Bard College Student Handbook


The use or possession of any chemical explosives, firearms, hunting knives, switchblades, swords, daggers, machetes, ammunition, firecrackers, fireworks, BB guns, sling shots, air rifles, paintball rifles, fencing foils, bows and arrows, any projectile firing device and the like, is prohibited. Students who have paintball guns, bows and arrows or fencing foils for legitimate club purposes must be approved through the Director of Safety & Security and stored in approved club storage. Chemical deterrents (i.e. pepper spray) must be approved by the Director of Safety & Security in accordance with the NY State Penal Law (article 265).  Any item used with the intention of threatening, causing harm or damage to another individual or property will be considered a weapon. Replica fire arms, simulated fire arms are prohibited from campus, unless approved by the Director of Safety & Security.  The possession of any of these items will result in serious sanctions. The Penal Law of the State of New York (section 265.01) defines criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree as follows: “A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when he knowingly has in his possession a rifle, shotgun, or firearm in or upon a building or grounds used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, except the forestry lands, wherever located, owned, or maintained by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, without the written authorization of such educational institution. Violation of the above code is classified as a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by a one-year sentence and/or a $1,000 fine.”

Items discovered on campus, or sent to the Bard College Campus through the United States Postal Service, United Parcel Service, FedEx, or any other parcel delivery company will be held for inspection. The Community Member whose name is on the delivery package will be asked to open the package in the presence of the Director of the Office of Safety and Security at Bard College, or other Bard College Administrator. Prohibited items will be repackaged and returned to sender, at owner’s expense.