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Student Resource Guide 2011–2012

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Join Us

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Middlebury College Mission Statement


t Middlebury College we challenge students to participate fully in a vibrant and diverse academic community. The College’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 students’ 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.

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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, J-Term, Study Abroad, and Withdrawal, Dismissal, and Readmission

17 Diverse, Inclusive, & Vibrant Community

Dean of Students, Residence Life, The Commons, Room Draw, Fire Safety, Campus Resources, Events, and Eating

31 Athletics

Physical Education, Varsity Sports, Club Sports, Intramural Sports, and Facilities

36 Education in Action

Civic Engagement, Career Services, Internships, Fellowships, and Health Professions

39 Creativity, Innovation, & Risk-Taking

Old Stone Mill, Student Activities, Organizations, and Student Government

42 The Environment

Living Environment: Roommate Relationships, Culture Shock, Conduct Policies; Natural Environment: Carbon Neutrality, Recycling, Green Living

50 Health, Wellness, & Safety

Parton Health and Counseling Center, Public Safety, Alcohol & Drug Policy, and Smoking Policy

58 Appendix: Important Contact Information

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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.


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Welcome from the Dean of the College Dear Students, Welcome to Middlebury. As Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer, 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. Warmly, Shirley M. Collado

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 & Chief Diversity Officer Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 go/doc 3

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Gamaliel Painter’s Cane

Gamaliel Painter (–) 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.

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. Over 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.


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President Ronald D. Liebowitz

President’s Office Old Chapel – 802.443.5400 go/president

Today, Ronald D. Liebowitz is the 16th president of the College, having taken office in July 2004. He is also a professor of geography and served as executive vice president and provost prior to becoming president. During the first three years of Liebowitz’s presidency, the College completed a comprehensive strategic plan, whose focus is on providing greater access to a Middlebury education through an enhanced financial aid program; on ensuring the unique, human-intense nature of a Middlebury education by enhancing opportunities for studentfaculty collaboration/research, small class size, and comprehensive mentoring; and on strengthening our students’ out-of-classroom opportunities by creating an environment in which students are encouraged to be intellectual risk-takers and to exercise their creativity. In addition, the College maintains a commitment to increasing

the diversity of the Middlebury student body, faculty, and staff; creating and supporting a vibrant and diverse learning community; and providing leadership in environmental affairs and sustainability as highlighted by the goal of carbon neutrality by 2016. During Liebowitz’s tenure as president, the College has added the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California as a graduate school of Middlebury; opened C.V. StarrMiddlebury Schools Abroad in China (Hangzhou, Beijing, and Kunming), the Middle East (Alexandria, Egypt), and Japan (Tokyo); created an M.A. program in Chinese through the School of Chinese and the Monterey Institute; and, in collaboration with Brandeis University, developed the College’s 10th intensive summer Language School—the BrandeisMiddlebury School of Hebrew.


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Community Standards and Student Life Policies Middlebury College’s community standards reflect our commitment to the following goals:


developing the life of the mind in the fullest sense through learning in and out of the classroom;


fostering integrity, honesty, and respect for all individuals and for our shared environment;

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encouraging personal and intellectual growth;

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promoting healthy, safe, and balanced lifestyles;

cultivating an awareness of responsibility and accountability to self and others;

building and maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant community where conflict is navigated through commitment to civility, open-mindedness, and finding common ground.

Therefore, a balance of individual development and community health and safety guides the College’s approach to all academic and residential endeavors. The College’s Student Life policies are formulated with these general principles in mind. 6

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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

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your individual interests, strengths; and academic goals.

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

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 and education 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.


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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. 9

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Course Registration

Voice of Experience

This is the best time to try new things, be adventurous, and do what you love. I had always really wanted to learn Japanese, but persuaded myself there was no time in my schedule to take it. Finally, in my junior year, I took it as an extra class and absolutely loved it!

— Divya Dethier ’12

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.

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 circum-stances. 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.

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Learning Resources Libraries The Middlebury libraries acquire and provide access to information resources in a variety of formats to support the teaching and research needs of the College’s students, faculty, and staff. With over one million holdings comprising books, periodicals, government documents, archives, recordings, microfilm and microfiche, our libraries and collections provide a wealth of research materials, online, in print, and recorded form. 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

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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.

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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)

Jodi Litchfield, ADA Coordinator Meeker House – 802.443.5936 go/ada

Davis Family Library, Suite 225 – 802.443.3131 go/ctlr


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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 Athletics-explained Absences” under “Course Registration and Conduct of Courses” for specific instructions.

