Friday, February 17, 2017

Social Justice House Applications (due 12noon, March 6)

Social Justice House applications for 2017-2018 are now available at

The Social Justice House is a unique opportunity to take an active role in immersing yourself in Barnard College and New York City through the lens of justice, inclusion and activism. Members of the Social Justice house are dedicated to creating educational opportunities for awareness about problems and solutions in local and global communities. Students will learn to make a difference by engaging in theory and practice of social justice and interacting with peers, local activists and policy makers.

If you have an interest in social justice, activism and civic engagement, we encourage you to apply! Applications are due by 12noon on Monday, March 6th.

This opportunity is open to Barnard rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors who are in good standing with the college and are willing and able to live in the Social Justice house (616 suites 5A and 5B) for the entirety of the 2017-2018 academic year.

For more information, please check out and/or email

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Spring Room Change Requests (due Jan 26)

Spring Room Change Request forms (for upperclass students) are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

For full information about the Spring Room Change Request process, please visit

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sign Up for Spring Music Practice Room Times

This email is to inform all residential students about the use of the Music Practice Rooms located in the basement of Sulzberger Hall.  Three rooms have been outfitted with pianos and music stands to provide residential students with a dedicated space in which they can practice their instrument or rehearse for upcoming performances without disturbing their neighbors.

Spring Semester Sign-Ups for the Music Practice Rooms will take place on the following dates in the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger):

  •   Tuesday, January 17 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Wednesday, January 18 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Thursday, January 19 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)
  •   Friday, January 20 (9am-1pm & 2-4pm)

The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Fall 2016, that time is no longer valid, and you must schedule a new practice room time.

  • Declared music majors may reserve up to *10* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 practice rooms.
  • All other students may sign up for up to *5* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 rooms.

Practice hours are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Time slots go fast, so the earlier you sign up the better your chances are for choosing desirable hours!

If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up as a "non-scheduled user" -- this would allow you to use a practice room if the scheduled user has not shown up 15 minutes after the hour (between 7am to 2am), i.e. you could use the remaining 45 minutes of the timeslot.

NOTE: Students who live in the Quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to share their practice hours. All College guest policies apply.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Preparing for Winter Break / End of Semester

As the semester is winding to a close, here is some important info about preparing to leave campus for Winter Break (or move out of the residence halls if you're not returning for the Spring).

  • Clean fridges of food that may spoil over break.  Throw out any open food that may attract mice or bugs.
  • Wash any dirty dishes, pots, etc.
  • Make sure all faucets, ovens, stoves, and appliances are turned off
  • Empty all trash cans.  Take bagged trash and recycling to the designated area in your building
  • Clean suite kitchens & bathrooms
  • Unplug, defrost, and leave the door open to mini fridges only (please leave kitchen refrigerators plugged in and closed)
  • Unplug all appliances (alarm clocks, lamps, computers, etc.) to save electricity.  These items can use a lot of energy if left plugged in, even when turned off!
  • Take any valuables or necessities with you (computer, jewelry, passport, medications).  You will *not* be able to retrieve items during the break.
  • Turn off lights and lock all doors & windows, and lower blinds to conserve heat
  • The residence halls are closed from 9am on Friday, Dec 23, 2016, through 9am on Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
  • Students may NOT enter during this period, unless they are approved for Winter Break Housing or Early Winter Return (so please make sure you take important items with you that you will need over the break!)
  • During this time, College staff will check rooms to address maintenance issues / requests.  Any prohibited items will be confiscated.   Any fire safety equipment or windows stoppers that have been tampered with will result in fines & disciplinary action.
  • Please make sure that you cancelled your housing for the Spring!
  • You must finish moving out before 9am on Friday, December 23, 2016.  Extensions are *not* available (because the res halls are closing for Winter Break).
  • Complete a check-out envelope at your residence hall Front Desk to return your keys (and avoid fines)
For more information and/or copies of the Check-Out Reminder Signs that RAs posted on room/suite doors, please visit

We hope you have a happy & safe winter break! Good luck on your exams!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reminder: Hewitt Dining Hall open over Thanksgiving Break

Hewitt Dining Hall will be open during Thanksgiving Break on the following modified schedule:
11am-1pm - Buffet Bunch
5-7pm - Buffet Dinner
Nov. 24-27, 2016
The Diana Cafe & Liz's Place will be closed during this time.

