Safety and Security
Bard College provides round-the-clock, year-round safety and security coverage. The Safety and Security Department consists of a director, an assistant director, and 15 officers. In addition, a professional dispatching staff coordinates all security communications. All safety and security officers are highly trained, registered New York State security personnel. Their main mission is to be a positive presence on campus and thus encourage the Bard community and its many visitors to follow the rules and guidelines established by the College. The officers are uniformed and equipped with keys and radios and have civilian powers of arrest. A professional dispatching staff coordinates all security communications. Should a difficult situation arise on campus that requires a higher level of professional training, the Office of Safety and Security maintains close working relations with the Dutchess County Sherriff's Department, the Red Hook Police Department and the New York State Police.
Other campus safety measures include a student golf cart that provides after-dark cart escorts to students upon request and a student bike patrol that serves as extra eyes and ears for the Safety and Security Office. A student-operated team of trained first responders to emergency medical conditions is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, while school is in session. The College's shuttle bus system provides students with transportation to sites on and off campus.
Although Bard College is situated in a rural idyllic setting, crimes sometimes occur on campus that require the attention of Bard's security force and the police. The College publishes annually a list of crimes that occurred during the previous year and categorizes them according to standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. This list is available to the public upon request and is also available in hard copy 24/7 in the Old Gym.
Bard College is a close-knit community that offers space and atmosphere for study, recreation, and reflection to members and neighbors.
The Bard College Safety and Security Department has taken steps to make the campus as safe as possible. It is unlikely that you will be a victim of a crime, but it is a possibility. No community is risk-free. Thefts, assaults, and other violations of the law sometimes occur. Most campus incidents can be avoided if students use common sense and recognize that they can become victims and then take basic precautions to reduce the risk of harm, such as walking with a friend during daytime and in groups at night; as well as keeping interior and exterior residence doors locked at all times.
The Department is available 24 hours a day to assist all members of the College community. It is service oriented, providing assistance and information to students daily, often successfully solving student problems without the need for intervention.
Bard is a place to care for each other. It is everyone's responsibility to keep our community and each other safe. If there is an emergency or urgent situation please contact security immediately at 845-758-7777
If you have any concerns about a member of the Bard Community, have information regarding a potentially hazardous situation or policy violation, inclusive of vandalism and damages, we strongly encourage you to speak directly with one of the following:
Your Peer Counselor Area Coordinator (845-758-7455
Office of Safety & Security (845-758-7460
) Center for Student Life & Advising (845-758-7454
Health & Counseling Services (845-758-7433
) Buildings & Grounds (845-758-7465
Office of Gender Equity (845-758-7
542) Sexual Misconduct Hotline (888-323-4198
Human Resources (845-758-7428
If you are uncomfortable or unable to report in person, an online report can be submitted by clicking here
. Online reporting can take 1-2 business days to process. Additionally anonymous reporting is an option but will significantly limit the manner in which the college can respond to the concern brought forward.