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Policies and Practices

Borne out of the concept of Restorative Justice, Restorative Practice nurtures community building by creating repeated intentional opportunities for community members to create caring relationships. Residence Life and housing staff utilize this method to build relationships and community among residents, and to respond to situations that harm or disrupt the community. Generally, these responses are in the form of questions designed to emphasize the impact of one's actions within the community, and how to heal the relationships they may have disturbed. By promoting respect and communication between community members, Restorative Practice contributes to the overall wellness of the community, and help to make Hampshire's campus a constructive learning environment.

Our mission encompasses our values of connection, growth, well-being, social justice, and community.

At the beginning of each year, or whenever moving into a new room, students are asked to sign a room contract stating they agree to abide by Hampshire's housing policies, as found in the Hampshire College Student Handbook. For your convenience, here are links to the sections most pertinent to Residence Life and Housing:

Abandoned Property
Charges for Student Damages
Disciplinary Outcomes and Sanctions
Fire Safety and Smoking
Health and Safety, Liability, Room Changes
Keys and Lockouts, Room Use and Access
Quiet Hours
Residence Opening and Closing
Room Condition and Upkeep
Room Damage
Storage Please note: storage rooms are accessible for students to remove items each fall beginning on the day residences open (Labor Day), and continuing for the first three weeks of the fall semester. Students will not have access to storage prior to Labor Day, even if they have been approved to arrive early on campus. Storage is open during the last two weeks of the spring semester for students to put items into storage. Please see the storage policy for details, and check the daily digest for exact hours closer to the date. 


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Amherst, MA 01002
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