The Marlboro College Campus Store, located in the Campus Center, is open from 12:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store can be found online and on Facebook.
The store stocks all the textbooks required for courses taught at Marlboro each semester. Faculty are responsible for generating a list of textbooks for each course to be taught several months prior to the start of each semester. Timely receipt of lists allows the store manager to research each request and determine whether books will be available so that, if necessary, substitutions may be found. Where possible the store stocks used books. The store also operates a “buyback” at the end of each term, and will buy students’ books if faculty have requested them for the subsequent term. Every effort is made to stock adequate numbers of course books.
The store may stock other supplies for courses; faculty should speak to the manager several months in advance about special supplies students may need for their courses.
The Campus Store stocks a selection of fiction, non-fiction and reference books, as well as college clothing, school and art supplies, snacks and sundries. Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount on most items.
The store accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover Card, debit cards, personal and traveler’s checks and cash.
While informal student organizations do not fall within the purview of the College administration, there are certain types of organizations for whose activities the College might be held responsible. For this reason, the Dean of Students Office has instituted a registration requirement for certain types of organized groups. The purpose of this minor formality is not to restrain the formation of such groups, but rather to give their officers and members full liberty and responsibility for carrying out their various programs.
A College organization shall register with the Dean of Students Office if:
- it uses the name “Marlboro” in its title, and/or,
- it invites the public to its meetings, invites outside speakers, or holds official communication with the public in any form.
Registration includes a statement of the organization’s purpose, the name of one or more officers, and a copy of its by-laws or constitution, if any.
See Marlboro College Bylaws, Article XIV.
During the academic year the standard meal schedule shall consist of breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. The meal schedule on Saturday and Sunday shall include a “cold” breakfast, and full brunch and dinner. Specific times for meals shall be announced prior to each semester.
If the Crew Chief(s) choose to assign staff, faculty and students on meal plan to dining hall crew duty, they must inform them in writing at least one week before they are expected to serve. Additional notification measures may be used and are encouraged. (See the Marlboro College Bylaws, Article VI, B.)
Individual Meal Purchases
Students not on the meal plan and guests may purchase individual meals in the dining hall at the current posted rates. (Prices may be subject to change.)
Music During Meals
Live music shall be allowed no more than once a week during the latter half of dinner, provided that the performance is advertised at least two (2) days in advance.
Marlboro College is required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) to inform its students, at least annually, of their rights under this Act. They are:
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement and health staff); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Other exceptions include disclosures such as date of birth to authorized representatives of Federal-and State-supported programs, e.g., the Comptroller General of the United States; the Secretary of State educational authorities; the Veterans Administration; the Secretary of Defense.
- The right to inspect and review education records within 45 days of a date the written request is received. Students should submit a written request identifying the record(s) they wish to inspect to the appropriate college official who will arrange for such access.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask that the college amend a record they believe is inaccurate or misleading by writing to the college official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specifying why it is inaccurate or misleading. The college will notify students of the decision to amend or not and advise them of their rights to a hearing regarding their request.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged non- compliance by the institution to the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Although Marlboro College takes precautions to protect students’ privacy, certain information is considered “open to the public.” Marlboro College designates the following categories of student information as public or “Directory Information,” and may disclose such information upon request to members of the College community and outside agencies or individuals.
- Local and permanent address and telephone number
- Academic status: full-time, half-time, less than half-time
- E-mail address
- Dates of attendance
- Academic class standing (e.g., freshman, sophomore, etc.)
- Plan of Concentration (major area of study)
- Expected date of graduation
- Previous institution(s) attended
- Degree(s) conferred, including dates and any honors or awards
- Photographs and digital images
Under the Act, currently enrolled students have the right to request that Directory Information not be disclosed. To withhold disclosure of Directory Information, written notification must be received in the Registrar’s Office by no later than the final date for course registration each semester as published on the Academic Calendar. If notification is not received in the Registrar’s Office by the final published course registration deadline, it will be assumed that all Directory Information may be disclosed for the remainder of the current academic year. The Request to Prevent Disclosure of FERPA Directory Information form is available online or by contacting the Registrar’s Office. Students should consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold Directory Information. Should a student decide to inform the college not to release his or her Directory Information, any future requests during the academic year for such information (including non-institutional persons or organizations as well as friends and relatives) will be refused. Also note that a request to withhold Directory Information made during the academic year in which a student leaves the college (graduates, withdraws, etc.) remains in effect thereafter unless rescinded by the (former) student in writing.
