Bard Student Government

United by a common educational cause, with the goal of protecting our individual academic and social rights, Bard Student Government (BSG) seeks to promote transparency, participation, and greater engagement within Bard and the local communities. Each and every student belongs to BSG, but membership in committees is conducted through elections and/or application processes. Whether you want a say over what food is in Kline, push for lower laundry prices, advocate for academic requirement reform, impact the local community, further diversify the campus, or simply make a difference in the community, there is a place for you on BSG. BSG is government by the students, for the students.

There are 4 branches of government that compose BSG:  Fiscal, Student Life, Judicial, and Communications

Fiscal

Fiscal Committee (FiscComm): This committee has the important task of allocating money from the Convocation Fund to student organizations. Organizations present their requests for funding during the first 10 days of each semester. A proposed budget for all organizations is brought to a General Assembly, where it is ratified, amended, or rejected.

Student Life

Student Life Committee (SLC): Represents Bard’s student body in all areas concerning student life, and works with the school to improve student life. Student Life consists of any aspect of a student’s time at Bard that does not concern Academics, Judicial Processes, or the Convocation fund. The SLC also defers issues concerning diversity to the Multicultural and Diversity Committee. Any other issue concerning Student Life is represented by the SLC. The SLC takes on various projects and initiatives to improve student life at Bard based on the desires of the student body. The SLC regularly polls the student body to understand the desires of the student body. From these desires as well as the issues noticed by individual committee members, the SLC formulates policy recommendations for the student body and presents them to the General Assembly for a vote. The SLC is also one of the student body’s biggest advocates for student life, and can work with individual students on individual issues. The SLC members also undertake individual initiatives to improve student life. Each SLC member is expected to focus on one particular area of improvement, and steadily work on it through the year until it is completed. The committee can be contacted via slc@bard.edu

Educational Policies Committee (EPC): The main academic life forum for students at Bard College. It is composed of the Chair of the EPC, eight student members from the four academic divisions, and two unmoderated student members. The committee serves as the chief liaison between students and faculty on academic issues and curriculum changes, formalizes student opinion in the faculty evaluation process, corresponds with faculty search committees in order to ensure adequate student power in the hiring of new faculty members, and evaluates academic programs at the college based on the expressed concerns of students. The EPC regularly works with the Dean of the College and various faculty groups in order to initiate and facilitate conversations about academic life, resources, and curricular structure at the College. The committee can be contacted at epc@bard.edu.

Multicultural Diversity Committee (MDC): Assesses the diversity of events on campus and pursues proposals to broaden them. Just as well, MDC coordinates events and projects to bolster and facilitate on-campus dialogues about diversity.

Judiciary

Student Judiciary Board (SJB): This board hears more complex cases of reported campus policy violations. Cases may be referred to the SJB by the Dean of Student Affairs Office or initiated by a student complaint to the chair of the board. The SJB decides whether disciplinary action is appropriate and may impose sanctions, including disciplinary leaves, suspension or expulsion, which are implemented by the Dean of Students.

Peer Review Board (PRB): One of two conduct boards on campus that address smaller or first-time policy infractions. We operate through a restorative justice model, attempting to ameliorate any negative community impact through a variety of methods, including conversations with other community members and/or administrators, creative programming, and restitution hours.

Communications

Communications Committee (ComComm): The outreach and publicity body of the Communications Branch. This committee will inform the student body of the goings-on within the six central committees in Bard Student Government, Red Hook and Tivoli, in order to actualize a greater transparency and active membership within the surrounding community, vis-à-vis an online monthly newsletter and outreach events.