The College has shifted to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Students will continue to receive direction and guidance from their professors.

Below, you will find additional information about safety and other measures that are being taken across the College as well as specific information and advice for our students, faculty, and staff members. For the most recent College communications to the community, please visit the Emergency Updates page.

For the Entire Hampden-Sydney Community

Bortz Library: Bortz Library is closed to the public. Faculty, staff, and students may use the facilities, but please call the Circulation Desk at (434) 223-7227 to gain access during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5pm. Library staff will remain available for research, instruction, and reference support via phone or email.

The library staff has created a special edition newsletter that contains information about Off-Campus Resources, Access, and Canvas. Bortz Library Newsletter, March 2020

Business Office and 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.

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

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.

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

Post Office will remain open with normal business hours.

The Tiger Inn will provide food service and offers to-go service only.

Monday-Friday Saturday-Sunday
Breakfast: 8-10:30 am
Lunch: 11 am-2 pm
Lite Lunch: 2-5 pm
Dinner: 5-7 pm
Brunch: 10 am-2 pm
Lite Lunch: 2-5 pm
Dinner: 5-7 pm

TigeRec Fitness: The TigeRec Center will be closed until further notice.

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.

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.

For Students

Academic Instruction: The College has shifted to remote instruction for the remainder of the spring semester. Students will continue to receive direction and guidance from professors. Tips and Contact Info from Dean McDermott

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) 223-6286 to schedule or reschedule an appointment.

Collecting Belongings: Given the stay-at-home order issued March 30th by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, students should not return to campus to collect belongings until informed otherwise. This is an evolving situation, and as soon as the College is able to facilitate future opportunities for you to collect your belongings, we will provide guidance via email. 

If you have any questions about this or other residence-related matters, please contact Dean of Students Robert Sabbatini at As always, please continue to monitor your email for future updates from the College. 

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.

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.   

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.

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.

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: frequent hand washing, maintaining social distance 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.

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. 

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.

Human Resources leave policies: Should you need to provide emergency care for dependent children, you may take paid sick leave (including flexible sick leave), paid vacation leave, unpaid Family Medical Leave, and/or telecommute (if reasonable, able, and necessary). Please immediately work with your supervisor to determine the best course of action for your specific situation.

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

Given the fluid nature of this situation, please continue to monitor your email and the emergency updates webpage for any further communications or guidance from the College.

Emergency Updates Webpage

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 does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by health workers and 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