Navigating the report and complaint process can be challenging. On this page, you can learn about the different options, that include but are not limited to, filing a report with Middlebury, filing a complaint with Middlebury or filing a report with law enforcement. If you or someone you know is seeking additional aid in this process please consider reaching out to the Civil Rights and Title IX Office.
If you or someone you know may have experienced any form of sexual harassment please consider taking the appropriate steps to file a report or complaint.
A Report is any information received by Middlebury College that a complainant has allegedly been subjected to conduct which could constitute Title IX Sexual Harassment or another violation of Middlebury’s Non-Discrimination Policy. A Report is not a Formal Complaint and does not trigger a formal investigation or adjudication. Instead, reports serve as a basis for statistical reporting under the Jeanne Clery Act, and allow Middlebury to provide Supportive Measures to those who have experienced Title IX Sexual Harassment. Any Complainant who reports Title IX Sexual Harassment will receive information about the Formal Complaint and Investigation Process. Reports can be made by contacting the Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator or through our online reporting form.
Please use this form to report incidents of sex discrimination or harassment that occur on campus or in the local community. This form should not be used to report emergencies.
If you are currently in a situation where immediate medical, police, or other emergency assistance is required, please dial 911 or call Public Safety at (802) 443-5911.
Formal complaint means a document filed by a complainant or signed by the Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator alleging Title IX Sexual Harassment against a respondent and requesting that the recipient investigate the allegation of Title IX Sexual Harassment. At the time of filing a formal complaint, a complainant must be participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the recipient with which the formal complaint is filed. A formal complaint may be filed with the Civil Rights Title IX Coordinator in person, by mail, or by electronic mail.
In addition to the conduct prohibited by the Non-Discrimination Policy, Middlebury is also concerned about bias incidents that negatively impact members of our community but do not fit under that policy. Middlebury’s Community Bias Response Team (CBRT) coordinates non-disciplinary responses to these bias incidents.
Middlebury defines a bias incident as a single act or multiple acts directed toward an individual or group on the basis of actual or perceived 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, disability, culture, socio-economic status, spirituality or any combination of these or other related factors, with the purpose or effect, from the point of view of a reasonable person, of negatively impacting another. Bias incidents include, but are not limited to: slurs, degrading language, epithets, graffiti, vandalism, intimidation, symbols, and harassment; that are directed toward or affect the targeted individual or team. Incidents of bias may contribute to a hostile campus environment and can occur even if the act itself is unintentional or delivered as a joke, prank, or having humorous intent.
This definition is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussions in or out of the classroom of complex, controversial, or sensitive matters such as those listed above.
Note: This definition of a bias incident is intentionally broad to reflect our values to create and sustain an inclusive, safe, and productive community for all of our members.
Bias incidents can be reported to CBRT online through their Bias Incident Report Form.
Civil Rights and Title IX Office
Middlebury, VT 05753