Telephone and Voice Mail Services

Dialing Instructions

On-Campus Calls Dial 4-digit extension
Local Off-campus Calls Dial 9 + 7-digit local number
Toll-free Calls Dial 9 + toll-free number
Toll Calls* Dial 8 + TAC + # + 9 + number
International Calls Dial 8 + TAC + # + 9 + 011 + country code + city code + number
  • *Vermont cellular exchanges outside of the Middlebury calling area are billable toll calls as of May, 2010, per our local exchange carrier.  To dial a VT cellular exchange, other than Middlebury area local exchanges, dial as a toll call with the 802 area code. 
  • Year-round staff receive two TACs (telephone authorization codes) from Telephone Services -- one for business calls that begins with a "2" and another for personal calls that begins with a "1".  If you haven't received an email from Telephone Services with your TAC information, please call extension 5700 or email telecom@middlebury.edu.  If you require additional business TACs, please contact Telephone Services.
  • Students or guests may purchase a calling card at the College Store in Proctor for toll calling.

Incoming Calls 

College telephone extensions can be reached directly from the outside by dialing 802-443, and the extension.

Telephone Rates

The U.S. telephone rate is $0.05 per minute any time.

For International Rates as well as country and city codes.


Departmental calls are billed at the beginning of each month and posted to Banner account 701020. Contact Telephone Services for call detail. A pdf document for each month can be emailed to you. 

Personal calls are billed at the beginning of each month, also.  The total is deducted from your paycheck.  You can check call detail online at the MiddTel sign in.  You must be on the Middlebury network to access this sign in, either on campus or with a VPN connection.

Voice Mail Instructions

Activating Your Voice Mailbox

When accessing your voice mail box for the first time you must (1) change your security code from the system default
security code of 1234 to a different four to fifteen digit number, (2) record your name, and (3) record a personal greeting.

Accessing Your Voice Mailbox

  • From Your Office Telephone

- Dial 2100 (or on Ericsson digital telephone set press MESSAGE WAITING key if light is blinking),
- When the system answers, enter your security code

  • From Another Campus Telephone that has a Voice Mailbox

- Dial 2100
- When the system answers, press * and #
- Enter your extension and your security codes

  • From Off-Campus

- Dial 443-2100 (from off-campus)
- When you hear the main College greeting, press #, then dial your extension, and enter your security code

  • From a Campus Telephone that does NOT have a Voice Mailbox

- Dial 2100

- When you hear the main College greeting, press #, then dial your extension, and enter your security code

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I record and turn on my out-of-office greeting? 
Press 47 from main menu and record your greeting.  The greeting automatically turns on.

How many messages can my voice mailbox receive?
There is no limit to the number of messages you may receive.

How long are my new and saved messages kept on the system?
The system purges messages 30 days or older; however, it warns you seven days prior to the deletion and allows you to save the message for another 30 days.

How do I move between menu options?
Press * once or more to move back out of sub-menus and return to the main menu.

How do I bypass a voice mail greeting to leave a message?
Press # to bypass a greeting.

How do I transfer a call to someone else's voice mailbox?
Press the Inquiry key
Dial 3600
Enter the extension/voice mailbox number receiving the call
Press #
Press the Transfer key.
The caller will hear the mailbox greeting and be able to leave a message.

If two or more people share an extension can we have separate mailboxes?
Yes, if you have asked Telephone Services to set this feature for you. 
When callers reach the main number, the voice mail system gives them the option to leave a private message for anindividual , e.g. "for Mary, press 1", for Jack, press 2", etc.

Managing Your Voice Mailbox

Listen to Messages:

  • Review the first available new message 5
  • Review all new messages 1 9 1
  • Review saved messages 1 9 2
  • Record and send a message 6
  • Change message ordering FIFO (first in first out) or LIFO (last in first out) 1 6 2 5

After Listening to a Message:

  • Forward the message to another mailbox 1 3
  • Delete the message 3
  • Reply (to an extension) 1 7
  • Save the message 7

After Recording & Addressing a Message:

  • Mark the message private # 4
  • Mark the message urgent # 6
  • Request a return receipt # 1
  • Request future delivery # 5

Greetings and Other Set-up Options:

Out-of-Office Greeting:

  • Record an out of office greeting only 4 7
  • Record, review, or rerecord an out of office greeting 1 6 1 3 3
  • Turn on your previously recorded out of office greeting 1 6 1 3 3 5

Note:  Please note that as soon as you save your out-of-office greeting it is immediately turned on in the system. When you next dial into your voice mailbox, the system reminds you that your out-of-office greeting is on.  To turn it off, press 4.  If you do not want it turned on at the time you record, be sure to turn it off before you end the session or dial back into your voice mailbox and turn it off at the main menu. 

