Residential Life and Community Guidelines

All students must agree to the following terms and conditions to obtain housing on campus. Please read these guidelines carefully.


Residential Life and Community Guidelines 2021-2022

Please Note: Effective August 2021 and Subject to Adjustments that Reflect Evolving Local, State, and Federal Covid Guidelines.

In addition to individual actions and expectations, we also have a collective responsibility as members of the Amherst College community. This responsibility includes mutual support and respect in addition to accountability to each other for the collective health and wellbeing of all members of our community. 

With this in mind, all students are expected to adhere to the policies outlined below, as well as those found in the Student Code of Conduct and other official College publications.  These policies describing non residence hall-specific expectations should be followed at all times while on campus.  These policies are subject to change as the local and global situation evolves and as public health guidance is updated. Students will be informed of any updates as soon as they are available.

The undersigned hereby requests assignment to an Amherst College residence hall, and understands the terms and conditions of this document, as well as those found in the *Student Code of Conductand other official College publications, as describing the residential relationship between the undersigned and the College.

Housing Regulations

  • First-year students are required to live in one of the designated first-year halls or areas.
  • Students may not sublet or rent their assigned room, nor provide their access card or key to any other person for any reason.
  • Students will be permitted to access only the residence hall to which they are assigned without express written permission from Student Affairs.  Lee, Greenway C, and Nicholls Biondi are considered to comprise one hall for the purpose of this guideline (as they are connected internally). James and Stearns, though connected via the basement level, do not constitute a singular unit, and residents are not permitted to access the hall to which they are not assigned.
  • Students may not utilize their assigned residence hall room or suite to operate any business.
  • Students may not utilize nor transform their assigned residence hall room or suite for purposes other than its primary uses of study, rest, and relaxation. 
  • All College-issued furniture must remain in the assigned room or suite unless the Office of Accessibility Services has granted written permission for removal as part of a housing accommodation.
  • Students are not permitted to remove screens in their room. All windows and screens will have been inspected before students begin occupying the room. If there is a problem with a screen or window, students should immediately notify their Community Advisor or the Service Center (servicectr@amherst.edu) to request a repair.
  • For ground floor windows, heavy gauge security screens and accompanying security tags have been installed to help protect our students and their possessions. Any removal or damage to the security tags will result in a cost of repair or replacement.
  • Air conditioning units may not be kept in an assigned room or suite nor installed by students into windows without express written permission of the Office of Accessibility Services. If a student has a medically-documented need for an air conditioner, the student should work with the Office of Accessibility Services who will notify the Office of Residential Life. 

Guests

  • Under no circumstances are non-resident guests, including enrolled Amherst College or Five-College students who live off-campus, permitted to visit Amherst College residents in their residence hall.
  • Campus buildings will only be accessible to Amherst College community members and are not open to other guests, including other Five-College community members.

Health and Safety

Smoking of all types, including e-cigarettes and vapor-producing devices, are prohibited within all residence halls. Open flames and smoldering materials (candles and incense) are also disallowed.

Tampering with any health and safety equipment is a serious offense and will result in adjudication by the College.

Students must maintain adequate egress paths in their living areas at all times. No items may block hallways, stairwells, or exits. Persistent reminders of egress violations may result in adjudication by the College.

Insurance of Personal Property

The College assumes absolutely no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property of any assigned resident of College housing. This includes items placed in College storage. 

Keys

When leaving the College for any reason, your room key MUST be returned. Students who fail to return their key will be charged. Per section 7.13, Keys, in the Student Code of Conduct: If a student loses a room key or does not return a key at checkout, a lock charge of $75 per lock may be assessed, in addition to a $1 charge for each key that must be replaced. Key charges will be evaluated at the discretion of the Locksmith and the Police Chief/Director of Public Safety.

Students may not exchange their College-assigned keys or their ID card with each other or change their housing assignment without permission of the Office of Residential Life and following the appropriate process for room moves. Keys for approved room changes must be returned to the Locksmith. These appointments will be initiated by the Office of Residential Life. Students moving are responsible for completing this task. Students who exchange keys without prior approval will receive follow-up which may result in adjudication for violation of the Student Code of Conduct. 

Storage

  • Each individual assumes responsibility for insurance of personal property as well as its safe storage and maintenance.
  • Large items such as furniture of any kind (couches, beds,chairs, futons, tables, etc.), plastic drawers, shelves, carpets/rugs, tires, grills, refrigerators, and other large appliances are not allowed to be stored. Students may not store other items prohibited in rooms, such as (but not limited to) microwaves, hot pots, air conditioners, and heaters.

Student Gatherings and Social Events

No parties or social events that are not planned with Student Affairs and vetted for appropriate physical distancing and personal protective equipment standards will be permitted.

Student Vehicles

Students who bring vehicles to campus must register their vehicles with the Amherst College Police Department (ACPD).  

*I have read and have agreed to the terms and conditions listed in these guidelines, together with the rules, regulations and procedures of Amherst College as published herein and in the Student Code of Conduct, and in other College publications. Violations of these terms may result in removal, repair and/or replacement costs, fines, or other disciplinary actions.*