How is Middlebury College enforcing COVID-19 policy? So far, 27 students for violations

Middlebury College announced Monday the removal of 22 students who violated the campus’ COVID-19 policy. 

The students can no longer take courses, visit or live on campus, according to the update provided by Dean of Students Derek Doucet. He indicated the school cannot offer more information on specific cases due to privacy, though the student-run Middlebury Campus reported the removal had to do with two groups of students engaged in gathering sizes (14 for one, 15 for the other), which exceeded the school’s limit. 

“In both cases, officers discovered gatherings over the maximum occupancy limit of six for the spaces, and over the indoor gathering limit of ten people,” the news outlet reported. 

FILE - Middlebury College announced Sept. 21 the removal of 22 students who violated its protocols in place for COVID-19.

The college initiated staggered arrivals for the school year and required students to quarantine in their rooms for two weeks. After this quarantine period and a negative test, students were required to remain on campus. 

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Middlebury encouraged students and employees to report any perceived violations of the policy in place at the school, which already reported the removal of five students from campus as of its Sept. 17 dashboard update. The school’s reported two positive COVID-19 cases out of 6,369 tests administered according to its cumulative data. The campus has designated “alert levels” for COVID-19, which include:

  • Green – low alert.
  • Yellow – moderate alert.
  • Orange – high alert.
  • Red – very high alert.  

Middlebury is currently in the yellow zone, which entails “reduced in-person activities.” 

“Robust testing, use of face coverings, and physical distancing all allow for some in-person activities, though these are significantly reduced from a typical semester on campus,” the college indicated. 

The Middlebury Campus reported in late August that people in the community were concerned about students allegedly violating quarantine policy. 

“While some business owners took to social media to remind students to follow the college’s orders, unconfirmed rumors of students drinking at a Vergennes bar, visiting the Natural Foods Co-op and purchasing coffee in town circulated Twitter from a professor’s account that has since been deleted,” the publication wrote. 

Contact Maleeha Syed at mzsyed@freepressmedia.com or 802-495-6595. Follow her on Twitter @MaleehaSyed89

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