updated 6/10/2020

Hampden-Sydney College will convene as a community and hold classes on campus this fall. Commencement 2020 is currently scheduled for October 23 and 24.

This document details the College’s plan for in-person instruction and reopening this fall. This plan is currently under review by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

H-SC Campus Reopening Plan

For a record of all College communications to the community regarding coronavirus Covid-19, please visit the Emergency Updates page:

COVID-19 College Communications

For the Entire H-SC Community


Bortz Library: Bortz Library is closed to the public. While most library employees are working remotely, the Bortz Library building is operating with limited staff. Library services and research help will remain available to current Hampden-Sydney College  faculty,  staff, and  students  by appointment during normal business hours. You can reach us via the Bortz Library website by using the "Ask a Librarian" button, at reference@hsc.edu, or by calling the Circulation Desk at (434) 223-7227. Library materials are available for check out via appointment, and you may use the outside book drop to return materials. Dial x-6292 or x-6193 to be admitted to the building for your appointment. For additional information, the library staff has created an Off-Campus Library FAQs page.

Business Officeand Campus Store hours are limited to 10am-12pm, Monday-Friday.

College Church: College Presbyterian Church will suspend Sunday morning worship services until further notice. The Church will remain open for individual reflection and prayer.

Computing Center is available by appointment only for all on-campus help. The office will continue to assist you via phone or email Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Students, faculty, and staff may call the HELP Desk at (434) 223-6911 during business hours.

Counseling Center: During these stressful times of uncertainty, your Hampden-Sydney Counseling Center staff members stand ready to assist you in any way possible. Please do not hesitate to call us at (434) 223-6411 or (434) 808-2201 if we can be of assistance

Custodial Operations: Extra efforts are being made to thoroughly clean and disinfect public spaces on campus.

Dining Services: All campus dining services at the Tiger Inn and the Commons (including catering) are closed until August.

Post Office will remain open with normal business hours.

TigeRec Fitness Center and Leggett Pool: On Monday, June 8, H-SC will begin a safe, careful reopening of TigeRec Fitness Center and Leggett Pool. Fleet Gymnasium will remain closed. Please review the TigeRec Phase Two Reopening Guidelines as you prepare to use these facilities.

Visitors: Please refrain from visiting the campus if you have been in contact with someone who is feeling ill, if you have been exposed to someone affected by COVID-19, if you are feeling sick, and/or if you have returned from a CDC Level 3 country in the last 14 days.


College Events: All upcoming on- and off-campus College events have been cancelled. Please continue to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, per state and federal guidelines.

Commencement, in celebration of Class of 2020 graduates, has been rescheduled for October 23 and 24, Homecoming Weekend. If you cannot attend the Commencement exercises on October 23-24, you are welcome to participate in Commencement next May or future Commencement exercises. If you have completed your degree, you will still "graduate" on May 9, 2020. Transcripts will be available May 10. Your diploma should arrive by August. Graduate and Commencement FAQs

NCAA Athletics: Athletic contests and events are postponed until further notice.

Reunion Weekend 2020  has been postponed until June 4-6, 2021.

For Students

Academic Instruction: The College completed the last half of the spring semester of the academic year with remote instruction.

Academic Success will continue to support students during regular business hours Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm and after hours Mondays 7-9pm via teleconference. Call (434) 223-6188 to schedule or reschedule an appointment.

CARES Act: For information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to students, please visit our CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students page.

Collecting Belongings: H-SC has established a time frame for you to return to campus and remove your belongings. We have spoken with health professionals who indicated, based on current guidelines and the fact that we have no cases on campus, that it is permissible for you to come back to remove your possessions subject to the restrictions listed below. We will continue to keep the residential environment well sanitized. We ask you to contribute to this effort by following the CDC guidelines, bringing your own sanitizing supplies, wearing masks and gloves, and taking steps to protect yourself, your friends, classmates, and family members by limiting the number of people that accompany you to campus.

If you are not experiencing any symptoms and have not been told to quarantine by medical or health department officials, you should return to campus to remove your belongings sometime between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10 using the following link to sign up for an available time slot. If you have any questions, please contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini at  rsabbatini@hsc.edu and continue to monitor your email for future updates from the College. 

Fall Semester: Hampden-Sydney College will convene as a community and hold classes on campus this fall. While we are eager to restore the personal interaction that is so important to the Hampden-Sydney educational experience, we will take steps to safeguard you and members of our faculty, staff, and community, and especially those who are most at-risk and vulnerable to serious illness from the coronavirus. We will make the necessary adjustments to our academic program, campus social life, living and dining arrangements, and athletics programs to protect you and all members of our community. 

