The Enhanced Access System uses Midd Cards issued by the Department of Public Safety to authorized students, faculty, staff, vendors, and guests, to control access to campus buildings.

The system electronically unlocks designated entrances when an active card with privileges for that building is presented to the card reader mounted beside the door.

Individuals with access privileges will gain immediate entry. An alarm will be activated at the Public Safety monitoring station if someone attempts entry with an invalid card, a door is forced or propped open, or if tampering with components of the system occurs. If an alarm is activated, the Public Safety telecommunicator will determine the cause and send an officer when necessary.

See below for a list of buildings with card access.

Public/Emergency telephones have been installed at the main entrances of residence halls equipped with the Enhanced Access System. These phones may be used for dialing dorm/office extensions or a caller can be automatically connected to the Public Safety Emergency line by pressing the red button.

Hours of Operation

Middlebury College has defined the hours of operation for the Enhanced Access System during academic and language school sessions. Residence halls are controlled by Enhanced Access 24 hours a day. Exit doors are locked at all times to prevent entry, however, people can always exit from any door, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Academic and mixed-use (residential and academic) building schedules vary depending upon department or needs. Hours are posted with the list of access buildings and may change when necessary.

Building Security

Campus academic facilities are open to members of the campus community and to guests and visitors during normal business hours, 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Some buildings and facilities also have limited designated hours in the evenings and on weekends to accommodate evening classes, research or other special programming needs. Faculty and staff are responsible for securing their own private office spaces and storage areas. Public Safety officers have responsibility for securing some departments that remain open late or keep unusual hours. Public Safety officers, night watchmen, and building inhabitants share the responsibility for securing buildings. Public Safety officers routinely check buildings through the course of their patrols to maintain security.

After-Hours Access for Students

Periodically, students will need additional access to certain locations controlled by the Enhanced access system for Academic or Organizational needs. Permission may be granted from department/faculty representatives by filling out and submitting the After Hours/Special Access Form.

Electronic copies should be kept on file with individual departments and the Department of Public Safety.

Temporary Access Cards

Vendors, certain guests of the college, and students auditing classes may have a legitimate need to enter access controlled buildings. Public Safety has temporary access cards available for sign-out on an as needed basis with prior authorization granted from the responsible department. It is the department’s responsibility to assist with determining access needs of the guest/visitor. Departments should contact Public Safety for more information.

Note: Personal guests of students, faculty, or staff members are not eligible for temporary access cards.

Non-Proximity Card Building Access

A few buildings on campus use the magnetic stripe on the ID card for access. This requires you to swipe your card through a credit card-style reader to gain entry. All other mag-stripe readers are programmed and maintained by Facilities Services.

Access Problems and Questions

If you cannot access a building and feel unsafe, please contact the Department of Public Safety immediately.

Below are a list of the most common issues.

Problem Possible Issue
Card is lost or stolen. Building security issue. Call Public Safety immediately.
Card will not open ANY doors on campus. Potentially damaged or failing card.
Deactivated card (reported lost/stolen).
Card will not open a single door. Potentially damaged door in need of maintenance.
Card opens door occasionally Card may be cracked.
You have multiple proximity cards and are using the incorrect one.
Card reader failing/door issue.

Please note: Tampering with any component of the Enhanced Access System may result in a fine or disciplinary action. Propping a door open is a breach of the residential or building security system. This breach will activate both a local alarm (at the door) and an alarm at the monitoring station. Propping a door is considered tampering with the system and the above penalties may be imposed.

Card Access Buildings

The majority of academic buildings are controlled by the card access system.

  • Student ID cards have been programmed to open academic buildings during set hours, including . 
  • Student residence halls have limited access. Students are assigned access privileges to their own residence hall. There is an exception for laundry services.
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall uses a building wide system maintained by the administration at that building.

Manual Access Buildings

There are a few buildings that require College staff to manually unlock the doors, including the following:

  • Mahaney Arts Center
  • Johnson
  • Wright Theater
  • McCullough
  • Robert A. Jones
  • Warner
  • Twilight Hall

Note: During academic recess and some holidays, access will be further limited and some buildings will remain closed.

COVID Protocols Fall 2020

Academic buildings and buildings with classrooms (access or manual key lock) are accessible as follows: 

Monday–Friday      7:45 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Saturday                 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Sunday                   10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

Exceptions: The following buildings have different hours and/or specific access privileges. Refer to their web pages for complete and updated details.

  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall (MBH)
  • Davis Library
  • Athletics
  • Dining Halls

Department of Public Safety
125 South Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753