Middlebury seeks to promote the quiet, comfort, and health of both the campus community and the town of Middlebury community.
Students are expected to be considerate of others with respect to noise in the residence halls. Conduct that creates a public disturbance in a residence hall or interferes with another student’s ability to study is prohibited.
The student body must adhere to the Ordinance for the Regulation of Noise of the Town of Middlebury. This ordinance prohibits excessive or unnecessary noise, including vocal disturbances and loud music, and punishes offenders with fines. Students should neither cause nor condone excessive amounts of noise, but should strive to be considerate and respectful of others. Students are informed about Middlebury’s noise regulations by the Residential Life staff.
Noise Complaints Originating Off Campus
If an individual student violates the town ordinance and a complaint is made from off campus, the Department of Public Safety may take the following actions:
- The first substantiated complaint made against any identified individual during a given time period should be brought to the attention of the appropriate member of the Residential Life staff. Repeated offenses should be brought to the attention of the Commons Residence Director for appropriate disciplinary action.
- A second substantiated complaint made against any individual during the same time period may result in judicial charges through Middlebury’s disciplinary system.
- Any subsequent complaints made against an individual during the same academic year may result in further judicial actions.
Noise Complaints Against Social Houses
Social Houses are responsible for the noise originating at their events. Complaints are dealt with through the IHC (Inter-House Council) system of internal governance in collaboration with the IHC adviser.
Noise Complaints Originating on Campus
Each hall is encouraged to meet at the beginning of the year to discuss noise issues and consider the establishment of quiet hours at their own discretion. Should complaints arise, students are encouraged to approach the individual or group themselves. However, where problems cannot be resolved in this way, the complaint should be brought to the appropriate member of the Residential Life staff, or the Department of Public Safety. Repeated offenses may be brought to the attention of the Residence Director for appropriate disciplinary action.