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Bard College Catalogue 2020-21
Student Services and Resources
Center for Student Life and Advising
The Center for Student Life and Advising (CSLA) is committed to supporting students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The Center provides academic and personal advice as well as mentorship to students throughout their time at the College. CSLA comprises the offices of the Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Studies, and International Student Services. See bard.edu/csla for additional information.
The Dean of Student Affairs Office (DOSA) is concerned with the quality of student life. The office serves as an information resource for nonacademic matters and tries to accommodate individual circumstances that ensure students’ success while at the College. DOSA and the student services staff create long-range plans to enhance student life and develop cocurricular experiences. The oversight for different components of student life is distributed among the dean of students, assistant dean of students, director of first-year experience, and director of residence life. The director of multicultural affairs acts as the primary contact for students, staff, and faculty in promoting an inclusive campus climate. Other services include health and counseling, athletics, and student activities. Three peer groups—residential peer counseling, peer health, and a peer crisis hotline—supplement the College’s professional support services. Learn more at bard.edu/dosa.
The Dean of Studies Office (DOS) provides supplemental advising to all students, fostering collaborative inquiry outside of the classroom and helping students develop the skills and strategies required for robust engagement in the academic life of the College. DOS also facilitates the application process for competitive fellowships and scholarships, and helps students find and meet academic and intellectual challenges outside the regular curriculum.For more information, see bard.edu/deanofstudies.
The International Student Office advises students on all matters pertaining to their legal status in the United States and on cultural, social, educational, and personal concerns. The international student adviser serves as informal adviser to the International Student Organization. Visit bard.edu/oisss for details.
Academic Support: The Learning Commons
The Learning Commons provides all students with college writing support, at no cost, through writing fellows and consultant programs, learning strategies sessions, and academic tutoring and resources. The Learning Commons, which features designated study and writing rooms, offers credit-bearing courses in composition, English as a Second Language, mathematics, public speaking, inclusive pedagogies, information literacy, and educational theory, as well as reading support and one-on-one peer tutoring by request in all subjects offered at the College. Students may also meet with staff members for more focused assistance. Workshops are offered throughout the year on specialized topics, including the Senior Project. Learning strategies for note taking, time management, English for academic purposes, and general study skills are also addressed in a structured social setting. With an entryway at ground level, the Learning Commons is accessible. Learn more at bard.edu/learningcommons.
BardWorks is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors. The weeklong program takes place during the January intersession, and offers workshops and networking opportunities to help prepare students for a career after college. Participants work with alumni/ae, parents, and mentors as they explore avenues for converting their Bard experience to the workplace. Sessions and workshops include mock interviews, résumé review, computer and communication skills, writing for the job search, managing interview anxiety, financial literacy, and negotiation techniques. Panel discussions focus on specific career directions, including business and finance, the arts and entrepreneurship, the legal profession, government and NGOs, writing and publishing, green business, journalism, and working abroad. BardWorks, made possible by a grant from an anonymous donor, is a collaboration between the Center for Civic Engagement, Career Development Office, Dean of Student Affairs Office, Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, and Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors. For more information, see bardworks.bard.edu.
Career Development Office
The Bard College Career Development Office (CDO) helps students translate their liberal arts education to the workplace. In addition to career counseling, job and internship guidance, and career events that include two annual recruiting consortia in New York City for juniors and seniors, CDO offers many online resources that provide job and internship postings, career exploration assessments, and interview coaching. Informal talks, career-specific panels, and formal symposia take place throughout the year to help students learn about various professions and connect with alumni/ae and employers. The Career Development Office hosts an online board, which lists on-campus employment, jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and announcements of career events. CDO’s website, bard.edu/cdo, presents a range of services and offers the downloadable Bard Basic Job Guide and Career Guide for the Arts, which include sample cover letters and résumés, tips for the job search, and much more. CDO also presents workshops on applying to graduate school and reviews personal statements for graduate school applications. Students and alumni/ae are encouraged to use the Career Development Office to seek assistance in exploring career options and support in applying for jobs and internships.
The main dining facility on campus is Kline Commons, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends. Meals are all-you-care-to-eat, and students can choose from a wide variety of items, including dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and vegan and vegetarian selections that change every day. Other dining options include Down the Road Café in the Campus Center, Manor House Café on the North Campus, and the Green Onion Grocer, a market located in Kline. Bard Dining offers a variety of meal plans, which may include meal exchanges and a cache of “Bard Bucks” to spend throughout the semester at the cafés and market. Learn more at bardcollegedining.catertrax.com.
BardEats is an interdisciplinary organization committed to bringing ecological, responsible, local, and community-based food to the College. BardEats was created in 2013 to improve the food procurement process and support Bard’s Real Food Challenge commitment. It has grown in scope and purpose, and now oversees various mission-based initiatives focused on sourcing, operations, education, advocacy, and accountability.
The Teaching Kitchen facilitates cooking events aimed at building students’ skill and confidence in the kitchen. Cooking classes are held regularly throughout the year in Kline Dining Commons, various residence halls, and at the Montgomery Place Orchards. Additionally, the program provides equipment rentals for anyone wishing to host an on-campus cooking event.
Health and Counseling Services
Student Health Service The College maintains an on-campus outpatient health center for students. The health service is staffed by four nurse practitioners and a part-time physician. The center is located in Robbins Annex, on North Campus. For illness requiring emergency care and for after-hours care, the services of Bard EMS or Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck are available.
