Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Student Services and Resources

Dean of Student Affairs Office

The Dean of Student Affairs Office (DOSA) is concerned with the quality of student life. The office serves as an information resource for nonacademic matters and tries to accommodate individual circumstances that ensure students’ success while at the College. DOSA and the student services staff create long-range plans to enhance ­student life and develop cocurricular experiences. The oversight for different components of student life is distributed among the dean of student affairs, associate dean of student affairs/director of first-year experience, assistant dean of student affairs/director of sophomore-year experience, and director of residence life. The director of multicultural affairs acts as the primary contact for students, staff, and faculty in promoting an inclusive campus climate. Other services include health and counseling, athletics and recreation, and student activities. Three peer groups—residential peer counseling, peer health, and a peer crisis hotline—supplement the College’s professional support services.

Academic Support: The Learning Commons

The Learning Commons provides academic support to all students, offering credit-bearing courses in ESL, writing, and math, as well as one-on-one peer tutoring in all subjects offered at the College. Students may also meet with staff members for more focused assistance. Workshops are offered throughout the year on specialized topics, including the Senior Project. Critical thinking, note taking, time management, and general study skills are also addressed. Additionally, the Learning Commons administers quantitative literacy tests to help students determine which math courses they should take. Services for students with disabilities include classroom and testing accommodations (see detailed description below). Assistive technology is also available for student use.

Bard Works

Bard Works is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors. The weeklong program takes place during the January intersession, and offers workshops and networking opportunities to help prepare students for a career after college. Participants work with alumni/ae, parents, and mentors as they explore avenues for converting their Bard experience in the liberal arts to the workplace. Sessions and workshops include mock interviews, résumé review, computer and communication skills, writing for the job search, managing interview anxiety, financial literacy, and negotiation techniques. Panel discussions focus on specific career directions, including business and finance, artists and entrepreneurs, the legal profession, government and NGOs, writing and publishing, green business, journalism, and working abroad. For more information, see http://

Career Development Office

The mission of the Bard College Career Development Office (CDO) is to help students find a professional purpose and to offer a clear understanding of jobs in the 21st century. In addition to career counseling, job and internship guidance, and career events, CDO resources include job and internship website subscriptions and a career reference library. Informal talks, career-specific panels, and formal symposia are held throughout the year to help students learn about various ­professions and connect with alumni/ae and employers. The Career Development Office hosts a website at that enables students, alumni/ae, and employers to ­connect electronically. This online board lists jobs, internships, volunteer ­oppor­tunities, and announcements of career events. The Career Development Office website,, presents the gamut of CDO services and offers the Bard Basic Job Guide, which includes sample résumés and tips for the job search. Students and alumni/ae are always welcome to use the Career Development Office to seek assistance in exploring their career options and life’s work.

Health and Counseling Services

Student Health Service  The College maintains an on-campus outpatient health center. The Student Health Service is staffed by four nurse practitioners, a registered nurse, and a part-time physician, under the supervision of the director of health services. The center is located in Robbins House, on the North Campus. While the College is in session, the center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an evening clinic on Thursdays. For illness requiring emergency care and for after-hours care, the services of Northern Dutchess Hospital in nearby Rhinebeck are available.
All new students must submit a medical report, including health history; record of an examination by a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner; and an immunization record. New York State law requires that all students born after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students must also provide proof of meningitis vaccination or a written statement declining ­vaccination. The student’s health service fee covers most services provided by the health center. Medications prescribed by the College physician or nurse practitioners and ­dispensed at the health center are billed monthly to the student’s account. Information on Bard health insurance can be found at

Student Counseling Service  The Student Counseling Service is staffed by clinical social workers, a psychologist, two consulting psychiatrists, and a consulting nutritionist. Staff members provide short-term, problem-focused treatment; crisis intervention; and referrals to local physicians, ­psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. Appointments with the counseling service are on a first-come, first-served basis. The staff may make off-campus referrals for any students who cannot be accommodated during the course of the semester. Incoming students who are currently taking medications for an emotional condition, mood stabilization, or attention deficit disorder should make arrangements to have the medication monitored by the prescribing physician at home or should transfer their care to an ­off-campus physician in the Bard area. Likewise, students who have been in psychotherapy and anticipate continuing long-term therapy while at college should seek such care off campus; the counseling service can ­provide a list of psychiatrists and/or psychotherapists in the area. A student who is ­seeing an off-campus therapist is responsible for all arrangements, including appointments, transportation, and fees. The College health insurance policy provides limited coverage for psychotherapy with some private, ­off-campus clinicians.

