Motor Vehicle Regulations
Safety and Security is responsible for enforcing College regulations for vehicles on campus. All vehicles utilizing campus parking facilities on a continual basis must be registered with Security. Vehicles parked on the Bard College Campus must be properly registered each academic year. Vehicles without a proper Bard identification decal are not permitted to use student campus parking facilities and will be ticketed and/or removed from campus at owner's expense.
The fee is minimal and goes to the College's Green fund, which is used to offset the cost of sustainable projects on campus, such as our solar array. Registered vehicles also make it possible for the Emergency Dispatcher to attempt contacting the vehicle owner as a courtesy, if time allows, prior to ticketing and/or towing, should the car be parked illegally.
Vehicle Registration Fees:
$100.00 if registered prior to July 30th
$150.00 if registered between July 30 and the end of the first week (Friday) of the academic semester.
$200.00 if registered thereafter.
To register a vehicle, present the following at Security:
a valid driver’s license
proof of registration
current insurance from the state in which the vehicle is registered
or you may register on line at: bard.edu/security Vehicle Registration
After completing the on-line registration form, you must go to the Security Office with a check made out to Bard College for your registration fee (we no longer accept cash) for the current academic year.
Place stickers on the driver’s side rear window.
Authorization for handicapped parking privileges must be obtained from Health Services.
Vehicles not registered with Security may be towed off campus at the owner’s expense. Once a tow truck is dispatched, the vehicle’s operator is responsible for the tow charge whether or not the vehicle is towed.
Bard College students, faculty, staff, and visitors park at their own risk. While the Safety and Security Office maintains constant and vigilant patrols throughout the year, the College will not be held liable for vehicle damage incurred from vandalism, collisions, break-ins, or other destructive circumstances, including weather-related problems.
There is ample parking in and around the Bard campus, but parking is limited 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, the Safety and Security Office encourages students to use bicycles.