Residence Hall Security

All residence hall exterior doors are locked 24 hours a day, so it is important to carry your keys at all times. Lost or stolen residence hall keys should be reported to the Department of Campus Safety and the Office of Residential Life immediately. A fee is charged for each lost key. Do not lend your room key to anyone. Be respectful of your fellow residents by not propping open exterior doors.

If you are locked out of your room, assistance is available by contacting Campus Safety. Each lockout request, after the first, is assessed a $10 administrative fee.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Hamilton College alcohol policy and related educational programs are designed to promote responsible decision making concerning the use of alcohol in this community. The College expects all actions within the community to be respectful of the rights of others and to contribute to an environment conducive to education and personal growth. Intoxication is never justification for behavior that violates the standards and expectations of the College.

This policy reflects state and local laws governing the use and distribution of alcohol, recognizing the rights of individuals who are 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol in a legal manner. The College expects community member to abide by the laws of New York State and the policies of the College. Any member of the community, including Resident Advisors and Campus Safety personnel may confront students whose behavior is in violation of these policies Sanctions, ranging from a verbal warning to separation from the College may be imposed upon students who violate this policy, or other policies of the College.

For additional information, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Illegal Drugs

The College is committed to the development and maintenance of a drug - free environment, and, in accordance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, will not tolerate the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution, or dispensation, of a controlled substance in or on property owned or controlled by Hamilton College. Drug paraphernalia, such as water pipes and bongs, are also prohibited. Students found responsible for the possession or use of illegal drugs will be subject to disciplinary action through the College Judicial Board, which may include separation from the College. Students found responsible for distribution of illegal drugs (or possession for the purpose of distribution) will be removed from the College.

The laws of New York State and the federal government prohibit the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs. The penalties imposed on violators are severe. The College will offer no protection or immunity from prosecution by police agencies.

Abusing drugs takes a costly toll on the College community in the form of vandalism, property damage, and lost productivity. Students involved with drugs are encouraged to avail themselves of the College Health Services, counseling services, or other professional assistance. These services are completely confidential. For additional information, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Sexual Harassment and Assault

Hamilton College is committed to maintaining an environment free from all exploitation and intimidation based on sex. The College will not tolerate sexual assault or harassment in any form. If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, or if you think you may have been, there are many resources available to help you. You may want to contact someone with whom you can discuss the incident and talk about options available to you both on and off-campus. You may also require medical or legal assistance.

For immediate attention after first going to a safe place, the following campus resources are available on a 24 hour basis.

Counseling and Psychological Service
(315) 859-4340
This service is confidential. To reach an on-call counselor 24/7/365 call 315-859-4340 and choose option 2.
YWCA Rape Crisis Service (Utica)
(315) 797-7740
This service is confidential and is not affiliated with the College.
Student Life Person On-Call
(315) 859-4000


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