Marlboro College assumes approval for disclosure when students do not specifically request that directory information be withheld by the stated deadline. Questions and concerns about the Privacy Act, directory information or issues of confidentiality should be addressed to the Registrar or the Director of Academic Advising.
All records, including academic records from other institutions, test scores, etc., sent to Marlboro College become part of the official student file and can neither be returned nor duplicated for any purpose.
Marlboro College has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as its agent for all degree and enrollment verifications for the Marlboro campus. Please visit the Clearinghouse online at www.studentclearinghouse.org or contact them by phone at 703-742-4200.
Marlboro College and its representatives occasionally take photographs for the college’s use in print and electronic publications. This serves as public notice of the college’s intent to do so and as a release to the college of permission to use such images as it deems fit. Students who object to the use of their photographs have the right to withhold release by filling out the Request to Prevent Disclosure of FERPA Directory Information form available online or by contacting the Registrar’s Office by the deadline for course registration.
No weapons or ammunition may be brought or kept by students on campus at any time. Such weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms of any kind, air or gas powered guns, cross bows, sling shots, as well as fireworks, explosives, and explosive devices of any type. The administration reserves the right to determine what is and what is not a controlled item under this policy, and to search all College premises for such materials at any time and without warning.
The Plant and Operations staff, in consultation with the Fire and Safety Committee, will establish a clearly marked and advertised Safety Zone.
It shall be unlawful to:
- Discharge firearms on college property within the Safety Zone;
- Carry or possess loaded or unloaded firearms on college property within the Safety Zone;
- Possess explosives or ammunition on college property within the Safety Zone.
- Violations of the Statutes of the State of Vermont with respect to firearms, by the students of Marlboro College, may be considered as violations of the Firearms Regulations of Town Meeting.
- Disciplinary action for violations of the above regulations may be determined by Community Court.
- The President or his/her designee may move to immediately bar any violator of the Firearms Regulations from campus pending a Community Court hearing.
- Those community members who wish to have firearms may be referred to the Director of Plant and Operations as to where to store their firearms off-campus.
The Town of Marlboro has a Volunteer Fire Company which may be called in the event of a fire. The Fire Chief and/or a member of the Fire and Safety Commission will provide appropriate direction or instruction. There will be periodic fire drills, and participation in them is mandatory for all persons on campus at the time. (See Article II of the Marlboro College Bylaws.)
As a measure of safety in case of fire, no person may sleep in any College-owned building other than those designated for use as housing (dormitories, cottages, cabins, apartments, houses.)
No fires may be kindled outdoors on College-owned land without permission of the Director of Plant & Operations or his designee. This includes bonfires, cooking or campfires. (See Article II of the Marlboro College Bylaws.)
The Total Health Center provides services Monday through Friday. The schedule is posted in the health center as well as on our website.
We offer individual, group, and couples counseling, as well as complete medical services – including prescriptions, women’s health, and immunizations. We are staffed with two nurse practitioners,, two licensed mental health professionals, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and an office manager. We address the student as a whole and see the connection between physical well-being and mental/emotional health. We encourage students on medications to work with their home providers but are able to prescribe medicine to those students who may require them. Students may avail themselves of the counseling and medical services without repercussions. We encourage any student who needs support to seek out help at no charge.
The college also has a consulting physician who works in collaboration with the staff. The consulting physician is available for telephone consultation when the health center is not open and will occasionally see students after hours if needed.
Our services are confidential. In compliance with the federal HIPAA laws we will not disclose a student’s presence in treatment or the nature of that treatment to anyone, including parents, without the student’s written permission. This can be a frustration to parents and we encourage students to talk with their parents and let them know they are seeking help, but they are not required to do so. In general, the only reason that this confidentiality would be broken would be for risk of immediate physical harm to the student or to another person.
A student may make an appointment to see a counselor or medical provider by calling the Health Center Office Manager at 802-258-9335 (ext. 335), by contacting one of our professionals by email, or by stopping in Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:00. We make every effort to see the student as quickly as possible, often the same day if someone is in acute distress. After hours and on weekends there is a Student Life Coordinator on call as well as a Resident Assistant. Each carries a pager for emergencies.
