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Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Non-Discrimination Policy
Bristol Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, gender identity, color, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, age, veteran status or disability under state or federal law in any aspect of employment, admissions, access or treatment of its programs and activities. Applicants for admission and employment, students, employees, and referrals of applicants for admission, and employment with questions or complaints about compliance with Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Title I and Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Executive Order 11246 (1965), and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, should contact Tafa Awolaju, Vice President of Human Resources and Affirmative Action, Hudnall Administration Building, D208a at 508.678.2811, ext. 2194. Those with questions or complaints regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act or Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 should contact, Michael Bensink, Director of Counseling, Commonwealth College Center, G213, at 508.678.2811, ext. 2379.
- Inquiries regarding federal laws may be directed to:
Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Dept. of Education
33 Arch Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02110-1491
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
John F. Kennedy Federal Building
475 Government Center
Boston, MA 02203
Telephone: 617.565.3200 or 1.800.669.4000
TTY: 617.565.3204 or 1.800.669.6820
Inquiries regarding state laws may be directed to:
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination,
800 Purchase Street, Room 501, New Bedford, MA 02740.
The Student Handbook and its contents are current as of June 2013.
Information can change without notice by action of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education and/or Bristol Community College. For updates please check the College’s website. If you have any updates and/or suggestions please send them to Kathleen.Burns@bristolcc.edu.
Letter From the President
Congratulations! On behalf of the faculty and staff, I extend a warm welcome to you from Bristol Community College. You could not have made a better decision.
Now that you are pursuing your education at BCC, I hope you make use of every opportunity, both in the classroom and in co-curricular activities outside your regular program of study, to enrich your experience with us.
This Student Handbook explains the many College services available to further strengthen your academic and personal development. In addition, the Handbook contains information about student activities and opportunities to participate in College governance. I urge you to consider participation in these extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Doing so will enhance your total educational experience at Bristol Community College.
My wish is that you have a successful, enjoyable, and productive year. Your success means our success.
John J. Sbrega, Ph.D., President
Letter From the Vice Presidents
Welcome to all new and returning students. At Bristol Community College, we are committed to offering you the highest quality academic experiences and support services to enable you to reach your academic and personal goals. We hope you will find that our dedicated faculty, professional staff, and other BCC employees are extremely approachable, accessible and helpful. They stand ready to provide you with the tools you need to achieve academic success and realize your dreams. We urge you to explore every opportunity to meet and speak with faculty and staff in and out of the classroom. They can offer the guidance, advisement, information, and support you need to make the most of your learning experiences.
To provide you with a broad range of learning modalities, BCC offers traditional and eLearning (including on-line, hybrid, and student option enrollment) courses. BCC also provides classes in Fall River, Attleboro, New Bedford and Taunton to deliver instruction that is convenient and accessible.
In addition to the excellent education you will receive, BCC ’s “Learning College” environment provides considerable educational opportunities that take place outside of the classroom. As you progress on your educational journey, we encourage you to take full advantage of the broad range of services, programs and activities and experiences offered by the College and described in this Student Handbook. Get involved, it is a great way to enhance your Bristol experience. Join a student club or organization, engage in leadership development, participate in College governance, try out for a sport or simply attend social and cultural events on campus. Whatever you choose, we stand ready to help you in any way we can. Best wishes for a successful and productive year at Bristol Community College.
We stand ready to help you in any way we can to make BCC a positive experience in fulfilling your goals. Best wishes for a successful and productive year at Bristol Community College.
Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs
Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management
Top 10 Tips for Success
- Check your accessBCC account regularly (at least once a day).
If you want to be in the know, this is the place to go. Official communication from the College comes to your accessBCC account. You register here, get financial aid info, sign up for BEENotified*, find DegreeWorks…and many other important tools.
- Go to class.
Sounds simple, right? Every scheduled class is valuable. If for some reason you cannot attend, make sure you follow up with your professor to obtain information you may have missed.
- Know your syllabus.
At the beginning of each semester, faculty will provide you with this important document—it often contains their contact information, grading policies, and much, much more. Save it and refer to it often.
- Get to know your instructors.
College faculty members expect that you seek them out for assistance. Set up an appointment or stop by during their office hours—they are more than willing to offer guidance for those seeking it.
- Manage your time wisely.
For each hour in class, you should expect to study at least 2-3 hours outside of class. Know your limits, avoid over scheduling yourself (whether it be work or class). Set up a schedule that you know will allow you to earn good grades. And, maintain a day planner to help you stay organized.
- Get to know your academic advisor.
While you will meet with them once each semester to plan your course schedule for upcoming terms, reach out to them more frequently. They are a great source of advice. You can find out who your advisor is by logging into your accessBCC account.
- Connect with the Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC).
The TASC (B Building in Fall River; Main offices in Attleboro and New Bedford) offers a variety of support to students. Whether you’re acing a class, or struggling a bit, consider using this free resource to help you stay on a successful track.
- Visit the Career Center.
Even if applying for a job is a few years down the line, make an appointment with the Career Center (G Building in Fall River; Main offices in Attleboro and New Bedford) early. The Center offers many resources to help you make sure you are setting goals based upon your interests. They also offer excellent resources to help you fine-tune your résumé and cover letters.
- Get involved.
The Office of Student Engagement (G Building) offers students a variety of opportunities to become involved at BCC. Consider joining the Student Senate or running for Student Trustee. The College also has a strong Civic Engagement Program (G Building); consider giving back to the community.
- Know you’re not alone.
It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed during the first weeks of the semester. Take responsibility for your experience by venturing out and connecting with your peers. Establish relationships with faculty and staff who will help guide you.
The College website is your home page and an official College publication. Here is where you can find official information regarding College events, policies, your student rights, class cancellations (including weather cancellations), and more. From the front page you can use accessBCC, which includes your BCC email account and is your official College mailbox. Check it regularly!
You will also use accessBCC to register for classes; check your financial aid; your grades, your schedule; review transcripts, and pay your bill. You can get student announcements, class-related news, reminders, and more.
Every registered student is automatically assigned an accessBCC email account. To activate your account, go to the accessBCC page. For assistance, contact Information Technology Services at ext. 2134.
G221, ext. 2080
The accessBCC Card serves as your student ID, your library card, your on-campus printing card, access to the Fitness Center, and can be loaded with funds (called Bristol BUCKS) to pay for vending and food in the cafeteria. Students receiving financial aid book advances will access those funds using their ID card in the BCC Bookstore.
In addition, a satellite card office is found at the ITS Help Desk in K130 in the Stoico Business Technologies Building. Students at the New Bedford Campus may also obtain an ID card in the Learning Commons. Attleboro students may visit the room 101. Students are now able to obtain an ID card within 45 minutes after registering for credit classes.
accessBCC Refund Card
Before your first semester begins you will be mailed your accessBCC Refund Card. It is the vehicle the College will use for providing refunds (if a class is canceled or you drop a class) and for financial aid disbursement. When you get it, please go to www.accessbccrefundcard.com to launch your card. It is a debit card, and once your funds are disbursed to you they are available immediately on the card. There is no charge for this service. If you wish, you can turn the card into an online bank account.
