on College Street on Wednesday, March 20, prompting emergency notifications. 

At approximately 8 p.m., Middlebury Police responded to a reported stabbing on College Street, in a residential area of campus. The Middlebury College Department of Public Safety sent two MiddAlert notifications to the campus community in response. While gathering more information, we urged our community to stay indoors. Police confirmed on Thursday that a victim was transported to Porter Hospital and later transferred to UVM Medical Center. We have since learned that the victim is a student who is in stable condition. The College is working directly with the student to provide all appropriate support. Please note that we are not able to provide more information due to privacy concerns. 

We also learned from police that a suspect is in custody and there is no ongoing threat to the community. We issued an all clear at approximately 8:40 p.m. Middlebury Police are leading the investigation and additional questions should be directed to them. Anyone with additional information should contact MPD at 802-388-3191.

Middlebury College offers suggestions about personal safety on page 29 of our annual safety and security report. While nothing can guarantee a crime will not happen, these tips are offered as a supportive measure to improve campus safety for our community.

We also want to remind you that while we are in the spring break period, the College still provides support for students and employees through a variety of means, including the following:

For students:

For employees:

  • Scott Center Chaplains: 802-443-5626, or, Chaplains on Call access information. 
  • Employee and Family Assistance Program: 866-660-9533 (Company Code: Middlebury College), is available 24/7 for faculty and staff and their immediate family members, and those residing in their homes to speak to a counselor, among other services.
  • Employees concerned about a student can submit a Care Report at go/care which will be assessed each business day by Care Management staff. Employees can also access 24/7 consultation through TimelyCare’s customer assistance line at 833-484-6359 by pressing 2 and identifying themselves as a Middlebury employee. TimelyCare clinicians can help identify next steps, make referrals to on-campus resources, and engage campus emergency protocols if needed. 

We are grateful for the fast and expert care our emergency first responders provided to our student during this incident, and to the Middlebury Police Department and other responding agencies for their quick response. If you have any questions or concerns about campus safety, please contact the Middlebury Department of Public Safety.


Demitria Kirby
Associate Vice President of Safety

Smita Ruzicka
Vice President for Student Affairs