We share this committment with our neighbor Longwood University as stated in the April 27 Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed, "Why our colleges can and must reopen this fall."

The 10-4 Plan: Our academic deans and faculty committees have worked to develop a schedule that will provide the best delivery of our academic program while also offering flexibility as we face continued uncertainty about the progression or possible resurgence of COVID-19. The schedule, which we are referring to as the “10-4 Plan,” divides the semester into two sessions: The first is a ten-week session from August 24 through October 30, concluding with final exams on November 3 and 4, and followed by a short fall break. The second is a four-week session from November 9 through December 11 with final exams on December 15 and 16. (Thanksgiving break will run from November 21 through November 29.)

Ferguson Career Center will remain fully operational Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, focusing on electronic communications and services including phone and virtual meetings, online resources, and social media communication. Make an appointment.

Global Education and Study Abroad will remain fully operational Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm, through electronic communications and services including phone and virtual meetings: Schedule an appointment. The College has canceled its faculty-led abroad and domestic summer programs and does not endorse summer abroad programs organized by other institutions or providers.

May Term courses will be offered online.

On-campus Accommodations: Students with extenuating circumstances who wish to remain on or return to campus may seek permission to do so by completing the Request to Remain on Campus form. Meals will be available for students who are approved to remain on campus.   

Refunds: The College will be providing credits to student accounts for room and board, net of the College’s cash costs over that period. This credit will apply to outstanding balances or to future bills, and the credit amounts will vary depending on each student’s individual housing and meal plan combination. We anticipate these credits being applied to accounts by Friday, April 10. Following the completion of the academic year, refund checks will be issued to students who are not returning to the College in the fall and whose student accounts do not have outstanding balances.

The Registrar's Office is working remotely Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm and is available via phone or email.

The Rhetoric Studio will continue to offer online consultations Monday-Thursday, 10am-5:30pm using Google Hangouts. Make an appointment.

For Faculty and Staff

Campus remains open to faculty and staff. You may use your office, the library and other facilities on campus. Please be scrupulous in following the recommended public health precautions: wearing facial coverings indoors, frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance (at least 6 feet from other people), and staying off campus and at home if you feel ill. The housekeeping staff is also working in groups to do thorough cleanings in common areas, offices, and bathrooms.

Face Coverings/Masks: Governor Northam issued an executive order requiring the use of facial coverings (masks), beginning May 29. When you are on campus, you must wear a facial covering when entering or exiting your building and when you are meeting with and in close proximity to others. Exceptions are allowed for those who have a condition that causes trouble breathing or are unable to remove the mask without help, or if a health condition prohibits you from wearing a face covering. Please note that the use of face coverings does not replace the need to maintain six feet of physical social distancing or other recommended measures.

Individuals who are at greater risk: Your health and welfare are of paramount concern. Initial guidance from the CDC indicates that certain individuals are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease. College employees who believe that they are at a higher risk, are immunocompromised, or live with family members who are at higher risk should contact Human Resources to discuss alternative work arrangements.

If you are not feeling well, contact your doctor. Do not unwittingly bring the COVID-19 virus to campus.

If you have been sick, you must be free of symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have had an evaluation and been cleared by a physician before returning to work. Contact Human Resources if you have any questions about coming to work if you are not feeling well or returning to work following an illness.

Human Resources leave policies: We encourage all of our employees who are able to work from home, or self-isolate on campus, to do so. Work with your supervisor and HR on devising a plan that best suits you and your department. Many creative ways of accomplishing our daily job duties have sprung up recently, and we are happy to accommodate our employees so the wellness of our workforce can be preserved. Those who are not able to telework or work on campus may be eligible for one of three FFCRA leave parts:

  1. Emergency Sick Leave, for employees directly impacted by COVID-19, provides 10 days of paid sick leave at 100% of the employee’s pay rate. An employee is considered directly impacted if she or he has been quarantined by a local, state, or federal order, or a health care professional (for any reason), OR if she or he exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking diagnosis and treatment.
  2. Emergency Sick Leave, for employees indirectly impacted by COVID-19, provides 10 days of paid sick leave at 2/3 of the employee’s pay rate. An employee is considered indirectly impacted if an individual that the employee is caring for is quarantined by a local, state, or federal order, or a health care professional (for any reason), OR exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking diagnosis or treatment, OR if an employee has a child whose school or daycare closed due to COVID-19.
  3. Expanded FMLA is for employees whose children are affected by COVID-19 school or daycare closures. Eligible employees can receive up to 12 weeks of leave, paid at 2/3 of the employee’s pay rate. There is a 10 day waiting period, but those 10 days can be covered by #2 above.

