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3 College Freshman

Administration: The admins are very trusting of us.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Bard has an Honor Code and Bard Admin specifically emphasizes community ties, but they won't actually do much to enforce it especially if it involves paperwork. It is easier to navigate the Great Firewall of China than Security Reports because the Bard Admin will make the complaintaint come in more times than the person they are complaining about. It is easier to just drop it.

Bard Admin picks favorites: if they like you, you're set; if not, then may the odds ever be in your favor.

Note: they give out financial awards to students that spend their 4 years of college conforming to Bard's bureaucratic standard of excellence... so if you want money, conform.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Bard is fair with the students. The administration understands what it's like to be in college, and uses policies of education instead of fines. I haven't heard of anyone receiving a fine for something like drinking, smoking, or a noise violation. "Punishments," if you can call them that, are usually not prescriptive; that is, they will ask students to organize a dorm event, or help out a certain club, in lieu of facing monetary consequences.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: For the most part, they're there to look out for students. If they see an issue that needs addressing, they'll address it. Otherwise, they can be pretty detached when you don't need them.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Security is responsive and understanding. They won't really intervene unless there's a direct danger to the student body. Even in the case of underage drinking they are more concerned with the student's health than busting them. When a rove townie in a full clown costume was terrorizing campus, security responded to the concerns of the student body and quickly caught the creep. Go Bard!


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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 44 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 44 responses

  • 52% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
  • 45% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 2% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
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