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.

Evaluation of Student Work

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.


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Winter 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

I just try to be myself. Don’t ever judge a book by its cover here because everyone has some kind of special hidden talent or secret you wouldn’t guess. Just stay open to everyone and you’ll meet some wonderful people at Midd.

— Barrett Smith’13


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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, Chile, China, Egypt, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Spain, and Uruguay. Externally sponsored (non-Middlebury) programs are available, too, in places such as England, South Africa, Ghana, Ireland, Peru, Denmark, Turkey, New Zealand, and many more countries as well.

Study Abroad Study Abroad Office Sunderland Language Center – 802.443.5745

Study abroad is an integral part of a student’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. 15

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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 we are concerned

about a student’s well-being, 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/student status.


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Diverse, Inclusive, & Vibrant Community Middlebury College aspires to be a model of what a 21st-century liberal arts institution truly should be—a welcoming, learning community. We work to build and maintain a diverse and inclusive community that is committed to broad educational opportunities and to operating within an atmosphere of respect for one another. 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 17

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Katy Smith Abbott, Dean of Students

Dean of Students

Office of the Dean of Students McCullough – 802.443.3233 go/dos

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. 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


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The Commons

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.

Residence 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 – LaForce Hall 802.443.3340 – go/ross Wonnacott Office – Battell South 802.443.3350 – go/wonnacott 19

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The Commons Team

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.

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 students’ academic and residential experiences, playing a crucial role in supporting Middlebury’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.


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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 through being a presence; and programming activities. CAs are familiar with and understand the network of available 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


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Commons Programming 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.

Voice of Experience

Rare is the chance that one can be excited, confused, uncomfortable and happy at the same time. The Cook Commons Foam Party is fully capable of eliciting such emotions!

— Taylor Sundali ’12


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Residential Options Residence Halls: Middlebury maintains a number of large dormitories such as Battell, Forest, Painter; and Starr. These building provide primarily singles and doubles.

Social Houses: Social Houses provide students with valuable opportunities for assuming responsibility for activities and programs that positively enhance the social life of the student community. The Social House system is self-governed by the InterHouse Council (IHC). There are currently five Social Houses: Delta, Kappa Delta Rho, The Mill, Omega Alpha, and Xenia.

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 through the Student Government Association.

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 nine Language Houses (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish) and four Special Interest Houses (Outdoor Interest, PALANA, Queer Studies, Weybridge).


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Room Draw After the first year of college, students are assigned to housing via Room Draw. All 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.


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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.

Fire Safety

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 2010–2011, the College spent $140,623.45 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.

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.

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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.)

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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 provides a welcoming space where students can discuss, research, and address gender issues. The center provides academic resources and general information on current events, job and internship opportunities, academic opportunities, and health issues. 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 go/ccsre


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Kevin P. Mahaney ’ 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 go/cfa


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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 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.


International Student & Scholar Services With more than 275 international students from more than 75 countries (from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe), Middlebury offers comprehensive advising for all international undergraduate students, including students who need visas to study in the U.S. as well as U.S. citizens who live abroad. The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) staff manages visa and immigration document issuance and management; advises students on issues that impact their visa status; coordinates programming in support of international students; directs the Early Arrival program for international and exchange students; and advises the International Students’ Organization. International students may elect to be involved in our Friends of International Students (FIS) host program, which matches students with local families and individuals in the local community and provides support and friendship beyond the College campus. Along with other colleagues on campus, the team of ISSS advisors is available and eager to meet with students to discuss issues related to academics, personal issues, and cultural adjustment. Carr Hall – 802.443.5858 go/isss

Robert A. Jones ’59 House – 802.443.5795 go/rohatyn

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Join us on foursquare

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 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.

Middlebury is working to build its community on foursquare, a mobile application that is a cross between a friend-finder, a social city-guide, and a game that encourages users to explore their neighborhoods and rewards them for doing so. Visit us at go/foursquare and start exploring the Middlebury campus and community.

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…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

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


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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:

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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 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.


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Physical Education Every student must earn two Physical Education credits. But this won’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. Or‌? 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


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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 twoand 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.

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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 muggle-friendly version of which was founded right here at Middlebury. go/clubsports to learn more.

Intramural Sports 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 34

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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 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 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.