Subscribe to BEEnotified to get messages on your choice of devices. This powerful, yet easy-to-use system is used as an emergency messaging system.
You are automatically subscribed to get emergency messages to your accessBCC email, but the fastest way to get immediate messages in an emergency is through text. To add other devices, including other email, text, cell phone, home phone, work phone, and others, visit your accessBCC account and choose the BEEnotified tab. Provide contact information where you can be reached at any time of the day or night.
The College offers BEEnotified free of charge, but subscribers will be responsible for any text message or per-minute charges from their cell phone company or service provider. Availability and use of BEEnotified does not supersede other Bristol Community College cell phone policies.
How to subscribe to BEEnotified:
- Go to accessBCC.
- Log in to accessBCC using your User Name and Password.
- Click on the BEEnotified tab.
- Log into BEEnotified using your accessBCC User Name and Password.
- On the left side of the screen you will see three options:
- a. Contact Devices - enter up to a total of nine devices to be used for notification purposes including cell/text phone (max. 5), email (max. 4), home phone (max. 5), or work phone (max. 5). When entering a cell/text phone number, be sure to select the carrier and choose whether you wish to receive voice and/or text messages.
- b. Opt-ins - select optional types of notification for non-emergencies including academic news, accessBCC/eLearning, BCC announcements, athletic events, College closings, and College events.
- c. Summary - review a summary of your subscription.
- If you opt-in, BEEnotified will be used to notify you of College closings and other important information.
You can use the Account Management (AMC) around the campuses to deposit funds onto your accessBCC card or visit the Student Accounts Office. You can then buy food in the cafeteria, or snack bar, and enjoy a discount, or vending products on campus. Machines are in K and A buildings in Fall River, and in the lobby of the New Bedford Campus and the second floor of Attleboro Center.
Discounted 31 Day SRTA bus passes will be available for purchase at the Fall River and New Bedford SRTA Bus Terminals by presenting your valid accessBCC card. Discounted 10 ride passes are also available in the Student Engagement Office, located in the lobby of the Commonwealth College Center at Fall River Campus. For more information, contact the Student Engagement Office at 508.678.2811 ext. 2222.
SRTA services the Greater Fall River and New Bedford areas. For schedules call 508.999.5211 or visit their website www.srtabus.com.
GATRA services the Attleboro Center for schedules, call 508.222.6106 or visit their Web site at www.gatra.org.
Bristol Community College complies with the ADAAA (Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Office of Disability Services coordinates and provides accommodations for students with documented disabilities at the Fall River, New Bedford, and Attleboro campuses. Learning Specialists coordinate accommodations and support services to promote equal access to education and college life.
Students must register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) each semester in order to activate accommodations. Students are strongly encouraged to contact ODS at least four weeks before the start of the semester and arrange for accommodations. Accommodations are based on the individual and require medical and/or diagnostic documentation. Accommodations at the college level may include, but are not limited to:
- Notetakers in class
- Extended time on test
- Alternative format texts
- Books on tape through Learningally.org (formally RFB&D)
- American Sign Language interpreters, C-Print captionists, Assistive Listening Devices
- Assistive technology and software and hardware
If you require disability-related services, please make an appointment at the Office of Disability Services located at any campus:
Sue Boissoneault, Dean
Rm. L109, 508.678.2811, ext. 2955
Julie Jodoin, Deaf Services Coordinator and Learning Specialist
Rm. L109, 508.678.2811, ext. 2568
Cindi Grew, Learning Specialist
Rm. L109, 508.678.2811 ext. 2484
Cindy Poore-Pariseau, Coordinator of Disability Services
Rm. L109, 508.678.2811, ext. 2470
Debra Bacon, Learning Specialist
Rm.150, 508.678.2811, ext. 4011
Rolanda Page, Learning Specialist
Rm. 115, 508.678.2811, ext. 2996
Two video phones are available for use by ASL-using students in A-102 of the Farley LRC and the lobby of G building. The Attleboro video phone is located in room 201.
Assistive Technology Lab
The Office of Disability Services works in conjunction with the Assistive Technology Lab to offer access to a wide variety of assistive technology. Students are provided with recommendations for appropriate equipment, training, and support while using the equipment.
In order to access the lab, students must: register with the Office of Disability Services (ODS), L109; meet with the assistive technology staff to discuss which form of technology would be most appropriate, and receive training or demonstrate competency on a piece of assistive technology.
The Assistive Technology Lab offers FM systems, closed-circuit television; text scanners; a personal computer; book holders; magnifiers; JAWS, a Kurzeweil text reader; and a Franklin Speller. For more information contact the Office of Disability Services, Room L109 at 508.678.2811, ext. 2955.
BCC semester bill online
A notification is sent to your accessBCC email when an e-bill is sent to you.
If you wish to have someone receive your e-bill you can set someone up as an Authorized Payer. An Authorized Payer will be alerted when your semester bill is sent, be able to view your e-bill and make payments.
To view e-bill:
- Click on accessBCC
- Sign in with your user name and password
- Click on Student Services Tab
- Click on e-bill
- Select Click here now to Continue ...
- Click on View Accounts
- Drop down box on the right, Account Actions
- Select current Statement to view your current e-bill
Note: No bills will be mailed. It is your responsibility to check for e-bills.
To allow students to print their course work and to promote an environmentally-friendly use of resources, Bristol Community College uses greenPRINT, a print management system and policy designed to raise awareness of spiraling printing costs and reduce wasted paper. Each semester, currently enrolled credit students receive a free allocation of prints for use in any of the College’s computer labs and the Farley LRC. The number of prints will be set to an amount that will accommodate the vast majority of student printing needs. Students who deplete their account will need to deposit BRISTOL BUCK$ at one of the account management stations or at the Student Accounts Office. Students enrolled in non-credit courses should plan for the cost of printing as part of the supplies for their course(s) and should purchase guest cards if their course requires printing. Visit the greenPrint policy page to view more information on this policy.
The TV monitors located in all Fall River buildings provide the quickest and most convenient way to find out what’s happening on the Fall River Campus. Notices about all aspects of the College will be posted on the monitors, so check them daily! Requests to post information on the monitors can be found at Information Technology Services in room A209.
Bristol Community College’s Fall River Campus has twelve parking lots with more than 1,800 spaces. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served-basis. To park legally on campus, your vehicle must be between two white lines. There is absolutely no parking on grass. Illegally or improperly parked vehicles will receive Parking Violation Notices that carry monetary fines. Monies received from the parking fines are deposited into a trust that is used to provide financial aid to BCC students.
Failure to respond to a parking violation will result in further penalties. Twenty-one (21) days from the date of issue, a $5 late fee is added. Between 60 and 90 days from original issue, the unpaid ticket is sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Once the ticket is at the Registry, another $20 is added to the original fine. At this point, the vehicle owner will not be able to renew his/her license or registration until the fines have been paid at Bristol Community College.
