2024-2025, Volume 129

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The mission of Hampden-Sydney College has been, since stated by its founders in 1775, “to form good men and good citizens in an atmosphere of sound learning.”

For more than two centuries Hampden-Sydney College has held true to the ideals of her founders, educating leader after leader for country and Commonwealth, all good men and good citizens formed in an atmosphere of sound learning.

Useful Telephone Numbers & Emergency Contact Information
Hours of Operation

Section I. The College

Expectations of Hampden-Sydney Students
History, Traditions, and Insignia
Phrases Associated with the College
Administration Offices and Services
Office of Student Affairs
College Services
College Facilities
Athletics and Tiger Recreation
Student Government

Section II: Rules Governing Student Life

Regulations Governing Student Life
Student Government Constitution
Student Justice System, Honor Code, and Code of Conduct
Appendices of the Student Justice System

Appendix A: Stealing
Appendix B: Plagiarism
Appendix C: Substance Misuse
Appendix D: College Alcohol Policy at Hampden-Sydney College
Appendix E: Implementation of the College Alcohol Policy
Appendix F: Medical Amnesty Policy
Appendix G: Sexual Misconduct
Appendix H: Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Appendix I: Housing Regulations
Appendix J: The Use of Vehicles for College Business
Appendix K: Firearms and Weapons Policy
Appendix L: Dining Areas
Appendix M: Notices and Signs
Appendix N: Overdrawn funds
Appendix O: Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources

Department of Public Safety and Police (Motor Vehicles, Parking, Bicycles...)
Regulations Governing Social Fraternities

Section III: Student Activities and Organizations

Student Leadership
Clubs & Organizations
Honor Societies
Social Fraternities
Important Notices
Student Complaint Policy | Student Complaint Form
SACSCOC Complaint Procedures 
(complaints against SACSCOC or its accredited institutions)

Academic Records, Privacy, and The Buckley Amendment
Visitor Policy
Critical Incident Management/Emergency Response Plan



Hampden-Sydney College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Hampden-Sydney College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Statement of Acknowledgment

Each student enrolled at Hampden-Sydney College acknowledged that he will abide by the rules and policies promulgated within The Key. This handbook is intended to provide students with a practical guide to the policies and procedures of Hampden-Sydney College. It is required that all students will make use of this handbook, will become familiar with its contents, and will govern themselves therewith. The Key provides the structure by which the student body shall self-govern itself. However, because The Key is not intended to cover all topics or circumstances, Hampden-Sydney College reserves the right to respond to specific situations in whatever manner it believes best suits the needs of the College. In the event of any conflict between information provided in this handbook and the Articles and Bylaws of the College, the Articles and Bylaws shall control.

Official Version of The Key

All policies governing student life reflected in such documents as “The Student Government Constitution,” “The Student Justice System,” and the “Interfraternity Council Statutes” are subject to review and amendment by the procedures outlined in these documents. Since this may occur between the publication of one Key and the next, the online version of The Key shall be the official version and should be used as the definitive reference. The Webmaster or Key administrator, upon posting changes to the “The Student Government Constitution” or “The Student Justice System,” will notify the student body.

Official Communications

The College employs your Hampden-Sydney College email account and post office box to communicate critical College information for which you are held responsible. You are expected to check each daily.

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Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943-0005
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