Policies and Practices

Housing Policies and Practices 

The concept of “restorative justice, restorative practice” nurtures community building by creating repeated intentional opportunities for community members to create caring relationships. Residence Life 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 helps to make Hampshire's campus a constructive learning environment.

Our core values are centering students, inclusive communities, self-advocacy, well-being, and growth.

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, below are links to the sections most pertinent to Residence Life: