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.

Bard College Catalogue 2016-17


Bard College Catalogue 2016-17

Safety and Security

Bard College provides round-the-clock, year-round safety and security coverage. The Office of Safety and Security 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. Should a difficult situation arise on campus that requires a higher level of professional training, the Office of Safety and Security maintains close working relations with the Red Hook Police Department, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department, and the New York State Police.

Other campus safety measures include a student golf cart patrol that provides after-dark security escorts to other students upon request and a student bike patrol that serves as extra eyes and ears for the Safety and Security Office. 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.

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.