Bard College

Location: Annandale on Hudson, New York
Type: Private
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Speech Code Rating

Bard College has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more
  • Gender-Based Misconduct Policy: Definitions of Gender-Based Misconduct

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Sexual Harassment: Any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, such as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal, written, graphic, online, and/or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may be disciplined or sanctioned when: 1. It creates a hostile environment; ... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Harassment, Discrimination and Stalking Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Harassment Unwelcome, hostile, or inappropriate conduct directed toward an individual because of their protected status. Such conduct violates College policy if it (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working, living, or learning environment for the affected individual, or... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sign Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Yellow
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Postings not clearly displaying a sponsor or contact information are subject to removal without notice. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Campus Computing

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Inappropriate use includes: … Sending messages that are severely abusive or threaten an individual’s safety or for sexual, ethnic, religious, minority, or other harassment. Read More
  • Student Handbook: Sign Posting Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Bard College fosters and supports the exchange of information and expression of ideas. To that end, students are not allowed to remove flyers they find offensive. An example of such a flyer should be brought to the attention of the Office of Student Activities. Postings that violate the free speech policy may be rem... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Bias Incidents

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    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 pro... Read More
  • Student Handbook: Events Registration

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Advertised Commitments to Free Expression
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Bard College strongly affirms the right of free speech for each member of the Bard community Read More
  • Student Handbook: Free Speech Policy

    Speech Code Rating: Green
    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: July 26, 2019

    Threats, harassment, coercion, and acts threatening or causing physical harm are prohibited at Bard, as they are in the public community. Read More
At present, FIRE has not been publicly involved in any cases at this school.
  • Bard College Steps Up for Free Speech

    October 4, 2011

    It always feels great to be able to share good news about free speech on campus. So I am very happy to report that Bard College in New York has taken the commendable step of clarifying its student conduct policies to affirm that the college is committed to students’ right to free speech and expression…. Read more

  • Sectarian Institutions and Free Speech

    April 17, 2007

    As mentioned in previous blog entries, George Mason University Professor Jon B. Gould’s call for the dissolution of FIRE (subscribers only, unfortunately) in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Review section is riddled with mischaracterizations and inaccuracies. Having disproved his example of FIRE’s “exaggeration” of speech codes and pointed out his questionable understanding of how sexual… Read more