Office of Student Affairs
P.O. Box 5
Hampden Sydney, VA 23943
Based on endowment per student, Hampden-Sydney is in the top 25% of institutions of higher education.
Private Parties in Residence Hall Rooms and Parties Sponsored by Residence Hall Groups
1. Normally, no social gathering in a residence hall room may exceed a total of twelve persons. However, on a Friday or Saturday evening, under special circumstances, permission may be granted by the Dean of Students or his designee for a party to be held in a room or area or in another facility on campus. Under these circumstances (crowd to exceed twelve), the party must be registered, whether or not alcohol is to be present. All applicable provisions of the registration requirement must be met.
2. When such an event is registered and approved, it is understood that the function is open only to the sponsors and invited guests; it is not open to the public. A maximum number permitted to attend will be set and approved through the registration process.
3. Normally, an RA must be present or around during such a function, and no more than two events can be scheduled for the same area at the same, or similar, times.
4. When the site is in a residence hall, no consumption of alcohol or transportation of an open
primary or secondary alcohol container is permitted in unlicensed public areas. This means none of the above can take place in halls, lounges, lobbies, study or computer rooms, meeting rooms, laundry rooms, television rooms, bathrooms, porches, patios, yards, lawns, or parking lots. Violators are subject to disciplinary action.
5. No kegs of beer, party balls, or common containers of alcoholic beverages of any kind are allowed.
6. The door to the room must be kept closed during the party, and the noise level must be kept to a minimum.
7. Non-alcoholic beverages and snack food may be required to be available in satisfactory quantities if alcohol is to be present.
8. Individuals are subject to disciplinary action for drinking if they are underage and/or if their behavior while drinking, or as a result of drinking, even in private, brings them to the attention of anyone in authority (an RA, for instance). Anyone furnishing alcohol to an underage person in this context is also subject to disciplinary action. Groups that permit underage drinking are also subject to disciplinary action.
9. Residents are encouraged to ask RAs and members of the Student Affairs staff for clarifications and for answers to any questions they may have concerning alcohol laws and policies.