The Department of Public Safety and Police is responsible for all law enforcement, parking,  and emergency management services for the Hampden-Sydney College community.

Anonymous Crime Tip Reporting

Law enforcement services are provided to the campus with twenty-four hour law enforcement service and coverage, seven days a week.Police officers patrol the campus in vehicles, on bicycles,  or on foot.  All police officers are first responders and have been trained in emergency medical procedures, to include CPR and AED. Each patrol vehicle contains an emergency trauma kit, a blood-born pathogen kit, and an automated external defibrillator. Our police officers are often the first to arrive at medical and fire emergencies on campus and the immediate surrounding area and are well trained and equipped to take action.

Police officers provide a variety of other services to the Hampden-Sydney community.  They may be contacted to unlock rooms when Resident Advisors are unavailable and are available to assist motorist with vehicle jump starts.   Crime prevention programming and information on a variety of other topics is available through the Department. 

The Department is responsible for maintaining the peace and enforcing the Code of Virginia on campus.  Police officers work hard to prevent crime and are responsible for responding to and investigating all incidents of crime and College policy violations.  All police officers are sworn police officers, certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The police officers receive training at the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia.

The Department works cooperatively with the Virginia Department of State Police, Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office, Farmville Police Department, and Longwood University Police Department and has entered into mutual aid agreements with each. 

Fire Safety services are provided to the community by the Physical Plant.  The staff is responsible for conducting inspections of fire suppression systems in residential, academic and public use buildings and to perform life safety equipment inspections throughout the campus.  They provide educational programs to the community and enforce the fire code and College policy to promote fire safety. 

The College emergency management services has developed an Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP) and actively participates in tabletop, functional, and full scale exercises to ensure that the College and its Incident Management Team (IMT) are prepared to respond to and recover from all hazardous incidents.  The plan is maintained by the Emergency Management Coordinator and is updated regularly.  The College maintains a robust  Emergency Notification System (ENS) to alert and keep the community informed of hazards.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Safety Tips

Though Hampden-Sydney College is generally a safe place to live, we cannot afford to ignore what is going on in the world around us. Likewise, we cannot assume that we will remain untouched by increasingly adverse social values. The following suggestions should help to ensure that you're doing all that is possible to avoid becoming a victim.

  • Always keep your room locked.
  • Know your neighbors.
  • Always remove the keys from your vehicle and lock it.
  • Report all crimes and hazardous acts (acts that could result in injury).
  • Report suspicious activity and suspicious persons.
  • Record serial numbers of personal belongings (computers, stereos, cameras, etc.).
  • Should you be in any room or building in which a fire alarm sounds, leave the building immediately.


Department of Public Safety and Police: dial 6164 (if no one is available to take your call, leave a message, or dial 392-3332 and an officer will be contacted via radio communication to assist you).

Alcohol/Drug Policy

You should be aware that the College complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 in making students and employees aware of laws pertaining to alcohol and other drugs and by actively discouraging the violation of these laws.

The College has established a policy and guidelines governing the possession, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on College property that conform to the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • In Virginia, a person must be at least 21 years of age to legally possess, consume, or purchase alcoholic beverages. A person of legal age (21 or over) may not lawfully buy alcohol for, or give alcohol to, a person under 21 years of age. Also, any person operating a motor vehicle with a BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) of .08 or higher is considered to be Driving Under the Influence and, at the time of arrest, will have his operator's license suspended for 7 days.
  • Virginia law extends the "Drug-Free School Zone" law to college and university campuses; this extension makes it a felony charge for the manufacture, sale, distribution, or possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute  on or near a college or university campus. Conviction can result in penalties ranging from one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000, as well as the withdrawal of certain basic constitutional rights.
  • Any person known to be in violation of any of the above-mentioned laws is subject to College disciplinary action, arrest, imprisonment and/or fine according to state law. Note that the civil and criminal courts of localities and the Commonwealth are systems separate from, and independent of, the College. Thus there is no double jeopardy in a student's being tried by both a county/state court and by the Student Court for the same offense.
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In the event of a campus-wide emergency, the College uses its comprehensive communication system known as the "Emergency Notification System (ENS)" to notify the campus community. 


Vehicle Regulations

It is mandatory that your vehicle be registered each year with the Department of Security and Police. Motorists are authorized to park in their designated area, only.

Vehicle Regulations

Public Safety & Police

Mark Fowler
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police
Box 151
Hampden-Sydney College |  Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943
(434) 223-6164