The staff at the Total Health Center welcomes phone calls from parents who have concerns that their student is undergoing physical or emotional difficulties. This is often a challenging situation for parents who may live far away. While we are unable to disclose whether or not a student is being seen at the health center without a signed release of information, the information you provide can be very helpful to our staff. You may also call the Dean of Students to both share information and discuss resources on campus.
In some cases the student might require more intensive or specialized treatment than the Total Health Center can provide. These students, as well as those who wish to be seen off campus, are referred to outside local providers. The health center also uses local hospitals for back up for psychiatric and medical emergencies.
Services available through the Total Health Center include, but are not limited to:
- General outpatient primary care that includes, but is not limited to: diagnosis and treatment of acute illness and injuries and managing chronic medication
- Information and counseling on contraceptive choices and prescriptions for contraceptives
- Reproductive health evaluations and exams for women and men including gynecological exams and PAP smears for women
- Pregnancy testing and desired referrals
- Information on sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), their prevention and other health concerns
- Diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections
- Confidential HIV testing
- Information related to alcohol and drug use/abuse
- Referrals to other medical services and clinics in the area, as necessary
- Assistance to students in recovery who wish to contact others on campus who are in recovery
- Information on AA, NA, AL-ANON, ACOA meetings
- Sunlamps to help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
These services are covered by the comprehensive health fee that is paid by all students. Certain medications, supplies and laboratory tests are not covered by this fee. The physical exams required for the health forms completed by incoming students are not covered by this fee. Services/supplies not covered by the health fee are billed to the student through student accounts in a confidential manner.
After hours emergency coverage is provided by the resident assistants (RAs) and student life coordinators (SLCs) who are trained in advanced first aid and CPR, and who also have first-aid kits available. An on-call physician is available at all times by phone and may be reached with the assistance of any RA or SLC.
Medical policy: All students at Marlboro College fall within the bounds of the college medical policy and are expected to abide by the few rules it includes. Students are required to submit a health record and immunization form as part of their registration process. Failure to do so may result in incomplete registration and could jeopardize the student’s enrollment status.
The college nurse practitioners are registered nurses with a master’s degree and have advanced education and clinical training enabling them to diagnose and treat medical problems. The nurse practitioners are nationally certified for an adult or family practice. The N.P’s. practice under the rules and regulations of the State of Vermont. If necessary, students may be referred to specialty providers associated with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. Students who wish to choose other providers may, but should request the provider to relay pertinent information to the health center. Students who choose an alternate provider of health care should be aware that these services are not directly covered by the comprehensive health fee.
Students are forbidden to exchange medications or to take prescription drugs not prescribed by the Total Health Center or a medical professional. The health center must be informed of any prescription medication in a student’s possession. Similarly, students are expected to make necessary appointments with local specialists through the Total Health Center. This is so that the medical staff has full knowledge of all treatment any student may be receiving in order to provide appropriate care should a problem arise on campus.
Students with illnesses that are highly contagious may be confined to their dormitory bedrooms or, in some cases, may be encouraged to leave campus. More serious cases may be treated in a hospital.
The college has a serious responsibility for promoting the health of all students, individually and collectively. Students are asked to consider the welfare of the college, as an institution and as a community, as well as their own personal well-being, in responding to medical regulations. Since medical services are available through the health center, students are urged to take advantage of them at the first sign of illness. Students are also encouraged to assume some responsibility for their well-being by keeping personal items such as Tylenol, minor cold and cough remedies and Band-Aids on hand rather than relying on others for these needs.
Washing machines and dryers are located in the Dining Hall basement, Random South, Schrader, All- the-Way, Howland, Marlboro North and Out of the Way. Detergent is sold in the College Bookstore. Please report problems with machines to the Plant & Operations Office.
The Rice Library opened in January 1965 and the Aron Library Wing in September 2003. Combined, they total 22,500 square feet and offer a variety of seating and study spaces, as well as the Computer Lab, Writer’s Block, and the Center for Experiential Learning and Global Engagement.
Marlboro College community members have exclusive 24/7 access to the Library during the academic year. The majority of materials are checked out by users on a honor-based self-checkout system. The library staff is dedicated to maintaining both our hours of access and our honor system for checkout. Your cooperation is necessary to continue this policy. For building hours during intersession times, see the library homepage.
