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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Middlebury is safe, it's as simple as that. We're isolated from major cities, and a small enough community that no one has any qualms or fears that possessions will be stolen. There will probably be a few incidents each year stemming from alcohol, but even then nothing too serious.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Lots of safety and security measures in place to prevent crimes like robbery or sexual assault. I have never seen or heard of anyone being robbed or sexually assaulted, and a huge deal is made of any minor crimes. Middlebury is largely a safe campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No campus crime. I am never afraid to walk alone ever, anywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Public Safety does a great job with protecting the students on campus. However, they have a history of targeting minorities and basically everyone who doesn't coincide with the typical appearance of a Middlebury student: white, rich, cis-gendered, straight, male (sometimes females). So I suppose I would say it's great for the normal Middlebury student, and not so great for the 'abnormal' Middlebury student.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pubsafe officers are generally friendly, but depending on the night, can either be very laid-back, or complete hardos. I've had nights out where I've gone to 3+ parties, and had pubsafe break all of them up. I've also had nights where they're no where to be found. Then there are the strange nights, where they show up, and do nothing (a recent party had the entire campus police force show up, park their cars, and walk through drunken mobs of kids just saying hi - probably to make sure we were all being safe). Generally, unless you're hosting a party, pubsafe is nothing to worry about.


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Don’t be fooled—although the campus seems to be crawling with cops from dusk ’til dawn, most people don’t see a bit of crime occurring at Middlebury in their entire four-year stay. What security is really scouring the campus for is illegally parked cars, underage drinking, unregistered parties, and drugs. In short, it’s not you that’s in danger—it’s your herb, your Heineken, and your Honda that you need to keep a close eye on. The College does, however, lock its dormitories and all other buildings after 11 p.m., as there have been a few cases of theft in the past couple of years. Drunken vandalism of facilities and dorms also occurs on occasion, which will not threaten your life, but it may threaten your wallet when you receive a “damage fee” at the end of the month. Bike theft, or “borrowing,” is also a favorite student pastime, so be sure to lock yours up.

Overall, Middlebury is an entirely safe locale, from the town to the College. The primary qualms that students have with security are bike theft and dorm room break-ins, which have only been known to occur during long vacations. Other than that, most students leave their rooms unlocked 24 hours a day while on campus. Vandalism and petty student offenses—such as public drinking, rowdiness, and parking illegally—are the most frequent “crimes,” so you’re more likely to be protecting yourself from rampant “security moms” than from hardened criminals.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 4
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 3
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
125 S. Main St.
(802) 443-5911 (emergencies); (802) 443-5133 (non-emergencies)
Safety Services
  • Access card system (in effect after 11 p.m.)
  • Bicycle registration
  • Emergency call-boxes
  • Lost and Found
  • Midd Rides
  • Safety alerts
  • Safety escorts
Health Center
Parton Health Center
Centeno House, first and second floors
(802) 443-5135
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Health Services
  • After-hours care
  • Allergy injections
  • Care of illness and injury
  • Confidential HIV testing
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Psychological support
  • STD testing, free condoms, and counseling
  • Support for students with eating issues
  • Travel immunizations
  • Women's and men's health exams
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
Midd Rides, a bus designed to save students from their own aimless, drunken debauchery, sometimes offers cookies to passengers (as long as they aren’t tossing some of their own).

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 28 responses

  • 37% None
  • 22% Excessive drinking
  • 15% Unlit pathways
  • 10% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Drugs
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Walking alone
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Criminal activity near campus
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 7 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 27 responses

  • 26% High quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 41% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 44% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 41% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 93% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 7% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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