Amherst College was founded in 1821 as an outgrowth of Amherst Academy, which had been established in 1814. The founders of the College were residents of Amherst and nearby towns. More than 1,300 of them contributed money, materials and labor to the enterprise, and the College was named for the town (which itself was named in honor of Jeffrey Amherst, Commander of British forces in the French and Indian War). The first president of the Board of Trustees was Noah Webster, the lexicographer.

Policy on Acceptable Use of the Amherst College Electronic Environment

The College maintains an electronic environment that includes a network, server systems, telephones, voicemail, and computers for faculty, staff and students. This environment is maintained to further the academic and administrative work of the College, and those uses take precedence over any others. Restrictions on Use


A. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION Amherst College does not, in its admission or employment policies and practices, discriminate against individuals on the basis of extrinsic factors such as race, sex, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, national origin, handicap, or status as a veteran of the Vietnam War era or as a disabled veteran. The College complies with applicable federal and state legislation and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

Faculty Handbook

The purpose of this Handbook is to provide all members of the Faculty, particularly those who are new to Amherst, with knowledge of the policies, regulations, practices and expectations which prevail at Amherst College. The various provisions of this Handbook are subject to revision from time to time by the Trustees, Administration and Faculty on their own initiative or in response to changes in State and Federal legislation.


As a faculty member approaches retirement, he or she should consult with the Dean of the Faculty and the Human Resources Office.
Retired faculty have emeritus status. Emeriti may participate in formal College ceremonies such as Commencement and convocation. They retain library privileges and full access to campus facilities though they cannot normally be granted the use of laboratory or office space. The College will invite those who retire in the area to participate in a variety of College social events.


1. The Libraries on the Amherst College Campus The Amherst College Library consists of the main Robert Frost Library, the Keefe Science Library, the Vincent Morgan Music Library, and the Visual Resources Collection. In addition, a portion of the mathematics collection is housed in the Olds Mathematics Library in Seeley Mudd and an affiliated collection, the Amherst Center for Russian Culture, is located on the second floor of Webster Hall.

General Information

1. The Town of Amherst The Town of Amherst was settled in 1731 as the "Third Precinct" of Hadley, the next town to the west. Amherst was incorporated as a separate town in 1759. In origin solely a farming community, it is now known chiefly for its three educational institutions. Amherst is a town of more than 35,000 inhabitants; the ultimate control of the Town's affairs rests with a representative town meeting. Approximately one-third of the members of the meeting are elected each year for three-year terms by the registered voters.

Policies and Procedures in Cases of Alleged Misconduct in Science

See the research misconduct policy for federally funded research here.

1. Definition of Scientific Misconduct
Scientific misconduct may consist of fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research.

Fringe Benefit Programs for Part-time Regular Faculty

Regular, part-time faculty are eligible for certain fringe benefits as follows:

1. Retirement

The date of appointment is the date for determining entry into TIAA, normally after two years of service. The percentage of contributions is the same as for full-time personnel.

2. Housing

Part-time, regular faculty members are eligible for College housing on the same basis as full-time faculty. Visiting faculty, full- or part-time, are eligible for College housing, but only after all regular faculty have been considered.