The Library staff consists of the Library Director, the Reference & Technology Librarian, and the Technical Services Librarian.
Library staff are available to work with students and faculty on their research and information needs. Help is available through a variety of formats:
Drop-in help: During the academic year, library staff are available at the Service Desk weekdays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:30 – 5:30 pm. Student workers staff the library Sunday-Thursday evenings from 6:30 – 11:00 pm. See the Library website for current Service Desk schedule.
Research Consultations: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call x221 (802-258-9221) to set up an appointment with a librarian.
Virtual help: email email@example.com or call x221 (802-258-9221).
The library houses approximately 90,000 items, primarily books, but also films, audio books, and hundreds of journals. Special Collections & Archives include Plans of Concentration from past years and the Rudyard Kipling Collection.
The Library website is your portal to tens of thousands of online journals, over 125,000 full-text ebooks, dozens of research databases, and more. Off-campus access to most online resources is available to current campus community members only. For off-campus access, log in with your Marlboro username and password when prompted. Subject and course-based research guides provide starting points for research in most areas of study taught at Marlboro.
The library lends several types of equipment, including digital projectors, speakers, headphones, and digital audio recorders. These items circulate for 3 days and are available on a first-come, first-served basis
The loan period is one semester for most materials except films, course reserves, and equipment. Materials may be renewed as long as they are not needed by another user. The library reserves the right to recall any item that is needed by another user. Borrowers are responsible for returning recalled items within 10 days of the recall notice.
The reserve collection is shelved in the AV/Reserve Room on the ground floor. The items from this collection must be checked out prior to their removal from this room. The check-out period is 3 hours or overnight for items checked out one hour before the closing of the Reserve Room. Return reserve items to library staff or place them in library return bins. Please be considerate of other members of the community by observing these important rules.
Librarians are happy to work with you to arrange access to the information you need for your research. Materials not owned by the Rice-Aron Library may be obtained from other libraries through a process called interlibrary loan. Requests may be placed via a form on the library website.
Smoking is prohibited in all areas of the library.
The authority of the Community government covers most regulations of a social nature. However, the administration explicitly reserves the right to regulate firearms, vehicles and internal combustion engines. These regulations stand in addition to any of the Town Meeting rules.
Regulations for parking and operating motor vehicles on the Marlboro campus are set out in Article III of the Marlboro College Bylaws. Please note the two-vehicle rule, the speed limit, and the regulations on bumper stickers. Also note rules on the disposal of “dead cars” and motorcycles.
Every student who brings a motor-propelled vehicle to College must register that vehicle, with the Plant & Operations Office within 48 hours, and have proof of the following when he or she arrives for academic registration:
- a valid driver’s license,
- correct registration of vehicle,
- a valid state inspection sticker,
- proof of insurance.
The College sets minimum insurance limits for operation of a motor vehicle on the College campus. These minimum limits are:
- Liability for bodily injury: $20,000 each person; $40,000 each accident, and property damage: $10,000, or
- Combined single limit coverage of $50,000.
A two-week grace period will be allowed on vehicle inspection. College registration stickers must be placed on the rear of each registered automobile or motorcycle.
All vehicle operators must obey posted speed limits and restrictions, as directed by the Director of Plant & Operations. Motor vehicles parked so as to impede maintenance operations, including the plowing of snow, may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Motorcycles at Marlboro exist on sufferance of the College Community and Administration. They can be annoying to local residents off campus, and they are hazardous to careless or unskilled operators. Therefore, college motorcyclists have a social obligation to ensure that all cycles registered with the College are operated responsibly. Cyclists are urged to read and adhere to the following regulations:
Any motorcycle at Marlboro must be insured according to college-approved limits, and must have passed inspection. To do this, the motorcycle must be registered.
In order to preserve the general student privileges of owning and operating a motorcycle at Marlboro, every cyclist is urged to proceed from the College to Route 9 and from Route 9 to the College in a careful manner, producing a minimum of noise, proceeding at a modest rate of speed, and keeping an eye peeled for children, other pedestrians, and pets.
Helmets, strongly advised by Marlboro medical authority, are an essential element of personal safety. Every motorcyclist is advised to own a helmet as a condition for maintaining a motorcycle at Marlboro, and to wear it while riding. Note that Vermont law requires the wearing of motorcycle helmets on all public roads. See Marlboro College Bylaws, Article III, for regulations.