A request for appeal may be filed within 21 days of receiving a violation. Forms are available in the Campus Police Office D110.
Temporary Permit Parking is available for students and staff with short-term disabilities. These spaces are limited, so proper medical documentation is required. Permit parking is only valid for 30 days and may be renewed each month if needed.
At the New Bedford Campus, student parking is available at the Elm Street Garage for 25 cents an hour and at the Zeiterion Garage for 50 cents an hour. Students must present a valid student ID at the garage to receive these discounted rates. Metered parking around the campus is also available at 50 cents an hour with a 2-hour limit.
The Attleboro Center has ample parking.
Rodgers Welcome Center
The Rodgers Welcome Center is located on the main floor of the Commonwealth College Center (G Building) in Fall River. It serves as an information depot for students, potential students, and visitors. Information about College facilities, campus events, directions, and G-building offices and services can be obtained in the Rodgers Welcome Center. Detailed information about college services, departments and programs will also be available. In addition, the Center will allow students to conduct a number of quick and simple transactions. This includes picking up and dropping off forms, utilizing computers, obtaining directory information and connecting with staff for scheduled appointments. For more information, please contact the Office of Student Engagement, ext. 2222.
Who Do I Contact If...
Who do I contact if I have a problem? It depends. For violations of the law including assault, vandalism, alcohol/drug use, stalking or if you just don’t feel safe, call the Campus Police at ext. 2218.
For accessibility issues, contact the ADA Compliance Officer at ext. 2379 (see index for ADA Grievance Process) – but if you feel discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, natural origin, age, sexual orientation, gender, disability or veteran status, call the Vice President of Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer at ext. 2194.
For academic issues, start with your professors. If they can’t resolve the problem or if you can’t reach them, make an appointment to see the Dean of the Division in which the course is taught. (Not sure who that is or can’t reach the Dean? Call Academic Affairs at ext. 2185.)
For issues involving other students’ conduct including violations of the campus code of conduct (see The Fine Print) or to complain about a staff member or another student, contact the Vice President of Students at G225 ext. 2150.
Most problems can be resolved informally, but there is a formal Student Grievance Procedure. Contact the Vice President of Students at ext. 2150 for more information.
Fall River Campus, G200, ext. 2777
New Bedford Campus, Room 156, ext. 4000
Attleboro, Enrollment Center, Phone: 508.226.2484
Room 101, 508.678.2811 ext. 3527
The Academic Advising Center assists students in planning a strategy for achieving their academic goals; to become engaged in their education and to develop the habit of learning. Additionally, advisors assist students in learning about the numerous student services on campus such as academic tutoring, Co-op experiences, career planning, and transfer advising.
All students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor prior to registration. Advising appointments are available throughout each semester. Convenient walk-in advising is also available each semester during registration periods. Students should refer to the course brochure or the BCC Web site each semester for dates and times.
It is important for students to be aware that they share in the responsibility to attain these goals. The following are general guidelines to help students better understand their advisement responsibilities.
- Participate in all scheduled new student orientation programs for incoming students at college and departmental levels.
- Prepare in advance for academic advising meetings. Map out courses you want and need to take for your degree and present this to your advisor.
- Initiate contact with your advisor and get to know them.
- Make and honor academic advising appointments. Just as you have a variety of responsibilities, your advisor has multiple students to advise as well as other professional obligations, recognize that their time is just as important as your time.
- Make your advisor aware of any special needs or problems you encounter at BCC. Your advisor is there to guide you through any problems that may hinder your academic success and continued enrollment. They are equipped with a plethora of resources to help you.
- Know academic policies, procedures, and regulations such as drop/add, retakes, academic probation/dismissal, financial aid, etc.
- Know degree requirements and remain informed about changes in your curriculum. Map out a plan of action for your academic career and review it with your advisor.
- Seek specialized assistance from academic support and student services as needed. While your advisor is available to help, there are limitations to what services they should provide for you. Ask them for references to specialized services such as personal counseling, career and employment services, tutoring, etc.
- Know the information contained in the college catalog and student handbook.
- Make the effort to get to know your advisor personally. The better you know one another and the more comfortable you feel, the more successful your advising relationship will be.
- Fall River Campus - Enrollment Center, 508.678.2811 ext. 2516
- New Bedford Campus - Enrollment Center, 800 Purchase Street, 508.678.2811 ext. 4000
- Attleboro: Enrollment Center - 508.226.2484 or ext. 3527
The Office of Admissions evaluates all applications for admission to the College as well as internal transfer requests for selective programs. The Dean of Admissions and the Assistant Director of Admissions interview new and returning students. The Office manages transfer credits for incoming students, reviews academic records and provides career information and guidance. Some admissions counseling and recruitment services are available in our locations in New Bedford and Attleboro.
Fall River Campus: Eileen T. Farley Learning Resources Center
Located in the center of the Fall River Campus, the Farley Learning Resources Center (LRC-Building A) houses the Library on the first floor and is the central repository of the College’s print and media collections. It is open seven days a week when classes are in session. Professional librarians offer assistance with research and class assignments. When classes are in session the hours are as follows: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. To check for changes and for holiday schedules, visit our website. If you have a question regarding materials borrowed, or a general question, contact the circulation desk 508.678.2811, ext. 2105. To contact a librarian at the reference desk, please call ext. 2108.
The LRC’s page can most easily be reached from the College’s Home Page via Featured Links to Library Services. The LRC Page provides access to the SAILS on-line catalog and full-text databases as well as other on-line LRC Services including course reserves, interlibrary Loan, and research help.
The library is a member of SAILS Library Network, a cooperative network of more than 70 libraries. Students have access to more than 60,000 print books and over 22,000 e-books. In addition, student can request holdings from other SAILS libraries. Materials requested from other SAILS libraries are delivered to the LRC via daily delivery service.
To support students’ research needs, online databases provide articles from magazines, journals, newspapers, plus content from reference and other e-books. Most LRC databases can be accessed off campus. Students will have to log-in with the number on the back of their accessBCC card for remote access. Additional informational resources include a collection of print journals and newspapers. On-line Research and Course Guides, tailored to specific courses, are available through the LRC webpage, as is an on-line reference service, Ask a Librarian. Media resources include a video collection of more than 6,200 titles and a smaller audio CD collection, in addition to laptops, cameras, calculators, and tape recorders available for loan.
Books and journal articles that are not available on the SAILS system may be requested through interlibrary loan. Forms are available at the Reference Desk or may be completed online at BristolCC.edu/Academics/library/ill.cfm. Items may take as long as a week to ten days to arrive from other libraries, so please plan accordingly.
