The Dean of Student Affairs Office is concerned with the quality of college life. It seeks to enhance the value of the undergraduate experience by encouraging students to participate actively in the community, be concerned about their peers, and explore personal matters that affect their individual pursuits and the community.
The office promotes an atmosphere wherein students can develop an idea of themselves as scholars and individuals by creating a campus environment that encourages the exploration of their intellectual, artistic and ethical questions. The Deans of Student Affairs (the Dean, Associate Deans and Assistant Deans) collaborate with the various Student Services Administrators and Academic programs to address the needs of Bard College students throughout their matriculation. Specifically, the Deans of Student Affairs assist students with their transition from high school to college, their development of identity and preparation for life after Bard College through the offices of First-Year Experience, Sophomore-Year Experience, Multicultural Affairs, and the Senior-Year Experience. Complementing the Student Government Association, the Deans of Student Affairs also support students’ accountability to the Community Standard of Behavior. The Deans of Student Affairs and the Student Services Administrators engage the students as individuals and as members of the living-learning community to ensure that students have a well-rounded academic and social life.