Student Resource Guide 2012â€“2013
Middlebury College Mission Statement
t Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The Collegeâ€™s Vermont location offers an inspirational setting for learning and reflection, reinforcing our commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. Yet the College also reaches far beyond the Green Mountains, offering a rich array of undergraduate and graduate programs that connect our community to other places, countries, and cultures. We strive to engage studentsâ€™ capacity for rigorous analysis and independent thought within a wide range of disciplines and endeavors, and to cultivate the intellectual, creative, physical, ethical, and social qualities essential for leadership in a rapidly changing global community. Through the pursuit of knowledge unconstrained by national or disciplinary boundaries, students who come to Middlebury learn to engage the world.
Contents 2 3 4 6 7
Where is Middlebury College? Welcome from the Dean of the College Middlebury College: A Brief History Lesson Community Standards and Student Life Policies Academic Honesty & Rigor
Advising, Honor Code, Curriculum, Course Registration, Learning Resources, Class Attendance, Evaluation, Pass/D/Fail, J-Term, Study Abroad, Schools and Programs, and Withdrawal, Dismissal, and Readmission
19 Diverse, Inclusive, & Vibrant Community
Dean of Students, Residential Life, The Commons, Room Draw, Fire Safety, Campus Resources, Events, and Eating
Physical Education, Varsity Sports, Club Sports, Intramural Sports, and Facilities
38 Education in Action
Civic Engagement, Career Services, Internships, Fellowships, and Health Professions
41 Creativity, Innovation, & Risk-Taking
Old Stone Mill, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Funding, Student Activities, Organizations, and Student Government
46 The Environment
Living Environment: Roommate Relationships, Culture Shock, Conduct Policies; Natural Environment: Carbon Neutrality, Recycling, Green Living
54 Health, Wellness, & Safety
Parton Center for Health and Wellness, Public Safety, Alcohol & Drug Policy, and Smoking Policy
62 Appendix: Important Contact Information
Where is Middlebury College? We are located in Vermont, a small state in northern New England. The state’s population is about 700,000. Vermont’s constitution was the first to abolish slavery, the first to allow men who did not own land to vote, and the first to establish public schools.Vermont was the first state to allow civil unions, a legally recognized domestic partnership for same-sex couples. Middlebury College is part of that proud tradition, being the first U.S. college to graduate an African American in 1823
and one of the first to enroll women alongside men. Winter can be cold here. And sometimes it snows a lot. But take heart. While there may be no palm trees on our campus, we are actually closer to the equator than to the North Pole (by 130 miles). You see a lot of cows and sheep and open vistas here. But these are only outward appearances. Our long history of working for social justice, inclusiveness, and building community is the true story.
Get Going! Throughout this handbook, you’ll find go/… shortcuts. Anytime you are connected to the Internet on campus, simply type “go/(shortcut here)” into your web browser to access the page you want.
Welcome from the Dean of the College Dear Students, Welcome to Middlebury. As Dean of the College, I oversee student life and diversity initiatives. My colleagues and I work closely with all Middlebury constituencies to ensure that our students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity and the encouragement to participate fully in the campus community. I am excited that each one of you is embarking or continuing on the extraordinary journey that is college. My own college experience was transformative. I was able to find a community of mentors and friends in a place that offered one of the greatest opportunities in my life to ask important questions about who I wanted to be and how I wanted to learn.
In this spirit, we have created this book as an easy-to-use guide that will provide you with a snapshot of student life at Middlebury. Although it should not be confused with Middlebury’s official College Handbook, which provides the complete text of all College policies, this guide offers an overview of some of the most important of those policies and the goals behind them. It also introduces you to what we value and highlights key campus resources that allow you to have fun, be safe, find help, and become an active, engaged member of our community. My door is always open to students, so if you are interested in engaging me in conversations related to student life, please feel free to visit or contact me.
Dean Shirley M. Collado
The conversation doesn’t end here. Please join Dean Collado on her blog One Dean’s View at go/odv. Ask questions, leave comments!
Office of the Dean of the College Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 go/doc
Warmly, Shirley M. Collado 3
Gamaliel Painter’s Cane
Gamaliel Painter (1743–1819) was a forward-thinking fellow. He helped found Middlebury College and left a bequest that literally saved the fledgling school. He also bequeathed his steel-tipped walking stick with a deep blue ribbon, a replica of which each graduating Middlebury student receives. 4
Middlebury College: A Brief History Lesson Middlebury is a liberal arts college of the first rank, an achievement that is the result of a process of growth and change that began in 1800, when a few men of the town of Middlebury took upon themselves the challenge of building a college in a small New England town, on what was then the American frontier. In the more than two centuries since it was established, Middlebury has developed from “the town’s college” into an institution of international renown. Middlebury’s original purpose was to train young men from Vermont and neighboring states for the ministry and other learned professions of the early 19th century. The College began modestly, with seven students enrolling in November 1800. These first students were expected “to read,
translate, and parse Tully, Virgil, and the Greek Testament, and to write true Latin in prose, and shall have also learned the rules of Vulgar Arithmetic.” In 1883, the trustees voted to accept women as students in the College, making Middlebury one of the first formerly all-male liberal arts colleges in New England to become a coeducational institution. In the following years, Middlebury College began to change from an institution primarily oriented toward its community and its state to a college with larger regional aspirations. The Middlebury of the twentieth century experienced a remarkable expansion of its curriculum, physical plant, and financial resources.
Ronald D. Liebowitz was appointed as the 16th president of Middlebury College in April 2004. He has been on the Middlebury faculty since 1984, and prior to his appointment as president, he served as provost and executive vice president.
President Ronald D. Liebowitz
President’s Office Old Chapel – 802.443.5400 go/president
Under Liebowitz’s leadership, the College has sought to define a contemporary liberal arts education as one that creates connections between its foundational qualities and the larger world. As it has been for more than two centuries, Middlebury remains committed to providing the finest undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. Also during Liebowitz’ presidency, the College developed the Project on Creativity and Innovation, now in its fifth year and offering many different programs that aim to make intellectual risk-taking and creative problem-solving second nature to Middlebury students. Building on Middlebury’s leadership in language learning and international studies, Liebowitz and the College have remained focused on
the long-term goal of becoming the first truly global liberal arts college for the 21st century—a College that best prepares its graduates to meet the challenges they enter upon graduation. President Liebowitz is a political geographer who specializes in Russian economic and political geography. He has authored scholarly articles related to Soviet and Russian regional economic policy, edited three books, and is the recipient of a number of national fellowships. A graduate of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he majored in economics and geography and competed as a varsity swimmer, Liebowitz twice attended Middlebury’s Russian Language School prior to his professional career at the College. He received his doctorate in geography from Columbia University in 1985. Liebowitz and his wife Jessica live in the College president’s official residence at 3 South Street, with their three children, David Heschel, Shoshana, and Ezra. 5
Community Standards and Student Life Policies Middlebury College seeks to prepare students to be active citizens and leaders who will address the world’s most pressing problems. This mission is advanced through students’ experiences with successes and challenges, and is reflected in the following Community Standards: respect and responsibility for self, others, and our shared • cultivating environment;
• encouraging personal and intellectual courage and growth; • manifesting integrity and honesty in all decisions and actions; • promoting healthy, safe and balanced lifestyles; a diverse and inclusive community committed to civility, • fostering open-mindedness and finding common ground. Therefore, a balance of individual and community growth and health guides Middlebury’s approach to all endeavors, and to the policies that support those endeavors. The College’s Student Life policies are formulated with these general principles in mind.
Academic Honesty & Rigor The Middlebury educational experience is not just about earning a diploma; it is also about becoming an educated person in the fullest sense, and preparing yourself to continue that process for the rest of your life. It is an opportunity to challenge yourself in new areas, to follow your curiosity to deeper levels, and to express your ideas in creative and cogent ways.
“Emma Willard ran a women’s school in her home very near the College. Her nephew attended Middlebury, and as she learned about the things he was studying, she realized that her own students, indeed women everywhere, were being shortchanged because they were not taught ‘higher subjects,’ such as mathematics. When Willard asked permission for her students to audit some classes, she was flatly refused. So, with fierce determination to do
what she believed was necessary, she wrote a treatise, ‘A Plan for Improving Female Education,’ which was read by many power makers of her day, including President Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. It induced New York’s governor to invite her to open a school there; Willard changed women’s education forever.” —Dean Shirley M. Collado, “Status Quo or Status Why Not?” One Dean’s View 7
Advising Academic advising lies at the heart of students’ academic experience, whether in a First-Year Seminar or in the final stages of completing a major and writing a thesis. Throughout your college years, you will work individually with professors to develop multi-year strategies that reflect your individual interests, strengths, and academic goals. 8
Each student begins the first semester with a small FirstYear Seminar. The instructor of that seminar will serve as your advisor until you declare your major. At that time, you will ask a professor in the department or program of your chosen major to serve as your advisor and guide you in your future studies at Middlebury. In addition to your “official” advisor, you will find advising support throughout the College from other professors and staff members who may have valuable information and insights to share with you. For more information about advising, visit go/advising.
