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 may park in the Olin or Water Plant Lot. 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, in drop-off areas, or in handicap or other specially designated areas will 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.
Motorcycles must be registered and are subject to the same rules and regulations as cars. It is a violation to drive a motorcycle on any pathway, lawn, or any place from which a car is restricted.
The fine for a moving violation is $100. Parking fines are $25 per offense listed on the ticket. Tow fees range from $45 for on-campus tows to $150 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.
Annandale Road is a public highway, patrolled by local law enforcement who enforce speed limits and other county and state laws. The campus speed limit is 15 mph. Bard is a walking and biking campus. Speeding vehicles represent a clear and present danger to staff and students. Driving while impaired, reckless driving, or any action deemed unsafe by the Safety and Security Office will not be tolerated. Violators will be disciplined and can result in automatic suspension of on-campus driving privileges.
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 his/her 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 his/her 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 Safety and Security, usually at the far end of the Water Plant Lot, across from Tewksbury.
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 Security’s declining the request for storage, 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 Safety and Security Office will use the listed contact numbers to remind the student of their obligation to reclaim his/her 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 Students 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.