Scrambling, testing, and off-road racing are a source of noise, irritation and minor damage to the land. These activities are to be removed from campus and conducted in abandoned fields or isolated wood roads where they do not damage property or disturb bystanders. Motorcycles should not be operated on private property without the consent of the property owner.
Failure to comply with the College motorcycle policy will result in the suspension of a student’s right to own or operate a motorcycle at Marlboro College.
Mopeds, motorbikes, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are subject to, at a minimum, all restrictions listed above for motorcycles. Mopeds, motorbikes, and snowmobiles must be registered, insured and inspected. Note: Three-wheeled all-terrain vehicles may not be operated on Marlboro College property at any time.
The Outdoor and Recreation Programs try to combine activities for advanced athletes, for novices, and for those who simply like to be outside. All events are planned by the Director of the Program and the Athletic Committee. As with the social life at Marlboro, the types of activities from year to year are often determined by student interest and enthusiasm. On most fall weekends there are rock-climbing, hiking, or canoeing trips headed by the Program’s Director, as well as short afternoon hikes. Volleyball, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee are organized as on-campus activities and soccer and basketball as competition with other schools. Cross-country and down-hill skiing, ice skating, ice climbing, and winter camping are all offered through the Outdoor/Recreation Program during the winter months. The College provides cross-country skiing equipment to those interested, in addition to informal lessons or clinics and local trail orientation. For down-hill skiers, Mount Snow, Berkshire East, Haystack, and Stratton Mountain ski resorts are within a fifty-five minute drive of the College. An annual all campus Broomball tournament in January is an event not to be missed.
For those who prefer to stay indoors, the College has a game room with ping-pong, foosball and pool tables, as well as an exercise room with a rowing machine, weights, and exercycle. A Town Meeting membership also provides access to the Colonial Spa in Brattleboro with pool, steam room, sauna and jacuzzi. In addition, a large indoor climbing gym is now in the Whittemore Theater. The facility is open on a schedule basis and at random hours contingent on the availability of trained volunteer wall monitors. Exercise and dance classes are offered almost daily in Brattleboro. During the warmer months, there are public tennis courts available at Living Memorial Park in West Brattleboro.
Bridges/Woods provides a transition experience for students just entering the campus community. These trips, hosted in the last week of August, are designed to provide participants with both a working set of group living and a broad network of friends and contacts to start off their time at Marlboro College.
The trips are student led by a select group of volunteers. In exchange for their time and energy, leadership, first aid and group dynamics training are provided free of charge each year. Bridges/Woods leaders may also elect to apprentice with the Outdoor Program or to pursue additional specific training and certification outside of the program via means of a Leadership Training Fund set up for that purpose.
No pets are allowed on campus, except as noted in Article V of the Marlboro College Bylaws.
Because of danger to individuals, potential liability concerns for the College, and probable damage to roofs, all roofs are off-limits. Fire escapes must be free of personal belongings and clear in the event of a fire alarm. At no time should anyone use a fire escape except during an emergency. A fine of $100 will be assessed to anyone found on a roof or improperly using a fire escape.
The College encourages students to have their own checking account. Having a local bank allows students to cash a check or use a debit card at the campus ATM and at many local businesses; there are no other facilities to access funds on campus. There are several banks in the Brattleboro/Wilmington area, (Chittenden Bank, Key Bank, Merchants Bank and TD Bank to name a few). Representatives from area banks will be on campus during the “Stuff to Do” Fair, usually held during the first week of September should you wish to open an account.
Student mailboxes are located on the ground floor of the Campus Center. Box combinations are assigned by the Director of Mail Services. Information including combinations and addressing procedures are sent to each new student before enrollment day. Mail is distributed twice a day, Monday through Friday. There are no mail services available on Saturday. Any mail too large for mailboxes is held in the mailroom located in the basement of Mather. Students will receive a notification slip in their box which must then be presented for receipt of the package. Assistance with outgoing mail and packages is available. Mail will not:
- be given to anyone other than the addressee;
- be held for any student who is no longer enrolled at the College;
- be delivered to another student’s mailbox.
Student mail will not be available during vacation periods. Students who wish their mail forwarded during vacations must leave a forwarding address with the mail services office. Mail which cannot be forwarded for any reason will be returned to sender or disposed of.