The Honor Code The essence of Middlebury’s honor code is that in order to become an educated person, you must be honest about what you know and what you do not know. You must express your own ideas without unauthorized help; you must give credit to others for their ideas and their influence on your own insights; and you must expect the same intellectual integrity from your peers. Students pledge not to cheat, plagiarize, or duplicate work on separate assignments, or tolerate these behaviors in others.Visit go/honorcode for more on relevant definitions, policies, and procedures.
Curriculum Middlebury’s curriculum is designed to ensure that your education includes breadth of experience across many fields and disciplines, as well as in-depth study in one area defined by the major. An emphasis on writing in all disciplines sharpens students’ capacity for critical thinking and expression. go/requirements Majors/Minors: A major is the area of study in which you take the most courses—at least ten—and the area you explore in the greatest depth. Each department has designed its major to ensure that students not only learn key content, but that you learn the methodologies, languages, and modes of thinking and expression that characterize that discipline.You may also choose to pursue a minor area of study. Less comprehensive than a major, a minor is a cluster of courses designed to give you a basic level of proficiency in a particular field. It is
also possible to pursue a joint major that combines and synthesizes two areas of study, or to pursue two separate majors, but these paths require considerable planning with your advisor. Distribution Requirements: To ensure breadth of learning in our liberal arts curriculum, students must take classes in seven of eight different academic categories: literature; the arts; philosophical and religious studies; historical studies; physical and life sciences; deductive reasoning and analytical processes; social analysis; and foreign language. You are also required to complete one course in each of these four categories: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Caribbean; Europe; North America; and a course comparing cultures and civilizations, or on the identity and experience of separable groups within cultures.
Voice of Experience
If you need a quiet place to study, try the bottom floors of the Davis Family Library or the Armstrong Science Library.”
— Rebekah Moon ’15
For your first semester at Middlebury, you will register in person for all courses except for your first-year seminar. For all other semesters, you will register through an online process based on the number of credits you have earned. It’s a good idea to work closely with your advisor to achieve a balanced course load: for example, a semester that includes several heavy reading and writing courses, or multiple courses with required lab components, can be challenging. You and your advisor will also need to track the fulfillment of your distribution requirements to ensure that you complete them in time for graduation. It is also important to understand some of Middlebury’s basic expectations regarding class registration, and in particular, dropping
a class. You have the first five weeks of the fall and spring semester, and the first three days of winter term, to evaluate whether or not to remain in a class or to drop it without penalty. After the deadline, you are expected to remain in the class, and late drops are only permitted under very extreme personal or medical circumstances. Credits can be made up by transferring a summer class, enrolling in five classes for a semester, or in some cases, applying AP credits earned in high school. Ultimately, we encourage you to make realistic choices about your academic program.
Learning Resources Libraries The Middlebury libraries include a variety of physical materials and online resources to support the College community’s teaching, learning, research, and recreational needs. With significant local holdings of books, periodicals, government documents, DVDs, CDs, and music scores; unique rare book and manuscript collections; thousands of online journals and databases (including some now specifically for use by alumni); and active sharing partnerships with other libraries across the country, we provide you with a wealth of materials to use during your studies at Middlebury, and beyond. go/library
Davis Family Library: At a roomy 143,000 square feet— roughly 3 acres—the Davis Family Library on Storrs Avenue boasts 725 seats; wired and wireless networks; key service desks immediately accessible from a spacious, sunlit atrium; state-of-the-art classrooms; group studies; offices for staff members supporting library and technology; and the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research (see next page).
Armstrong Science Library: The James I. and Carol Aymar Armstrong Science Library, housed in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, provides curriculum support in the fields of biology, chemistry and biochemistry, computer science, environmental studies, geography, geology, physics, and psychology.
Davis Family Library – 802.443.5494 go/davislib
Armstrong Science Library – 802.443.5449 go/armstrong 11
Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research (CTLR)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Office
At the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research, students enrich their learning, and faculty enrich their teaching. Located on the main floor of the Davis Family Library, the Center incorporates the offices for several programs, including the:
Nearly 1 in every 15 Middlebury students has self-identified as having a disability. If you have a documentable learning disability, or other form of disability, please contact Jodi Litchfield, the ADA Coordinator. The ADA office provides confidential services and accommodations for students who have special needs affecting their learning, vision, hearing, speech, mobility, and physical and psychological health. Such services can include the assigning of note takers or readers or scribes; access to scanners, screen-reading software with voice synthesizers or large-print software; interpreting services; Phonic Ear assistive listening systems; extended time on tests; and much more.
• Assistant Dean for Instruction • First-Year Seminar Program (go/fys) • College Writing Program (go/writing) • Office of Learning Resources (go/olr) • Educational Technology (go/et) • Writing Center (go/writingctr) • Quantitative Skills Support (go/qskills) • English as a Second Language Support (go/esl) • Peer Tutoring and Mentoring (go/tutors) • Undergraduate Research (go/uro) Davis Family Library, Suite 225 – 802.443.3131 email@example.com go/ctlr
Jodi Litchfield, ADA Coordinator Meeker House – 802.443.5936 firstname.lastname@example.org go/ada
Class Attendance All of your professors will share their attendance policies with you on the first day of class, but the general idea will be the same: miss too many classes without a good reason and you’ll likely see your absence reflected in your grade. If you anticipate missing a class, or miss a class unexpectedly, it is important to communicate with your professor immediately explaining your circumstances.Your professor may be able to work with you to extend deadlines, or direct you to your Commons dean, who under exceptional circumstances, such as serious illness, may provide you with a Dean’s Excuse. Students participating in varsity athletics should visit go/handbook and review the “Guidelines for Handling AthleticsExplained Absences” under “Course Registration and Conduct of Courses” for specific instructions.
Evaluation of Student Work Every class at Middlebury includes a sufficient amount of written, oral, and practical work so that both you and your professor are able to evaluate your progress in the course. Middlebury professors strive to encourage free discussion, inquiry, and expression, and to evaluate you solely on academic merit, and not on the basis of opinions or conduct unrelated to academic standards. For fall and spring semesters, the final examination period usually begins two to three days following the end of classes and lasts for five days. An unexcused absence from a pre-announced examination will result in a grade of F for that unit of work. If you have a compelling personal circumstance, illness, or injury that will prevent or prevented you from completing an exam or other large
assignment, please speak with your Commons dean.Visit go/evaluation for more on Middlebury’s policies regarding evaluation of student work.
Pass/D/Fail Beginning with the Spring 2013 semester, you will be able to take some courses on a Pass/D/Fail graded basis. The courses you take P/D/F will be limited to electives, meaning they can’t satisfy major, College Writing, or distribution requirements.You can only take two courses P/D/F during your time at Middlebury. Choosing to take a course P/D/F will affect how many AP courses you can count toward graduation. There are other restrictions on taking a course P/D/F, so you should work closely with your advisor to determine when this option is right for you. go/pdf
Winter term (otherwise know as J-term), offers both students and faculty unique opportunities for study and learning. Each student may enroll in only one academic, credit-bearing course; each instructor teaches only one course. Students may study at the College or, after their first year, away from campus; independently or as participants in a course; in their major fields or in disciplines they have never studied before. The winter term curriculum consists of a variety of courses, both interdepartmental and departmental, at various levels, from beginning to advanced. Students also have the opportunity to undertake a winter internship instead of formal study.
Normally, a department may require its students to take no more than one of its winter term courses, in addition to winter term senior work, during four years. Students are urged to take winter term courses in substantially different areas in their first two years. A minimum of two and a maximum of four winter term courses will count toward the graduation requirement of 36 credits. go/jterm
Voice of Experience
Always remember that you are not you-from-high-school anymore. It can be really easy to keep doing what you did in high school, to hang out with the same type of people, and not to open up at all at college. Even though you want to keep it real and not discard your previous identity in September, don’t be afraid to try new things (biking, seitan, Ancient Greek, for example), or get to know new people.