The LRC also houses the Rodgers Cyber Café which provides desktop computers, lounge chairs and group study tables in an environment which is conducive for collaborative study and group work. The lounge area also has several vending machines serving a variety of beverages and refreshments. There are a total of 56 desktop computers and several plug-and-play stations for lap-top computers. Two group study rooms offer students comfortable space for collaborative learning. Group study rooms can be reserved by calling the circulation desk ext. 2105.
New Bedford Campus Library
The library is located in Room 164 and offers a small but varied collection of reference books and 8 computers which provide access to LRC databases. A reference librarian is available to help with searching for books, media, journal and newspaper articles, and e-books. Other services offered in the library are: general library instruction and inter-library loan of materials. When classes are in session hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, call ext. 4009.
Attleboro Center Library
The Attleboro Center library housed in Room 107 has 16 computers which students can use to access LRC databases, check email, register for classes, and complete coursework. The library has a collection of print resources, reserve textbooks for courses, as well as access to 22,000 e-books. Professional librarians offer assistance with research and class assignments, and also provide library instruction sessions. The library staff is available to help with searching for books, media, journal and newspaper articles, and e-books. Additional services available are: inter-library loan of materials and assistance requesting items from SAILS network libraries. When classes are in session hours are as follows: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information call ext. 3745.
The bookstore on the first floor of the Commonwealth College Center is operated by Follett Bookstores. You can purchase the books for your classes as well as BCC logo clothing, popular books, gifts and school supplies. The store opens for extended evening and weekend hours at the beginning of each semester for your convenience. Please contact the bookstore for expanded evening and weekend hours (ext. 2239).
Bookstore services are also available at the New Bedford Campus and the Attleboro Center during the beginning of each semester and for buy-back.
The College’s liaison with the bookstore is the Associate Vice President of Administration, ext. 2191.
- Payment type:
- Credit card (Please note: Owner of the credit card must be present at time of purchase.)
- Checks (Personal checks only, NO Business check. Name on check must match the person presenting check) You must have photo ID.
- BCC Book Advance (Only during allotted time,) the start and finish date is determined by the Financial Aid Office. It is Bookstore policy to only accept the BCC ID Card from the holder of the card.
- Textbooks - The Federal Higher Education Opportunities Act (HEOA) provides students with access to consumer information in order to make informed textbook choices.
You can visit the BCC Web site at BristolCC.edu and search credit courses. Select the course you are interested in and click on the CRN. Textbook information, including ISBN, will be provided. You can also visit the Follett Web site, www.follett.com, to view textbook titles and prices by subject.
Textbook information is intended to encourage all involved parties to work together to identify ways to decrease the cost of college textbooks and supplemental materials for students while supporting the academic freedom of faculty members to select high quality course materials for students. Publishers are required to provide faculty members with the price of a book and supplemental materials.
The Act also requires colleges, to the maximum extent practicable, to disclose the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and retail price information of required and recommended college textbooks and supplemental materials for each course listed in the institution’s internet course schedule. If this information is not yet available, it will be indicated by the designation” To Be Determined” or TBD on the course schedule site.
BCC, in partnership with Follett, has also taken steps to reduce textbook prices by providing textbook rental programs, selling used textbooks and eBooks, and by providing a textbook buy-back program.
There are many challenges to providing the textbook information in a timely and accurate manner. As classes are cancelled or added, or faculty assignments to classes change, new textbook information may result. Wherever you get your books, be certain to check the return policies should your schedule change or a course be cancelled.
Advisors provide informational interviews for new students interested in enrolling in any academic program. In addition, information sessions are held for those interested in BCC’s Health Science Programs. These sessions are held in our campus center locations in Fall River, New Bedford and Attleboro. Please visit the Admissions web page for dates and times.
- Refunds must be completed on or before date posted in store and on return policies attached to receipts
- Receipts must be presented at time of refund
- If you have written a check you must wait 15days from the date of purchase
- Dropped Class refund:
- Refunds should be completed within 24 hours of dropping class
- Receipt is required
- If access code has been accessed, no refund will be completed
- After add/drop period, there are no refunds, only buyback will be available.
- Buyback is NOT guaranteed, it is based on need either in the store or for the used book company we buy for
- Valid Photo ID must be presented to conduct buyback
- No verbal quotes are given over the phone for buyback value
- Not all books are rentable, check the website to see which titles are.
- You must be at least 18 years of age.
- You must have a Government issued ID (school ID is not valid).
- You must have a major credit card or debit card in your name to present as collateral, in case you fail to return your book, this information is stored in a secure RIM site.
- You and only you, can use your rental account.
- Online Orders:
- Order can take up to 48 hours to process.
- Free shipping available for all orders over $200.00.
- To avoid waiting in line, you should opt to have your books delivered to your home.
- If you opt for in store pick up, please have your order number (last 6 digits), and a photo ID available.
Fall River Campus, G220, ext. 2959
New Bedford Campus, ext. 4000
Career Services Attleboro Center, ext. 3525
Career Services helps students with career decision-making and job searching. The Career Center offers a resource library of handouts, articles, and reference materials, and provides interest testing, and resume and job interviewing assistance. Career counselors are available to assist you with career decision-making and work/life planning. Additionally, computer job searches of both local and national resources, including printouts, are available through computers in the Career Center. Contact the office for an appointment to get your career questions answered.
Child Care Center
The Child Care Center, located in C112 at the Fall River Campus, is operated by a private company, The John Boyd Center. This year-round service is available to the children of students during day-time hours. The fee is based on a sliding scale applications are available in C112. For more information call ext. 2145.
Students can check for daily class cancellations through accessBCC. Select “My accessBCC” from the College Web site (BristolCC.edu) and log in. Use the “Class Cancellations” link under “My Quick Links” on the left. Class cancellation information is posted upon receipt but depends on individual faculty members notifying the College of a cancelled class. Class cancellations are also provided by the switchboard, the video monitors in each building on the Fall River Campus, and may be posted on the door of the classroom.
College Closing, Delays, and Late Opening
Conditions may vary greatly within the College’s service area; therefore, when classes and activities are being held, students and employees must ultimately determine if they are able to attend. Students are encouraged to become familiar with the policies of their instructors regarding missed assignments. The decision to cancel or delay classes and activities will be based upon the best information available regarding the operational status of the College. This includes heat, lights, snow removal, and accessibility to the campus, to include the availability of public transportation and street conditions in our service area.
If weather conditions or other issues dictate that the College should be closed or classes delayed, an announcement is made on the BCC main phone (508.678.2811) and on the front page of the website. Be sure to listen to the announcement and/or click through to the story to find out the exact nature of the weather event. Depending on the event, the College may close completely, open late, or close early. These two announcement channels are the only official vehicles for announcing closings.
The College will also send a message through BEEnotified to and put an announcement on Facebook and Twitter as soon as possible. Announcements are also made on the media outlets listed below. Every attempt will be made to make this announcement before 6am. If you see the announcement anywhere, be sure to check the College web site or call the College to confirm.
