Each year, the student body elects a representative to the College Board of Trustees. This Student Trustee represents all of the students in the College as a full member of the Board.
The Board of Trustees, under the Massachusetts General Laws, is responsible for policy, budget, and oversight of Bristol Community College. The Board of Trustees meets one afternoon a month (usually Monday at 4 p.m.). The Board consists of eleven members. One of them is an elected student, one is elected by the Alumni, and nine members are appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth.
It is the duty of the Student Trustee to convey students’ ideas, thoughts, and concerns to the entire Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee must make every effort to relate to the entire student body. The term of office is one calendar year, beginning on July 1st. To be eligible to run for Student Trustee, a student must be in good academic standing, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and be registered as a full-time student (at least 12 credits) at the time of election and for the academic year of service.
The Student Senate represents students and addresses student concerns within the governance structure of the college. It helps put together the annual budget for funded student organizations and activities. The Senate approves new organizations and evaluates the activities of established ones. Elections are held each fall, with any subsequent vacancies filled by appointment. Student Senate meets weekly in the Commonwealth College Center. In addition, Senators are required to hold office hours so they are available to the student body. The Student Senate office is located in the upper lounge in the Commonwealth Center.
The Senate meets once a week and the term of office is up to 4 semesters. To be eligible to run for the Senate, a student must be in good academic standing, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and currently be enrolled in classes.
The committee system of internal representational governance allows interested and knowledgeable members of the College community to participate in major decisions, debate issues, and make recommendations to the Deans and to the President about College policies and/or procedures. There are many types of committees including planning, policy, co-curricular, campus services and recognition committees. Students can be a part of the decision-making process at BCC. If you are interested in serving on a committee, visit the Office of Student Engagement, G102.