BRAVE, BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization whose members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. Although BRAVE staff members receive particular training in issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexuality, BRAVE counselors also receive training in eating disorders, depression and suicide, sexual orientation, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and social and academic issues. BRAVE services are available on a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week basis; call campus extension 7777 to be put in touch with a BRAVE counselor.

Internet and Mail Services

E-mail and Internet Services  The College issues all students with computer network user accounts that provide access to Internet, e-mail, and library services. General IT support and antivirus software are provided for free through the Bard Information Technology Services Help Desk. A high-speed (100Mb) Ethernet connection to the campus computing network and, through that, to the Internet, is ­provided free to all students living in Bard residence halls. Public computing labs are available on campus, and wireless networking is supported in many areas around campus. For details of Bard’s computing services and facilities, see Information Technology Services in the facilities section of this chapter.
Mail Service  Each student has a mailbox at the Annandale-on-Hudson Post Office, located in Bertelsmann Campus Center. The post office provides all the usual postal services and accepts UPS and private express-mail deliveries. UPS shipments can be sent through the Buildings and Grounds Office on campus. The general mailing address for the College is Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.

Services for International Students

Bard’s International Student Services Office provides technical assistance and advice to international students. Its prime responsibilities are to keep the College and the graduate and undergraduate students in compliance with the applicable immigration regulations and to help these students gain and maintain their F-1 status, to assist with their administrative issues, and to provide informal advice on matters of cultural, social, and personal concern.

Services for Students with Disabilities

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, BardCollege 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. Students who claim physical, learning, or psychological disabilities should register with the ­disability support coordinator in the Learning Commons at the start of the semester or as soon as the diagnosis of disability is made. The student will be asked to present documentation supporting the ­disability claim and suggested accommodations. For forms, go to

Students who have a properly documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications to help them meet academic standards and maintain normal social relationships at the College. “Reasonable” is understood to exclude any accommodation that places an undue burden on the College or would require a fundamental alteration of programs or services. Accommodations include, but are not limited to: exam modifications (extended time, alternative formats, private rooms); alternative ways of completing assignments; housing policy exemptions; and auxiliary aids and services. Particular accommodations afforded a student will be determined jointly by the student and disability support coordinator, in con-sultation with the College’s ADA coordinator and, as appropriate, other members of the faculty and student services staff. Accommodations will be based on an individualized assessment of the student’s needs; what is considered appropriate for one student may not be considered appropriate for another. The College reserves the right to refuse particular accommodations if other accommodations will serve the student’s needs equally as well and place less of a burden on the College. 

Students who think they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability should file a detailed written complaint with the disability support coordinator as soon as possible after the alleged discrimination. The disability support coordinator will investigate the complaint and issue a report, normally within 30 days. Unsatis­factory resolutions should be taken up with the dean of studies, David Shein, who serves as the College’s ADA coordinator (; x7045). Further appeals may be addressed directly to the president. Students who file a complaint are protected against retaliation in any form. If a student suspects that such retaliation has occurred, s/he should file a written complaint, as per the above.

Transportation Services

Bard is a walkable and bikable campus, with many residential and academic facilities connected by paths and trails. The College has a student-run bike sharing program and bike co-op, with bicycle parking available throughout campus. Bard also offers a free shuttle service with stops at various campus locations. College shuttles and local LOOP buses provide service to nearby communities on a regularly scheduled basis. Weekend shuttle service is offered to the train station, with special airport shuttles for Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring recess, and the end of semester. Bard also participates in the car-sharing program Zipcar, an alternative to car ownership.