Assignment of Rooms
Furniture in Rooms
Marlboro residence halls are small living units ranging from apartments (for upper-class students mostly) to dormitories housing 12 to 30 people each. They tend to function more like homes than institutional housing. Students must work together to develop and enforce policies, to create a welcome environment, and to maintain the cleanliness of the buildings.
At the beginning of each semester, the ground rules for each living unit (quiet hours, cleaning, parties, etc.) are developed by all the residents into a document called the Dorm Charter. In buildings with Resident Assistants, the RA will help facilitate this process, but it is up to each member of a house to participate and enforce these rules.
Marlboro College requires new students to live on campus for their first academic year as long as they meet the deposit deadline. This is in the interest of a socially integrated community and enhanced success of our incoming students. Exceptions to this requirement must be sent, in writing, to the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Housing.
Near the end of each semester, the administration shall determine which rooms and apartments are to be made available to students in the following year.
Each residential unit is to be kept in order by its residents. We do have a professional cleaning crew for general upkeep (bathroom and common area cleaning under normal use conditions). It is important that parties and other gatherings be cleaned up by those students in attendance in order to avoid excess cleaning charges. In addition, kitchens should be cleaned after use.
All hallways, stairwells, and common areas need to be kept clear of personal belongings. This is both to enhance the cleanliness of the building and to provide safe fire egress. Trash and recyclables must be similarly placed in their proper receptacles outside the building.
Students are responsible for the condition of their rooms. When moving out of a room (either to another room or off campus for any reason) it is the student’s responsibility to remove all belongings and clean the room.
Plant and Operations Office personnel will inspect every student’s room at periodic intervals during the year. Any damage to the room or to the furniture and fixtures will be charged to the student’s bill. If this bill is not paid, neither diplomas nor transcripts will be issued and continued registration is jeopardized. Damage to common areas, unless attributable to specific individuals, will be the responsibility of all residents of the building. For this reason, students should take extra care when non-residents are present in the common areas.
Dormitory rooms are furnished with beds, desks, chairs and dressers. Students may bring curtains and lamps for their rooms. Electric blankets, clocks, coffee makers, televisions, radios and stereos in good working condition are also permitted. Electric heaters, stoves, hot plates, “immersion heaters” and most other appliances are not permitted. Waste receptacles must be metal. We wish to avoid fire hazards and unnecessary consumption of electricity. There are small but adequate kitchen facilities for preparing snacks in some dormitories. For safety reasons, no one is allowed to sleep in any building that is not a dormitory.
Keys to dormitory rooms will be issued by Plant and Operations. Lost keys should be reported immediately to Plant and Operations. For any key that is not returned upon moving out of a room, the student will be charged a $75 replacement fee.
Resident students who leave campus overnight are requested to notify the RA of their destination so that they may be contacted in case of an emergency.
The purpose of the Resident Assistant program is to promote health, safety and courtesy in College housing.
RA’s at Marlboro College are peer leaders who help the daily function of the living units. They serve as a facilitator of community, a link between the students and the administration and as a first contact for problems that students might have. An RA is an advocate for the living unit, and should be familiar with the needs of the students living in his or her building. The RA is not a police officer, but assists community members in enforcing the policies, and should act in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by Town Meeting and the administration. The RA is a unique resource for members of our residential community.
The Director of Housing and Residential Life and an interview team of faculty, staff and students select Resident Assistants annually.
The Resident Assistant is responsible for:
As the College’s representative in the dorms, the Resident Assistant assumes many roles. The RA’s responsibilities largely center on establishing and maintaining a dormitory atmosphere that is conducive to residents overall education and development. This involves assisting students on both an individual and group basis.
The Resident Assistant job can generally be described in six areas:
- General RA Skills: The RA provides leadership, initiative and support to students. RAs are expected to actively demonstrate positive personal, academic, and job-related behaviors.
- Helping Skills: The RA is expected to be available to discuss student concerns and problems, both individually and in groups. The RA also initiates referrals to the various specialized services available on campus and in the community.
- Community Development: The RA provides leadership and support for educational and social activities in the dorms and in collaboration with other campus groups or resources. RAs promote an atmosphere where students are able to grow both academically and personally.
- Community Constitution and By-Laws: The RA is expected to actively promote and support policies outlined in the Marlboro College community constitution and by-laws. This necessitates that the RA be thoroughly familiar with the constitution and by-laws, as well as the procedures for mediating disputes, understanding policy and reporting incidents.