Local Media Outlets for College Announcements
WBZ 1030 AM
WRKO 680 AM
WSAR 1480 AM
WBSM 1420 AM
WFHN 107.7 FM
WHJJ 920 AM
WHJY 94.1 FM
WPRO 630 AM
WPRO 92.3 FM
WSNE 93.3 FM
WWBB B101 FM
WWLI 105 FM
WLNE Channel 6
WCVB 5 ABC
WHDH 7 TV
WJAR 10 NBC
WPRI 12 TV
WNAC 64 TV FOX
Fall River Campus
G200, 508.678.2811 ext. 2761 or ext. 3044
BCC students needing advisement in course selection, making up incompletes, improving class attendance, transcript reviews or concerned about test scores are encouraged to come to the Connections and meet with a faculty/staff advisor. We can also refer you to other services on campus as needed. Connections is available from 8am to 4pm, Monday-Friday on a walk-in basis or by calling 508.678.2811, ext. 2761 for an appointment. Students may email us at Connect@bristolcc.edu.
- Fall River Campus, G200, ext. 2234
- New Bedford Campus, ext. 4000
- Attleboro Center, ext. 3527
Counseling is available to help students meet their academic goals and objectives and to provide guidance for managing temporary problems of daily living and to help students with academic issues, such as test anxiety. A counselor can help students think about events in different ways, helping them gain perspective, make good choices and experience less stress.
Counselors can also screen students for depression, anxiety, and other conditions and if necessary, refer students to community resources that provide appropriate treatment.
DegreeWorks helps you understand the requirements for your degree or certificate program and to build your academic plan. It is a web-based and uses the courses on your transcript to show you how you are meeting the requirements for your degree. With DegreeWorks, you can monitor progress towards an associate’s degree or certificate at BCC and view your academic plan if you have created one with the assistance of your advisor. You may also run a “what-if” scenario to see how close you are to achieving a different academic goal from your current major. To log-in to DegreeWorks, sign-in to accessBCC and click on the DegreeWorks tab.
Dental Hygiene Clinic
The BCC Dental Hygiene Clinic provides hygiene services under the supervision of faculty members. Services provided include blood pressure screening, oral cancer examinations, dental and periodontal (gum) evaluation, dental x-rays, oral health education, periodontal debridement (professional scaling and polishing), fluoride treatments, and sealants. The clinic is located in C100, the Siegel Health Technologies Building ext. 2139.
Individuals may contact Campus Police any time at ext. 2218. Only emergency messages can be relayed to students. If a student is not in class, it is impossible to locate and notify the student. Attleboro students should contact ext. 3527; New Bedford ext. 4000.
The Enrollment Center provides registration and enrollment related services to students seeking to enroll in credit and non-credit courses. The Enrollment Center is comprised of staff from Registration, Records, Admissions, and Financial Aid and is prepared to assist students in any of these areas. The Enrollment Center processes all registrations, course change forms, program changes, enrollment verifications, transcript requests, college withdrawals and tuition waiver requests. Applications for admission to the college and Financial Aid may also be obtained through the Enrollment Center. The Enrollment Center is located in the Commonwealth College Center. For more information, call 508.678.2811, ext. 2590.
Enrollment Center Fall River Campus
First floor, G Building,
508.678.2811 ext. 2590
Mon. - Thurs. 8am to 7 p.m.; Fri. 8am to 5pm and Sat. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. During peak times, there are office hours on Sunday.
Enrollment Center New Bedford Campus
800 Purchase Street
508.678.2811 ext. 4000
Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Fall and Spring Semester ONLY)
Enrollment Center Attleboro Center
11 Field Road
508.226.2484 ext. 3527
Mon. - Thurs. 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Fall and Spring Semester ONLY)
The Financial Aid Office helps reduce financial barriers by assisting students in meeting the cost of attending BCC. The role of office is to fill the gap that may exist between the cost of attendance and funds available from your family, savings and other resources. Financial aid counselors will assist you with completing your application for financial aid, determining your level of need and offering financial aid to meet your educational expenses.
Advisors and counselors are available via email, walk-in hours are available weekly, and appointments are available at all campuses.
In Fall River, the office is located in the Enrollment Center, and office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You can contact the office at ext. 2515. At the New Bedford campus, appointments can be made by calling ext. 4000; at the Attleboro campus by calling ext. 3327.
For a comprehensive list of programs and guidelines, visit BristolCC.edu, click on Students, and then Financial Aid.
- Foundation Scholarships and Loans - The BCC Foundation has many scholarship opportunities. A full list of scholarships can be found in the College catalog or on the BCC Foundation website. The application is available on March 1 with a filing deadline of May 1. No-interest revolving loans are also available. For additional information, contact the Resource Development Office at ext. 2007.
- Withdrawal and Financial Aid - If you receive financial assistance and do not successfully complete the semester, you may be required to repay part of the financial aid. Additionally, if your semester enrollment includes modules, you need to successfully complete a class in each module for that semester or be subject to repaying part of the financial aid received. You are eligible for only the amount of financial aid you have earned. For example, if you attend 40 percent of the semester, you are eligible for only 40 percent of the financial aid funds offered for the semester and will need to repay 60 percent of the funds you received. Federal and state regulations require that we reduce the financial aid offer and return financial aid payments for financial aid recipients who stop attending or do not earn a passing grade any class for the semester or module. For more information, visit the financial aid website at BristolCC.edu, click on Financial Aid, then FAQ or contact the Financial Aid Office, ext. 2515.
- Financial Aid Payments - Financial aid payments are based on your enrollment level as of a specific credit freeze date, usually at the end of the second week of the traditional semester. Authorized financial aid awards will be used to pay outstanding tuition, fees, book advances, and other charges. You must have an accessBCC ID card to use your book advance. Non-credit classes are not eligible for financial aid funds. Funds remaining after charges are paid will be paid by check directly to the student. The refund distribution dates are posted on the BCC Events Calendar. Financial aid refunds are made through the accessBCC Refund Card, which is mailed to every student.
Fitness Center and Recreation Facilities
Fall River Campus
Commonwealth College Center
Lower Level, ext. 2296
The Fall River Campus has a fully-equipped, staffed fitness center. The Center offers: weight training equipment, Life Fitness treadmills, elliptical machines and Lifecycles as well as Stairmasters, Concept 2 rowers, and a free weight dumbbell area. There are men’s and women’s locker rooms and showers available for use. Fitness instructors are on staff to show proper use of the exercise equipment. Instructional exercise classes are offered during the fall and spring semesters including Pilates, cardio, yoga, and Tai Chi. Outdoor recreation includes tennis courts, a basketball court, and a half-mile walking path. The Fitness Center is available for use by currently enrolled students, staff, faculty, and alumni. A valid accessBCC card is required to use the Fitness Center. Fitness Center hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Like” the BCC Fitness Center on Facebook to get fitness tips, class schedules, and more.
- New Bedford FREE YMCA passes - Students at the New Bedford Campus have exclusive access to free YMCA passes. The YMCA is located two blocks from the New Bedford campus. The Campus also offers free passes to Buttonwood Zoo. Both passes can be signed out from the Library Learning Commons in Room 164.