Standard Greeting

  • Record a new greeting only 4 6
  • Change, review, or record your greeting 1 6 1 3 2

Security Code

  • Change your security code 1 6 1 4

Name Recording

  • Change your name recording 1 6 1 5

Voice Mail Reference Guide (CallXpress)

For Faculty and Staff

Quick Reference Guide for Ericsson Telephones and Voice Mail

Ericsson Telephone Features - description of keys and programming

External Call Forwarding

To forward your campus phone line to an external number such as your home or cell phone, first contact Telephone Services to change the class of service on your phone.  Once you have the correct class of service you control the external call forwarding from your campus phone. 

To activate:

  • Lift the handset.
  • Dial * 23 #.
  • A display message requests the external number. 
  • Dial the external number, starting with a 9 at the beginning to get an outside line, or if a toll call dial 8 + TAC + #9 + area code + phone number.
  • Press # (dial tone signal will change; the Diversion light turns on).
  • Replace the handset.

To cancel:

  • Press the Diversion key (the Diversion light turns off).


  • Dial # 23 # (the external call forwarding is cancelled).

Troubleshooting and Repairs:  Call Telephone Services at extension 5700


All Ericsson telephone sets have speakerphone capability. The sound quality is adequate in an office.

In a conference room, you may want to use a Polycom speakerphone which can be borrowed at the Davis Family Library circulation desk. Either reserve online or call extension 5494 to reserve a speakerphone. You need a location with an analog line for these speakerphones. Telephone Services, extension 5700, can give you guidance on which locations have an analog line.  If only a digital (Ericsson set) line is available, you may borrow an adapter from us.

Office Moves

When you plan a move to another office, the first step is to fill out the Facilities Services request form.

If you are moving to a location that does not have a wired telephone jack or you have a special request that requires wiring or new hardware, please contact Telephone Services at ext 5700 or email Telephone Services at least two weeks before your move

Conference Calling

1) Audio Conference Bridge

If you require more than 7 parties, do not want to place the calls yourself, or want participants to dial into a toll-free line, contact Telephone Services extension 5700 to set up a reservation-less Verizon Business Instant Meeting conferencing account. There is no activation fee.  Calls placed through this service will automatically bill to your department Banner index code.  Please see Cost Table and Service Types for additional information.

2) Using an Ericsson display telephone set

With your office telephone, you can establish a connection with up to 7 parties on the campus telephone system. For full instructions, review the quick reference guide.

3) Using an analog (single line) telephone set

If you are unsure whether that extension has the class of service that allows conference calls, ask Telephone Services at extension 5700.

  1. With the first party on the line, press the hookflash and listen for a recall dialtone.
  2. Dial the second party -- incluce the telephone authorization code (TAC) if the number is a toll call.
  3. After the second party answers, dial 3. A loud conference tone indicates that the member has successfully been added.
  4. Repeat this procedure to connect up to eight parties (including yourself) with a maximum of three external calls.

NOTE:  If a called party is busy or does not answer, dial 2 to return to the conference.

Telephone Label Template

To update your phone's list of the phone numbers programmed on your Ericsson, here is the standard Telephone Label Template.

If you have a wing added to the right side of your Ericsson phone and want a new insert for it, contact Telephone Services at extension 5700.

Cellular Telephone Service

Please contact the Controller's Office with your questions regarding the policy and allowance:

Policy for Business Use

Allowance Request

BlackBerry Enterprise Server

Faculty and staff who purchase a BlackBerry device from a carrier may request an account on the College's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES).  The advantage to this is that your Microsoft Exchange e-mail, calendar, and contacts are synchronized real-time with your desktop/laptop Exchange services. 

If you don't have an account on the BES, your other option is to use Desktop Manager to synchronize with your BlackBerry.  The disadvantage to this is that you need to keep your desktop turned on at all times to keep it synchronized.  However, if your desktop is powered off, the next time you turn it on, your BlackBerry Exchange applications will be synchronized.

Directions for activating your BlackBerry on the server. 

