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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never ever felt unsafe on campus, though I'm speaking as a male. I know there was one theft on campus this year, but I think that was just an aberration. People leave their backpacks with their laptops in them wherever--it's Vermont, so.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I think everyone's extremely safe and haven't heard of any violence occurring during my time here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: As a part of the racial and socioeconomic majority on campus, I feel safe. However, many minority friends do not.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Middlebury is ahead of the curve in terms of supporting students through vulnerable experiences on campus. However, Middlebury is still working on how to best support students from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, nationality, gender, socioeconomic, and those with intersecting identities from these aforementioned groups).

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. And I can leave my laptop, bag, and phone anywhere on campus for hours and feel comfortable knowing that it'll all be there when I return.

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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)
www.middlebury.edu/offices/health/publicsafety
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
www.middlebury.edu/studentlife/services/health/students
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?
No
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 39 responses

  • 28% None
  • 23% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Walking alone
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 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 17 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 38 responses

  • 18% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 42% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 39% 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 38 responses

  • 82% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 16% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 3% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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