Bard College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is free of bias, prejudice, discrimination, and harassment – an environment in which all feel welcome, and are treated fairly and with respect. The Office of Title IX and Nondiscrimination is dedicated to preventing, responding to, and remedying any incidents of discrimination and harassment including gender-based misconduct throughout Bard and its affiliated programs. The Office ensures that fair and impartial processes are in place to address all complaints of discrimination and harassment. The Office also provides education and programming to all members of the Bard community.
Bard College is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs and equal employment without regard to an individual's sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, ex-offender status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Students, employees, applicants, and other members of Bard College community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) shall not be subject to discrimination or harassment prohibited by law or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. Similarly, the College will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating, or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees, or any other member of, or visitor to, the College community. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence, and domestic violence.
Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:
New York State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit 844-845-7269
Red Hook Police 845-758-0060
Education and Programming
We work with community partners and student leaders to provide training, programming, and workshops that increase awareness of gender-based misconduct, bias, discrimination, and harassment. If you would like to request training, please fill out the Google Form below or email [email protected]. Training & Events Fall 2023 Training Request Form
The Office of Title IX and Nondiscrimination is located in Sottery Hall, between the Reem-Kayden Science Center and the main faculty and staff parking lot.
Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator Sottery Hall, Room 107 845-758-7542 [email protected]
Jacob Testa, J.D.
Director of Clery Compliance Deputy Title IX and Civil Rights Coordinator [email protected]
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 Advisor 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.
Use these links below on your mobile phone to content these services.