- Attleboro FREE YMCA passes - The Attleboro YMCA is located 1 mile from the Center. The Y offers reduced rates for students. The Center provides several free passes that can be signed out from the Enrollment Center. Co-ed pickup basketball is available on Thursday evenings during the semester. Please visit the Enrollment Center.
Health Services, Immunization, and Insurance
G200, ext. 2232
Student Health Services (SHS) helps students meet their health care needs. A registered nurse is available Monday through Friday at the Fall River Campus. The doctor is available on Friday mornings. The College Nurse visits the Attleboro Campus each month for educational outreach and is present in the New Bedford Campus every Tuesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Services are available to students who are ill, need to rest, want to talk to someone, or need first aid. All services are confidential and without charge. SHS also offers a wide range of health and wellness programs to the College and community every month. During the Fall & Spring semesters, free STD, HIV, and pregnancy testing are provided by outside agencies in the nurses’ office (G-200.) A student under the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian sign a “Consent for Treatment” in order to be treated for anything other than emergencies.
- The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires: 1) all full-time students (12 credits), 2) all full and part-time Health Science, Child Care and Early Childhood Education students, 3) any student on a student or other visa or an exchange program to present an immunization record (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Varicella, Tetanus within the last 10 years & Hepatitis B vaccines) in order to be registered at any institution of higher education. Some programs have additional requirements. Failure to comply will place a HOLD on future registration.
The Massachusetts Mandatory Health Insurance Law requires all students who carry nine or more credits to participate in a comprehensive health insurance program. The College carries a student health insurance plan and the cost of this insurance is included in your tuition bill unless you provide evidence that you already have health insurance. You may waive the school’s insurance on the BCC website or accessBCC by clicking on the “insurance waiver” link sometime after July 1st. Information about the student health insurance plan can be found at www.commonwealthstudent.com or calling ext. 2232 or 3097.
Information Technology Services
The Information Technology Services (ITS) help desk is located in the Stoico Business Technologies Building (K building) room K130 reached at ext. 2119. The Help Desk can answer computer-related questions and direct you to campus technology resources.
There are several computer labs at the Fall River Campus, including a 60-seat PC and Macintosh open lab in the Stoico Business Technology Building (K Building). Software required to accomplish assignments is available including Microsoft Word and Excel, and access to the Internet.
At the New Bedford campus, there are two computer labs located at our Union Street site (Rooms NS152 and NS168) and one at Purchase Street (NH315). Computers are equipped with Microsoft Office along with additional specialized software to accompany various courses. Access to the Internet is also available. Whenever possible, we try to accommodate for open lab hours, which will be posted on lab doors every semester.
BCC at Attleboro has three computer labs, which features a variety of software to accompany the courses utilizing the lab. The Resources Center is also equipped with computers having access to the Internet, accessBCC, and campus email.
Schedules and locations for all College computer labs can be found on the ITS Website at BristolCC.edu/its
A limited number of lockers are available for student use at the Fall River campus. Any student wishing to obtain a locker should sign up at the Office of Student Engagement. Students may begin signing up for lockers on the first day of classes during the Fall semester. Lockers are distributed on a first-come first-served basis so early sign-up is encouraged. Lockers are available in B, C, E, H, and K buildings. All lockers must be emptied at the end of the academic year.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found Department is located in the Campus Police Office, D108. At the New Bedford campus, please visit the Enrollment Center. At the Attleboro campus, please visit the Enrollment Center.
Maintenance of the Campus
The College, through its maintenance staff, strives to provide a clean and comfortable learning environment. The ultimate success of this endeavor, however, can only be realized with responsible use.
The College urges you to:
- Use designated parking spaces. Please do not park on any lawn.
- Use cigarette and trash containers. Please do not discard items on the grounds.
- Recycling - BCC provides recycling containers for paper, glass and aluminum cans.
- Use cafeteria or vending areas in each building. Please do not eat or drink in any classroom
Margaret L. Jackson Arts Center
The Jackson Arts Center is the site of arts and humanities programs for both the College and the community. With a fully equipped 700-seat theater, art gallery, color TV studio, art studios, scene shop, and graphic design computer lab, the Arts Center is one of the finest arts facilities in southeastern Massachusetts.
Fine Arts, graphic design, music and theatre classes are offered here. The BCC Theatre Repertory Company performs in the theater.
Open since October 2000, The Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, a contemporary art space, presents seven art exhibitions each year of work by regional, national, and international artists. The gallery provides an opportunity for the healthy exchange of ideas, in terms of process and product, and enriches the environment of the campus, local and regional communities. Gallery exhibitions are designed to support the learning environment and create situations for the students and the community to explore the creative process, and to introduce everyone to both conventional and innovative approaches to creating, understanding and defining meaning in art objects.
As a BCC student you can participate in MassTransfer, a statewide program that guarantees admission, tuition reduction, and transfer of credit to the University of Massachusetts and most Massachusetts state colleges. Just enroll in an eligible degree program at BCC and complete your associate’s degree at BCC with a G.P.A. of at least 2.0. There is no obligation to attend a Massachusetts public college or university.
- MassTransfer Benefits
- Guarantees admission, transfer of credit, and tuition reduction.
- Offers a variety of benefits to students who graduate as well as to students who transfer without degrees.
For graduates in eligible transfer programs
|2.0||No Admission Fee or Essay
Full transfer of credits applied to bachelor degree
Automatic satisfaction of the general education/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution which can require no more that six additional credits or two courses
|2.5||All of the above plus guaranteed admission|
|3.0||All of the above plus a 33% tuition waiver. (100% tuition at UMass Amherst)|
Students who do not graduate from an eligible MassTransfer Program but complete the MassTransfer Block will still receive the following benefit at the Massachusetts State Universities or UMass Campuses:
- Requirement - Completion of the MassTransfer Block and a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0.
- Benefit - Automatic satisfaction of the general education/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution which can require no more than six additional credits or two courses.
- MassTransfer Block
- English Composition/Writing 6 credits
- Behavioral and Social Sciences 9 credits
- Humanities and Fine Arts 9 credits
- Mathematics/Quantitative reasoning 3 credits
- Natural or Physical Science 7 credits
- (At least one lab science)
- Total 34 credits
For information on transfer, visit Transfer Affairs.
The Registrar maintains student records, and administers registration, the class schedule, financial aid enrollment certification, and state and federal enrollment reports. The Registrar also conducts the drop/add procedure. For information, contact the Registrar or Associate Registrars.
Student Accounts Office
The Student Accounts Office, located in the Enrollment Center in G building at the Fall River Campus is committed to assisting students in all aspects of the payment process. Please visit our Web site at BristolCC.edu for complete information on the services provided by the Student Accounts Office.
