Dean of the Faculty: Faculty Handbook

Campus Services

1. Campus Mail and Post Office

There is a substation of the Amherst Post Office in the Campus Center. Among the services available are: Certified Mail, Express Mail, Parcel Post, Registered Mail, Stamps, United Parcel Service (incoming parcels only). Post Office window hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Mail addressed for internal campus delivery can be routed through the College Post Office without paying postage, but such mail must be addressed with campus post office box numbers. When mailing more than ten pieces of mail at one time, the mailing must be sorted in numerical order by post office box number. Likewise, mail to be delivered by the Five-College Messenger can be routed through the Post Office without paying postage.

2. The Purchasing Office

The Purchasing Office in the Physical Plant Department will assist faculty members in purchasing furniture, equipment, supplies, etc. from outside vendors, or locating other College departments who may have such items for sale or donation. Each department office has purchase orders and office supply order forms. These forms can be obtained from the Purchasing Office. Faculty members are welcome to visit this office to use furniture catalogs and to obtain price quotations. The purchasing agent can visit the faculty member's office to advise on furniture needs.

3. Campus Police

The function of Campus Police is to ensure the safety and protection of all persons and property at Amherst College and to enforce campus rules and regulations as directed by College officials. Campus Police Officers are empowered to enforce the Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All patrols are equipped with radios and are in constant contact with the College Operator. The patrol can always be reached in an emergency by calling the campus emergency number 542-2111. Security can be reached for non-emergency purposes by calling 542-2291. The Campus Police Office, which is located in the Service Building, Physical Plant, is open Monday through Friday during normal business hours. A security dispatcher is on duty at all times in the Campus Police Office and is available to deal with unusual situations or emergencies. Faculty members must register automobiles and obtain Amherst College parking decals at the Campus Police Office. In addition to patrolling the campus, Campus Police are responsible for registering motor vehicles, traffic and parking control, accident and complaint investigations, transportation of the ill and injured, cash escorts, temporary storage of funds, maintaining a "lost and found" service, and providing personal safety escorts between College facilities during late evening and night hours. Campus Police also performs fire safety patrols and inspections, residence checks of College housing and provides Administration vehicle service.

4. Physical Plant Service Center

Routine maintenance and repairs can be requested by calling the Service Center at ext. 2254. Other work should be requested on purchase orders, on which the proper customer account number and Department Head signature is provided, and sent to the Service Center. All requests pertaining to College housing should be called in to the Service Center at ext. 2254. Some situations require prompt attention to avoid danger to health, property damage, or severe inconvenience. Examples of such emergencies are power and heating system failures, and serious roof and pipe leaks. Emergencies should be called in to the Service Center at ext. 2254 Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Evening, weekend and holiday emergencies should be called into Campus Security at ext. 2291. Emergency work has hop priority followed by routine maintenance, and then discretionary work and special services are scheduled for the remaining time available and in the order in which they are received. Physical Plant services are limited to College-owned property.