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Campus Trespass Information

What is a trespass notice?

Owners of private property, such as Bard College at Simon’s Rock, have the authority through Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266 Section 120 to issue trespass notices to individuals to prevent their return to the owner's property. The Director of Security has been given the authority by the College to issue such a notice.

A trespass notice is a verbal or written notice issued by a Security or Student Affairs staff to stay off the Bard College at Simon’s Rock campus. Violation of a trespass notice may result in arrest or in criminal prosecution.

Who can be issued a trespass notice?

A trespass notice can be issued to any person for whom the College has received a complaint or who has been observed doing any of the following:

  • cause harm or inflict injury to college community members
  • threaten or intimidate members of the community
  • disrupt academic and administrative business of the college
  • cause damage to college or personal property
  • violate college policy
  • other actions or statements (written or verbal) deemed unacceptable by the College

How long is a trespass issued for?

A trespass notice is generally valid indefinitely. However, trespass notices are reviewed upon request of the person given the notice. The Security Department generally consults with the victim and/or the Deans to evaluate a trespass notice appeal.

What are the Boundaries Covered by a Trespass Notice?

Bard College at Simon’s Rock trespass notices are valid only for Bard College at Simon’s Rock property.

How is a trespass issued?

Generally, trespass notices are given verbally to individuals that the Security Department receives complaints about or observes violating the above criteria. Notices are also mailed to individuals when possible and an address is known. Once the individual receives the trespass notice, or in the case of mailed notices, once the certified receipt is returned to the Security Department, the trespass notice is active and enforceable. Copies of all written notices are provided to the Great Barrington Police Department.

I have received a trespass notice, however, I was invited to come on campus - can I come?

No one other than the Director of Security or the Dean of Students can give permission for someone who has received a trespass notice to come on to campus for any purpose. The Director reserves the right to deny any appeal based on the needs of the community.

How Can I Request a Trespass Notice be Issued?

Come in to the Security Department office and speak with an officer. Trespass notices can only be issued after an incident report is filed with Public Safety. Officers will then determine if the incident meets the above criteria. Trespass notices can be issued for your protection for incidents which occur off campus or even before a student was enrolled at the College.

What is the appeals process?

Each notice that is issued includes information about the appeals process. Appeals are usually done in writing and are reviewed by the Director of Security. The criteria for appeals review include, but are not limited to; a determination of the threat posed by the individual to the community, review of the individual's need to be present on campus, review of the incident or supporting documentation resulting in the trespass notice being issued, etc.

What information will a victim get if a trespass is modified or rescinded?

Any time the Director Security considers modifying or rescinding a trespass notice as a result of an appeal, the Director will contact the victim and discuss the appeal. If, however, the victim is no longer a member of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock community, she or he will not be contacted. The Director may consult with other college personnel as part of the appeal review process such as the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources. The victim will be informed of the outcome prior to any modification or revocation.