Bard College Catalogue 2012-13
Residence Life Program
The Bard campus offers more than 40 student residences that embrace a wide range of architectural characteristics, social styles, and sizes. All have Internet access, social rooms, kitchens, and laundries, and many boast beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains to the west. Most residence halls are coed, and roughly one-third of the rooms are singles. While residences are within easy walking or biking distance of all academic and recreational facilities, the College operates a regularly scheduled shuttle bus that makes stops on campus and goes to the nearby communities of Red Hook, Tivoli, and Rhinebeck.
Students who live on campus—and most do—take the meal plan, which offers flexible menus (including vegetarian, vegan, and limited kosher and halal selections) and extended meal times in the campus dining commons. The meal card is also legal tender in the Manor House and Down the Road cafés on campus and at the Green Onion, a campus grocery store.
Another aspect of residence life is the support provided by peer counselors and area coordinators, who help develop programs and activities and create an environment conducive to academic engagement and safe community living.
Room Assignment for New Students The Office of Residence Life assigns rooms and roommates based on the information provided by each new student on the housing profile form. Ultimately, all housing assignments are subject to the discretion of the director of housing. All first-year students are required to live on campus and are assigned to doubles or triples. The only first-year students permitted to live off campus meet one of the following criteria: they (a) have a permanent residence within 50 miles of Bard College, (b) are married, (c) are a veteran, or (d) are over 21 years of age.
Room Draw In early May, students who decide to live on campus after their first year select their rooms by lottery, according to class seniority. Unmoderated students must obtain written permission from their academic adviser and the Dean of Student Affairs Office to move off campus.
Summer and Other Vacations Many of the residence halls are used for conferences and workshops when classes are not in session. Students who wish to live on campus at these times must obtain permission from the Office of Housing and Residence Life. The College does not offer storage accommodations to students at any time.
Board Students living in the residence halls are required to be on the meal plan. The food service caters to vegans, vegetarians, and nonvegetarians.
Students with Families There is no on-campus housing for married students or students with children
Graduate Students Limited graduate housing is available on campus. Students must complete a graduate housing profile form to be considered for on-campus housing.
Students seeking off-campus housing options can visit the Bard Housing Board at http://inside.bard.edu/classifieds. Unmoderated students who wish to live off campus must have an off-campus living request completed and approved. Moderated students who wish to live off campus must sign the declaration on the front of their financial clearance card and return it to the Student Accounts Office. Students requesting to move off campus midyear are not permitted to break the Facilities Use Agreement. Such students must meet with the director of housing and understand, if they choose to live off campus, they remain responsible for the financial obligations of on-campus housing. Students receiving financial aid are advised to find out how moving off campus may affect their financial aid package.
Policies and Regulations
The College expects each student to behave in a conscientious and responsible manner with due regard for the welfare and sensibilities of others. These expectations are elaborated more thoroughly in Bard’s Community Standards of Behavior and the Facilities Use Agreement, which are published in the Student Handbook. Consult the Student Handbook for a complete listing of policies and regulations.
Peer Counselors and Area Coordinators
Peer counselors are students trained and supervised by the Office of Residence Life. They live in the residence halls, provide assistance and support to new and returning students, and organize social, educational, and cultural events. Area Coordinators assist in the management of residence halls and provide support to residents and Peer Counselors through counseling and referrals. The Area Coordinators are full-time, professional staff members who live in the residence halls and assist students in a variety of ways, including on-call crisis management.