As the Middlebury Institute welcomes faculty, staff, and students back to campus, protecting the health and safety of the community is among our top priorities.

Current health guidance and scientific research suggest that to reduce the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19, it is essential to maximize the share of the on-campus population who are fully vaccinated. As such, all on-campus students, staff, and faculty must be fully vaccinated or have submitted an approved religious or medical exemption. 

The basic protective health measures—vaccination, wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distance from others where appropriate, and washing hands—are proven to reduce transmission of the virus on and off campus. Keeping our campus and our community safe and healthy will require careful adherence to these public health measures, along with dedication and commitment to each other. 

The Institute’s updated COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan and Checklist are designed to help departments apply health and safety guidance in their work areas. All employees and students must review this information in its entirety so they have an understanding of the current workplace guidance for those living or working on campus. 

Vaccination Information   “Fully vaccinated” means that 14 days have passed since you received the final dose of your vaccine. Detailed information on vaccine verification and exemption requests can be found on the MIIS vaccine web page. We anticipate that the number of individuals who request an exemption from the vaccine will be small. Human Resources or Student Services staff will work individually with each member of the campus community who requests an exemption.
Face Coverings   Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who have an approved medical or religious exemption. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should remain off campus until fully vaccinated. See more details about face coverings below.
Lanyards Required   Lanyards with MIIS ID card and COVID compliance stickers are required on campus. Lanyards are available for pick-up from Security for all faculty, staff, and students and must be worn at all times on campus unless in your personal office.  COVID compliance stickers are available for those that have uploaded their vaccine verification or have an approved exemption.  Stickers are available in Security for students and in HR for faculty and staff.  Only faculty, staff, and students who are fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption are allowed on campus. 
Social Distancing   Social distancing is no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated. Campus classrooms and meeting spaces will return to normal capacity for the fall semester. This could change as the COVID variant situation transpires.  
Campus Access   Campus access for the Fall 2021 semester will be limited to Middlebury Institute faculty, staff, and students, who may come to campus without prior authorization. Contractors who must work on campus require campus access authorization. Visitors will not be allowed on campus, although exceptions can be requested and will be reviewed individually for approval. For authorization and visitor exceptions, email Barbara Burke at blburke@middlebury.edu at least 24 hours in advance. See more campus access information below.
Campus Safety Readiness   - Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at the entrances to all campus buildings and in classrooms.
- Disinfecting wipes have been placed in all common areas and next to copy machines.  
- HVAC filters across the MIIS campus have been updated with higher-efficiency rated MERV-13 filters where possible. Increasing air filtration has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to help exposure-reduction strategies. MERV, Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, is a measurement of the effectiveness of an air filter.  
- Airflow system improvements for increased ventilation and improvements in outside air intake have been made in campus classrooms, in alignment with industry standards.
- Plexiglass shields have been installed in appropriate forward-facing locations across campus.
- Masks and latex gloves are available in Office Services. N95 respiratory masks are available for unvaccinated individuals upon request.
What You Can Do to Remain Safe   - Practice good hand hygiene.
- Do daily health checks before coming to campus. Stay home if you are sick. All employees of the Institute, including adjunct professors and student employees, accrue sick leave and should use it if feeling ill. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms.  
- Get your COVID vaccination!
What to do if Diagnosed with COVID-19   If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, follow these steps.
On-Campus Events   For the first half of the fall semester, Institute events will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis via Room Reservation, the Student Club/Organizations Event Request form, and/or the Event Logistics form submissions, and attendees will be limited to members of the campus community. Outdoor events will be limited to 800 participants. Guidelines for October 16 and beyond will be determined in mid-September. Events held on campus by outside organizations will not be approved for an indefinite period of time.

Face Coverings

Effective Monday, August 23, masks must be worn in all indoor spaces by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, and any approved visitors in all areas, including classrooms, offices, and common and public spaces inside campus buildings and Munras Housing.  Masks are not required in single-occupancy private offices or single-occupancy Munras Housing rooms. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should remain off campus until fully vaccinated.

Prevention measures for both indoor and outdoor settings are recommended for unvaccinated individuals. In accordance with Cal/OSHA guidelines, N95 masks will be provided to unvaccinated members of the Institute community upon request by emailing blburke@middlebury.edu.

Campus Access

Campus access for the Fall 2021 semester will be limited to Middlebury Institute faculty, staff, and students, who may come to campus without prior authorization. Contractors who must work on campus require campus access authorization. Visitors will not be allowed on campus, although exceptions can be requested and will be reviewed individually for approval. For authorization and visitor exceptions, email Barbara Burke at blburke@middlebury.edu at least 24 hours in advance. See more campus access information below.

Lanyards will be issued to all faculty, staff, and students and will be available in the Security Hut behind the Lara-Soto Adobe. Lanyards should be worn while on campus with your MIIS ID card and should be clearly visible to identify you as a member of the campus community. No congregating is permitted in any interior area.  

Steps to obtain a MIIS ID card: 

  • Upload a photo to the MIIS directory. Be sure to log in with your Middlebury.edu email address and then click “Upload Photo” at the top of the web page.
    • To ensure your ID photo prints correctly, please consider uploading a square photo.
  • E-mail miissecurity@middlebury.edu your name, Institute ID number, and best email address.
  • Security will make your ID card and notify you when it’s ready for pick-up in person.
  • Security is able to mail ID cards to online-only faculty, staff, and students. Follow this process and include your mailing address in your email to Security.

Departmental Operating Hours are listed here.

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    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

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    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

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  • VP Update August 27

    | by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

    Next week we welcome new and continuing students, both remotely and in-person. As we approach the start of the fall 2021 semester, it is imperative that all members of the campus community are in compliance with our mandatory vaccination policy. This policy is a critical component of our plans to keep the campus safe. As such, the bulk of my weekly update has to do with getting compliance to 100%.