Middlebury has several policies to support its goals of building a safe, diverse, and inclusive campus where bigotry and intolerance are unacceptable.
Middlebury does not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking, and related retaliation. Middlebury’s policies treat these matters seriously, and we encourage students who experience or witness any of these behaviors to speak up and contact their dean, Public Safety, or Middlebury’s Civil Rights and Title IX Office.
Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator
Service Building 213
The College also has a threat assessment and response protocol. Other College policies relating to student conduct are detailed in the Middlebury College Handbook.
Medical Amnesty Policy
Middlebury’s Medical Amnesty Policy is intended to encourage students to seek swift medical assistance for themselves and others without fear of penalty. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our students. We urge students not only to take care of their own well-being but to behave in an equally responsible way with their peers. There may be times when safety concerns arise from a student’s excessive drinking or drug use, and in these situations, students should not hesitate to seek help from the Student Life staff, Public Safety, medical or counseling professionals, and/or local or state police out of fear of disciplinary action.
Under this Medical Amnesty Policy, neither the student in distress nor the student or organization seeking assistance will ordinarily be subject to disciplinary action for the possession, provision, or consumption of drugs or alcohol. This policy refers to isolated incidents only, and does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, nor does it preclude disciplinary action arising from violations of other Middlebury policies. However, in cases involving additional policy violations, Middlebury will consider the positive impact of reporting an incident as well as the health and safety needs of the involved student(s) when determining the appropriate course of action.
Nondiscrimination Statement/Title IX
Middlebury complies with applicable provisions of state and federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment, 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, or 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. See our complete Nondiscrimination Statement.
Middlebury’s Civil Rights and Title IX coordinator is responsible for coordinating compliance with federal and state antidiscrimination laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended, which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
Anti-Harassment/ Discrimination Policy
Middlebury strictly prohibits conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment, as well as related retaliation. Students who wish to report discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment or related retaliation, should contact the Civil Rights and Title IX Office or their residential deans. Middlebury will take reasonable and appropriate remedial action to prevent unlawful discrimination, harassment, and/or related retaliation, eliminate any hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and correct its discriminatory effects on the complainant and others, if applicable. See the full text of the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy, which includes Middlebury’s complaint procedures.
Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking
Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking governs the behavior of all Middlebury students, faculty, and staff. The policy strictly prohibits sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and sexual exploitation), as well as domestic and dating violence and misconduct, and stalking. Complaints or reports under the policy should be brought to the immediate attention of the College’s Civil Rights and Title IX coordinator. Students involved in the complaint process will be treated with the utmost sensitivity, dignity, and respect.
If you experience conduct you think might be sexual assault, sexual exploitation, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, or stalking, Middlebury has emergency and other resources that can provide medical care, counseling, information, and other services and accommodations. All students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct, domestic and dating violence and misconduct, and stalking incidents to the College and/or to law enforcement agencies. Middlebury will offer, and upon request provide, assistance to students who wish to contact law enforcement agencies.
Green Dot Program
In addition to advocacy services for those impacted by power-based personal violence, the Middlebury community is actively engaged in violence prevention strategies. As a Green Dot school, Middlebury provides training and programming to students, faculty, and staff about bystander intervention and proactive behaviors that promote healthy relationships with friends, family members, and romantic partners.
Threat Assessment and Response Policy
Middlebury is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus and workplace environment. As part of this commitment, Middlebury has established a Threat Assessment and Management Team (TAM Team), which is empowered to assess risk and, in cooperation with other College teams or offices as appropriate, formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that they may present a threat to the health or safety of others. The TAM Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm. Any student who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Department of Public Safety immediately at 802-443-5911. Individuals may also make a report to residential deans or any member of the TAM Team. In case of an emergency, students should call 911.
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Policy
All Middlebury policies have been crafted to comply with federal and state laws and to ensure student and community safety. The legal age to consume or be in possession of alcohol or tobacco in Vermont is 21. We encourage students to familiarize themselves with the specific restrictions around alcohol and drugs for all students, not just those below the legal drinking age (see “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs”).
In addition to prohibiting underage drinking and tobacco use, these policies also prohibit the following:
- Possessing alcohol as a minor (someone not of legal drinking age).
- Providing alcohol to minors.
- Walking in public with an open container of alcohol.
- Bringing alcohol into an academic space.
There are also specific regulations for students of legal age who wish to host parties or informal gatherings with alcohol. Only persons of legal age (21 or older in Vermont, and as defined by the laws of a foreign host country) may possess or consume tobacco, tobacco products, tobacco substitutes, or tobacco paraphernalia, including e-cigarettes. Legal proof of age, such as a valid driver’s license, state-issued liquor identification card, or passport, may be required.
The use, possession, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs, including prescription drugs without a prescription, is prohibited at Middlebury and is a violation of Vermont state law and federal law. Despite recent changes to Vermont state law, cannabis remains illegal under United States federal law and our policy reflects this. Discovery of illegal drugs, and/or of drug paraphernalia with evidence of use, is taken very seriously. Violations of Middlebury’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs policy will result in sanctions.
Student wellness and overall health inform the College’s responses to the use of alcohol and other drugs. As such, the primary goal of the conduct system is to educate and engage students by providing information, tools, and space for facilitated reflection. The College utilizes evidence-based educational opportunities to support informed decision making regarding students’ personal and academic success, as informed by Middlebury’s Community Standards.
Smoking is prohibited in all buildings at Middlebury, including residence halls and individual student rooms. This includes e-cigarettes and cannabis.
Smoking shall not take place within 25 feet of areas where smoke is likely to enter buildings. This includes building entranceways, near open windows, and especially near building air intakes. This policy not only reflects Vermont state law but also our concerns for the safety of all members of the community. Smoking creates a significant fire hazard, and secondhand smoke can have debilitating effects on the individuals who inhale it, including our custodial staff, who may be required to work in spaces that others could contaminate with smoke. If students are found to have been smoking in their rooms, they can expect a significant monetary fine, as well as disciplinary action.