— Anis Mebarki ’15
Each year about 60% of the junior class at Middlebury studies abroad in more than 40 countries at more than 75 different programs and universities. Middlebury has Schools Abroad at more than 40 universities in Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Uruguay. In addition, Middlebury is a member of the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) program in Italy and also has an affiliation with the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Oxford. Also in England, Middlebury has exchange agreements with the University of East Anglia and with the University of Nottingham and has an arrangement with Lincoln College at Oxford University. Externally sponsored (non-Middlebury) programs are available, too, in places such as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana, Ireland, Peru, Denmark, Thailand, Nepal, New Zealand, and many more countries as well.
Study Abroad International Programs/Study Abroad Office Sunderland Language Center â€“ 802.443.5745 email@example.com
Study abroad is an integral part of a studentâ€™s four-year academic experience at Middlebury. For those studying foreign languages and cultures, study abroad is a natural component of their degree. Students majoring in International Studies (IS) or International Politics and Economics (IP&E), for example, are required to study abroad. Students from all majors study abroad. All students interested in study abroad are required to provide a compelling academic rationale for their program of study. Students should plan their academic program during their first two years at Middlebury in preparation for study abroad in their third year. Ready to get started? Check out go/studyabroad or meet with an advisor in International Programs and Off-Campus Study. In addition, International Programs holds a study abroad fair and information sessions during September and October.
Middlebury Schools & Programs Middlebury Language Schools: Middlebury College enjoys a reputation for excellence in language teaching at its undergraduate college, intensive summer programs, and schools abroad. During the summer, courses are offered from beginning to graduate level in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish; study is also offered in Hebrew, Japanese, and Portuguese. Approximately 1500 students attend the Language Schools, and they come from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 50 foreign countries. Students sign the Language Pledge®, a promise to speak only the language they are studying for the duration of their time in the program. This complete linguistic immersion, combined with rigorous classroom learning, highly skilled professors from all over the world, and scores of inlanguage co-curricular activities, helps students achieve dramatic breakthroughs, no matter their proficiency level. Sessions last 7–8 weeks and students receive 3–4 Middlebury credits that can be used in preparation for study abroad. The Language Schools sessions take place on campus at Middlebury College and at the West Coast site in the Bay Area of California. For more information, stop by the Language Schools office in Sunderland Hall or attend one of the information sessions on campus throughout the year. Sunderland Language Center – 802.443.5510 firstname.lastname@example.org go/ls 16
Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS): The Monterey Institute of International Studies, a graduate school of Middlebury College, provides international professional education in areas of critical importance to a rapidly changing global community, including international policy and management, translation and interpretation, language teaching, sustainable development, and non-proliferation. It prepares students from all over the world to make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields through degree programs characterized by immersive and collaborative learning, and opportunities to acquire and apply practical professional skills. Its students are emerging leaders capable of bridging cultural, organizational, and language divides to produce sustainable, equitable solutions to a variety of global challenges. go/miis
Middlebury Schools & Programs Bread Loaf School of English: Each summer since 1920, the Bread Loaf School of English has offered a rich array of graduate courses in literature, the teaching of writing, creative writing, and theater arts to students from across the United States and the world. Bread Loaf campuses are located in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Asheville, North Carolina; Oxford, United Kingdom; and at our very own Bread Loaf in Ripton,Vermont. 802.443.5418 email@example.com. edu go/blse
Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference: The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference is one of America’s most valuable literary institutions. For the past 87 years, the workshops, lectures, and classes, held in the shadow of the Green Mountains, have introduced generations of participants to rigorous practical and theoretical approaches to the craft of writing, and given America itself proven models of literary instruction. 802.443.5286 firstname.lastname@example.org go/blwc
Withdrawal, Dismissal, and Readmission It is not uncommon for students to take a semester or even a year off from Middlebury at some point during their studies. In most cases, this is a voluntary withdrawal: a student is feeling unmotivated to pursue academics for a period of time, or is struggling with a personal issue that needs their full attention. You must notify your Commons dean of your intention to withdraw for a semester (or longer), and must contact the dean again several months in advance of your intended return (by June 1 for a fall semester return, and by November 15 for a spring semester return). Students generally may not return in winter term after a withdrawal. Occasionally, students experience challenges that compromise their ability to function in a healthy manner on campus. When students are unable to function safely and effectively in our
academic and residential environment, we may enact an involuntary medical withdrawal. The student must address the issue of concern with an appropriate professional before he or she returns to Middlebury. Students may also be withdrawn for academic reasons, or be suspended for major policy violations. When students withdraw for academic failure, they may return to Middlebury when they can demonstrate that they have addressed whatever issues led to their academic struggles. This is usually accomplished by enrolling at another four-year college for a semester and earning grades of B- or better in a four-course liberal arts program. For more details on academic standing, withdrawal, and readmission, visit go/studentstatus.
Diverse, Inclusive, and Vibrant Community At Middlebury, we strive to make our campus a respectful, engaged community that embraces difference, with all the complexity and individuality each person brings. We are dedicated to learning, growing, and becoming our best selves. This process is by nature a little messy and chaotic—yet it can be highly rewarding. Groups of people from a variety of backgrounds and with differing viewpoints are often more resilient and adaptive in solving problems and reaching complex goals than more homogeneous groups. They coalesce into an effective community that benefits from the talents and identities of each individual. go/diversity
The Value of Discomfort It is Possible
We believe that it is possible for people from all over the world, of every race, religion, political leaning, sexual orientation, or economic circumstance to come here and thrive. We believe that it is possible to come here and not only learn about other people but to discover a lot about ourselves.
—Dean Shirley M. Collado, New Faculty Orientation 2010
“Even though a campus may become more diverse in terms of the numbers of underrepresented groups present, the level of engagement can still be inconsequential if those representing different viewpoints are not encouraged and supported to express them. . . . And if the wariness about discomfort is stronger than the desire to hear different viewpoints because engaging difference is uncomfortable, then the quest for diversity is hollow, no matter what the demographic statistics on a campus reflect.” —President Ronald D. Liebowitz, Baccalaureate 2007 19
Katy Smith Abbott, Dean of Students
Dean of Students
Office of the Dean of Students McCullough â€“ 802.443.3233 go/dos 20
The Office of the Dean of Students encompasses key components of campus life, including Orientation, Judicial Affairs, Residential Life, and Student Activities, Governance, and Organizations.Â Within these areas staff work to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community. Through collaboration with the Commons and other offices they help students explore the rich intersections of their academic, co-curricular, and residential lives, providing opportunities for leadership development, personal growth, creativity, and community problem-solving. Underlying their work is a firm commitment to the highest standards of integrity, respect, and concern for others.
The Community Council
serves as a forum in which all segments of the College community have a voice on non-academic issues facing the College. With a membership representing students, faculty, and staff, deliberations and decisions consider the interests and concerns of the whole community. go/communitycouncil
The Commons The residence halls are grouped into “living-learning communities,” called Commons, which combine the academic, social, and residential components of college life. They foster close and abiding relationships among the student residents and among the faculty and staff who are part of their Commons. There are five Commons on campus (Atwater, Brainerd, Cook, Ross, and Wonnacott), with approximately 450 students from all four classes living in each.
Residential Life Middlebury’s residential system is the backbone of student life at the College. It embodies the College’s conviction that an excellent liberal arts education takes place around the clock—as easily over dinner as in the classroom. A large proportion of the College’s physical plant is made up of the 60 residential buildings that provide student housing. All students are assigned to a Commons as First Years and remain a member of this Commons throughout their four years at Middlebury. Students live in Commons residence halls their first two years at Middlebury. Then, as juniors and seniors, they may choose from the range of housing options available to them across campus, while remaining members of their original Commons.
The Commons System—go/commons Atwater Office – Allen Hall 802.443.3310 – go/atwater Brainerd Office – Stewart Hall 802.443.3320 – go/brainerd Cook Office – Battell North 802.443.3330 – go/cook Ross Office – Ross Commons Dining 802.443.3340 – go/ross Wonnacott Office – Battell South 802.443.3350 – go/wonnacott 21
The Commons Team First-year students gather for the Common Reading during Orientation.
