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Policies, Parking, Vehicle, and Bike Registration

Student Events on Campus

For each event planned on campus outside of the residence halls, an event registration form (ERF) needs to be filed with student development and community leadership. The campus police department requires that ERFs be filled out and turned in to student development and community leadership TEN days prior to every event. Any ERF that is not submitted at least ten days prior to the event needs written approval by campus police.

Personal Property

Hampshire College assumes no responsibility or liability directly or indirectly for damage, loss, or destruction of any personal property by fire, water, theft, etc. Students are strongly encouraged to carry personal insurance to cover their belongings.

It is the responsibility of each student to safeguard personal belongings and keep bedroom and apartment doors locked. The vast majority of property crimes on campus are crimes of opportunity. The simple step of keeping doors locked provides enormous protection.

The campus police department has electric engravers available for loan. It is a good practice to engrave valuable items with the owner's social security number or other identifying marks. Marking of personal property will help in identifying the rightful owner of recovered property.

Use of College Vehicles

College vehicles are not available for personal use. Pool vehicles are available for College business. Requests to reserve pool vehicles must be made between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday by a representative of a College budget unit (e.g. student affairs, area offices, school offices, etc.). All individuals operating College vehicles must complete the defensive driver course, which is offered at least once each semester by OPRA.


No camping on Hampshire College property is allowed without explicit permission from the campus police director.

Open Fires

Open fires (inside or outside) are prohibited on campus unless prior written approval is granted by the campus police director. Charcoal barbecues are permitted, but must take place a safe distance away from buildings. Barbecues must not be left unattended.

Trespass Policy

In certain situations, Hampshire College may serve unwanted individuals with a trespass notice. Violators of a trespass notice are subject to arrest. Campus police officers or other College employees may ask community members or visitors for identification. Failure to comply with such a request may result in disciplinary action up to and including escort from the Hampshire College campus and/or trespass. Students are encouraged to carry their Hampshire College ID cards with them at all times.

Weapons, Firearms, and Explosives

All (fake or real) weapons, firearms, and explosives including but not limited to firearms; knives (over 4 inches); swords; bows and arrows; and incendiary devices, including firecrackers, are strictly prohibited on campus. BB, pellet, and paint ball guns are also prohibited. All weapons, firearms, and explosives used in plays, theater, etc, must be registered and stored in the campus police department. These items are not allowed in the dorms/living areas and will be confiscated.

Important Links

Vehicle Registration
Bicycle Registration
Driver Certification
Map with Parking (pdf)
Parking Citation Appeal (pdf)

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With Campus Police
Snail Mail
Campus Police Department
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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