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Dining & Campus Spaces

fall 20 commons

Hamilton’s dining plans are guided by the restaurant guidelines issued by New York State. The College’s food service provider, Bon Appétit, will adhere to the guidelines, monitor updates, and adjust protocols accordingly. New options are being put in place for the spring semester. Dining menus and hours are available on the Bon Appétit website.

  • There are designated entry and exit points for each dining location
  • Inside the dining hall, face coverings are required at all times except when eating
  • Food lines will be separated by stanchions, and all food and beverages will be served and packaged as “grab-and-go”
  • All meals will be served on disposable plates with disposable cutlery. Recycling and composting are strongly encouraged

Dine-in and Grab-and-Go

  • McEwen
  • Soper Commons
  • Bundy Café

Howard DinerGrab-and-Go Only

  • Howard Diner

Supplementary Indoor Dining Locations [REV., FEB. 24]

The designated eating locations on Campus include:

  • The Commons Dining Hall with 112 chairs
  • The McEwen Dining Hall with 64 chairs
  • The Bundy Cafe with 25 chairs
  • The Blood Fitness Conference Room with 22 chairs
  • The Beineke Village Area with 40 chairs
  • The Sadove Sun Porch with 12 chairs*
  • The Opus I area below McEwen with 25 chairs
  • The Chapel where you can eat on the 1st and 2nd floor, in the pews or chairs (open until March 15)
  • Residence hall kitchens, common rooms and suites (only for students living in the residence hall)

*If an event is in progress, a sign will be placed at the door letting you know that it is temporarily offline for eating.

Cafés with Take-Out Service

(not part of the Hamilton dining plan)
  • Opus
  • Euphoria

Academic Spaces

Barb Tewksbury classroom
Click the image to see how Professor of Geosciences Barb Tewksbury revamped her classroom to accommodate students, both on-campus and remote.

All classrooms and specialized department spaces (labs and studios) have been evaluated – and occupancies have been revised – to meet physical distancing requirements. Please do not move rearranged layouts.

Some larger classes are divided into smaller sections, with some students working remotely part of the time while others are present physically in the classroom.

Labs and other hands-on classes may be divided into multiple sections with late afternoon or evening options. Professors will work through the details with students in the class. Some activities that are normally observed by students in close quarters will be recorded and delivered virtually.

Students in classes taught remotely should typically participate from their residence halls or another convenient location.

Classrooms will be cleaned by Hamilton’s professional staff between classes, and disinfecting materials will be available to students and employees to wipe down their own work area if desired. Specialized spaces have a combination of faculty and support staff protocols for cleaning and disinfection.

Study Spaces

Furniture in study and relaxation spaces has been reorganized or removed to promote physical distancing. Please do not rearrange the furniture.

Public Gathering Areas

Each area has occupancy limits and reconfigured furniture to support physical distancing. Reservable spaces will be listed on 25 Live.

Bookstore [REV., FeB. 3]

The bookstore resumed normal operating hours on Wednesday, Feb. 3. 

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Wellin Museum Evening
Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art


The Wellin Museum will be open only by appointment to faculty, staff, and students. The museum will remain closed to the public until further notice.

mail center

Mail services will be available but hours and pick-up procedures have been modified.

Monday, Jan. 25 through Friday, Jan. 29: Closed for pickup. Students will not be allowed to pick up packages while they are in quarantine.

Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31: Students can pick up their own packages between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., after being released from quarantine.

The mail center will resume normal operating hours on Monday, Feb. 1.

It is essential to recognize that studying on campus during this pandemic creates an unavoidable risk of exposure to COVID-19. To mitigate risk of contracting the coronavirus, everyone must cooperate and follow public health guidance and related College rules and communications. Honoring them is a condition of Hamilton’s COVID-19 Community Standards; failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
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