Bard College Office for Gender Equity
The Office for Gender Equity is dedicated to preventing, responding to, and remedying occurrences of gender-based misconduct throughout Bard College and its affiliated programs. To increase awareness of gender-based misconduct and cultivate a safe and proactive community, the Office for Gender Equity provides educational and preventative programming for employees and students. The Office for Gender Equity provides information and connection to services and support for individuals who have been impacted by gender-based misconduct, as well as accessible, prompt, thorough, and impartial methods of investigation and resolution of incidents of gender-based misconduct. The Office for Gender Equity is a resource for all members of the Bard community.
What Is Gender-Based Misconduct?
Gender-based misconduct includes sexual and gender-based harassment, gender-based discrimination, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Bard College prohibits gender-based misconduct and is committed to providing learning and working environments in which all individuals feel safe and are free to develop intellectually, professionally, and socially. For definitions of gender-based misconduct, please see the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy.
Students’ Bill of Rights
All students have the right to:
- Make a report to local law enforcement and/or state police;
- Have disclosures of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault taken seriously;
- Make a decision about whether or not to disclose a crime or violation and participate in the judicial or conduct process and/or criminal justice process free from pressure by the institution;
- Participate in a process that is fair, impartial, and provides adequate notice and a meaningful opportunity to be heard;
- Be treated with dignity and to receive from the institution courteous, fair, and respectful health care and counseling services, where available;
- Be free from any suggestion that the reporting individual is at fault when these crimes and violations are committed or should have acted in a different manner to avoid such crimes or violations;
- Describe the incident to as few institution representatives as practicable and not be required to unnecessarily repeat a description of the incident;
- Be protected against retaliation by the College, any student, the accused and/ or the respondent, and/or their friends, family and acquaintances within the jurisdiction of the College;
- Access to at least one level of appeal of a determination;
- Be accompanied by an adviser of choice who may assist and advise a reporting individual, accused, or respondent throughout the judicial or conduct process, including during all meetings and hearings related to such process; and
- Exercise civil rights and practice of religion without interference by the investigative, criminal justice, or judicial or conduct process of the College.