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College Statements

The following statements appear on the inside covers of the print edition of the First-Year Student Handbook.

A Community of Special Character

Vassar College seeks to sustain a community of special character in which people of divergent views and backgrounds come together to study and live in the proud tradition of a residential liberal arts college. Vassar students, working closely with the faculty, enjoy the freedom to explore their intellectual and artistic passions, to develop their powers of reason and imagination through the process of analysis and synthesis, to effectively express their unique points of view, to challenge and rethink their own and others’ assumptions, and to struggle with complex questions that sometimes reveal conflicting truths. The lifelong love of learning, increased knowledge of oneself and others, humane concern for society and the world, and commitment to an examined and evolving set of values established at Vassar prepares and compels our graduates to actively participate in the local, national, and global communities with a profound understanding of social and political contexts.

As Vassar seeks to educate the individual imagination to see into the lives of others, its academic mission cannot be separated from its identity as a residential community comprising diverse interests and perspectives. The college expects its students to be mindful of their responsibilities to one another and to engage actively in the creation of a community of intellectual freedom, mutually understood dignity, and civil discourse. The embodiment of this commitment is the book of matriculation, which all new students sign as they agree to uphold the letter and spirit of college regulations, to adhere to the values espoused in the college’s mission statement, and to preserve the integrity of the institution.

Nondiscrimination Policies

Vassar College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or age in the admission of students to the college; in any of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college; in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic and other programs administered by the college; or in the employment practices of the college. Additionally, should state or federal law be enacted during the period this policy is extant which prohibits discrimination based upon a group’s protected status not listed in the above categories, this policy will be deemed amended to afford protection to such groups.

Inquiries concerning the application of this policy prescribed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Internal Revenue Service, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA) of 2008 may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, which is charged to coordinate the college’s efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX, Section 504, and the ADAA.

Smoking Policy

Vassar College is a smoke-free campus.

This policy applies to all college employees, students, and visitors.

Recycling

Vassar College, in accordance with Dutchess County law, recycles glass, aluminum/tin, plastic, mixed paper, computer paper, newspaper, and cardboard. Recycling containers are located in residence halls, academic buildings, and various outdoor campus locations. Residents of the TAs and THs receive recycling bins to be used for curbside pick-ups. Recycling coordinators from each residence hall are responsible for informing students about the proper use of recycling receptacles and the pick-up schedule for their residence.