On this page you will find resources around policies that impact life in the residence halls. For the full policy text, we encourage you to review the student handbook below. The policies for life in the residence halls are derived from local, state, and federal law (especially fire safety codes) and are enforced to assure safety of the community.
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Having a small pet in a residence hall is a privilege. As a pet owner, you are responsible for keeping your pet safe and healthy at all times. Please adhere to the following: • Birds, cats, dogs, ferrets, poisonous animals, rabbits, and snakes are not allowed in residence halls. • Pets must be in good health to remain in residence halls. • Pet owners are permitted only one animal in their room. • Pets must remain caged or contained in a tank at all times. • After cleaning cages, all waste products should be sealed in a heavy-duty bag and disposed of directly in a waste receptacle outside of the building. • Your pet must always be cared for in a manner that does not disturb other residents. This includes noise and odor. • If another resident or member of the Residence Life Staff complains about your failure to maintain your pet in accordance with these rules, you will receive a written warning indicating the date by which the situation must be corrected. If another complaint is made you will be asked to remove your pet. • Depending on the pet, you may be asked to obtain permission from your floor or building members as well. • Residents are responsible for any damages or excessive cleaning needs caused by the pet. • All liability for any actions of the animal (e.g., bites, scratches, etc.) is the responsibility of the owner.
Facts About Mold and Mildew
Facts About Mold and Mildew
BARD OFFICE OF RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING Fact Sheet about Mold and Mildew
Bard’s Buildings & Grounds Department provides routine maintenance to prevent maintenance and mold concerns, and Bard’s Environmental Services Department cleans residence hall common areas on a daily basis. Buildings and residence hall rooms are inspected multiple times per year. If you believe that you have mildew or mold in your residence hall room, please complete a work order as soon as possible so the issue can be addressed as quickly and effectively as possible https://www.bard.edu/bandg/
What causes mold to grow? Mold is a part of the natural environment that aids in the decomposition of leaves, trees, and other natural outdoor organic materials. Individual mold spores are invisible to the human eye and are continually floating around outside in nature. However, when those spores make their way indoors and are exposed to wet/humid areas, they can begin to grow or colonize. It is impossible to eliminate mold and mold spores in the indoor environment due to the ingress and egress of daily human activity being carried in on clothing, shoes, and backpacks.
Mold can grow on almost any material, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. Maintaining indoor moisture and humidity levels between 30-60 percent will reduce the likelihood of indoor mold growth. Unfortunately, controlling humidity in large, heavily populated buildings is difficult, especially in hot humid and rainy weather.
Where is mold and mildew found? Mold can be found almost anywhere and can grow on virtually any organic substance if moisture and oxygen are present. The levels of airborne mold spores can vary from month to month and day to day; are highly reliant on temperature, humidity, other seasonal factors in the environment; and are not reliable indicators of an indoor dampness or mold problem. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores. However, since mold requires water to grow, it is important to identify and prevent moisture problems in buildings to prevent active mold growth.
Molds come in a variety of colors, including white, which is sometimes seen on a damp carpet; pink, which is often found on shower walls; and darkly pigmented, which is often seen around windowsills as a result of condensation. Given a source of moisture, mold can grow just about anywhere. Moisture control, air circulation, and good cleaning practices are necessary to control mold growth.
Are there state or national regulations regarding mold? There are no federal or state regulations governing the presence of mold or mold spore levels in buildings. There are also no health standards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or public health departments for concentrations of mold spores in the indoor air. However, the presence of visible mold on indoor building materials should be remediated.
State and federal agencies generally recommend the following measures to address mold and moisture indoors: • The best way to deal with mold in buildings is to identify and correct the source of water or leak; then clean or discard and replace moldy building materials • Vent bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside. • Provide adequate and appropriate ventilation to avoid temperature and humidity conditions that will lead to excess moisture. • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. • Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry completely. • Prevent the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floor) by adding insulation. • In areas where there is perpetual moisture, such as near fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation, do not install carpeting.
Why not conduct mold testing? Mold testing is not recommended in many cases. Instead, careful detailed visual inspection and recognition of moldy odors should be used to find problems needing correction. Efforts should focus on areas where there are signs of moisture or water vapor (humidity) or where moisture problems are suspected. The investigation goals should be to locate indoor mold growth to determine how to correct the moisture problem and remove contamination safely and effectively. The Department of Health, as well as the CDC and EPA, do NOT recommend testing as there are no exposure-based standards to use for evaluation of the sampling results.
How does mold spread? Most molds reproduce through the formation of spores, tiny, microscopic cells that are resistant to drying and are released into the air. Airborne spores are found both indoors and outdoors. Air circulation in a building varies throughout the day and depends on the level of activity in that space. Mold spores are always present in both the indoor and outdoor environment and can be carried in on clothing, backpacks, shoes, etc. Is it safe for me to stay in my residence hall that currently has mold? In most cases, the answer is yes. According to federal health and safety agencies, mold growth is commonly found in both indoor and outdoor environments. Therefore, varying levels of mold are around us at all times.
How does mold affect people? • Some people are sensitive to mold and may experience short-term or acute reactions in the presence of mold growth. Symptoms associated with mold exposure are not unique and cannot be readily distinguished from symptoms caused by other medical conditions, such as the common cold or seasonal environmental allergies. We recommend that you see your health care provider if you experience any health concerns.
What is the inspection process to determine how to address any mold in my residence? A qualified team of B&G and/or ES respond to work orders. Staff will knock, enter, and conduct a thorough visual inspection of furniture, wall, closets, and fan coil units to check for any evidence of mold growth or other concerns, as well as take internal temperature and humidity readings. If mold growth is found, staff will take appropriate steps to clean or remediate.
What will be done if there is mold found in my room? Measures will be taken to thoroughly clean and dry the area affected. This work may be completed by staff and/or an outside contractor specializing in water cleanup. Staff will return to check regularly on the progress until the situation has been resolved and may instruct residents in ways to assist in that process. Due to the unique circumstances around each situation, cases are managed independently with communication managed by the Director of Residence Life.
Does the College conduct proactive inspections for mold? Mold inspections within occupied spaces during the academic school year are only conducted at the request of a work order. Proactive inspections occur regularly throughout the year focusing on common areas in conjunction with the fire and life safety inspections. Comprehensive building inspections during the summer between conferences also occur each year.
This handbook provides some basic information about academic requirements and regulations; a guide to resources and facilities; College policies and regulations; and a statement as to students’ responsibilities and rights regarding their behavior on campus and their use of facilities. The handbook should be used in conjunction with the Bard College Catalogue. Read both publications carefully; you are responsible for knowing and understanding their contents.
The provisions of this handbook are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and Bard College or its officers and faculty. The College reserves the right to make changes affecting admission procedures, tuition, fees, courses of instruction, programs of study, faculty listings, academic grading policies, and general regulations. The information in this handbook is current as of October 2022, but is subject to change without notice.
Bard College does not discriminate in education, employment, admission, or services on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, age, religion, national origin, or handicapping conditions. This policy is consistent with state mandates and with governmental statutes and regulations, including those pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Federal Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions regarding compliance with Titles VI and IX should be directed to the Vice President for Administration. Questions regarding compliance with Section 504 and the ADA Act should be directed to the Dean of Studies. All queries and requests should be sent c/o Bard College, PO Box 5000, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York 12504-5000.