Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The Dean of Student Affairs (DOSA) Office 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 students, assistant dean of students, director of first-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 student activities. Three peer groups—residential peer counseling, peer health, and a peer crisis hotline—supplement the College’s professional support services. For more information, visit bard.edu/dosa.
The Center for Student Life and Advising (CSLA) is committed to supporting students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The Center provides academic and personal advice as well as mentorship to students throughout their time at the College. CSLA comprises the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Studies, and International Student Services.
The Dean of Studies Office (DOS) provides supplemental advising to all students, fostering collaborative inquiry outside of the classroom and helping students develop the skills and strategies required for robust engagement in the academic life of the College. DOS also facilitates the application process for competitive fellowships and scholarships, and helps students find and meet academic and intellectual challenges outside the regular curriculum. The International Student Office advises students on all matters pertaining to their legal status in the United States and on cultural, social, educational, and personal concerns. The international student adviser serves as informal adviser to the International Student Organization. See bard.edu/clsa for more details.
The Learning Commons provides academic support to all students, offering credit-bearing courses in English as a Second Language, writing, math, public speaking, and educational theory, 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, students take a diagnostic exam to help 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. Learn more at bard.edu/learningcommons.
BardWorks 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 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, the arts and entrepreneurship, the legal profession, government and NGOs, writing and publishing, green business, journalism, and working abroad. For more information, see bardworks.bard.edu.
The Bard College Career Development Office (CDO) helps students translate their liberal arts education to the workplace. In addition to career counseling, job and internship guidance, and career events that include an annual recruiting consortium in New York City for juniors and seniors, CDO offers many online resources that provide job and internship postings, career exploration assessments, and interview coaching. Informal talks, career-specific panels, and formal symposia take place throughout the year to help students learn about various professions and connect with alumni/ae and employers. The Career Development Office hosts an online board, which lists on-campus employment, jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and announcements of career events. CDO’s website, bard.edu/cdo, presents a range of services and offers the downloadable Bard Basic Job Guide and Career Guide for the Arts, which include sample cover letters and résumés, tips for the job search, and much more. CDO also presents workshops on applying to graduate school and reviews personal statements for graduate school applications. Students and alumni/ae are encouraged to use the Career Development Office to seek assistance in exploring career options and support in applying for jobs and internships.
Student Health Service The College maintains an on-campus outpatient health center. The Health Service is staffed by four nurse practitioners, a registered nurse, and a part-time physician, and operates 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 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. Additional information can be found at bard.edu/healthservices.
Student Counseling Service The Student Counseling Service is staffed by clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, a consulting psychiatrist, and consulting nutritionist. Staff members provide short-term, problem-focused treatment, crisis intervention, groups, workshops, and referrals to local physicians, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. Appointments with the counseling service are on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may be referred off campus for help with long-term issues or if the Counseling Service cannot offer them a timely appointment. 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 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. The College health insurance policy provides limited coverage for psychotherapy with some private, off-campus clinicians and psychiatrists. A student who is seeing an off-campus therapist is responsible for all arrangements, including appointments, transportation, and fees. The College offers free transportation to off-campus mental health appointments through the student-run program Community Appointment Transportation Service (CATS). To request the service, students should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see bard.edu/counseling.BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization. Its members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. BRAVE staff members receive specific 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-days-a-week basis; call campus extension 7777 to be put in touch with a BRAVE counselor. For more information, visit bard.edu/brave.
E-mail and Internet Services The College issues all enrolled students with a Bard account that provides access to e-mail, library services, and an increasing number of web applications. Bard Information Technology (Bard IT) provides general computing assistance for free. A 100Mb Ethernet connection to the campus network and, through that, to the Internet, is provided free to all students living in Bard residence halls. Wireless networking is available for much of the campus. Several public computing labs are available on campus. For details on Bard’s computing services and facilities, see Bard IT at Henderson Computer Resources Center in the facilities section of this chapter, or visit bard.edu/it.
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.
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, Bard College 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 Stevenson Library 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 bard.edu/admission/accepted/forms.
Students who have a properly documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications to help them meet academic standards and participate in all aspects of life 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 (using the provided documentation as the guide), in consultation 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 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 (email@example.com; 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.
Bard offers a free shuttle service for Bard students, faculty, and staff with stops at various campus locations and the nearby villages of Tivoli and Red Hook. Shuttles to the Rhinecliff and Poughkeepsie train stations run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shuttles to the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston are provided on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Special shuttles to local airports, including JFK, LaGuardia, and Albany, can be reserved at nominal cost for Thanksgiving and winter breaks, spring recess, and the end of the semester. The College has a student-run bike-sharing program and bike co-op, with bicycle parking available throughout campus. Bard also participates in the car-sharing program Zipcar, an alternative to car ownership.