Dean of Student Affairs

Off-Campus Housing: Student Resources

Contact Us

For further information, contact:
The Dean of Student Affairs Office, Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
Phone: 845-758-7454
E-mail: dosa@bard.edu

Local Resources

Local Resources:
  • Off-Campus Student Coalition blog
  • Off-Campus Student Coalition e-mail
  • Campus shuttle schedule and information
  • New York State Tenants' Rights Guide (PDF)
  • Bard Office of Sustainability
  • The area has a landlord committee to address complaints of absentee landlords, property upkeep and tenant conduct, including trash and recycling, parking, and behavior. Students interested in participating on the committee to represent student perspectives should contact the office of Tivoli Mayor Bryan Cranna at 845-757-2021.
  • The Village of Tivoli welcome packet outlines the rights and responsibilities of tenants. The packet is filled with resources. We recommend that all off-campus residents, regardless of where you live, stop by the Town Hall in Tivoli to pick up a copy.
  • Off-Campus Student Open Meetings provide a venue in which off-campus students meet, develop strong relationships, share local resources and support, as well as discuss concerns.

In an effort to be a good neighbor in our community, please keep in mind the following:

  • The hours you keep as a college student may be drastically different from your neighbors who work full time or have families. Please be mindful of the noise level in your dwelling and how, and when, that might be disrespectful toward people in the surrounding area.
  • As the semester progresses, it may become challenging to keep up with general day-to-day tasks such as trash or snow removal. Talk to your landlord about expectations and try to work out systems that best match your schedule. Keep in mind where you and your guests park vehicles, how late you play music, and that neglecting trash or recyclables on the street affects your neighbors. If you are unsure about expectations and responsibilities, reach out to your landlord or contact Town Hall. 
  • During the winter months, please be aware of street parking regulations to avoid being towed or having your vehicle damaged by plows.

Some off-campus students host events in their residences. Keep in mind the following:

  • 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 students. College policy can apply to incidents off campus. “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” (Student Handbook). The College takes seriously the individual’s responsibility to take action in unsafe situations. As 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, and helps you better understand the benefits and challenges of our surrounding community.