Community Announcements are sent by the College Chaplain to announce the death of a former faculty or staff member, the death of a relative of a current faculty or staff member, and the death of a current faculty or staff member.  Announcements contain basic non-medical information about the deceased.

If requested, information about funeral arrangements is included or sent in a later e-mail.

Community Announcements are sent at the request of the Dean of Students Office to announce the death of a current student or a family member of a current student.

Community Announcements are not sent to announce the death of an alumnus who has no other connection to the College or the spouse or relative of an alumnus.  Announcements regarding an alumnus are handled by the Alumni Office.

Send information for a Community Announcement to  Include at least the name of deceased, relationship to Hampden-Sydney employee, date of death, and, if desired, funeral or memorial service inforamtion.


The Communications Office does not send obituaries to the media. In those cases where the family seeks the aid of the College in preparing an obituary, the Communications Office will assist, but responsibility for content, final form, and distribution remains with the family.

In some cases the Communications Office will notify the media of the death of a current or former faculty or staff member.  The media may then pursue the matter with the family.

The deaths of alumni are noted in The Record. Information should be sent to the College Editor.

The College does not post death notices, funeral arrangements, or obituaries on the Homepage or Website News.

Blast e-mails regarding deaths and funeral arrangements are not sent to Hampden-Sydney College constituents.  Exceptions may be requested by the Office of the President.

Regularly scheduled Tiger Headlines may note the death of a current or former faculty or staff member.