Bard College Student Handbook


In keeping with Bard’s desire to protect the health of its faculty, staff, students, visitors, other campus constituencies, and the public in general, it is College policy to provide a smoke-free environment, to the maximum extent possible for those desiring such an environment, in full compliance with the Dutchess County Smoke-Free Air Act (Resolution No. 202237) and the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act (Article 13-E of the New York State Public Health Law).

Smoking Defined
To “smoke” and “smoking” means creating smoke by lighting a cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other smoking product; it also means puffing on, carrying, or holding a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or other smoking product.

a. Smoking is prohibited in all indoor spaces, including common areas, individual student bedrooms, and Bard owned vehicles (including the Campus Shuttle).

b. Smoking is permitted in designated areas outside college buildings provided that these areas are located far enough away (minimum of 25 feet) from doorways, windows, and ventilation systems to prevent smoke from entering these facilities.

The success of this policy requires the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of smokers and non-smokers alike. It is the responsibility of each member of the campus community to adhere to this policy. Violators may be fined a minimum of $100 and 20 hours of community restitution to a maximum of $500. Further violations will be referred to the appropriate judiciary body or supervisory authority for resolution.