Since our founding, Hampshire College has been envisioned as a residential learning community. This has meant that not only does Hampshire strive to provide safe, secure, and comfortable living areas for students, but we also strive to provide a dynamic, intellectual environment outside the classroom. The residence life system encourages students to assume community responsibility and to respect the diverse backgrounds and lifestyles of our community members by providing opportunities for residents to learn about differences and to intentionally create a community that embraces those differences.
For more information about the student and professional staff who work in the houses, visit the Residence Life and Housing website.
Residence Life and Housing Policies
Members of the Hampshire College community are required to abide by the laws of Massachusetts, the laws of the town of Amherst, and the Norms for Community Living and Policies set forth by Hampshire College in the Hampshire College Student Handbook. The following policies and associated subsections outline Residence Life and Housing Policies. If you have additional questions about these policies, please contact your house director or another member of the housing staff.
When it is found, through reports of the residence hall staff, housing operations staff, or campus police officers, for example, that a student has violated the policies of Hampshire College as specified in the Hampshire College Student Handbook, the College reserves the right to review the case and take appropriate disciplinary action.
Students are permitted to have overnight guests in their rooms or apartments as long as the host is on campus during that time. Hosts must register their guests, indicating the length of the visit, which may never exceed one week at a time or more than 15 days cumulatively in a semester, even if the guest has had more than one host. Guests’ vehicles must be registered with campus police as specified in the parking policy. All guests are expected to abide by Hampshire College’s Norms for Community Living and Policies. Responsibility for the conduct and safety of guests lies with the host. Any damage caused by a guest, whether or not they have been registered, will be charged to the host. Any guest whose behavior is disruptive will be required to leave campus.
Health & Safety
Residence life staff and/or health and safety staff may enter common spaces and rooms as needed, and at least once during each term, to conduct fire, health, and safety inspections. Residence life staff also enter each room, as part of the December shut-down process, to check the heat and make certain windows and doors are secure. Students are required to comply with the required corrective action of all fire, health and safety inspections carried out by college personnel.
All campus spaces must be used only for their intended purpose unless appropriate permissions are obtained. Any use of a space that creates a hazard for the user or other occupants of the building is prohibited. No resident is allowed on the roof of any building on campus, except in those instances when it is a secondary egress route in the event of a fire. Additionally, no resident is allowed to scale the exterior of any building on campus.
Although students are expected to live in the same room for an entire academic year, there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that may warrant a move. If a student feels a move is necessary, they must meet with their house director to discuss those needs. Typically, the house director will first work with the student to solve any problems in the student’s living area. If despite everyone’s best efforts, the problem is irresolvable, the house director may grant permission for the student to move.
An administrative move may be determined as necessary by a member of the residence life staff or the dean of students office. In such cases, these staff reserve the right to move students to any vacancy on campus.