Office of Student Affairs


Summer 2015

Dear Amherst College students, faculty, staff, family and friends,                                          

Students’ lives at Amherst College are vibrant and complex webs of intellectual and interpersonal pursuits. The College has developed resources across many decades to provide for a campus environment that nurtures discourse through research, dissent, skepticism and debate. We expect that our students will actively engage with these resources and with each other toward a better understanding of self and communities, local and distant.

The Student Handbook is produced each year for the purpose of presenting the core values, policies and procedures that assist us in our dialogues about dynamic interactions with resources and with each other. The Handbook illustrates rights, as well as responsibilities, and provides structures for constructive problem solving, should the need arise.

Our pluralism of ideas and passions will inevitably, on occasion, lead to conflicts that detract from our constructive educational climate. Whether in the classroom, on a playing field or within a residence hall, unresolved conflicts are the focus of the Student Conduct Process’ goal of employing transparent and equitable procedures that fuse rights and responsibilities. We believe in a process that holds students accountable in a manner that respects their adulthood and their self-determination to make decisions based on as much data and considered factors as possible.    

Keep this volume close by and become familiar with its contents. Even if you are never a party to a Student Conduct Process yourself, your understanding of the rights and responsibilities that all students share will increase dialog and awareness about how we might best live, study and play together.                                          

Alex Vasquez
Dean of Students