Bard College Student Handbook

Parking Regulations

There is limited parking in and around the Bard campus, particularly on main campus. Students are encouraged to park their vehicles at one of the large student lots and walk or shuttle to classes or other activities on campus. As an environmentally aware and concerned community, typical issues concerning limited and convenient parking, blocked emergency access, tickets, and towing may easily be avoided by simply applying the “park and walk” philosophy. During the warmer months, students are encouraged to use bicycles.

1. Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the Main Lot is reserved for faculty and staff parking only. Students residing in Stone Row have a reserved row in the Main Parking Lot and are issued special parking stickers allowing them to park in that row. If that row is occupied, Main Campus Resident Students must find other parking accommodations. Olin Parking Lot is a commuter lot open from 6:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.  Vehicles may not be parked overnight in the Olin Lot due to special maintenance required for the permeable asphalt. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed and towed.

2. Emergency access and fire lanes to all buildings must be kept clear at all times. Parking along the side of a building, fire lanes, drop-off areas, or handicap or other specially designated areas could result in immediate towing and fines.

3. Unauthorized vehicles are subject to immediate towing at the owner’s expense. Once the tow truck is called, the operator must be paid even if the vehicle is moved before the truck arrives on campus.

4. No parking is allowed on Faculty Circle, Campus Road, Annandale Road, or on any lawn or grassy area.

Parking fines are $25-$50. Parking in handicap or fire lanes will add an additional $100.00. Tow fees range from $75 for on-campus tows to $175 if a vehicle is towed off campus. Bard College is not responsible for any vehicle parked illegally or unregistered on campus or vehicles damaged while being towed.

Extended Parking of Student Vehicles An enrolled student requesting short term vehicle storage outside the normal school calendar, i.e. semester breaks, overseas travel, etc., may be accommodated providing the following requirements are met:

1. The Director of Safety and Security must be notified in writing of the student’s wish to store their vehicle for a period of time exceeding 96 hours, if outside the normal school calendar. It will be at the Director’s discretion to allow this courtesy for an agreed-upon specific period of time.

2. If the Director of Safety and Security grants permission to the student to store their vehicle for a specific predetermined time, notification will be sent via campus mail. The notification must be signed by the student and returned to the Director of Safety and Security at least one week prior to leaving campus.

The student must follow these procedures:

  • The vehicle must be parked in a location specified by the Director of Safety and Security.
  • Keys must be sealed in an envelope with vehicle description, plate number, name of the student leaving the vehicle, and contact numbers and address where the student can be reached.
  • Upon return to campus, the student must present a valid driver’s license to the Director of Safety and Security for identification and reclamation of the vehicle.
  • Noncompliance or violation of any of these procedures may result in request for storage being denied, now and in the future. If a student is not able to retrieve their vehicle at the agreed-upon time, he or she must notify the Director of Safety and Security in writing prior to the expected reclamation date. The Office of Safety and Security will use the listed contact numbers to remind the student of their obligation to reclaim their vehicle, if the student does not notify the office of any change in plans.

If, after a good faith effort to contact the student by telephone and mail elicits no response, the vehicle will be considered abandoned, subject to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law:

“Pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1224(1)(d), motor vehicles are deemed to be abandoned, if left unattended for more than 96 hours on property of another, if left without permission of the owner.”

It is the student’s responsibility to meet the agreed-upon obligations concerning their vehicle. Any costs incurred by Bard College concerning a vehicle in violation of this agreement will be charged to the student’s account.

Derelict Vehicles Community members will be contacted during the school year if a vehicle exhibits signs of deterioration, i.e. flattened tires, broken windows, outdated registration, or lack of license plates. Vehicles parked on campus must be movable in case of an emergency. Safety and Security will attempt to contact the registered owner by using the office’s vehicle registration database. All vehicles must meet road safety standards as set by the New York State Motor Vehicles Department or risk being towed from campus at the owner’s expense. The Town of Red Hook Police Department will be notified of abandoned vehicles. The Town of Red Hook is empowered to dispose of abandoned vehicles in accordance with the provisions of Statute 1224(4) of New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Restricted Parking “No Parking” signs are evident in certain areas of campus. As is the case at many scenic rural campuses, the use of signs is restricted to preserve the natural beauty of Bard’s campus. Parking along roadways, on grass or next to structures with no parking space allotment is prohibited and, therefore, will result in ticketing. Parking in any area that may restrict fire or other emergency vehicles from access or in handicap spaces will result in immediate towing at the owner’s expense.