Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
The College fields NCAA Division III teams in 8 intercollegiate sports.
Fire Place Policy for Fraternities
Fireplaces are prohibited from all Hampden-Sydney College student residences, including fraternity houses, unless the following criteria are met:
- One operable fireplace shall be allowed in each residence hall.
- The fireplace is constructed in a safe manner, meeting all codes.
- The fireplace is located in a common space. No fireplaces shall be allowed in student sleeping rooms.
- The room in which the fireplace is located must be monitored with a smoke and heat detection system that meets all code requirements.
- The room in which the fireplace is located and the building must be sprinkled.
- There must be audible and visual alarm systems located within the room where the fireplace is located and on the exterior of the building.
- The fireplace must be inspected and cleaned annually. This is a Hampden-Sydney College responsibility.
- Each fraternity must maintain its liability insurance as stated under the terms of its lease with the College.
- Fires must be contained within the fire box, which may not extend beyond the vertical plane of the header.
- All flammable material (rugs, furniture, firewood, combustible material) must be kept at a safe distance.
- Fireplace tools and screen must be used at all times.
- Only firewood should be burned in the fireplace. Do not use pressure treated wood or plywood.
- COLD ashes must be disposed of properly. Ash cans must be available and used both in the room and outside the building.
- Users must be cognizant of location and function of the fire safety devices provided (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, emergency lights, exit signs).
- Evacuation plans must be properly displayed and all occupants must be familiar with the plans.
- Users should be smart, safe, and use common sense.
Approved by the College Safety Committee April 23, 1998.