Bard College Student Handbook

College Policies, Regulations, and Procedures

Bard: More than a place to think

Everyone who lives, works, or studies at Bard is here by choice and, as part of that choice is encouraged to behave civilly. Participation in the College’s intellectual and social activities contributes to the community’s vibrancy. In an open educational environment there will be a frequent and often intense exchange of ideas, even ones that are unpopular and can make others uncomfortable. Each of us should bear this in mind when considering our interactions with others in Annandale-on-Hudson and all places where the College is engaged. The community is strengthened when each member fosters civil interactions.

Bard believes firmly in free speech. All members of the College are responsible for maintaining and promoting an open academic and living community. When conflicts arise they should be resolved among the affected parties. The community is designed to support informal resolution through its members including peers, faculty, administrators and staff.

Behavior that violates policies articulated in the Student Handbook or in the Bard College Catalogue is not accepted and formal procedures may be initiated in accordance with the Student Handbook.

The College expects all of its students, whether or not they are on campus or are currently enrolled as degree candidates, to behave in a mature and responsible manner. If the College determines that a student has violated the College’s Facilities Use Agreement and/or College policies, regulations, and procedures, the College may discipline the student. Since the College expects students to show good judgment and use common sense at all times, not all kinds of misconduct or behavioral standards are specifically identified in this handbook. It is the goal of the College to help provide an environment that is supportive of and conducive to the maximum intellectual, psychological, social, physical, and spiritual growth of all its students. In this spirit, College policy was written with the understanding that students would take on the following responsibilities:

A. To treat all members of the College community in a civil and respectful manner. 

B. To carry and present College identification to authorized College officials upon request, including but not limited to Safety and Security officers, Residence Life & Housing staff, Dean of Student Affairs staff and Student Activities staff.

C. To refrain from the use of force against persons or groups, the abuse 
of another person, or disruption in the form of coercion or violence. 

D. To respect the property of individuals, groups and the College itself. 

E. To insure that guests on campus (including other students within one’s residence hall room) behave in a manner consistent with the policies and procedures of the College. 

F. To act as good citizens. 

G. To observe all duly established College, local, state and federal regulations.

The College will hear complaints pertaining to conduct of Bard College students occurring on Bard College property (including UBS, or Bard in New York), or Red Hook, Tivoli, and its environs. The College will also consider hearing cases involving Bard College students that occur off campus. The College’s disciplinary process will not be used merely to duplicate the function of federal, state, or local laws, but where the institution’s distinct interests as an academic community are involved, the College may invoke its disciplinary authority in response to infractions of the laws of the off-campus community.

In cases of College policy violations, the College first determines the appropriate process to employ based on the individual set of circumstances surrounding the infraction. Cases may be referred to the Student Conduct system, Office of Title IX Coordination, or managed through informal hearings with Residence Life & Housing staff, Student Activities staff, Safety and Security staff, Vice President for Administration staff or Dean of Student Affairs staff. Academic policy violations are reviewed through the Dean of Studies and/or the Dean of the College’s Office

Students wishing to appeal a decision made by a member of the staff should submit a written letter of appeal outlining the reasons for the appeal to the original administrator within two business days of the issuance of the sanction.