All dining facilities will return to their regular schedules on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Note: A special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday, November 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Sobera, Director of Barnard Dining Services, at

Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter Break Housing & Early Winter Return Applications

This is a reminder that Barnard residence halls are CLOSED for Winter Break starting at 9am on Friday, December 23, and do not reopen until 9am on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Students with valid needs may apply for Early Winter Return, to come back to campus starting at 9am on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Students may also apply for Winter Break Housing, however approvals for this time period will be extremely limited.

Application forms for both time periods are now available at  Forms & supporting documentation are due by 4pm on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Note: Plimpton will be the only residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break.

We hope you have a great rest of the semester!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Break Schedule for Barnard Dining Services

Starting this year, Hewitt Dining Hall will be open during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break. In addition, Hewitt Dining Hall will reopen earlier for students returning from Winter Break.

The Break Dining Schedule:

  • Fall Break -- Nov. 5-8, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Break -- Nov. 24-27, 2016
  • Winter Break -- Jan. 11-16, 2017
  • Spring Break -- Mar. 11-19, 2017

During the dates above, Hewitt will serve a buffet Brunch (11am-1pm) and buffet Dinner (5-7pm). The regular dining schedule will resume after the last day of each break.

A special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday, Nov. 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Sobera, Director of Barnard Dining Services, at

Friday, October 14, 2016

Community Safety Inspections (Oct 15 through Nov 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) from October 15 through November 15, 2016.

These inspections are conducted three times per year to ensure the safety of our community.  During these inspections, the RAs will enter student rooms to check for any potential concerns which may pose a danger to the residential community.  This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and damages to the room that have not been addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc.).

While inspecting rooms, staff are obligated to address any violations that they observe.  Each year, the majority of these violations are a result of students possessing items that are prohibited in the residence halls (i.e. microwaves, space heaters, candles, etc.).  We strongly encourage you to review the list of prohibited items available at

If you happen to have items that are prohibited, please be sure to remove these items immediately by either sending them home or donating them to a local charity.  You will want to make sure do this prior to the inspections beginning, as Staff members are required to confiscate any prohibited items they may come across.  Once an item has been confiscated, it cannot be returned to the student.

Any life safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.) and/or window stoppers that have been tampered with, disabled, or removed will result in fines and disciplinary action.

We would like to thank you for working with us to make our community a safer place for everybody to live.  Your cooperation and help with conducting the CSIs is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about CSIs, please feel free to reach out to your RA, Associate Director, or the Residential Life & Housing Office.  We're happy to answer any questions that you may have!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fall Room Change Requests (Due Thur, 9/15)

Fall Room Change Request forms are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

For full information about the Fall Room Change process, please visit

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Res Life Programs for Back@Barnard

Welcome back (or welcome to) Barnard! We hope that your summers were everything that you hoped and that you are excited to be back in classes and spending time with your favorite people!

Res Life is happy to announce the following Back@Barnard programs for *TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7*

Please see the list of event below to find the time of the program for the area in which you live! This is a perfect way to meet your neighbors and RA staff.

  • The Quad - Welcome to the S(Quad)! from 5-7pm (9/7) in the Quad Courtyard
  • 600s - Ice Cream Social from 7-8:30pm (9/7) throughout the 600s
  • Elliott - A Belly Dance Workshop from 7-8:30pm (9/7)
  • Plimpton - Back@Barnard Plimp Edition from 7-9pm (9/7) in the Plimpton Piano Lounge
  • Cathedral Gardens - "Float On" from 7:30-8:30pm (9/7)
  • 110th St - Red Carpet Meet & Greet from 7-9pm (9/7)

Information about each program above is posted in your res hall or available from your RA.  Check out for a list of all of the Back@Barnard programs!