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Education in Action The Center for Education in Action—EIA for short— connects students to experiences, resources, and advising in civic engagement, career services, competitive fellowships, and health professions. Whether you’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 or medical school, EIA can help get you moving. Find them online at go/eia and in person at Adirondack House.

Megan Mishler ’ volunteered with an elementary school in Ecuador.

Morgan Rogge ’ driving a tractor at the Nature Conservancy. 36

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EIA Programs Civic Engagement: Staff promote and support student engagement in local, national, and international communities and advise students in a number of capacities: finding volunteer opportunities; providing funding for service-related initiatives here and abroad; offering rewarding internships to fight poverty; and linking students, faculty, and community partners to implement real-world application of liberal arts learning. Career Services: Counselors 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. They maintain Midd-friendly jobs and internships in MOJO, an active online alumni network called MiddNet, and other helpful resources, like blogs, career industry guides, and on- and off-campus programs throughout the year.

Hillary Chutter-Ames ’ 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 them about applying for funding! 37

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More EIA Programs Fellowships: Midd students can apply for numerous competitive scholarship and fellowship opportunities like the Fulbright, the Watson, the Rhodes, and many others. Some are for sophomores, juniors or seniors, and may focus on specific disciplines, like international studies or the sciences. Others are open to all fields. Advisors help you identify and prepare competitive applications for prestigious undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Nisreen Hejab ’ conducts research in chemical engineering at Princeton University.

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 go/eia Andrew Ruoss ’ had an internship at the Office of the District Attorney in Philadelphia, PA. 38

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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. 39

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Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts The Old Stone Mill Each semester and summer, students are invited to apply for space in the Old Stone Mill to carry out a creative, innovative, or entrepreneurial project. Past projects include: Woodworking Online Arts Magazine Pinhole photography Developing translation website Playwriting Wooden boat paddle making Clean energy campaign Coding social cycling network

One way Middlebury supports student exploration is through the Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts. The Project’s effectiveness is derived from three components: teaching/learning opportunities and challenges that occur in non-graded or pass/fail environments; financial support and prizes for innovative work, projects, and competitions; and access to inspiring, liberating space for individual and group projects. Learn how they can support YOU at go/innovation.

Elizabeth Robinson Director Old Stone Mill (3 Mill Street) 802.382.1504

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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 Organizations

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

Last year, I got involved in the DREAM organization (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring). Not only did the DREAM program allow me to work with local youth as a mentor, but it immediately made me feel more connected to Vermont and students at Midd.

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The Environment

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.


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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 students’ 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.


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Culture Shock

Living in a new country or type of environment is of full 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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Campus Climate Middlebury has several policies to support its goals of building a diverse and inclusive campus where bigotry and intolerance are unacceptable. These include 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 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 and Sexual Misconduct Policy are part of the College Handbook and are also available on the web at go/nondiscrimination, go/antiharassment, and go/sexualmisconduct, respectively. Printed copies are also available from the Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer, 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. 45

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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, 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 and Chief Diversity Officer 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 and Chief Diversity Officer is also available to meet with students. Title IX Coordinator: Shirley M. Collado Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer Old Chapel – 802.443.5382

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 relatedretaliation, should contact the College’s Human Relations Officer or his/her Commons dean. The College will take reasonableand 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 Alternate Human Relations Officer: Laura Carotenuto Human Resources Service Building – 802.443.2012


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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


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Natural Environment Carbon Neutrality

With support from students, faculty, staff, and administrators, Middlebury set the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality 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.

Each year we conduct a greenhouse gas inventory, tracking emissions from five sources: heating and cooling, collegefunded travel, waste, electricity, and college-owned vehicles. In order to reach our goal we need to reduce emissions associated with these sources. Learn more about Middlebury’s efforts at go/2016.

Jack Byrne Director of Sustainability Integration Franklin Environmental Ctr. – 802.443.5043 Clare Crosby Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator Franklin Environmental Ctr. – 802.443.2536


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Middlebury Recycling Middlebury minds waste. And it shows. Because of our incredible recycling and composting programs, over 60% of campus waste never goes in the landfill.You can do your part by recycling. 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 Five Ways to Be Green @ Middlebury

1. It’s simple: turn it off when you leave—lights, computer, speakers, television, and whatever else sucks down power. 2. Before you turn up the heat, try closing the window. If your thermostat is stuck on high, alert your Commons staff. 3. Walk, run, ride your bike, and take the stairs. It’s a small campus, really. Need a bike? The campus bike shop hosts sales annually, or there are two bike shops downtown. 4. Regular incandescent bulb: 100 watts; halogen lamp: 300 watts; compact fluorescent bulb: 23 watts. Pick one up at the Bookstore and start saving energy. 5. Fill up your water bottle anywhere on campus to avoid using disposable bottles and cups.

