Bard College Student Handbook

Safety and Security

Bard College is a close-knit community that offers space and atmosphere for study, recreation, and reflection to members and neighbors.

The Office of Safety and Security is available 24 hours a day to assist all members of the College community. It is service oriented, providing assistance and information to students daily, often successfully solving student problems without the need for intervention.  The department helps to protect the Bard campus community from loss or damage to personal and college property, is responsible for maintaining public order and enforcing campus regulations and policies.

The department has taken steps to make the campus as safe as possible. While every effort is made to protect members of the Bard community from being victims of crime, it is a possibility as no community is risk-free. Thefts, assaults, and other violations of the law sometimes occur. Many incidents can be avoided if community members recognize they can become victims and take basic precautions to reduce the risk of harm, such as walking with a friend during daytime and in groups at night; keeping interior and exterior residence doors locked at all times; locking bicycles when not in use; and not leaving laptops and other electronics or valuables unattended.

Community members should call x7460 (845-758-7460) to report any incident that appears suspicious, policy violations, concerns, or to report any crimes. Suspected crimes may also be directly reported tolocal law enforcement. If a community member chooses to report to local law enforcement, they are encouraged to notify security of this action, as the college needs to be aware of such incidents.

In the event of a life-threatening or emergency situation, students should immediately call x7777 (845-758-7777) or 911, if necessary.  If 911 is dialed first, please follow up with an immediate call to x7777 (845-758-7777). Security assists in coordinating emergency medical transportation for the college community. All members of the department are trained in basic first aid and are supported by the Bard College Emergency Medical Services (BEMS). Security officers will assist emergency responders, providing mutual aid if necessary. 

In addition to patrolling buildings and grounds, Security is responsible for the registration of motor vehicles and enforcement of parking and traffic regulations. The department investigates policy violations, accidents and assorted complaints; cooperates with local law enforcement in the investigation of reported or suspected crimes, assists in emergency transportation of sick or injured students; provides an escort service; and maintains a lost and found.

Suspicious activity or persons on campus should be reported immediately to the Office of Safety and Security. Unauthorized persons, inclusive of unregistered guests, may be asked to leave the campus; trespassers will be prosecuted in accordance with the New York State Criminal Code.

The Office of Safety and Security is always open, and community members are welcome to speak with the director at any time to discuss policy, personnel, or personal problems.