All new students must submit a medical report including health history, record of an examination by a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, and an immunization record. New York State law requires that all students born after January 1, 1957, provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella. Students must also provide proof of meningitis vaccination or a written statement declining vaccination. The student’s health service fee covers most services provided by the health center. Medications prescribed and dispensed at the health center are billed monthly to the student’s account. Additional information regarding our service including hours and contact information can be found at bard.edu/healthservices.
Information about Bard's COVID-19 response can be found at bard.edu/covid19.
Student Counseling Service The Student Counseling Service is staffed by clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, a consulting psychiatrist, and consulting nutritionist. Staff members provide short-term, problem-focused treatment, crisis intervention, groups, workshops, and referrals to local physicians, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. Students may be referred off campus for help with long-term issues or for specialized treatments. Incoming students who are currently taking medications for a psychiatric condition, mood stabilization, or attention deficit disorder should make arrangements to have the medication monitored by the prescribing physician at home or transfer their care to an off-campus physician in the Bard area. Likewise, students who have been in psychotherapy and anticipate continuing long-term therapy while at college should seek such care off campus; the Counseling Service website provides a list of psychiatrists and/or psychotherapists in the area. The College health insurance policy offers limited coverage for psychotherapy with some private, off-campus clinicians and psychiatrists. A student who is seeing an off-campus therapist is responsible for all arrangements, including appointments, transportation, and fees. The College offers free transportation to off-campus mental health appointments through the student-run Community Appointment Transportation Service (CATS). To request the service, students should email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see bard.edu/counseling.
BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization. Its members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. BRAVE staff members receive specific training in issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexuality. BRAVE counselors also receive training in eating disorders, depression and suicide, sexual orientation, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and social and academic issues. BRAVE services are available on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis; call campus extension 7777 to be put in touch with a BRAVE counselor. For more information, visit bard.edu/brave.
Internet and Mail Services
Email and Internet Services The College issues all enrolled students with a Bard Account that provides access to G Suite for Education, library services, and an increasing number of web applications. Bard Information Technology (Bard IT) provides general computing assistance for free. A 100Mb Ethernet connection to the campus network and, through that, to the internet, is provided free to all students living in Bard residence halls. Wireless networking is available for all dorms and most of the campus. Several public computing labs are available on campus. For details on Bard’s computing services and facilities, see Bard IT at Henderson Computer Resources Center in the facilities section of this chapter, or visit bard.edu/it.
Mail Service Each student has a mailbox at the Annandale-on-Hudson Post Office, located in Bertelsmann Campus Center. The post office provides all the usual postal services and accepts UPS and private express-mail deliveries. UPS shipments can be sent through the Buildings and Grounds Office on campus. The general mailing address for the College is Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000.
Accessibility and Disability Resources
Bard College strives to create an accessible and welcoming campus community for students with disabilities. The College is committed to maintaining compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, by providing otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the College provides services and reasonable accommodations to students through Disability Services when a barrier to access exists. Students who may require particular accommodations to ensure access should register with Disability Services by June 1 (incoming students) or as soon as the diagnosis of disability is made. The student will be asked to complete the disability registration form and present documentation that verifies the disability, details the impact of the disability, and provides suggested accommodations to mitigate the impact. Registration forms and additional information can be found at bard.edu/accessibility/students.
Students who have a properly documented disability are entitled to reasonable accommodations or modifications to help them meet academic standards and access the programs and services of the College. “Reasonable” is here understood to exclude any accommodation or modification that places an undue burden on the College or would require a fundamental alteration of programs or services. Typical accommodations include, but are not limited to: exam modifications (extended time, alternative formats, reduced-distraction testing locations); alternative ways of completing assignments; housing policy accommodations; and auxiliary aids and services. The particular accommodations afforded a student will be determined jointly by the student and the disability support coordinator through a dynamic process that includes the professional documentation and recommendations provided by the student, student history, and current academic requirements. What is considered appropriate for one student may not be considered appropriate for another student. Every consideration to prioritize the student’s requested accommodation will be made, though the College reserves the right to provide an alternative accommodation if it will serve the student’s needs equally as well and places less of a burden on the College.
Students who think they have been discriminated against on the basis of disability should file a detailed written complaint with the director of accessibility as soon as possible after the alleged discrimination occurred. The disability support coordinator will investigate the complaint and issue a report, normally within 30 days. Unsatisfactory resolutions should be taken up with the dean of studies, who serves as the College’s ADA coordinator. Further appeals may be addressed directly to the president. Students who file a complaint are protected against retaliation in any form. If a student suspects that such retaliation has occurred, they should file a written complaint, as per the above.
In addition to maintaining ADA compliance, the Office of Accessibility and Disability Resources strives to support students holistically, offering ongoing advising and coaching as well as workshops aimed at strategies for success and quality of life. The office also serves as liaison to other student services throughout the academic year.
Bard offers a free shuttle service for Bard students, faculty, and staff with stops at various campus locations and the nearby villages of Tivoli and Red Hook. Shuttles to the Rhinecliff and Poughkeepsie train stations run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Shuttles to the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston are provided on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Special shuttles to local airports, including JFK, LaGuardia, and Albany, can be reserved at nominal cost for Thanksgiving and winter breaks, spring recess, and the end of the semester. The College has a student-run bike-sharing program and bike co-op, with bicycle parking available throughout campus. Bard also participates in the car-sharing program Zipcar, an alternative to car ownership.