The Student Leadership Collective (SLC) comprises the Barnard Student Government Association (SGA), the Governing Board at Barnard, and the McIntosh Activities Council (McAC). The SLC was created to recognize the distinct and important roles and responsibilities of each organization on campus: SGA are elected officers who represent students’ concerns; GBB governs student clubs and supports student leaders, and McAC plans campus events for the Barnard community. The Student Leadership Collective Office is located in the Diana Center Anna Quindlen Room (inside Liz’s Place, Diana Center 1st Floor).
The Student Government Association of Barnard College (SGA) aims to facilitate the expression of opinions on matters affecting the Barnard community through active communication between students, administration and faculty. With various forums for collaboration, such as committees and weekly Representative Council meetings, SGA strives to promote open dialogue and action that will enhance student life at Barnard College. All Barnard College students, by virtue of having paid student activities fees, are members of the SGA.
The Governing Board at Barnard (GBB) upholds the values of Barnard College by promoting the personal and intellectual development of students as leaders. We hold GBB clubs and their members to the high expectations of Barnard College: rigorous standards, self-awareness, holistic learning, and social accountability. Reflective of the Barnard mission statement, GBB believes that participation and leadership in student clubs will empower students “to achieve the personal strength that will enable them to meet the challenges they will encounter throughout their lives.” We strive to provide a strong sense of community and dedication to student life on Barnard's campus.
The McIntosh Activities Council (McAC) is Barnard's programming board and plans some of annual campus traditions including Big Sub, Midnight Breakfast, the Emily Gregory Dinner, Founder's Day, and Spirit Week! Each committee (Community, Action, Network, Wellness, and Mosiac) plan other great events throughout the year.
Sports and Athletics
The Columbia University/Barnard College Athletic Consortium (Division I of the NCAA) sponsors 16 women’s varsity teams, including archery, basketball, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball and rowing. The Athletic Consortium is just one of three in the nation and the only one on a Division I level. Students at Barnard College along with women enrolled at the undergraduate divisions of Columbia University have the opportunity to compete on all university-wide teams. Scheduled competition includes the Ivy League, the metropolitan area, the Eastern region, and national tournaments. Individuals and teams have the opportunity to advance to regional and national competition within the ECAC and NCAA..
Honor Board and Honor Code
The Honor Code, instituted at Barnard in 1912, governs all aspects of academic life and is enforced by an Honor Board that has a membership of students and faculty members, advised by the Dean of Studies Office. The Judicial Council of undergraduates, faculty, and administrators recommends disciplinary action for non-academic offenses and acts on appeals of academic disciplinary sanctions determined by the Honor Board. A more complete explanation of the system may be found online.
Each student who registers at Barnard agrees to maintain the Honor Code:
Approved by the student body in 1912 and updated in 2016, the Code states:
We, the students of Barnard College, resolve to uphold the honor of the College by engaging with integrity in all of our academic pursuits. We affirm that academic integrity is the honorable creation and presentation of our own work. We acknowledge that it is our responsibility to seek clarification of proper forms of collaboration and use of academic resources in all assignments or exams. We consider academic integrity to include the proper use and care for all print, electronic, or other academic resources. We will respect the rights of others to engage in pursuit of learning in order to uphold our commitment to honor. We pledge to do all that is in our power to create a spirit of honesty and honor for its own sake.
Enrollment in the College, award of academic credit, and conferral of the degree are subject to disciplinary powers vested by the Barnard Board of Trustees in appropriate officers of instruction, administration, and in College committees.