This website acts as a central repository for policies, procedures and guidelines for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. There are policies and guidelines to help you navigate nearly any activity at the Colleges, and you may find them below.

The policies of the Colleges act as a catalyst connecting our core mission to the conduct of members of our community, establish institutional expectations that underpin compliance with laws and regulations, and help navigate institutional risk areas.

A Note on Policy Development      

Policies at the Colleges emanate from several areas within our system of shared governance including the Board of Trustees, Senior Administration, and the faculty. The Colleges’ Vice President and General Counsel coordinates the review, issuance, and archiving of all Colleges’ policies. If you are embarking on a policy development project you should engage the General Counsel for advice and guidance at the outset.

Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs


Campus Life

Finance and Business Office

Financial Aid

This website may be updated regularly with policy and procedure changes. You should confirm with the General Counsel or division leader in charge of a policy if you are in doubt as to whether a version here is the most recent version.