- Preparation and Planning: RAs are responsible for establishing dorm charters, as well as preparing and maintaining their dorm. RAs must complete all required paperwork in a timely and accurate manner.
- Teambuilding: RAs must be able to work with other staff members in a professional manner. They should also be able to provide leadership in their dorms with enthusiasm and spirit.
Resident Assistants participate in RA training during the 10 days prior to the opening of the College in the fall, and they attend weekly Residential Life Staff meetings.
Resident Assistants are compensated with a single room, free of charge, and a $2000 stipend.
In addition to the Faculty’s authority to dismiss or discontinue students for academic failure or failure to perform, in specified situations, Marlboro College personnel or the Community Court may suspend or expel a student from the college. Suspension is a separation from the college for a specified period of time, usually with conditions that must be satisfied before the student is granted readmission to the College. Expulsion is a permanent separation from the College. The aim in these policies is to maintain a healthy academic community for all students, faculty, and staff while affording students appropriate elements of due process; in each case, students will receive documented notice of a proposed action, with an opportunity to respond and an avenue for appeal. The situations in which the power to suspend or expel may be exercised are as follows:
Emergency Suspension or Removal
Removal of Members of the Public
Dean of Faculty
Dean of Students
Recommendations from the Sexual Harassment Panel
In extraordinary circumstances, authorized members of the administration or faculty may suspend a student or require the removal from campus of an employee prior to any hearing before the College body ordinarily responsible for disciplinary action. The President, the Dean of the Faculty and Graduate Education, the Dean of Students, or a person expressly designated by any of these administrators, is authorized to act in such circumstances, subject to the following conditions:
- Interim suspension or removal from campus may be imposed only: a) to ensure the safety or well-being of members of the College community or the protection of College property; b) to ensure the student’s or employee’s own physical safety or well-being; or c) to prevent serious disruption of, or interference with, the operations of the College.
- During the interim suspension or removal, the student or employee may be denied access to College properties, activities, or privileges for which he or she might otherwise be eligible, as the President or the other designated person may determine.
- Any community member suspended or removed from campus shall be notified in writing of the terms of the suspension (for students) or removal (for employees) and of the reasons for it, with a description of the normal procedures that will be followed later. The interim suspension or removal from campus does not replace the normal procedures. Notice of the time, date, and place of any subsequent hearing should be given as soon as practical. Any such subsequent hearing shall address the issue of harm or threat of harm without prejudice due to the interim action.
Any member of the Administration (including all staff) or of the Faculty may require the departure or removal of a member of the public: a) to ensure the physical safety or well-being of members of the College community or preservation of College property; b) to ensure the person’s own physical safety and well-being; or c) to prevent the disruption of, or interference with, the normal operations of the College. If the threat to the College is likely to be sustained, the matter will be referred to the College Selectboard to consider Persona Non Grata status.
Since Marlboro College is an academic community, in which students are responsible for active academic engagement, the Dean of Faculty, in consultation with the Dean of Students and relevant faculty members, may suspend, effective immediately, any student who fails to attend classes or to engage in academic work and who is therefore making it difficult for other students or members of the faculty to engage in the academic life of the College. Notice of this suspension and the reasons for it must be provided to the student in writing. The Dean should report such suspensions to the next regular Faculty meeting.
Appeal – A student suspended for the reasons above may appeal the suspension in writing to the Dean of Faculty within five (5) calendar days from the date of suspension. Appeals will be limited to the following grounds: (1) consideration of new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of suspension; (2) an allegation of substantial procedural error on the part of the Dean of Faculty; or, (3) the sanction imposed was disproportionate to the conduct. The Dean will then convene an ad hoc committee composed of the Dean of Faculty, the Director of Academic Advising, and the student’s advisor or another faculty member of the student’s choice.
In general, the ad hoc committee will consider procedural matters, including eligibility for suspension. The ad hoc committee will report to the next faculty meeting, at which time the faculty will consider the recommendations of the ad hoc committee on the student’s appeal. If the ad hoc committee is recommending against the suspension, the student shall be reinstated pending action by the full Faculty.
