Bard College Student Handbook


After a hearing, either formal or informal, in which accountability is established, an appropriate sanction will be imposed. Notice of such a sanction can be given by the President, the Executive Vice President, members of the Office of the Dean of the College, the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Safety and Security, the Office of Residence Life & Housing, the Grievance Committee, or the Student Judiciary Board.

Sanctions generally include warnings, community restitution, fines, social probation, loss of housing, mandatory assessments, leave, suspension, and expulsion. Social probation is an official warning; during the period of time for which it is assigned, usually a semester or year, any violation of College rules, especially a violation of the rule that led to the probation, will be cause for serious disciplinary action. Social probation will have provisos or conditions attached to it, including but not limited to: apologies, work with a campus office as restitution to the community, counseling (on or off campus), written reflections, assessments, restitution, loss of campus housing, or fines (paid within a specified time). Failure to meet the terms of the probation can result in the withholding of grades or transcripts, loss of financial aid, suspension, or expulsion. Suspension is normally for a semester or a year. Expulsion is permanent. A student who has been suspended or expelled may not be on College grounds without explicit permission from the Dean of Students or a designee.