Title IX

Support for Faculty and Staff

What You Can Do

  • Contact Counseling Services at 845-758-7433 for a consultation about the student. The staff will be glad to talk with you about any worries or concerns you may have. While the can't share information about a student, they can record your concern.
  • Discuss your concerns with the student and listen to their response. Talking about a problem or labeling a crisis does not make it worse; it is the first step toward resolving it. 
  • Contact Tamara Ellis Stafford at 845-758-7542 or titleix@bard.edu for resources and clarifications on confidentiality and reporting responsibilities.
  • Connect with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 845-758-7454 and alert a Dean of your concern.
  • Connect with the Office of Human Resources at 845-758-7428.
  • If you have information that would lead you to reasonably believe that an incident of gender-based misconduct has occurred, you must contact one of the following offices:
    • Title IX Coordinator                    Tamara Ellis Stafford  845-758-7542   titleix@bard.edu   
    • Human Resources                    Fiona Smarrito             845-758-7245  smarrito@bard.edu

Contact Us

Office of Title IX Coordination
Tamara Ellis Stafford



Identifying Students in Need

Identifying Students in Need
As the people who interact with students the most, faculty and staff are often in a strong position to notice when something is wrong in a student's life. Staff and faculty can be available to offer support and guidance.

Below are general indicators that a student may be experiencing symptoms of PTSD or having difficulty coping with a trauma such as sexual assault.

Academic Indicators

  • Deterioration in quality of work
  • A drop in grades
  • A negative change in classroom performance
  • Missed assignments
  • Repeated absences from class
  • Disorganized or erratic performance
  • Continual seeking of special accommodations (extensions, postponed examinations)
  • Essays or creative work portraying extremes of hopelessness, social isolation, rage, or despair

Interpersonal Indicators

  • Direct statements indicating distress or other difficulties
  • Unprovoked anger or hostility
  • Exaggerated personality traits (more withdrawn or more animated than usual)
  • Excessive dependency
  • Expressions of hopelessness or worthlessness
  • Peers expressing concern about a fellow student
  • If you have a hunch or gut-level reaction that something is wrong

Physical Indicators

  • Deterioration in physical appearance
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Visible changes in weight
  • Indications of substance abuse or chemical dependency

Safety Risk Indicators

  • Any written note or verbal statement which has a sense of finality or suicidal ideation
  • Essays or papers that focus on hopelessness, helplessness, despair, suicide, or death
  • Severe depression
  • Self-destructive or self-injurious behaviors
  • Any other behavior which seems out of control or extreme

Content adapted from Kent State