All residential communities at Hampshire have designations regarding quietness of their space and gender identity of the residents; apartments (known as "mods") also have a designation for cleanliness. Additionally, many students choose to live in residential communities based on social identities or common living and learning goals. For the residence halls, these designations are set institutionally, and are unlikely to vary from year to year. Designations for the mods are set by the inhabitants, and tend to change yearly.
Members of the Hampshire community have the right to a quiet environment conducive to the ability to sleep, study, or socialize. All residences have 24-hour courtesy hours: No matter the hour of day or night, if you are asked by another resident to lower the noise level, you should make all reasonable effort to comply with the request. The use of amplified instruments and drums in the residences, indoor or outdoors, is prohibited. Campus-wide quiet hours begin at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Some mods and halls are designated as "Quiet" meaning residents may have brief, hushed conversations in the halls, but most socializing happens out of the mod. Music played within a room cannot be heard through the closed door or walls and is most likely listened to with headphones.
Hampshire College housing has four options in terms of gender designation.
The bathrooms on all-gender halls and in all-gender mods are open to students of all genders. The residents of non-binary, women's, and men's halls and mods will decide among themselves if their bathrooms will be available for use by guests of other genders.
All students are responsible for the cleanliness of their living spaces. Students living in the residence halls get an assist from the facilities and grounds staff for common area trash and recycling, and bathroom cleaning, while mod residents are solely responsible for cleaning and trash/recycling disposal. Mod residents choose the level of cleanliness they will maintain, and define exactly what that means to them in their mod contract. The choices are: very clean, clean, or casually clean.
Substance-free environments exist in all the housing areas, including several halls in Merrill and Dakin. A substance-free environment is a hall or mod where all residents and their guests agree to keep their hall or mod free from substances at all times. Substances are defined to include alcohol, cigarettes, and other smoking materials as well as illicit drugs. While there is an expectation for the entire community to comply with all state, federal, and local regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, the substance-free housing option offers an additional measure of support for people who choose not to smoke, drink, or use other drugs. Students interested in this option must complete the Substance-Free Housing contract.
Students who are in need of special housing due to medical need will be accommodated. There are many residences that are wheelchair-accessible, as well as an allergen-reduced mod, and several residential spaces with designations regarding dietary restrictions. Please see the housing accommodations page for more information, and contact the office of accessibility resources and services (OARS) if you have specific questions.
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