Student Conduct: Our Philosophy
The guiding philosophy and approach to student conduct at Hampshire College is one of education and care, focusing on student learning through individual growth and accountability for behavior within the Hampshire College community. Our goal is to help and encourage students to be successful, both socially and academically; this includes providing the tools for students to make informed decisions. The conduct process and sanctions for violation of the norms for community living and policies are designed to guide student behavior and to balance the rights of the individual with that of the health and safety of the community.
Informal and Formal Processes
Hampshire College values the ability to facilitate outcomes through both formal and informal processes. As often as possible, the College encourages students to utilize informal processes, such as restorative conferencing or working with resident advisors (RAs) and area coordinators in residence life to resolve conflict. Engaging in informal processes means there will be no formal disciplinary record, however it is the right of students and administrators overseeing processes to request and recommend the use of formal processes. The goal of both formal and informal processes is to repair harm and find resolution for all involved parties. While interim measures may be taken for community safety following an incident and until a case can be heard, students are not considered responsible for violation of policy until a board and/or conduct administrator has determined an outcome and it is given to the student in writing (via e-mail and/or hard copy).