Employee Discounts from AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless

Two cellular carriers in Vermont provide selected discounts to College employees.  To register for discounted rates:

AT&T 15% discount - for existing service.  For new service, go to an AT&T Wireless store and bring in a paystub or employee identification card and mention code: 3407157.

Verizon 10% discount

Aastra (formerly Ericsson) IP phone

For Students

Residential Hall Telephones

We provide courtesy telephones in all residence halls. These telephones are located in common areas and hallways.  In smaller houses there is one courtesy phone in a common area. These phones may be used for emergency calls to 911 or Public Safety x5911, out-going calls to on-campus locations and to make local and toll-free calls. Callers can also directly dial these numbers using 802-443 and the extension number.  Long-distance calling requires a calling card.

In Room Telephone Service - Academic Year Only: As of January 1, 2010, residential hall rooms no longer automatically have telephone service. Over the last several years we have found that most students use cellular phone service as their sole voice communication. The need for land line service had declined to such a point that it is no longer necessary, or fiscally responsible, to provide a service used so infrequently. However, if you desire a telephone land line in your room, you may request service through the Personal Information link in BannerWeb.  There is a $50 installation fee per academic year.  You can expect service within approximately 2 weeks of your request.  You will need to provide your own telephone.  If you are in a double, both you and your roommate can share the extension and upon request have two separate, private voice mailboxes. 

There is no dorm room telephone service available in the summer.

Cellular Telephone Service:  At present we find that Verizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless, and Sprint offer the best reception and service plans for the Middlebury area. For details on any company's coverage, please visit their Web sites. Pre-paid cellular services are also an option, particularly if your present carrier doesn't have coverage in the Middlebury area. Net10 and Tracfone work well on campus. If you order from them online, use the Middlebury zip code, 05753. Students should also understand that reception can be weak in a few campus locations due to College building construction

Fax Services for Students

Incoming Faxes:
An incoming-only fax machine is located in the Student Mail Center in McCullough. The number is 802-443-2068. The Mail Center will receive faxes and deliver them through campus mail without notice.
Outgoing Faxes:
An outgoing-only fax machine is located on the main floor of the library. Faxing from this machine is free.
Career Services, also, has a fax machine you may use for job applications. Dialing a fax number is the same as dialing a phone number:
Local (Off Campus) Calls:
Dial 9 and 7-digit local number
Toll Free Calls (800, 888, etc.):
Dial 9 and toll free number or telephone number from Library Info Desk fax.
Long Distance Domestic Calls:
Dial 9 + long distance number
International Calls:
Dial 9 + 011+ country code + city code + number

AlertFind Emergency Notification System

Provide your Cell Phone Number (OPTIONAL, BUT STRONGLY ENCOURAGED) 

In 2007 the College implemented an emergency broadcast notification system, AlertFind. It allows the College to send out timely information to cell phones and e-mail accounts, and if you have one, your dorm extension or office telephone, in a rapid and organized manner. This system can only reach you if we have your contact information. If you provide a cell phone number, it will be stored in our Banner database as well as in the emergency notification system for use in the event of a pressing need to contact you quickly. It will not appear in the on-line directory. If you own a cell phone, it is in your best interest to provide your number for this purpose.

How do I provide my cell phone?

Logon to BannerWeb and select Personal Information.  Choose option, Update Cell Phone.  Provide your number and you are finished.  If you need to update this number at a later date, you can simply enter the new cell phone number.

Emergency Calls

In an emergency dial 911 or 5911.

911 calls connect to a Vermont Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) dispatch center, which may send an ambulance, the fire department, and/or local police. The campus Department of Public Safety is simultaneously notified of the call and will send an officer to the location regardless. 5911 is the Department of Public Safety's on-campus emergency number. 

Take care in dialing. Dial 911 only in an emergency. If you mistakenly dial 911 please do not hang up since calls are captured and identified. The appropriate action is to stay on the line and tell the dispatcher that you have misdialed and do not have an emergency.

In the event of a hang-up PSAP dispatchers will attempt to call you back.  If there is no answer, a campus Public Safety officer is sent to the location of that phone. Specific locations of calls placed from any on-campus phone are determined by the College-maintained 911 database. Included in the location information sent to the 911 dispatcher are the telephone number of the calling party, the building and room from which the call was placed, and the street address of the building where the extension is located. The availability of this information can be critical to responding emergency personnel in cases where the calling party is unable to provide their location.

For non-emergency Public Safety calls dial 5133.


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