Some students who live off-campus choose to host events in their residences. Students are expected to fully understand these local laws and College policies:
- The Village of Tivoli requires that all gatherings of 50 people or more be registered with, and approved by, the village clerk prior to the event. Violations of this ordinance can result in fines or imprisonment. Click here for more information on the Mass Gathering Law.
- Dutchess County has enacted a Social Host Law, which makes it a violation, punishable by a fine or imprisonment, for anyone who owns or rents a home or apartment to knowingly permit someone under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages.
- If you host an event at your apartment or home, please be aware that New York State law and the Drug-Free Communities Act state that, “no person shall sell, deliver, give way, cause permit, or procure to be sold, delivered, or given away any alcoholic beverage to: (1) any person actually or apparently under the legal age (21); or (2) any intoxicated person or any person under the influence of alcohol.” The law goes on to say that “any person who shall be injured in person, property, means of support, or otherwise by an intoxicated person or by reason of the intoxication of any person or by reason of the intoxication of any person, whether resulting in death or not, shall have a right of action against any person who shall, by unlawfully assisting in procuring liquor for the intoxicated person, have caused or contributed to the intoxication. In any such action, the injured person will have a right to recover actual and exemplary damages.”
- The College’s overriding concern is for the safety of our students. College policy can and does apply to incidents that occur off-campus. As stated in the Student Handbook, “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 believes firmly in an individual’s responsibility to take action in unsafe situations. As further stated in the Student Handbook, “Any member of the community who observes dangerous drinking should feel a responsibility to discourage the behavior. In cases of intoxication, alcohol poisoning or overdose, individuals must call 911. Special consideration will be given in cases where students voluntarily seek medical attention for themselves or other members of the community. Serious sanctions may result in cases where students do not seek appropriate medical treatment for intoxication or overdose.”
- Social gatherings held at off-campus residences may not be advertised on campus.
Understanding your rights and responsibilities for living off-campus enhances the experience for both you and local members of the community.
We extend our gratitude to all who live in the surrounding area for their unwavering kindness, support, and commitment to promoting safe and respectful behaviors and attitudes.