Community and Security
Rules and Regulations
Alcohol and Drugs
Fire Drills Fire
Standards of Behavior Vandalism/Property
All students interested
in hosting a campus event must attend a workshop on responsible planning
and practices given at the start of each semester. All campus wide
events (i.e., in Kline, campus center, or residence hall social spaces)
must be registered at least three days in advance. Registration forms
are available in the Office of Student Activities. Students must acquire
guest passes from the Safety and Security Office for any event attendees
who are not part of the Bard community.
All material posted or distributed on campus, including flyers, posters
and banners, must include information identifying at least one person
responsible for the material and contact information for that person.
Failure to include identifying information may result in removal.
Any event at which alcohol is served must be registered by two hosts
who are both over the age of 21 and have attended a social event planning
workshop. All kegs must be registered.
Any additional setup/cleanup arrangement charges will be billed to
An event that develops from a small, initially private gathering to
a larger, more public one and/or having a significant impact on the
larger campus environment must be registered with Safety and Security
through the on-call administrator. If this is not done, Safety and
Security will treat the event as unregistered and will respond accordingly.
Any event may be stopped if it becomes too disruptive in the judgment
of the Safety and Security Officer. Interfering with Safety and SecurityÕs
responsibilities in this matter will be considered a breach of policy
and community principles and will jeopardize a hostÕs ability to sponsor
No student has the right to bind the College to contract with an outside
vendor (e.g., a film or performance). All contract arrangements must
be made with the approval and supervision of the Director of Student
Bard College strongly affirms the right of free speech for each member
of the Bard community. This right includes the freedom, through College
departments and organizations, to invite to the campus speakers and
representatives of off-campus organizations as long as the visits
do not disrupt the CollegeÕs regular educational or administrative
As an independent academic institution, Bard College is under no obligation
to make its facilities or services available to, or act as the agent
for, off-campus organizations, whether private organizations or agencies
Alcohol and Drugs
The College will
provide educational programs and counseling services to address the
issues of alcohol/drug use, to increase awareness, and to assist those
in need of help, as in those potential instances of addiction, chemical
dependency, and other negative consequences resulting from use. Assisting
someone to get help for problem or addictive use is an act of legitimate
and reasonable concern.
Each member of the community is responsible for living within the
parameters of the alcohol and drug policies and for encouraging others
to do the same. Violations of the spirit and intent of these policies
will be responded to by disciplinary action; penalties will reflect
both the degree and number of offenses and may include warnings, community
service, fines, probation, suspension, mandatory leave, and expulsion.
Those whose drinking or drug use repeatedly leads to problem behavior
will be dealt with more severely due to the predictable relationship
between the use and the behavior that follows.
The College expects, moderation, restraint, and care in the use of
alcohol, when an individual is legally entitled to it.
Open containers of alcohol are not permitted unless at a registered
event. College funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic
beverages to be served to under-aged individuals and reasonable means
should be used to identify under-aged persons to ensure that alcohol
is not served to them. Food and nonalcoholic beverages must be available.
Alcohol must be tended at all times. Hosts are responsible for all
guests, whether invited or not. Alcohol may not be mentioned in the
advertising and/or publicity of an event.
All members of the Bard community must take responsibility for their
own actions and for compliance with the laws of New York State and
the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The major points of the
law are as follows:
Legal Age/Intoxicated Individuals: no person shall sell, deliver,
give away, cause, permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given
away any alcoholic beverages to: 1) any person, actually or apparently,
under the legal age (21) or 2) any intoxicated person or any person,
under the influence of alcohol.
Dram Shop Liability: any person who shall be injured in person, property,
means of support, or otherwise by an intoxicated person, or by reason
of the intoxication of any person, whether resulting in death or not,
shall have a right of action against any person who shall, by unlawfully
selling to or unlawfully assisting in procuring liquor for the intoxicated
person, have caused or contributed to the intoxication. In any such
action the injured person will have a right to recover actual and
Social Host Liability: creates civil liability for anyone who knowingly
furnishes alcoholic beverages to any intoxicated person under the
legal age of purchase if the intoxication results in injury or damages
to a third party.
False ID: Any person under the legal age of purchase who is found
to have presented or offered false or fraudulent written identification
of age for the purpose of purchasing or attempting to purchase alcoholic
beverages may be faced with probation and a fine.
An academic environment is incompatible with the use of illegal drugs
and the abuse of other drugs/substances (not medically prescribed
and supervised). If such use should occur, the best efforts of the
College notwithstanding, such activity must neither interfere with
nor become the focus of the lives of members of the community.
The College prohibits illegal possession or transfer of any controlled
substance so defined in the statutes of New York State. The College
does not apply sanctions of the law, but it does not ignore the law,
nor does it stand between the student and the law. The outcome from
selling, making, distributing, or possession of a significant amount
of illegal drugs will be prompt and forceful College action. The student
will be asked to resign from the College. A student who chooses not
to resign will be suspended by the Dean of Students with appeal through
normal procedures. Information received on dealers is shared with
local police agencies.
