Disciplinary Action

This section describes the disciplinary process that is normally followed when a student participating in a Middlebury Schools Abroad program allegedly engages in conduct that violates a Middlebury policy or policies. Where other Middlebury policies specify separate processes, those processes will apply. (See, e.g., Middlebury’s Policy Against Sexual Misconduct, Domestic and Dating Violence and Misconduct, and Stalking and  Middlebury’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination policy).  Moreover, where applicable law or the local university where the program takes place mandate different procedures or policies, those procedures or policies will apply.

The director of your School Abroad is ordinarily responsible for disciplinary action. The director will review information pertinent to the situation and may choose to consult with the other members of the administration or faculty in reaching a determination regarding disciplinary action or sanctions. If the director judges that the circumstances do not warrant immediate dismissal, s/he may issue any of the following sanctions: oral or written warning(s) reprimand, short-term probationary status, official college discipline, or suspension. Dismissal or other discipline is accompanied by notification of the student’s home institution (or any other program in which the student is involved) and of the parents of dependent students.

Except in cases of emergency suspension, withdrawal or dismissal as described above, or in cases where the host university exercises its independent right to suspend, dismiss or otherwise discipline a student in accordance with its own procedures, the following disciplinary process will apply: In the event that a complaint or report of a policy violation is made against a student attending a Middlebury Schools Abroad program, the accused student will be given notice of the alleged violation and an opportunity to respond to the allegations prior to any determination or disciplinary action by the Schools Abroad program. The notice may be given orally or in writing. The “opportunity to respond” means that the student will be given an opportunity to meet/communicate with the appropriate official prior to the decision. The Schools Abroad director or other designated official shall then make a determination, based on a preponderance of the evidence, as to whether the student violated the policy at issue. During this process, the rules of evidence applicable to civil or criminal cases in the U.S. shall not apply.  If a student is found responsible for a policy violation, the Schools Abroad director shall determine what, if any, disciplinary action should be taken. The Schools Abroad director has authority to take disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the program. The Schools Abroad director also has the authority to refer to the matter to the appropriate authority overseeing any other Middlebury or  non-Middlebury program in which the student is or will also be enrolled for further disciplinary or other action as deemed appropriate.


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