Student Handbook

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Longy School of Music of Bard College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). Inquiries regarding the status of Longy accreditation should be directed to Judy Bose, Dean of the Conservatory. Individuals may also contact MSCHE at 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000,

Bard is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance Examination Board, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Education Records Bureau, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, gives currently enrolled students and alumni the right to privacy of records, files, and data held about them by the school on an official basis. In general, Longy cannot release information from a student’s record without his or her permission. However, certain types of information, termed Directory Information, can be released without permission unless a student specifically instructs Longy not to do so. Directory Information includes student’s name, local and permanent address, local and permanent phone, e-mail address, program and major, dates of attendance and graduation date/status, honors received, class schedule, and photographs and videos. The Act also gives students the right to inspect and review their educational records and to challenge any contents which they feel are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy and other rights. A student who wishes to challenge information held in his or her record or who wishes to have a privacy hold put on his or her account should contact Ruth Blackburn, Registrar and Director of Student Advising.

College is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance Examination Board, American Council on Education, Associated Colleges of the Mid-Hudson Area, and Education Records Bureau. The Bard program of study leading to the master of science degree is registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education and the Professions, Room 977, Education Building, Albany, New York, 12234;


Longy School of Music of Bard College (“Longy” or the “School”) supports all employees’ and students’ rights to work and learn in an environment free from all forms of discrimination, including discrimination or harassment based on an individual’s race, color, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, creed, marital status, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status or characteristic under federal, state, or local law.

To that end, the School prohibits discrimination and harassment in any form by any student, staff member, faculty member, or other person, including the School’s visitors and vendors, in connection with any School-related activity. The School’s property (including, but not limited to, telephones, copy machines, facsimile machines and computers) may not be used to engage in conduct that violates this Policy. In addition, social media, email, texting, or any other form of communication may not be used in any way that violates this policy.