Reporting to Middlebury
We are always deeply concerned when behavior that may constitute a violation of Middlebury’s Non-Discrimination Policy comes to our attention, and we would very much like to gather more information and provide support. Sexual misconduct (including sexual assault and sexual exploitation), domestic and dating violence and misconduct, stalking, and related retaliation are strictly prohibited under Middlebury’s Non-Discrimination Policy.
Whether or not you intend to seek an investigation by Middlebury, we encourage you to file a report with Middlebury by contacting the Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator (CRT9), or a Human Relations Officer (HRO)(see contact information below). This will allow us to provide you with resources, support, and accommodations. We can also talk with you about pursuing a complaint with Middlebury and/or with the police. Middlebury’s policies are designed with the needs of students and employees in mind, and we make every effort to conduct investigations with care and sensitivity.
Please note that reporting a concern to Middlebury, or even filing a complaint, does not require you to involve the police. The legal system and Middlebury’s disciplinary process are independent of one another so you can choose to report to the police (or choose not to). For more information, see Reporting to the Police.
If you are considering filing a complaint but want to learn more about the investigation and adjudication process before doing so, consider requesting an informational meeting with the CRT9 or HRO. You do not need to share any information about your experience during this conversation, and you are welcome to bring a support person with you if that would be helpful.
If you are unsure about what you want to do, we encourage you to talk with a confidential resource to understand your options and decide what would be best for you. These confidential resources may include the Center for Health and Wellness, the Chaplain’s Office, MiddSafe Advocates, and WomenSafe. For more information about confidential resources and requests to maintain confidentiality, see Confidential Reporting.
Retaliation by Middlebury, and/or by any other member of the Middlebury community, against someone because they have reported an incident, filed a complaint, or participated in an investigation is prohibited. Middlebury will take steps to prevent retaliation and will take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.
Reporting Requirements for Staff and Faculty
Any staff or faculty member who learns of an incident of alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, stalking, or related retaliation involving a student or covered third party must report this information to Middlebury’s Civil Rights and Title IX coordinator or a HRO, or the appropriate program director in cases involving the Language Schools, Schools Abroad, Bread Loaf, the Institute, MiddCORE or other Middlebury programs as applicable, unless their status as a confidential resource precludes this disclosure. Confidential resources include the staff of the Center for Health and Wellness, the staff of the Chaplain’s Office, MiddSafe Advocates, or other medical, counseling, support, and religious personnel and volunteers who are required by law to maintain confidentiality.
Employees with supervisory responsibility are expected to report all incidents of alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, stalking, or related retaliation involving employees to the Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator, an HRO, or Human Resources.
Reporting Contact Information
Human Relations Officers
Interim Civil Rights and Title IX Coordinator
Civil Rights and Title IX Office
Middlebury, VT 05753