Bard College Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

Bard’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and harassment, as well as provisions of response and services for victims of interpersonal violence. These laws include: Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, the Clery Act, and New York State Education Law 129-B (“Enough is Enough”). These laws and the College prohibit discrimination and harassment, including gender-based misconduct.
Bard College and its affiliated programs are committed to providing a learning environment free from sexual and gender-based harassment, discrimination, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and intimate partner violence (hereafter referred to as “gender-based misconduct”).

Bard College is committed to preventing, responding to, and remedying occurrences of gender-based misconduct. To that end, the College provides 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.

Additionally, the College provides educational and preventative programs for employees and students throughout the academic year that promote awareness of gender-based misconduct. These include: primary prevention and awareness, definitions of domestic and intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, consent, bystander intervention techniques and safe practices, and risk reduction in the form of recognizing warning signs and how to avoid unwelcome interaction.

The Gender-Based Misconduct Policy should be interpreted and applied in a manner consistent with the principles of free inquiry, free expression, and free speech to which Bard College is committed. The College’s policy is not intended to stifle these freedoms. Prohibited discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other misconduct are neither legally protected expression nor the proper exercise of academic freedom.