Each of the five Commons is led by a team of faculty and staff dedicated to partnering with students to shape an environment that challenges assumptions, engages imaginations, and broadens horizons. Commons head: Seasoned faculty members set the intellectual tone of each Commons and lead these communities, while maintaining their identities as scholars and teachers. They live in houses adjacent to campus, frequently host student events on campus and in their homes, and work directly with students and faculty colleagues to create a vibrant educational atmosphere in their residential community. 22
Commons dean: The deans are responsible for overseeing all aspects of the residential experience for their students. They provide academic and personal support and guidance, assist in resolving conflict, and enforce College policy. Along with the Commons heads, the Commons deans help bridge studentsâ€™ academic and residential experiences, playing a crucial role in supporting Middleburyâ€™s goal of providing a seamless educational environment.
Commons coordinator: The central manager of Commons activities, the Commons coordinator oversees all daily operations, advises students on the logistics of residential life, and creates a welcoming atmosphere in the office. Commons residential advisor (CRA): CRAs are recent graduates who live in the residence halls. They work with the Commons team to build community, to support the student residential life staff, and to provide after hours support for their students.
CAs, RAs, and FYCs
Current students are part of the Commons Team, too! Community assistants (CA): Community Assistants live in junior and senior houses, special interest houses, and residence halls where they help foster a sense of community and purpose; assist in creating and aiding a safe, welcoming and vibrant community; and programming activities. CAs are familiar with and understand the network of resources available on campus and when necessary, steer students to those resources.
Commons resident assistant (RA): Commons RAs serve as community leaders in our sophomore dorms by being accessible to other students; getting to know residents; maintaining residential standards; facilitating community formation; and working directly with Commons heads, deans, residential advisors and other staff. In addition, Commons RAs serve as a liaison to facilities management and other offices on campus. First-year counselor (FYC): FYCs are returning students who apply through a highly selective process to serve as live-in mentors in first-year residence halls and provide academic guidance and personal support to Middlebury’s newest students.
Mary Annette Anderson (1874–1922) Class of 1899 “was the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury College. Unfortunately, very little is known about her…She was a member of Alpha Chi sorority. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and serving as valedictorian, she taught for a year at Straight University in New Orleans,
Louisiana; in 1900 she joined the Howard University faculty in Washington, D.C. and taught until her marriage to another Howard instructor, Walter Lucius Smith, in August 1907.” —The College on the Hill by David Haward Bain
Voice of Experience
Always ask for help or directions if you need it. Trust FYCs, RAs, professors, or your peers if you have things you need to talk about. There are lots of people here who really want to help.
— Ben Lustgarten ’14
The Commons work actively to integrate students’ academic experiences with their residential lives, creating an atmosphere that encourages the free exchange of ideas and builds a robust intellectual community. This integration begins with the First-Year Seminar: students enrolled in a particular seminar are assigned to live in the same Commons; as a result, they bring their classroom experiences into the residence halls and share them with their peers. Each Commons also offers enhanced program-
ming, often inspired by academic events taking place on campus. One of the most popular Commons-based events involves hosted meals, over which spirited, in-depth discussions take place. The success of these programs and the College’s commitment to the facilities that support the Commons—residence halls, dining halls, and program space— mean that many social and academic activities are centered in the Commons.
Residential Options Residence Halls: Middlebury maintains a number of large dormitories such as Battell, Forest, Painter; and Starr. These building provides primarily singles and doubles. Large and Small Blocks: Prior to the singles or doubles room draw process, small groups of beds (3–6) consisting of independent single and double rooms may be blocked together to provide an opportunity for groups of friends to live together. Small Houses: Thirty-four small houses are scattered in and around the College. These range in size from 3 to 10 beds. These houses are offered for groups of students to live together. Many houses have kitchens and larger living spaces. Suites and Townhouses: There are a number of options around the campus that allow students to live in apartmentstyle housing. Suites range in size from 3 students to 7. Many suites have kitchens.
SuperBlocks: SuperBlocks provide an opportunity for a larger group of students (about 7 to 30) who share a common interest to apply for and live as a group in the house. These competitively-selected, single-year theme houses receive a small budget for events and activities through the Student Government Association.
Social Houses: Social Houses allow students to assume responsibility for activities and programs that positively enhance the social life of the student community. Some students reside in the house, many do not.The Social House system is selfgoverned by the InterHouse Council (IHC). There are currently five Social Houses: Delta, Kappa Delta Rho, The Mill, Omega Alpha, and Xenia. Academic and Special Interest Houses: Academic Interest Houses are houses in which residents pursue a common academic interest and share the fruits of that interest with the campus community. Currently there are ten Language Houses (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) and five Special Interest Houses (Outdoor Interest, PALANA, Queer Studies, Self-Reliance, Weybridge). 25
Room Draw After the first year of college, students are assigned to housing via Room Draw. Students receive a random number that determines the order in which they may select a room.You can always find the most current information about the housing process at go/roomdraw. And be sure to check your inbox for e-mails with further instructions. When the time for Room Draw comes, you should make your housing plans based on friendships and not on the hope of living in a suite or any other type of housing. When it comes to dormitory real estate, it’s not about “location, location, location.” Those students who take this advice are happier with their living arrangements in the long run.
Dorm Damage Middlebury College is a beautiful place to live, work, and study. And we’d like to keep it that way. We call upon every member of our community to respect our buildings, landscaping, and educational resources. They are not only for you, but also for other students, faculty, and staff, today and tomorrow, this year and next.
Theft of or damage to College property is considered a serious offense, which may lead to disciplinary proceedings with penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion. In addition, you will be charged for the costs associated with replacing or fixing the stolen or damaged property.
In 2011–2012, the College spent $105,576.80 to repair vandalism in dorms. To see how much it costs to repair or replace doors, walls, furniture, etc., visit go/dormdamage and download the Dorm Damage Brochure.
Fire Safety If there’s one way to take care of your living environment and ensure the health and safety of others, it’s through adhering to Middlebury’s fire safety policies. Fires can happen and have happened at Middlebury.
• Keep room entries, exits and hallways clear and free of potential obstructions, such as boxes, bicycles, and shoes. • Prohibited: Hot plates, t,oasters, cooking appliances, candles, halogen lamps, and portable heaters. • Do not hang anything from a sprinkler apparatus. • Do not overload outlets: plug one appliance into an outlet at a time. • No smoking in any building on campus.
(See the Health, Wellness, & Safety section of this guide for more on our smoking policy.)
For more fire safety policies and detailed instructions for what to do in the event of a fire, visit go/fire. 27
May Belle Chellis Women’s Resource Center May Belle Chellis Women’s Resource Center is named after the first woman to graduate from Middlebury, in 1886. It serves as an informational, educational and cultural resource for the students, staff and faculty and aims to provide a forum for the advancement of women’s and gender issues at Middlebury College. Chellis House contains a diverse collection of books relating to women’s and gender studies and is open to any student or organization looking for an alternate place to study, chat, have coffee with friends, and host meetings or events. Chellis House – 802.443.5937 go/chellis
Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity The Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) is committed to interdisciplinary and comparative approaches for understanding formations of race and ethnicity and their effects on human relations. It encourages scholarship that considers race and ethnicity as intersecting with class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, dis/ability, language, communication, migration and the environment. Work supported by the Center situates these discussions in local, regional, global, and transnational contexts. CCSRE draws on Middlebury College’s expertise in international studies, environmental studies, and language and communication to support critical inquiry on race, ethnicity, and diversity. Carr Hall – 802.443.3198 email@example.com go/ccsre
CCSRE faculty, staff, and students discuss teaching race and ethnicity. 28
Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts The Kevin P. Mahaney ‘84 Center for the Arts serves as a hub of arts activity on campus. Its primary purpose is to provide an environment for the creation of art, and to invite audiences to experience the work of local, national, and international artists. The MCFA is home to the Middlebury College Museum of Art, the black-box style Seeler Studio Theatre, the dance theatre, and a stunning 370-seat recital hall. The arts extend beyond the walls of the MCFA as well, with film and media culture programs in Dana Auditorium and the Axinn Center; theatre productions in Wright Theatre and the Hepburn Zoo; studio art shows in Johnson; independent student exhibitions in the Center Gallery in McCullough; special events in Mead Chapel; and more.
Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life The Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life seeks to promote fruitful interfaith dialogue and foster respect for the religious beliefs and practices of the people who make up the Middlebury community. Chaplain Laurie Jordan and Associate Chaplain Rabbi Ira Schiffer offer their support to many different student religious organizations and connect people to a variety of nearby faith communities. Hathaway House – 802.443.5626 go/scottcenter
Mahaney Center for the Arts – 802.443.3168 firstname.lastname@example.org go/cfa
Student Employment Middlebury is committed to providing a space beyond the classroom that encourages student learning. Securing a part-time job on campus affords students the opportunity to acquire and enhance certain workplace skills, knowledge, and abilities that are transferable and can be the foundation for building a resume. In addition to these benefits, students who work 10 to 20 hours per week have the highest rate of academic achievement. Service Building – 802.443.5377 email@example.com go/seo
Rohatyn Center for International Affairs The Rohatyn Center for International Affairs is an internationally oriented resource and research center which seeks to advance global understanding based in linguistic and cultural competency. The center offers co-curricular programming that enhances opportunities for students and supports faculty in their teaching and professional development. RCFIA administers funds for on-campus events and students’ overseas research.
Robert A. Jones ’59 House – 802.443.5795 firstname.lastname@example.org go/rohatyn
International Student & Scholar Services Middlebury enrolls more than 250 international undergraduates from more than 75 countries and employs approximately 250 international faculty and staff members in our year-round programs. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides advising, programs, services, and support to our international students, staff, and faculty who come to study and work at Middlebury in our many programs (the undergraduate college, ten summer Language Schools on two U.S. campuses, the Bread Loaf School of English on three U.S. campuses and one site abroad, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference). ISSS manages the College’s involvement in the U.S. government’s Student & Exchange Visitor System (SEVIS) as well as institutional compliance with related immigration regulations. We also coordinate Early Arrival for international students and the Friends of International Students (FIS) host program. ISSS also serves as a place of support for students who have international roots by having lived abroad or immigrated to the United States. Carr Hall – 802.443.5858 email@example.com go/isss
Lots to See, Lots to Do… Whether it’s a Wednesday afternoon or Saturday night, there is always lots to do, see, and hear at Middlebury College. Catch a lunch-time lecture in The Orchard on Tuesday. Listen to (or participate in) spoken word poetry during Verbal Onslaught at 51 Main on Thursday. Attend an evening piano performance at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on Friday and cheer for the Panthers at the hockey rink on Saturday. No matter where you are on campus, type go/events into your browser and check out what’s going on.
The portal is your online gateway to information you need every day at Middlebury.
Customize the portal with your favorite links and rss feeds. On campus: go/students From your mobile device: m.middlebury.edu 31
…Lots to Eat Hungry? Is it putting a crimp in your playing/ studying/socializing style? Lucky for you, Middlebury has plenty of options to refuel your mind and body. Dining Halls: Middlebury’s comprehensive fee tuition provides you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week. Eat wherever you’d like, whenever you’d like, and however much you’d like. Munch on panini and salad at Proctor, then head over to Ross an hour later for coffee and dessert with friends. go/dining 51 Main: A student-inspired, College-owned restaurant and lounge serving lunch, dinner, and snacks in downtown Middlebury. Play board games, listen to live music, study for your History exam, or enjoy the company of friends. go/51main Crossroads Café: Managed and operated by students, Crossroads Café firmly believes that food is fuel for our bodies, something to enjoy with friends and family, and a way to make a meaningful impact on our society and environment. go/crossroads 32
Dolci: A student-run “restaurant” on campus that hosts dinners three times per month in Atwater and 51 Main. Tickets to Dolci dinners are free, and students get paid to head chef, chef, prep chef, dish wash, and serve. go/dolci Gamut Room: Located in the Gifford Hall Basement, the Gamut Room is a student-run coffee house complete with a student-organized menu of food, snacks, and beverages. Stop in for music, games, and comfort food. The Grille: Perfect for casual lunches with your professors, late-night snack attacks, and greasy food cravings. The menu ranges from Caesar salads to sweet potato fries, from cheeseburgers to oriental vegetable wraps. go/grille Midd Xpress: Here you can buy snack food and drinks as well as some general drug store items, cards, newspapers, etc. They also sell take-out lunches in the refrigerated area. go/middxpress
Athletics are an essential part of the overall educational experience at Middlebury College. The College endeavors to provide athletic programs that are comprehensive and varied, offering athletic opportunities to all students. The Athletic Department is committed to providing:
• A physical education/wellness
program that stresses good health, physical fitness, and life-time activities.
• A vigorous intercollegiate sports
program that strives for achievement and excellence.
• An intramural program that
Athletics Field House – 802.443.5250 go/athletics
encourages students of varied abilities and skills to participate in a wide range of recreational athletic activities.
• A club sports program that offers opportunity for intercollegiate competition in a less structured environment.
Physical Education Every student must earn two Physical Education credits. But this wonâ€™t be your high school P.E. class. Middlebury College has a tradition of offering Physical Education classes that concentrate on lifetime sports so that students will benefit from skills and knowledge now and after graduation. Try fencing. Or golf. Or lindy hop. Orâ€Ś? From certification classes (CPR, First Aid) to fitness, courses are mainly introductory and are offered in 4- or 5-week intervals each semester. go/physed
Varsity Sports The Middlebury College athletic philosophy is compatible with the school’s spirit of academic challenge. Superb coaching and training facilities provide a setting in which student athletes can develop themselves both as players and individuals. Middlebury student-athletes demonstrate that a pursuit of excellence on the playing field is fully compatible with the pursuit of excellence in the classroom, and that a combination of the two endeavors lends itself to a more complete educational experience. Furthermore, Middlebury’s size and balanced curriculum allow two- and three-sport athletes to compete throughout the year without jeopardizing their academic standing.
Panther Pride Even if you don’t play a varsity sport, Middlebury’s intercollegiate program is worth getting excited about. A large part of our social scene involves cheering on our wildly successful sports teams. Practically all games are free of charge for students, so there’s no excuse not to get out and support our amazing athletes. Visit go/athletics for the schedule.
The quality of Panther opponents is guaranteed, as the College’s varsity teams compete within the NCAA Division III, the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and the ECAC. go/vsports 35
Club Sports Club sports offer students the opportunity to participate in inter-collegiate competition, but in a less structured environment. There’s no shortage of options: cycling, frisbee, cheerleading, rugby, water polo, sailing, equestrian, and Quidditch, the mugglefriendly version of which was founded right here at Middlebury. go/clubsports to learn more.
Intramural Sports Voice of Experience
Explore the TAM, the 16-mile Trail Around Middlebury that features woods, cow pastures, and the Otter Creek. Running or walking on the trail is one of the best ways to get to know the area around campus.
— Hannah Spielberg ’13
Intramurals provide a varied program of activities to meet the competitive and recreational needs of all students. Faculty and staff members are also encouraged to participate in intramurals. The overall objective of the program is to provide participation opportunities in a wide variety of activities for those who choose intramurals over, or in addition to, other types of competition available at Middlebury. An individual’s skill level is not as important as the player’s desire to participate and to enjoy the intramural experiences of good fun, sportsmanship, and competition. Depending upon the nature of the activity, the amount of interest and the space available, the intramural competitions are organized into leagues followed by play-offs. Interested? go/intramurals
Athletic Facilities Fitness Center With its surrounding windows overlooking the Green Mountains, the fitness center provides a great area for the Middlebury College community to stay in shape. The split-level facility covers 9,200 square feet containing 30 pieces of aerobic equipment, a full 22-piece Nautilus circuit, a Hammer circuit, and extensive free weight and dumbbell areas. 802.443.5840 go/fitnessctr Ralph Myhre Golf Course Middlebury’s 18-hole golf course is located on the edge of the campus and is open to the public. The driving range and snack bar are also worth experiencing. Student rates for a day, term, or year are listed on the Golf Course website. 802.443.5125 firstname.lastname@example.org go/golfcourse
Snow Bowl Three chairlifts, two triples and one double, serve 17 trails, plus several gladed areas for skiing and riding in the trees. State-of-the-art snowmaking ensures quality. The mountain’s historic lodge, which was expanded and remodeled in 2003, features the original fieldstone fireplace where intrepid skiers warmed their woolies in the early days before the lodge was built. Skiers and riders enjoy the Bowl’s full service cafeteria and can rent equipment or get their skis and boards tuned in the Ski and Snowboard Shop. Instruction is available from the professionally-staffed Snow School. 802.443.7669 email@example.com go/snowbowl
Rikert Ski Touring Center The Carroll and Jane Rikert Ski Touring Center is located at the Bread Loaf Campus of Middlebury, and provides a winter recreation area for the greater Middlebury community. It offers 42 kilometers of prepared trails. Rental equipment, repairs, and waxing rooms are available in the Center’s Ski Shop. A full-time staff of professional ski instructors offers lessons. 802.443.2744 go/rikert
Looking for more? Middlebury has more athletic facilities than we can possibly describe here.
