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Safety and parking policies, vehicle and bike registration information

Parking/Vehicle Policies

All information about parking policies, vehicle registration, decals, accessible parking, lots, etc. can be found in the student handbook. Faculty, staff and students who are parked on campus without a current registration sticker will be warned at first, then ticketed and finally towed if car is repeatedly parked illegally or considered abandoned. Students must pay a fee for registration stickers. Staff and faculty stickers are free. Temporary parking passes are available for short term parking for a small weekly fee. Students are not permitted to leave vehicles on campus over the summer. 

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 department of campus safety and security 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 safety and security.

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 department of campus safety and security has electric engravers available for loan. It is a good practice to engrave valuable items with the owner's name 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 director of campus safety and security.

Open Fires

Open fires (inside or outside) are prohibited on campus unless prior written approval is granted by the director of campus safety and security. 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 safety and security staff 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 department of campus safety and security. These items are not allowed in the dorms/living areas and will be confiscated.

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