Quiet hours are
12:00 midnight to 9:00 a.m. throughout the week. Students and guests
are required to observe quiet hours in all residence halls. Some residence
halls are designated as quiet residences and individual residence
halls may vote on quiet hours, so check with the peer counselor. Students
or guests causing noise disturbances may be asked to move within 48
hours of the violation.
Fire drills are
held three times each academic year to comply with New York State
laws and to familiarize students with protective procedures. When
the fire alarm sounds, act immediately:
1. Close the windows.
2. For protection, put on a coat and wear hard-soled shoes.
3. Feel the door for heat to determine that it is safe to enter the
4.Turn off the lights.
5. Do not rush. Continued order and quiet is essential.
6. Go to the designated exit area as quickly as possible.
7. Do not leave the designated area until cleared to do so, so that
you may be accounted for.
Everyone must respond to the alarm. Do not use an elevator. Think
clearly about all the available exits from the building, in case one
exit is blocked, so that you can alter your route without causing
delay or panic. If you are in the study or social areas, leave by
the nearest exit without returning to your room. If you are not in
your room at the time, make sure you are accounted for as soon as
possible. Refusal to vacate a building during a fire drill or alarm
is a serious disciplinary infraction and may result in a fine, suspension,
or cancellation of the On Campus Living Agreement.
During a fire drill or alarm, everyone is required to leave the building,
a fine for not doing so is $50.
fire extinguishers or alarms is a serious offense. Persons found tampering
with the fire extinguishers or alarms will be charged the replacement/repair
costs plus a $100.00 fine and may face disciplinary action.
A person commits
harassment of another if s/he: makes telephone calls without purpose
of legitimate communication; insults, taunts, or challenges another
person in a manner likely to provoke a violent or disorderly response;
makes repeated communications anonymously, or at extremely inconvenient
hours, or in offensively coarse language; subjects another person
to an offensive touching (i.e., unwanted sexual contact, shoving,
striking or kicking); intentionally and repeatedly follows someone
in or about a public place (i.e., "stalking"); engages in any other
course of alarming conduct serving no legitimate purpose.
In the case of harassment, tell the harasser that their actions/comments
are unwelcome. Be clear and direct. Avoid ambiguity about feelings
or intentions. Document every incident in detail: describe specific
actions, comments, the location, names of witnesses; file a complaint.
Confusion, fear of not being believed, embarrassment, and concern
for others, including the harasser, sometimes keeps people from reporting;
harassers tend to be "repeaters." Depending on the nature and severity
of the harassment, a complaint can often be resolved by having a supervisor
or administrator speak with the harasser; other times more formal
proceedings may be in order. Complaints may be filed with the Dean
of Students, Dean of the College, Director of Human Resources, or
the Chair of the SJB.
Recognize the seriousness of the problem; become informed and help
inform others; get support and speak up; offer emotional support to
harassed individuals, support them for speaking up; donÕt engage in
or condone behavior that demeans anyone; let harassers know that their
behavior is offensive to you as well as to the targeted person; foster
mutual respect throughout the campus community.
Bard College has
a long tradition of eclectic assemblage. The College benefitted immeasurably
from an influx of ˇmigrˇ scholars in the 1940s and 1950s, many of
whom were political refugees. To this day it maintains itself as a
place of refuge. The values we agree to live by reflect our commitment
to maintaining standards of behavior, which are based on trust, honesty
and the desire to create a community where different voices can be
heard with tolerance, understanding, and honest critique, both within
and outside the classroom.
Any behavior that constitutes verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation,
violence, or harassment against any member of the Bard community will
not be tolerated. It is impermissible to engage in conduct that deliberately
causes embarrassment, discomfort, or injury to other individuals or
to the community as a whole. Ignorance, humor, anger, or alcohol or
substance abuse will not be accepted as an excuse or rationale for
The College holds its members to a higher standard of behavior than
that required by law. All who live, work, and study at Bard are here
by choice and, as part of that choice, should be committed to these
standards. Any behavior alleged to violate the principles embodied
in this general statement, or found elsewhere in the Student Handbook
or College Catalogue, will be thoroughly investigated in a manner
that protects the rights of all parties. Violators of Bard College
policies will be subject to disciplinary action.
of College property is not tolerated. Individuals involved in acts
of vandalism will be fined $100.00, plus the cost of replacement or
repair and will be assigned hours of community service. Serious offenses
may result in suspension or expulsion. If it cannot be ascertained
who is responsible for the damage or loss in a residence hall, an
assessment will be made against all residents equally.
The use or possession
of laboratory or harmful chemical explosives, firearms, ammunition,
firecrackers, knives, or other weapons including any BB gun, air rifle,
or similar firing device, is prohibited. The possession of weapons
will result in serious sanctions. The Penal Law of the State of New
York (section 265.01) defines criminal possession of a weapon in the
fourth degree as follows: A person is guilty of criminal possession
of a weapon in the fourth degree when he knowingly has in his possession
a rifle, shotgun, or firearm in or upon a building or grounds used
for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, except
the forestry lands, wherever located, owned or maintained by the State
University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry,
without the written authorization of such educational institution.
Violation of the above code is classified as a Class A misdemeanor
and is punishable by a one-year sentence and/or a $1,000 fine.