Visit go/athleticfacilities to see everything. 37
Education in Action (EIA) The Center for Education in Action (EIA) connects students to experiences, resources, and advising in civic engagement, career services, competitive fellowships, and health professions. Whether youâ€™re interested in getting involved in the community at Middlebury or across the world; learning more about possible career directions; looking for a summer or winter term internship or an alternative break trip; funding for unpaid internships or community-related research; or seeking advice around fellowships, graduate or professional school, EIA can help get you moving. Find them online at go/eia and in person at Adirondack House.
First-year students volunteer at the John Graham Shelter as part of Orientation.
Connor Hershkowitz â€™12 cares for an elephant during his internship with the Wildlife Friends Foundation in Thailand.
EIA Programs Civic Engagement: EIA offers students opportunities to engage in local, national, and international communities and advises students in a number of civic capacities. Here you can find volunteer opportunities; apply for funding for service-related initiatives locally and abroad; and participate in rewarding internships to fight poverty. Students, faculty, and community partners are linked to implement real-world application of liberal arts learning. Career Services: Advisors welcome students throughout their undergraduate years and offer a variety of career planning resources, including career counseling, great internships and funding, and a recruiting program for seniors. Find Middfriendly jobs and internships in MOJO, connect to alumni in different professions through MiddNet, and explore other helpful resources, like blogs, career industry guides, and on- and off-campus programs throughout the year.
Hillary Chutter-Ames ’13 helps build a Habitat for Humanity home in Asheville, NC.
Internships: Whether you’re looking for summer or winterterm, they can connect you to opportunities related to your academic, personal, or pre-professional interests. Internships are a great way to challenge yourself, explore a new place, and learn some valuable skills. And if it’s unpaid, talk to EIA about applying for funding! 39
More EIA Programs Zaheena Rasheed ’12 winner of a Watson Fellowship, will explore profiles in courage in emerging democracies throughout the world.
Quan Pham ’12 conducts an eye exam with Unite for Sight in Ghana.
Fellowships: EIA advises students on a number of nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, such as Fulbright, Watson, Rhodes, Truman, and many others. These prestigious awards range from full to partial funding, can support public service, independent projects and post-graduate study, in the US and abroad, and across all disciplines. EIA provides guidance, resources, and assistance to help qualified students identify and prepare successful applications. Health Professions: First- and second-year students are encouraged to explore the range of health professional careers, and receive guidance on course selections, curricular planning, and experiential development. The health professions advisor works closely with juniors, seniors, and alumni in preparation for professional school applications.
Adirondack House – 802.443.5100 firstname.lastname@example.org go/eia
Creativity, Innovation, & Risk-Taking The ability to take intellectual risks, to think creatively, and to create new knowledge and thought are all necessary for leaders to meet 21st-century challenges. Highachieving college students tend to focus on doing things “right”— passing exams, getting high marks, securing positions after graduation— often avoiding the messy processes and risks that come with experimenting with new ideas.Yet, innovation takes trial and error, the willingness to accept mistakes and less-than-perfect results. (How many attempts did the Wright brothers make before their first successful flight?) Middlebury provides lots of opportunities for students to try new things, get messy, experiment with new ideas, and make mistakes. 41
PCI Programs MiddCORE Leadership and Innovation Program Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship MiddEntrepreneurs (J-Term class) TEDxMiddlebury The Hunt Midd Venture Community Demo Days Alumni Lecture Series Old Stone Mill The Annex MiddSTART Davis Projects for Peace Tree House Fund New Millennium Fund
Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts One of the goals of a Middlebury education is to encourage students to think independently and creatively. The Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts (PCI) aims to make intellectual risk-taking and creative problem solving second nature to Middlebury students. The effectiveness of the project is derived from three components: 1. Teaching/Learning Opportunities in non-graded or pass/fail settings 2. Financial Support for innovative work, projects and competitions 3. Liberating Space for individual and group projects Learn how they can support YOU @ go/PCI
A Few Simple Ingredients Elizabeth Robinson ‘84 Director, PCI 118 South Main 802.443.5265 email@example.com
Every project begins with a few simple ingredients, an interest, a question, an idea […] and the commitment, imagination, and energy required to search for an answer.
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More PCI Programs The Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship The Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MCSE) supports and teaches students to become effective agents of social change by reflecting on who they are, connecting with others, analyzing systemic challenges, and engaging the world around them. The MCSE offers weekly opportunities to meet and learn from speakers during our Friday speaker series on social entrepreneurship. Afterwards, students have access to a collaborative time to discuss and create new initiatives during Friday afternoon MLab. Each January, the MCSE hosts a threeday symposium that offers discussion and an exchange of ideas. January 2013 will focus on social entrepreneurship and social justice. In Fall 2012, we launched a fellowship program that offers two and a half years of support to a cohort of students that learns collaboratively and gives back to the community. We also award summer grants (up to $5,000) to support college students that have identified societal problems and potential solutions. For more information, visit go/MCSE.
“Social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing new approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better.” —Ashoka
MiddCORE Leadership and Innovation Program MiddCORE is a mentor-driven experiential learning program that builds skills, creates opportunities and expands networks for tomorrow’s leaders and innovators. Through its four-week flagship immersion institute ( J-term), its eight-week academic summer internship program, and its fall and spring workshop series, mentors, students and faculty explore, imagine, and act around the themes of creativity, innovation, and enterprise. Learn more at go/MiddCORE
Jon Isham Jessica Holmes Faculty Director, MCSE Faculty Director, MiddCORE 118 South Main 118 South Main 802.443.5761 802.443.5827 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 43
Show Me the Money! Middlebury has a multitude of opportunities to support your creative ideas, co-curricular programs, and social life. Funding can come in many forms and from many different places, on- and off-campus. Want to have fun, bring a speaker or a performer, or throw a party? There are all kinds of ways to get involved, share your ideas, and get support through your Commons Council, the Middebury College Activities Board (MCAB), Student Organizations, or the Small Concerts Committee.
Visit the following sites to learn more, or see the Appendix for important contact information: go/commons go/cse go/mcab go/middlink go/middstart go/pci go/studentactivities 44
Looking to fund an internship, research or volunteer opportunity? The Center for Education in Action has an extensive listing of funding sources at go/funding. Have a creative, entrepreneurial, or innovative project? Collaborate with centers, offices, and departments who may share commons interests. Support is also available through the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship and the Project on Creativity and Innovation in the Liberal Arts. Struggling with a concern? Your Commons Deans are your first resource if you need personal support for a ny reason.
Student Activities Student Activities, a part of the Office of the Dean of Students, oversees programs designed to enhance students’ college experience through social, cultural, spiritual, educational, outdoor, student government, and physical co-curricular experiences. Student Activities is committed to helping students connect with one another and to facilitating involvement in a wide variety of activities McCullough Student Center – 802.443.3103 go/studentactivities
Student Government Association
150. 150! That’s about how many student organizations there are at Middlebury. A cappella groups. Community service organizations. Publications. Dance troupes. Cultural groups. Join a favorite, try something new, and make connections. Visit go/middlink to learn more and make the most of your Midd experience.
The Middlebury College Student Government Association (SGA) represents students in decision-making processes of the College. It acts as a single unified group addressing problems facing the student body and the campus community. It is the official channel for student participation in formulation of institutional policy affecting academic and student affairs. Want to get involved or find out what the SGA is up to? go/sga
Voice of Experience
Absorb the people around you and invest in everyone you meet. People come from such different backgrounds that we are accustomed to befriend ones most similar to us. Branch out, get a meal with a stranger, and give everyone a chance to wow you!
— Kristina Conroy ’14
e·col·o·gy [ih-kol-uh-jee] – noun: 1. The branch of sociology concerned with the spacing and interdependence of people and institutions. 2. The branch of biology dealing with the relations and interactions between organisms and their environment, including other organisms.
Living Environment Live in Peace One of the early challenges students face is learning to live with a roommate. Roommates are chosen based on responses to a detailed questionnaire, and we do our best to match roommates by interest, personality, and habits. The initial adjustment period can sometimes be uncomfortable. We consider the residential experience a vital component of studentsâ€™ education and growth, and if and when roommate conflicts arise, we encourage students to try to work out their differences. To this end, we do not permit new students to change rooms for the first month of school. After this period, students still having difficulty who have made use of all of the assistance we offer (FYCs, CRAs, and Commons deans) may change roommates, space permitting.