If you qualify for FFCRA leave, please notify your supervisor and Human Resources, as such leave needs to be documented properly. Full-time and part-time employees may be eligible.

Finally, if none of this applies to you, and if you cannot telework but simply do not feel safe coming to campus full time, please reach out as we may have a customized solution for you too.

Work-related travel: All non-essential work-related travel is prohibited. Please consult with your area’s senior staff member with any questions.

Other Travel Information: Are you or have you been traveling? All members of the community should continue to update the College about any travel using this travel information form.

Employee Wellbeing: LiveHealth Online continues to be available for all of our employees who need expert medical advice, care, and/or prescriptions but do not require an in-person doctor visit. The Employee Assistance Program is also available to offer emotional support during this stressful period. Both of these benefits can be accessed through video technology available on most smartphones, tablets, and computers with a camera. For assistance in accessing either benefit, please contact Human Resources.

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For Accepted Students

We will reconvene as a community and hold classes on campus this fall. While we recognize the ongoing risk that COVID-19 continues to present across the United States, here are a few of the factors unique to Hampden-Sydney that will allow us to provide our students with the best opportunity to live and learn in a safe environment on campus this fall. We are working with families and accepting late applications through July 1.

  • Location. Our rural location in the Heart of Virginia enables us to educate our young men in a setting removed from the hustle and bustle of larger communities, and gives us confidence as we plan for a safe resumption of on-campus life in the fall.
  • A lot of real estate and a small population. Our 1,330 acre campus provides more than an acre per student on which to socially distance! Seriously, with small classes and a large campus, it will be easier for us to manage the social distancing that will be required to have students back on college campuses.
  • New student residences create timely flex space elsewhere on campus. A new residential complex will open this fall, allowing us a unique opportunity to have additional housing available if needed to quarantine students who develop symptoms or who need to be isolated based on their contact with someone known to have contracted the coronavirus.
  • Flexibility and individual attention in teaching. Hampden-Sydney has always offered a personal approach to teaching. Our professors are used to working closely with students who become ill or who fall behind in their coursework, helping them to stay on track and successfully complete their classes. This is an ongoing commitment to our students.
  • Medical staff, equipment, supplies, and testing. Showcasing the success and generosity of our powerful alumni brotherhood, an alumnus and trustee who owns a biotech firm that conducts biological surface testing for the coronavirus has offered to help us with ongoing monitoring and early detection of the virus on campus. We are also prepared to expand the services of our medical doctor and are procuring PPE and other supplies for our professional medical staff to use in assisting students and to support additional healthcare needs next year. Our staff continues to receive and follow guidance from the Virginia Department of Health and CDC as circumstances and best practices change.

These are just some of the advantages that will help us be positioned for a safe opening in the fall. We are working closely with state and local governments as we prepare to provide a safe environment in which to live, learn, and work. If you are concerned about the effects of the coronavirus on the large or urban campus that you may have chosen, or if you are looking for an campus-based personalized learning experience, then I hope you will consider the advantages our small, rural, idyllic college campus can offer.

We share this committment with our neighbor Longwood University as stated in the April 27 Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed, "Why our colleges can and must reopen this fall."

Campus Visits
Virtual Campus Visit:
In this format, you will receive a guided tour of campus and hear about the transforming power of the Hampden-Sydney educational experience from faculty and staff members and students via Zoom. We will get back to you regarding the details of your itinerary to ensure your experience is as personalized as possible and fits your needs to experience our campus in a meaningful way.

Personal Campus Visit:
We want to allow you the opportunity to see our campus in person. While practicing strict social distancing protocols, we will give you a guided tour of campus, answer your questions, and connect you with members of our faculty, staff, and students as best we can. Before you visit, please review the H-SC Pre-Visit Risk Assessment and H-SC's Social Distancing Protocols. We appreciate your cooperation.

Accepted Students

College Contact Information and Resources

College Contact Information

Academic Success
(434) 223-6188 | (434) 223-6324
Bortz Library
(434) 223-6190 | (434) 223-7227 (Circulation Desk)
Business Office
(434) 223-6216
Computing Center
(434) 223-6911
Department of Public Safety and Police
(434) 223-6164
Human Resources
(434) 223-6296
(434 223-6249
Student Affairs
(434) 223-6128 | Brown Student Center
Student Health Services
(434) 223-6167 | 204 College Road


CDC Recommendations

Centers for Disease Control Recommendations for Prevention of COVID-19

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • CDC recommends that people wear a face covering to protect others from the inadvertent spread of the respiratory disease, COVID-19. Proper use of face covering
  • Facemasks should be used by health workers.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Follow and monitor CDC Travel Advisories.
CDC COVID-19 website