Have a bike on campus? You need to register it with Public Safety by visiting go/psafeforms.

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Health, Wellness, & Safety

Voice of Experience

Whenever I’m stressed, I wake up early in the morning and walk into town. I buy a coffee or tea and drink it on the shore of Otter Creek. I watch the sunrise and just listen to people beginning their day. Sometimes all you need to unwind is to immerse yourself in the quiet simplicity of town.

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.

— Cody Gohl ’13


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Parton Health and Counseling Center (PHCC) For emergency services, dial . or  Parton Health and Counseling Center at Middlebury 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. Commitment to Confidentiality All medical and counseling records at Parton Health and Counseling 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, PHCC 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.


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PHCC Departments Health Services: Health Services provides comprehensive acute health care for Middlebury students. All services are free of charge for students during the academic terms. 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. Centeno – 802.443.5135 go/health

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 – 802.443.5141 go/cchr

Memorial Field House – 802.443.2315 go/sportsmed

Voice of Experience

Sleep is essential. When there are so many other things that you want or need to be doing, it’s easy to convince yourself that you don’t need sleep. But you do. And your body will remind you. — Melissa Childs ’14


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Public Safety For emergency services, dial . or  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 53

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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. 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.


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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 “Alcohol and Other Drugs� 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.


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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.


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Appendix: Important Contact Information Americans with Disabilities Act Office Jodi Litchfield, ADA Coordinator 802.443.5936 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

Center for the Comparative Study of Race & Ethnicity Carr Hall – 802.443.3198 go/ccsre Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research Davis Family Library, Suite 225 802.443.3131 go/ctlr Cook Commons Battell North – 802.443.3330 go/cook Counseling Services Centeno – 802.443.5141 go/cchr

Davis Family Library 802.443.5494 go/davislib Dean of the College & Chief Diversity Officer Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 go/doc Dean of Students McCullough – 802.443.3233 go/dos Education in Action 802.443.5100 go/eia Health Services Centeno – 802.443.5135 go/health


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Alternate Human Relations Officer Laura Carotenuto Human Resources Service Building – 802.443.2012 International Student & Scholar Services Carr Hall – 802.443.5858 go/isss Judicial Affairs Officer: Karen Guttentag Associate Dean for Judicial Affairs and Student Life McCullough – 802.443.2024

Kevin P. Mahaney ’ Center for the Arts 802.443.3168 go/cfa

Recycling 809 College Street – 802.443.3087

May Belle Chellis Women’s Resource Center Chellis House – 802.443.5937 go/chellis

Rohatyn Center for International Affairs Robert A. Jones ’59 House 802.443.5795 go/rohatyn

President’s Office Old Chapel – 802.443.5400 go/president

Ross Commons LaForce Hall – 802.443.3340 go/ross

Project on Creativity & Innovation in the Liberal Arts Elizabeth Robinson, Director Old Stone Mill (3 Mill Street) 802.382.1504

Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life Hathaway House – 802.443.5626 go/scottcenter

Public Safety 125 S. Main Street – 802.443.5911 802.443.5133 (General Business) go/psafe

Sports Medicine Memorial Field House – 802.443.2315 go/sportsmed

Appendix: Important Contact Information

Human Relations Officer Susan P. Ritter Axinn 251 – 802.443.3289


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Appendix: Important Contact Information

Student Activities Office McCullough – 802.443.3103 Student Employment Office Service Building – 802.443.5377 go/seo Study Abroad Sunderland Language Center First Floor 802.443.5745 internationalprograms@ Sustainability Jack Byrne Director of Sustainability Integration Franklin Environmental Center 802.443.5043

Clare Crosby Sustainability Communication and Outreach Coordinator Franklin Environmental Center 802.443.2536 Title IX Coordinator Shirley M. Collado Dean of the College and Chief Diversity Officer Old Chapel – 802.443.5382 Wonnacott Commons Battell South – 802.443.3350 go/wonnacott


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Middlebury Resource Guide 2011-2012  

An easy-to-use guide that provides Middlebury students with a snapshot of student life.

Middlebury Resource Guide 2011-2012  

An easy-to-use guide that provides Middlebury students with a snapshot of student life.