Issues with your room? Please direct all maintenance requests to your FYC, RA, CRA, or Commons Office. They will be able to help you with some common problems. If your request is beyond the scope of their knowledge, they will contact Facilities Services on your behalf.
Living in a new country or type of environment is full of ups and downs. It is important to understand difficulties that some students who have been living abroad, or students from urban environments will confront throughout their stay at Middlebury. Upon arrival students may experience a mix of emotions that range from excitement and curiosity about the new surroundings, to a sense of overwhelming confusion and anxiety. These issues are normal occurrences that everyone goes through when living in a new culture or place. Here are a few tips for coping with culture shock:
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Talk with someone to help you organize your thoughts, such as a friend, a member of your Commons team, an advisor from ISSS, or counselor at the Counseling Center. Keep a journal to record specific observations and track growth in a new culture. Read a book or rent a video in a more familiar language. Take a short trip – explore your new environment.
Campus Climate Middlebury has several policies to support its goals of building a safe, diverse, and inclusive campus where bigotry and intolerance are unacceptable. These include a threat assessment and response policy, and policies that strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and related retaliation. Middlebury treats these matters seriously, and we encourage students who experience or witness any of these behaviors to speak up and contact their Commons dean, the Department of Public Safety, the College’s Human Relations Officer, or the College’s Judicial Affairs Officer. College policies relating to student conduct are detailed in the Middlebury College Handbook, which is available on the web at go/handbook. The College’s Nondiscrimination Statement, Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and Threat Assessment and Response Policy are part of the College Handbook and are also available on the Web at go/nondiscrimination, go/antiharassment, go/sexualmisconduct, and go/threatassessment, respectively. Printed copies are also available from the Dean of the College, Dean of Students, Commons Deans, Judicial Affairs Officer, Human Relations Officer(s), and Department of Public Safety. All students are responsible for reviewing and understanding these policies. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities who need assistance in reviewing these policies and/or pursuing complaints. 49
Nondiscrimination Statement/ Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator Middlebury complies with all applicable state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities, on the basis of 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, genetic information, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability and/or any other status or characteristic protected by law. The Dean of the College is responsible for coordinating compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended, which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The full text of the College’s Nondiscrimination Statement is available at go/nondiscrimination. The Dean of the College is also available to meet with students. Title IX Coordinator/Dean of the College: Shirley M. Collado Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 firstname.lastname@example.org 50
Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy Harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, as defined by law and College policies, are forms of unlawful discrimination and are strictly prohibited. A student who wishes to report discrimination, or harassment, including sexual harassment, or related-retaliation, should contact the College’s Human Relations Officer or his/her Commons dean. The College will take reasonable and appropriate remedial action to prevent discrimination, harassment, and/or related retaliation, eliminate any hostile environment, and prevent recurrence of the behavior. The full text of the Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy and explanation of how complaints are handled are available at go/antiharassment. Human Relations Officer: Susan P. Ritter Axinn 251 – 802.443.3289 email@example.com Alternate Human Relations Officer: Laura Carotenuto Human Resources Service Building – 802.443.2012 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Misconduct Policy Middlebury’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, which covers sexual assault and inappropriate sexual conduct, governs the behavior of all Middlebury College undergraduate students enrolled in classes on the Vermont campus when the alleged conduct occurs during the academic year, or when the alleged conduct occurs in the summer and neither the complainant nor the respondent are participating in another Middlebury program. Complaints or reports under the Sexual Misconduct Policy should be brought to the immediate attention of the College’s Judicial Affairs Officer. Students involved in the complaint process will be treated with the utmost sensitivity, dignity, and respect. The full text of the sexual misconduct policy and explanation of how complaints are handled are available at go/sexualmisconduct. If you experience an event that you think may be sexual assault or other inappropriate sexual conduct, it is important to seek help as soon as possible from others who can provide medical care and supportive counseling. There are a wide array of emergency and long-term resources to support you. (Please see the appendices to the Sexual Misconduct Policy, as well as the resources outlined at go/saoc). All students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct incidents to the Middlebury police, the Vermont state police, or other state or federal agencies (contact information is listed in the policy’s appendices).
Judicial Affairs Officer: Karen Guttentag Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life McCullough – 802.443.2024 email@example.com
Threat Assessment and Response Policy Middlebury is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus and workplace environment. As part of this commitment, Middlebury has established a Threat Assessment and Management Team (“TAM Team”), which is empowered to assess risk and formulate an appropriate response in situations where an individual’s behavior and/or statements generate concern that he or she may present a threat to the health or safety of others. The TAM Team seeks to mitigate potential risks before they result in harm. Any student who believes that an individual has committed or may commit an act of violence, is engaging in behavior or making statements that generate concern about the potential for violence, or otherwise may pose a threat to the health or safety of any member of the College community should call the Department of Public Safety immediately at 802.443.5911. Individuals may also make a report to their Commons Dean or any member of the TAM Team (TAM Team members are listed on the Team’s website: go/threatassessment). In case of an emergency, please call 911. 51
The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest is LEED Platinum certified thanks to features such as geothermal cooling and local, sustainably harvested wood.
Environmental Stewardship The College’s mission statement includes a commitment to integrating environmental stewardship into both our curriculum and our practices on campus. This commitment is an important part of the campus culture. It can be seen in the habits of individuals, the actions of more than ten sustainability-related student groups, and in major institutional 52
initiatives, such as our goal of being carbon neutral by 2016. We aim to achieve neutrality through energy conservation and efficiency, renewable fuel sources, technology innovation, education, and as a last option, the purchase of carbon offsets. Learn more about Middlebury’s sustainability efforts at go/sustainability.
Jack Byrne Director of Sustainability Integration Franklin Environmental Ctr. – 802.443.5043 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery McNiff Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator Franklin Environmental Ctr. – 802.443.2536 email@example.com
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Waste reduction and recycling are important aspects of living sustainably on campus. Because of our incredible recycling and composting programs, over 60% of campus waste never goes in the landﬁll.You can do your part first by reducing the amount of waste you generate—try carrying a reusable water bottle and mug, opting to purchase goods with minimal packaging, and always printing double-sided—and then by recycling what you can. All students receive personal size blue recycling bins for temporary storage of recyclable materials.You are responsible for sorting these materials into the appropriate bins at the centralized recycling locations in your building. For more information about how to recycle and what’s recyclable and what’s not, visit go/recycle. 809 College St. – 802.443.3087 firstname.lastname@example.org
Five Ways to Be Green @ Middlebury Turn it off and unplug it when you leave—lights, computer, speakers, television, and whatever else uses power. Even when electronics are off or chargers are not connected to a device they still use power. Try using a power strip to cut power to everything in one fell swoop when you leave the room.
Get involved! Visit go/gp to learn about the many environmental groups on campus.
Before you turn up the heat, be sure to close the window. If your room stays much too hot or too cold, contact your Commons staff. Ditch the car! Walk and ride your bike around campus. Going into town or to Burlington? Check out the local bus schedule at go/ACTR. Compact fluorescent bulbs use less than 1/3 the energy as a regular incandescent bulb. Pick one up at the Bookstore and start saving energy. Green your laundry routine! Wash on cold—your clothes get just as clean and you save energy by not heating the water. Try air drying your clothes, or even part of your load so you don’t have to put the remaining clothes in the dryer for as long.
Want even more ways to be green @ Middlebury? go/footprint
Have a bike on campus? You need to register it with Public Safety by visiting go/psafeforms. 53
Health, Wellness, & Safety
Voice of Experience
Get off campus every so often and leisurely get something to eat! Leaving allows you to remember there is more to life than the stress that often surrounds us, especially during finals.
— Krystal Melendez ’15
Life at college is often exciting: taking fascinating classes, meeting lots of people, and exploring a new place. But it has its challenges, too: studying hard for exams, finding a way to “fit in,” and adjusting to a new environment and independence. For those reasons, it’s very important that you take good care of yourself through a balanced diet and an appropriate amount of exercise, sleep, and play. Sometimes those strategies don’t always do the trick, so there are many people at Middlebury who are available to help you when you get sick, feel down, find it difficult to cope with stress, struggle with alcohol or drug abuse, or encounter any of life’s wellness issues, both big and small.
