While Bard College is committed to the free and open exchange of ideas and to the view that the expression of controversial ideas and differing views is a vital part of campus discourse, it does not condone harassment or expressions of bias or hate aimed at individuals or groups. Speech or expression that is not prohibited, but is rude, lacking in respect, disruptive, or hateful is discouraged. The College may voice its disapproval of such expression through private communications, public condemnation, the organization of public forum and calls for more speech and open debate.
A bias incident is an event, behavior, or action which is personally directed against or targets an individual or group based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or military veteran status. The kinds of incidents that may constitute a bias incident include, but are not limited to, hostile and/or abusive verbal, written or electronic communication, graffiti, stalking, and vandalism.