Extraordinary and Disruptive Behavior
The Dean of Students, in consultation with the Medical Staff, the Dean of Faculty, the faculty members on the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the student’s academic advisor, may suspend, effective immediately, any student whose behavior is an extraordinary and disruptive drain on the community’s resources. Such behavior may include repeated threats of suicide (even if not credible), repeated threats to others, repeated abusive or violent arguments, or other extreme behavior requiring repeated interventions by Resident Assistants, Student Life Coordinators, or the Dean of Students or his or her staff. Notice of this suspension and the reasons for it must be provided to the student in writing. The Dean shall report the suspension promptly to faculty members teaching courses or tutorials for which the student is registered and to the next regular Faculty Meeting.
Appeal – A student suspended for the reasons above may appeal the suspension in writing to the Dean of Students within five (5) calendar days from the date of suspension. Appeals will be limited to the following grounds: (1) consideration of new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of suspension; (2) an allegation of substantial procedural error on the part of the Dean of Students; or, (3) the sanction imposed was disproportionate to the conduct. The Dean will then convene an ad hoc committee composed of the Dean of Students, the Director of Health Services, and the student’s advisor or another faculty member of the student’s choice.
In general, the ad hoc committee will consider procedural matters, including eligibility for suspension. The ad hoc committee will report to next faculty meeting, at which time the faculty will consider the recommendations of the ad hoc committee on the student’s appeal. If the ad hoc committee is recommending against the suspension, the student shall be reinstated pending action by the full Faculty.
As stated in the Marlboro College Policy on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct, if the Sexual Harassment Panel finds that the Respondent’s actions constituted sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or retaliation, it will promptly notify the Complainant to give the Complainant an opportunity to present a “victim impact statement” to assist in determining the appropriate sanction. Evidence that the Respondent has previous complaints against him or her that have been heard through the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct process may here be introduced. The Panel may consult with the Dean of Students to insure that the details of the execution of its sentence are both clear and practical. The Panel will forward its findings and recommendation (which may include suspension or expulsion) for action to the Respondent and to the Dean of Students who will affirm or modify the proposed sanction. When the Dean of Students determines the appropriate sanction, he or she shall notify the Respondent and the Compliance Coordinator within three (3) calendar days of receiving the Panel’s findings and recommendation for action.
Appeal – The Respondent may appeal the findings of the Panel and sanction to the Dean’s Advisory Committee within five (5) calendar days from the date of the Dean’s decision. Appeals must be submitted in writing, detailing the specific reason(s) for the appeal. Appeals will be limited to the following grounds: (1) consideration of new evidence that was not reasonably available at the time of the formal investigation or hearing on the matter; (2) an allegation of substantial procedural error on the part of the Investigator or the Panel; or, (3) the sanction imposed was disproportionate to the conduct violating the Policy. The Dean’s Advisory Committee considering the appeal shall not conduct a new fact investigation but may consult with members of the Panel and shall have the authority to affirm, reverse or modify the decision and/or the penalty imposed, or to remand the matter to the college official imposing the sanction for further consideration. The decision on the appeal is the final appeal available internally to the college. Appeal determinations will generally occur within five (5) days from the receipt of the appeal.
As established in the Marlboro College Constitution & Bylaws, if Community Court finds the student charged guilty, it may impose penalties including suspension and expulsion. For major offenses, the Court may expel for the first offense. Penalties imposed by the Court are final and effective immediately. Any defendant who believes that due process has been violated or that the penalty imposed is disproportionate in light of prior cases may request that the President review the procedures followed by the Court in reaching its verdict and sentence. This request must be made in writing within five (5) working days from the date of the Court’s decision. Should the President find that due process has been violated or that the penalty seems disproportionate, he or she shall instruct the Court to reconsider the case in light of those findings. The Court may correct any process error and either reach a new verdict, impose a different penalty, or reaffirm its earlier decision, with additional explanation. On appeal, no suspension or expulsion may be imposed until the President and the Court agree. A decided case may be appealed directly to the Court, after consultation with the Advocate, where relevant new evidence arises, provided that such new evidence was clearly unavailable through reasonable investigation at the time of the original hearing. In the event that the sentence proposed will require the supervision of the Dean of Students (as, for instance, in all cases of suspension, expulsion, or restriction off campus), the Court shall confer with the Dean of Students before announcing the sentence, to insure that the details of the execution of its sentence are both clear and practical. The person charged is not normally present for such consultation, but may be allowed to be present at the discretion of the Court.