Parton Center for Health and Wellness (go/health) For emergency services, dial 443.5911 or 911 Parton Center promotes sustainable student well being. Their excellent medical, counseling, and sports medicine staff are here to help if physical, emotional, or interpersonal issues become a problem. In addition, they have a wealth of health and wellness resources to support you as you navigate a demanding academic and social schedule. Routine services are free of charge. Commitment to Confidentiality All medical and counseling records at Parton Center, including sports medicine records in the athletic center,
are confidential. Health care records are completely separate from all other College records. Medical, sports medicine, and counseling staff members confer with one another as needed to provide integrated care for you. They contract with and share information with Porter Hospital and the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) to ensure a full range of medical and mental health options and continuity of care. Otherwise, Parton will not release any information about you without your written permission, except as authorized or required by law, or in their judgment as necessary to protect you or others from a serious threat to health or safety.
Parton Center Departments Health Services: Health Services provides comprehensive acute health care for Middlebury students. The goal of Health Services is to assist students in meeting their health needs and to facilitate a partnership with students to increase their knowledge of health promotion, health maintenance, and health care access.
Counseling Services: Counselors strive to promote, enhance, and support students’ well-being and developmental growth within a safe, confidential environment through a range of mental health services. All services are free of charge. Students are welcome to set up an appointment to meet a counselor to learn what professional counseling is all about.
Sports Medicine: Staff deliver traditional athletic training and sports medicine services to the student-athletes of Middlebury, including injury prevention, and management and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition, we promote education about athletic injuries to help our student-athletes lead healthier, injury-free lives.
Centeno – 802.443.5135 go/health
Centeno – 802.443.5141 go/health
Memorial Field House – 802.443.2315 go/sportsmed
Voice of Experience
Don’t be afraid to go to office hours. Our professors are extremely helpful and want you to succeed.
— Kat James ’14
Public Safety For emergency services, dial 443.5911 or 911 An environment conducive to learning requires a commitment from everyone to uphold the ideals of community living. It is the role of Public Safety to ensure that those ideals are held in high regard by enforcing College policies, laws and ordinances, protecting property and persons, and offering services that contribute to an effective living and learning environment. Public Safety provides uniformed security officers on campus and telecommunications staff in the office 24 hours a day. The department maintains regular foot and cruiser patrol of campus and responds to emergencies. Public Safety Officers do not have powers of arrest but work closely with local law enforcement agencies. 125 S. Main St. – 802.443.5911 802.443.5133 (General Business) go/psafe 57
Public Safety Services & General Policies ID Cards: The MiddCard is an official form of identification at Middlebury. Students are required to carry their identification card at all times. The card qualifies a student for all privileges afforded to College ID holders and gives them access to residence halls controlled by the Enhanced Access System. Visit go/idcards for more information. Emergency Phones and Call Boxes: There are Emergency phones located at the entrances of most residence halls. There is an emergency phone on the walkway between FIC and McCardell Bicentennial Hall and near the crosswalk at College Street and Twilight Hall. All of these phone boxes can also be used to place calls to campus phone numbers.
Safety Escorts: Public Safety officers on patrol will provide safety escorts to and from on-campus locations during the hours of darkness when personal safety is a concern. Mobility Escorts: Public safety will give escorts to students with mobility or vision impairments, and/or students with medical conditions that restrict driving or walking around campus. Midd Rides: Midd Rides is an evening transportation service on and around campus that is available during the academic year when classes are in session. Specific schedule information is available by calling 443-RIDE or visiting go/middrides. Parking: All enrolled students (including students living off campus) are eligible to park on the campus. All vehicles must be registered with Public Safety and display a valid permit.Vehicles must be parked in designated parking areas in accordance with the displayed parking decal and the parking rules, which are in effect at all times throughout the year. For more information about parking policies and registering your vehicle, visit go/parking.
Alcohol & Drug Policy The legal drinking age in Vermont is 21. All Middlebury policies have been crafted to comply with Vermont state law, and to ensure student and community safety. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the specific restrictions around alcohol and drugs for all students, not just those below the legal drinking age, by consulting the Handbook (see â€œAlcohol and Other Drugsâ€? at go/handbook). In addition to prohibiting underage drinking, these policies also prohibit possessing alcohol as a minor (someone not of legal drinking age); providing alcohol to minors; walking in public with an open container of alcohol; and bringing alcohol into an academic space, and other activities. There are also specific regulations for students of legal age who wish to host parties or informal gatherings with alcohol. The use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs is prohibited at Middlebury, and is a violation of Vermont state law and federal
laws. Discovery of illegal drugs, and/or of drug paraphernalia with evidence of use, is taken very seriously. In addition to disciplinary consequences at the College, we may be required to notify local law enforcement authorities. Perhaps the most important issues to consider around the use of alcohol or illegal drugs are your own health and safety, and that of the community. We are very concerned when the volume or frequency of alcohol or drug use may make students critically ill or jeopardize their safety or that of others; may undermine their ability to learn and retain their academic material; and/or results in behaviors that negatively impact others. Additionally, the majority of sexual assaults on college campuses occur when one or all involved students have been drinking. If you are concerned about your own involvement with alcohol or drugs, or that of peers, please speak to a dean, counselor, coach, FYC, or other trusted resource.
Smoking Policy Smoking is prohibited in all buildings at Middlebury, including residence halls and individual student rooms. Smoking should not take place in areas where it is likely to enter buildings, including in building entranceways, near open windows, and especially near building air intakes. This policy not only reflects Vermont state law but our concerns for the safety of all members of the community. Smoking creates a significant fire hazard, and second-hand smoke can have debilitating effects on the individuals who inhale it, including our custodial staff who may be required to work in spaces that others could contaminate with smoke. If you are found to have been smoking in your room, you can expect a significant monetary fine, as well as disciplinary action.
Appendix: Important Contact Information Americans with Disabilities Act Office Jodi Litchfield, ADA Coordinator 802.443.5936 email@example.com go/ada Armstrong Library 802.443.5449 go/Armstrong Athletics Field House – 802.443.5250 go/athletics Atwater Commons Allen Hall – 802.443.3310 go/atwater Brainerd Commons Stewart Hall – 802.443.3320 go/brainerd 62
Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity Carr Hall – 802.443.3198 firstname.lastname@example.org go/ccsre Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research Davis Family Library, Suite 225 – 802.443.3131 email@example.com go/ctlr
Davis Family Library 802.443.5494 go/davislib Dean of the College Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 go/doc Dean of Students McCullough – 802.443.3233 go/dos
Cook Commons Battell North – 802.443.3330 go/cook
Education in Action 802.443.5100 firstname.lastname@example.org go/eia
Counseling Services Centeno – 802.443.5141 go/cchr
Health Services Centeno – 802.443.5135 go/health
Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts 802.443.3168 email@example.com go/cfa
Alternate Human Relations Officer Laura Carotenuto Human Resources Service Building – 802.443.2012 firstname.lastname@example.org
May Belle Chellis Women’s Resource Center Chellis House – 802.443.5937 go/chellis
International Student & Scholar Services Carr Hall – 802.443.5858 email@example.com go/isss
MiddCORE Jessica Holmes, Faculty Director 118 South Main – 802.443.5827 firstname.lastname@example.org go/MiddCORE
Judicial Affairs Officer: Karen Guttentag Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life McCullough – 802.443.2024 email@example.com
Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship Jon Isham, Faculty Director 118 South Main – 802.443.5760 firstname.lastname@example.org go/MCSE President’s Office Old Chapel – 802.443.5400 go/president
Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts Elizabeth Robinson, Director 118 South Main – 802.382.5265 email@example.com go/pci Public Safety 125 S. Main Street – 802.443.5911 802.443.5133 (General Business) go/psafe Recycling 809 College Street – 802.443.3087 firstname.lastname@example.org Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Robert A. Jones ’59 House – 802.443.5795 email@example.com go/rohatyn Ross Commons Ross Commons Dining – 802.443.3340 go/ross
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Human Relations Officer Susan P. Ritter Axinn 251 – 802.443.3289 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Hathaway House – 802.443.5626 go/scottcenter Sports Medicine Memorial Field House – 802.443.2315 go/sportsmed Student Activities Office McCullough – 802.443.3103 Student Employment Office Service Building – 802.443.5377 email@example.com go/seo Study Abroad Sunderland Language Center First Floor – 802.443.5745 internationalprograms@ middlebury.edu
Sustainability Jack Byrne Director of Sustainability Integration Franklin Environmental Center – 802.443.5043 firstname.lastname@example.org Avery McNiff Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator Franklin Environmental Center – 802.443.2536 email@example.com Title IX Coordinator Shirley M. Collado Dean of the College Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 firstname.lastname@example.org Wonnacott Commons Battell South – 802.443.3350 go/wonnacott