Bard College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The courses of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, and bachelor of science degrees at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department. The programs of study leading to the master of arts, master of arts in teaching, master of fine arts, master of business administration in sustainability, master of music, master of science in environmental policy, and master of science in climate science and policy degrees, and the master and doctor of philosophy degrees in decorative arts, design history, and material culture at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Education Building Annex, Room 977, Albany, NY 12234; phone: 518-486-3633.
Bard is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance Examination Board, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Educational Records Bureau, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.
No refunds of any fees are made in the event that a student withdraws from the program after registration, except as specified below. In no event is the deposit or housing payment refundable.
For undergraduate students, the student must meet with the Dean of Students Office to discuss their withdrawal. The date of withdrawal will determine the amount of the refund. Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes for the term in question are given a full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit.
For graduate students, the student must submit to the Graduate Committee an official notice of intention to withdraw. The date of receipt of such a notice determines the amount of the refund. Students who officially withdraw before the first day of classes for the term in question are given a full refund, minus the nonrefundable deposit.
The following applies to returning undergraduate students: If official withdrawal from the program occurs in the first week of classes, 80 percent of tuition is refunded; within the second week, 60 percent; within the third or fourth week, 30 percent. After four weeks, no refunds are given. Fees for registration, student health insurance, and facilities are nonrefundable. PLEASE NOTE: The percentages for first year undergraduate students are different and can be found on the student accounts section of the website (http://www.bard.edu/studentaccounts/refunds/). Also, each graduate program uses different percentages and students are encouraged to look at those rates on each program’s page (http://www.bard.edu/graduate/).
If a student who is receiving financial aid withdraws from the program, their award or loan is prorated. Institutional fellowships are reduced by the same percentage as indicated in the tuition refund schedule above. Federal Direct Loans are calculated according to the federal refund policy on the amount of the loan to be returned to the servicer. A student who is considering withdrawal may wish to confer with the Student Accounts Office and the Financial Aid Office concerning any anticipated refund and the amount of the federal Direct Loan that the College must return to the servicer. This amount has a direct bearing on the amount of refund, if any, that the College will provide the student.
No refund is made in cases of suspension or expulsion.
A student transferring from an accredited institution usually receives full credit for work completed with a grade of C or better in courses appropriate to the Bard curriculum. Specifically, no transfer credit will be given for courses that are dissimilar from those offered at Bard.
For example, “journalism” per se is not offered at Bard, therefore the Registrar's Office would not grant transfer credit for a journalism class. Also, credits will not transfer from online or distance learning classes, nor will they transfer from college algebra or lower level math courses. Regardless of course credit eligibility, a maximum of 64 transfer credits can be granted. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 64 credits at Bard, for a total of 128, in order to receive a Bard degree.
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Bard College is committed to providing otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to the College's academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the College provides services and reasonable accommodations to self-identified students who present the appropriate documentation.
Information on academic facilities and services for the disabled at the Learning Commons website linked below.
What copyright policy does Stevenson Library have? What does Fair Use mean?
Stevenson Library Reserves Copyright Policy supports and advances the Constitutional principle that the fundamental purpose of copyright is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts through the broad dissemination of information in a manner consistent with current copyright law. Stevenson Library’s course reserves system serves to provide valuable readings and other materials that support the instructional requirements of specific courses. Essential to effective fulfillment of the Library’s foundational role in the college setting is the confident and lawful exercise of legitimate use rights as set forth in the fair use provision. For institutions of higher education, the cardinal portion of the Copyright Act is Section 107 of the Copyright Act, the fair use provision.
Section 107 Fair Use: Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship and research. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is fair use, the factors to be considered shall include:
The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
The nature of the copyrighted work;
The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The distinction between fair use and infringement may be unclear and not easily defined. There is no specific number of words, lines, or notes that may safely be taken without permission. Acknowledging the source of the copyrighted material does not substitute for obtaining permission.
Electronic Reserves is an extension of traditional library services and will be provided in a manner that respects fair use rights, the rights of copyright holders, and current copyright law. The electronic copying and scanning of copyright protected works for library reserve service and distance learning are unsettled areas of the law, which may be addressed by courts and/or legislation. Stevenson Library will continually monitor legal developments that may affect the fair use analysis of Electronic Reserves services to ensure that library services are in compliance with the letter and spirit of the U.S. copyright law.
General Rules for Fair Use:
Single articles from a journal issue.
Several charts, graphs or illustrations.
Other similarly small parts of a work.
Any copyright notice on the original.
Appropriate citations and attributions to the source.