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Bard College provides round-the-clock, year-round safety and security coverage. The Safety and Security Department consists of a director, assistant director, and 24 full-time and several part-time employees. All safety and security officers are highly trained, registered New York State security personnel. Their main mission is to be a positive presence on campus and thus encourage the Bard community and its many visitors to follow the rules and guidelines established by the College. The officers are uniformed and equipped with keys and radios and have civilian powers of arrest. A professional dispatching staff coordinates all security communications. In the event that a difficult situation arises on campus that requires a higher level of professional training, the Safety and Security Department maintains close working relations with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.
Other campus safety measures include a student foot patrol that provides after-dark walking escorts to other students upon request and a bike patrol that serves as extra "eyes and ears” for the Safety and Security Department. A student-operated team of trained first responders to emergency medical conditions is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while school is in session. The College’s shuttle bus system provides students with transportation to sites on and off campus.
Although Bard College is situated in a rural, almost idyllic setting, crimes sometimes occur on campus that require the attention of Bard’s security force and the police. The College publishes annually a list of crimes that occurred during the previous year and categorizes them according to standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. This list is available to the public upon request.