Student Payment Plan: To help you meet your educational expenses, Bristol Community College is proud to offer NBS as a convenient budget plan. The NBS payment plan is not a loan program, there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to budget your interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester, nonrefundable NBS Enrollment Fee. Please visit our web site at BristolCC.edu for further information on our NBS payment plan.
Intercept Collection: Overdue accounts are subject to the MA Department of Revenue’s and the Internal Revenue Service program that garnishes State and Federal payments such as tax refunds. Please contact the Student Accounts Office if you dispute the overdue account, or submit a written request for a hearing under M.G.L.C.30A.
Policies: Once a student registers, he/she is responsible for payment in full of all tuition and fee charges. Students must fulfill all financial obligations to the College. Overdue student accounts will be sufficient cause for administrative withdrawal from the College, and/or other administrative penalties by the College. Unpaid accounts will be referred for collection, and the student will bear all costs and charges incurred in the collection, and/or litigation. Students who register and/or withdraw from courses are responsible for the $37 mandatory student support fee payment. This mandatory student support fee is a non-refundable processing fee.
It is very important that students contact their instructors if they expect to miss classes for an extended period due to illness, accident, or other unavoidable circumstances. Students should make every effort, if possible, to contact their instructors by email, phone messages through Divisional Offices or as directed in course syllabus. If this is not possible, contact the Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management Office, ext. 2150, who will send an email to your instructors informing them of your absence. This notification to instructors is for informational purposes only. Whether or not your absence will affect your enrollment in the class can only be determined by your instructors. Please refer to your course syllabus or the Attendance Policy section of the College catalog.
Ext. 2240, Enrollment Center, G-Building.
The academic records of all students are kept in the Enrollment Center at the Fall River Campus. Registration information, requests for copies of academic records, grade changes, certification of enrollment, graduation certification, and other matters affecting students’ records are also processed through the Enrollment Center, and through the main offices in New Bedford and Attleboro. You can also request transcripts online through BristolCC.edu.
Ext. 2234, Second floor, G-Building.
If you plan to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree, you can get great help and support in this office on the second floor of G bldg. Learn about scholarships especially for transfer students, as well as the articulation agreements that ease transfer. Visit them at BristolCC.edu/transfer, and “like” them on Facebook (BCC Office of Transfer Affairs.)
Tutoring and Academic Support Center
The Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC) offers a variety of services to BCC students including:
- Individualized tutoring in most courses offered at the College. In addition, there are group tutoring sessions for selected courses as part of the Supplemental Instruction Program (SI).
- Tutorial support for campus labs. Tutors are available in the Accounting lab, Anatomy and Physiology labs, the Mac lab in the Arts Building and the Writing Center in B building as well as the QUEST reading, writing, math and ESL labs
- Assistance with learning skills. Students can meet with a tutor or can work on their own to develop effective study skills. TASC has a large collection of study material including handouts, audio-visual material and computer software.
- Access to academic support material, including audiovisual, computer and written material. These materials can be used with or without the assistance of a tutor.
The TASC is located on the Fall River Campus in room B110 and is open 6 days a week including Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon. For more information call ext. 2295. For tutoring on the New Bedford campus, stop by the Costa Academic Support Center, Rm. 118, ext. 4013 for more Information. For tutoring on the Attleboro campus stop by the TASC Center (2nd floor Student Lounge) or call ext. 3543 for more information.
Services offered by the TASC are free to all members of the BCC community.
Online tutoring is provided by Smarthinking.org.
Bristol students have access to live 24/7 tutoring and support help through this online service. Log into your accessBCC account (or click the “e” on the home page) then go to Smarthinking for help.
Fall River Community Media TV & Radio Services
Television Services provide a fully-equipped production studio and editing facility in the Jackson Arts Center. Equipment and instruction are available for class projects and productions by the TV Club. In cooperation with the City of Fall River, FRCM public access channel broadcasts from the BCC Fall River campus, providing opportunities for the development of production skills. Also in FRCMedia is the public access radio station, FRCRadio. Anyone can plan and host a radio show and learn how to entertain on the airwaves.
G200, ext. 2227
The VA certifying official can provide general information on veterans’ educational assistance in securing VA benefits. Veterans, Reserve, Guard, and dependents that are eligible must process their claims through the College’s Certifying Official. Students can obtain the necessary forms to apply and/or to become certified in The Veterans Services Office located in G-200 or on our website, http://www.bristolcc.edu/Students/veterans/index.cfm. Attleboro students can also obtain information at the Attleboro Enrollment Center. All degree programs and most certificate programs are approved for VA Educational Benefits.
Offering an open-door policy to all members of the College and the community-at-large, the Fall River Writing Center, located in B117 in the Engineering Building, assists all writers regardless of the subject of the writing assignment or the writer’s level of experience and expertise. The highly-trained staff listens to the writer’s concerns, establishes a dialogue, identifies the writing problem, and offers encouragement either to begin the writing process or improve by revision. Staffed by faculty representing a wide range of disciplines and by accomplished peer tutors, the Center provides an impressive depth of experience and expertise. Appointments are not necessary. For more information, call the Writing Center at ext. 2544 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Writing Center Webpage is BristolCC.edu/writingcenter. On-line tutoring is available.
For a writing center appointment at the New Bedford campus, call ext. 4009 or stop by the Library Learning Commons, room 168. For a writing center appointment at the Attleboro Center, call 508.226.2484 or stop by Enrollment Center.
Voter registration forms are available in the Office of Student Engagement, Commonwealth College Center.
Campus Police and Safety
The BCC Campus Police Department, located in D110 of the Hudnall Administration Building, ext. 2218, is primarily responsible for security on campus. It has jurisdiction on all campus grounds and provides law enforcement, and orders maintenance service and regulatory responses at all college locations. Police and security officers patrol the campus and answer calls for service 7 a.m. - 11 p.m., Monday - Friday. At all other times, calls are answered by a contracted security company. The Campus Police Officers are empowered to arrest.
- Authority - Campus Police have the authority to respond to and investigate all criminal and non-criminal complaints and activity at Bristol Community College. In addition, Campus Police Officers have complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus and immediately adjacent to the campus. All officers are sworn under the Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 22C, Section 63, by the Department of State Police, Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Criminal activity investigated by Campus Police Officers may be forwarded to the courts for prosecution. If an offense is committed by a student, the Campus Police Department may refer the student to the Vice President of Enrollment Services for disciplinary action.
- Reports to State and Local Police - All arrests and serious crimes, such as felonies, are reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Report Program. The serial numbers of vehicles and equipment stolen from campus are reported nationwide through the University Police Department (Criminal Justice Information Systems, National Criminal Information Center). The State Police work with the BCC department on various types of criminal investigations and will respond, if requested, to civil disorders and other major problems on campus. The Campus Police also assist local and state police agencies in the process of serving warrants to personnel on campus.
- Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act - The College provides an annual report on the following crimes involving students, staff, and faculty as mandated by federal law: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The number of arrests for liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons possession are also reported. This report will be available to new day students at Orientation, and to continuing education students at registration. Faculty and staff will receive this information through campus-wide distribution.
