In support of student entrepreneurial endeavors as a reasonable addition to one’s extracurricular experience, the Office of Student Activities provides a platform by which students can do so in accordance with community standards. This policy applies to enterprises in which involved students are engaging in revenue generating activities in which they are personally profiting or attempting to profit (regardless of whether the enterprise fails to generate revenue or the enterprise operates at a loss). The following policies do not apply to Registered Student Organizations which fundraise to contribute funds to their club budget or affiliated philanthropic efforts.
Amherst College students who wish to operate a profit-making enterprise on campus must register the enterprise with the Office of Student Activities before starting any operations. Students must re-register each subsequent year the enterprise remains active.
Amherst College students may not engage in the sale or distribution of goods or services to others in which such enterprise uses or involves any College facility or equipment without advance formal approval by the Office of Student Activities.
The words “Amherst College,” the likeness of the Amherst College Mammoth, the College Seal, or anything that, in the College’s judgement, may cause confusion between the College’s brand and the student’s enterprise may not appear as part of distributed materials or name of enterprise without formal permission from the Office of Student Activities and Office of Communications.
Students wishing to operate a profit-making enterprise are required to submit an Enterprise Proposal web form and meet with Office of Student Activities staff in advance of any operations or associated activities.
Enterprises that includes the sale or solicitation of goods must show ability to cover complaints, refunds, uncollectible receivables, and injury. All enterprises must comply with federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
Copyrighted material is not allowed unless a written release form is obtained from the holder of the copyright.
The Office of Student Activities may audit the operation of any campus profit-making enterprise. The Office of Student Activities may revoke permission to operate at Amherst College if activities are deemed in conflict with original Enterprise Proposal approved by the Office of Student Activities or if activities are deemed in conflict with applicable laws or College policy.
On-campus commercial vending by non-Amherst College students is prohibited. Solicitation of funds or support by off-campus nonprofit organizations must be approved by the Office of Student Activities.
Failure to comply with the above regulations may result in formal adjudication as outlined within the Student Code of Conduct.