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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are tolerant of many things, and there have been maybe 5 minor issues during my 8 month time here. Its very laid back.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Great and nice safety officers

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: For the most part campus security is good and respectful. The freshmen have a harder time getting away with things.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: College policies are very lenient towards student social lives. The administraion allows visitation at all times and provides a safe environment for students to live and interact with each other.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The faculty is actually quite open and invites you to talk to them when considering the ramifications of drug use, etc, confidentially. The Emergency Medical Services are confidential for drinking and drug related problems. But if you are placed on social probation because of a drinking incident, you are not allowed to run for the student judiciary board, which they do not inform you of ahead of time.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 13th
    Most Lenient Parking
  • 325th
    Best Campus Police
  • 1362nd
    Strictest Honor Code

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Courtney Scott
Nashville, Tenn.
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Primarily, Bard operates under a trust policy. Students are given both the freedom and responsibility to act with relative independence. There are no curfews, few restrictions, and a complete absence of an obtrusive police presence on campus. It’s the administration’s general hope that, without stringent regulations, Bardians will make the correct decisions concerning how they behave and in what ways they spend their time. For the most part, this policy works. On the infrequent occasions when Campus Security is required to step in, it’s typically in a non-threatening manner, so that student-security relations are seldom strained.

Students from other colleges might be surprised at the lack of strictness at Bard. While we do have rules, we also have a surprising amount of freedom. However, when students take advantage of this policy and test the administration’s trust, the result can be unfortunate. For instance, during a big and lavish soiree one year, an inordinate number of Bardians drank themselves into oblivion. Over the course of the night, ambulances were required to rush 15 drunk and disabled students to the local hospital, where some had to have their stomachs pumped. Clearly, these partiers had taken advantage of Bard’s generous policy on alcohol consumption to the extreme, and the result was obvious: Bard canceled the event once and for all. Responses from administration to delinquency can be polarized. Administrators value student freedom almost to a fault, but, ultimately they value student safety more. When the time comes, the gavel can fall hard. No matter how clichéd it might seem, it really is up to students to maintain Bard’s trust and to keep the level of campus strictness to a minimum.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Congregating in areas off-limits to students
  • Doing drugs in a public space
  • Making too much noise late at night
  • Parking illegally
  • Plagiarism/academic dishonesty
  • Throwing an unregistered party

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 29 responses

  • 3% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 41% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 55% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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