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4 College Freshman

Administration: It's great in that unless you are literally caught with alcohol or a joint in your hand, you're not going to get in trouble. And if you somehow manage to have that happen to you, worst case scenario is a citation and a meeting with your CRA or Dean, which are embarrassing but nothing too terrible. They're more concerned with making sure you're safe; otherwise they generally don't interfere too much.

This school has some pretty strict policies about protests on the books, but generally you can pass anything off as "Art" and get away with it. Although there have been some pretty strict crackdowns on activists in the past.

If you're blasting music at 1Am on a Tuesday chances are someone going to call in a noise complaint on you, which is annoying but honestly warranted. Don't be obnoxious and you'll have a pretty chill time. And if you protest, make sure you'll have plenty of wiggle room if things go down.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: To put it this way: I am facebook friends with two PubSafe officers at Midd and most of my friends are too. I know that sounds weird but the officers are really there to help you and be your friend; they are not looking to get you into trouble. But they do take respect and Middlebury policies very seriously.

Unfortunately, I have had a lot of difficulties with the academic administration. One dean actually restricted me from leaving my dorm for a week because he misunderstood my medical condition. Administrative officials are not accomodating and are in no sense welcoming.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: No administration is perfect. Regardless, academic honesty and the Honor Code are taken seriously, and breaches punished accordingly. In terms of alcohol and parties they're what you'd expect from a college administration. If you're caught with alcohol as a minor you'll get a citation, or throwing a ridiculously loud party you could get shut down. Nothing too serious, but repeated violations do add up.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is moderately lenient, although a lot of the lack of strictness with alcohol and drugs is a result of lenient Vermont state policies on the substances. The public safety officers frequently hand out citations and parking tickets, but they rarely report anything to the local police.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There's just a lot of bureaucracy that goes into everything, so everything takes a lot of time.


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This campus is not host to screaming hoards of security officers and other whistleblowers by any means. Quite frankly, you’ll get away with drinking and even more if you are halfway discreet about it. Oftentimes, security officers are too busy busting parking offenders and criminal Christmas light-stringers to be bothered with all of the underage debauchery. Everyone knows that it’s rampant, particularly on weekends, and security hardly has the numbers to make a dent in the drunkenness. If you are stupid about breaking policy, however, you will, and deserve to be, caught. Acts of vandalism and bike theft (or “borrowing,” as Middlebury students like to call it) are considered more serious offenses and are punished accordingly.

A helpful hint: if you would like to host a party, register it first, or you will run the risk of getting busted for an informal, overly boisterous booze fest. Also, if you’re one of those people incorrigibly in love with illegal substances, at least make an attempt to keep the use of them restricted to your room by closing the door. Security knows what pot smells like, too, and will not buy the “medicinal purposes” argument. It’s already been tested.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Burning candles or incense
  • Carrying around open containers of alcohol on campus
  • Hanging Christmas lights in dorm rooms
  • Hanging tapestries on ceilings or decorations on sprinklers (fire hazards)
  • Hosting an unregistered party
  • Making too much noise in a dorm room or suite
  • Parking illegally
  • Stealing bikes
  • Underage drinking
  • Using illegal drugs
Visitation Policies
Very lenient, but if your friend is bringing a car to campus, make sure to register him or her and the car at Public Safety to avoid hefty fines.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 46 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 48 responses

  • 33% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 50% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 17% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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