- To Learn About Campus Safety and Security - The Campus Police Department publishes an annual report each year that illustrates their activities on campus. As part of its crime prevention outreach efforts, the department will provide informational meetings with groups by request. Concerns are communicated through memoranda to all departments and posted on campus bulletin boards. Emergency notifications and crime prevention tips are broadcast on TV monitors in the public areas of buildings.
- Reporting Criminal Actions and Other Emergencies - Report criminal activity and other emergencies in person at the Campus Police, D110 or by dialing the Campus Police Officers at ext. 2218 from an on-campus phone. Off campus call 508.678.2811, ext. 2218.
Campus Police and Security personnel patrol the campus grounds and buildings around the clock, and reports may be made to any officer. There is at least one marked Campus Police cruiser, and usually an unmarked campus vehicle available for response to all complaints, and to augment the foot patrol(s).
- Emergency Phones - There are five Emergency telephones on the Elsbree Street Campus located on or near campus walkways: #03 north of E Building, #04 at the entrance to the tennis courts, #05 on the main roadway at the Campus Directory Map, #06 east of the LRC towards the Arts Center, and #07 west of K Building. With the exception of the one near the tennis courts, each phone is marked with a blue light.
To activate, push the red button and your emergency call will automatically be dialed to the Campus Police Office. When the phone is answered, simply speak into the telephone unit. Your location is displayed at the office when you activate the emergency line.
On weekends and after 11 p.m., Mon. through Fri., the Emergency telephones are programmed to activate the portable radio carried by the on-duty patrol officer. If you use the Emergency telephones during these periods, you must tell the officer your location. Also, during these periods, because the officer is communicating through a radio and not with a normal phone, the officer cannot hear you until he or she has stopped transmitting with the radio unit.
Section I: Policy Bristol Community College is committed to providing an atmosphere for learning that is free of any conduct that could be considered harassing, abusive, or disorderly. In an effort to assure safety to all members of the College Community, the procedures set forth on the following pages have been established. Copies of these procedures are available in the offices of the Advisement and Counseling Center, Health Services, Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management, and Campus Police.
Sexual assault is a criminal offense and will not be tolerated. Sexual assault includes forcible and non-forcible offenses.
BCC is required by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 to collect information related to sexual assault on campus. When an allegation of sexual assault is made, the alleged victim is encouraged to pursue criminal prosecution. In addition, appropriate campus disciplinary action may be pursued.
All allegations of sexual assault will be handled confidentially and will be investigated. Both the accuser and the accused will have equal opportunity for a hearing.
Section II: Prevention
Although BCC acknowledges the reality of rape and sexual assault in society, we have adopted a pro-active prevention plan with education and awareness programs to prevent these crimes on campus.
The prevention of sexual assault depends in part on the awareness of an individual’s responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety. Education at BCC is provided through programs and educational booklets which include:
- Staff development/employee training.
- Student and employee handbooks.
- Campus media including the newspaper and newsletters.
- Seminars, workshops, pamphlets, and posters addressing specific issues, such as sexual assault, acquaintance rape, sexual harassment, self-protection for men and women, and crime reporting.
In spite of our efforts, some rapes and sexual assaults may occur. It is our concern that when a rape or sexual assault is reported to campus authorities, the victim’s welfare is paramount and he or she is not victimized again by the system. With this in mind, we have established procedures to follow in the event of a rape or sexual assault on campus.
Section III: Procedures
In the event of a sexual assault occurring on Campus, the College will respond in the following manner to provide for the safety and needs of the person who is assaulted:
- Inform Campus Police immediately on Campus by dialing ext. 2218 or ext. 3911 from a College telephone, anytime day or night and weekends. If you are off-campus you dial 508.678.2811 ext. 2218 or ext. 3911.
- Campus Police will notify the Student Health Coordinator (ext. 2232) or the Counseling Center (ext. 2227) to provide advocacy and medical attention.
- Identify a support person for the victim, such as the respondent from the College staff, an individual from the community resource list, or someone whom the victim chooses and feels comfortable with to provide support and accompany the victim to the police station, hospital, or home.
- In case of medical emergency, Campus Police will arrange transportation to Charlton Memorial or St. Anne’s Hospital or local hospital emergency room. The support person may accompany the victim. Medical attention should be encouraged even if the victim does not feel it is necessary, as the person may be in shock or otherwise unable to make such a decision which may be important to future legal action. The victim should be informed of the importance of preserving evidence.
- If there is the potential for immediate apprehension of the assailant, Campus Police should call the local police.
- An incident report should be filed and the Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management notified.
- Faculty and Staff
- Any faculty or staff member who receives a report of or discovers a possible sexual assault on Campus shall immediately report this to the Campus Police and the Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management. Every effort will be maintained to assure confidentiality in the investigation of the assault.
- The Vice President of College Communications shall be the designated spokesperson for all media or outside inquiries.
- The Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management shall be responsible for insuring that College policies and procedures are followed and shall also determine appropriate College disciplinary action if the alleged perpetrator is a student. Any student or employee who is a victim will be offered information on law enforcement options, mental health services, and options for changing academic and/or living situations, if requested and available.
- If a student receives a report or discovers a possible sexual assault on campus, she/he must immediately notify the Campus Police, a faculty member, or a staff member.
- The College may initiate College disciplinary action against the student or employee accused of rape, acquaintance rape or other sex offenses, forcible or non-forcible. Possible sanctions which may be imposed following the final determination of an on-campus disciplinary procedure regarding such charges include warning, probation, suspension, dismissal, special assignments, and restriction or revocation of privileges.
- The Vice President of Students and Enrollment Management shall oversee and implement these decisions for students and ensure the accuser and accused are treated fairly and both informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding and action.
Weapons/Firearms on Campus
The possession, storing or use of any weapons, including but not limited to firearms, explosives of any type (including firecrackers), chemical sprays, bows and arrows, hunting knives, is prohibited on campus. Persons possessing, storing, or using weapons on campus will be subject to disciplinary and/or criminal sanctions.
It is the policy of Bristol Community College that unless authorized no one is permitted to carry a firearm on the grounds or in a college building. The pertinent legislation, Chapter 269, section 10 of the Massachusetts General Laws states in part whoever, not being a law enforcement officer, and notwithstanding any license obtained by him under the provisions of chapter one hundred and forty, carries on his person a firearm as hereinafter defined, loaded or unloaded or other dangerous weapon in any building or on the grounds of any elementary or secondary school, college or university shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both. For the purpose of this paragraph, “firearms” shall mean any pistol, revolver, rifle or smoothbore arm from which a shot, bullet, or pellet can be discharged by whatever means.
Any officer in charge of an elementary or secondary school, college or university or any faculty member or administrative officer of an elementary or secondary school, college or university failing to report violations of this paragraph shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars.
A law enforcement officer may carry a firearm in the classroom as allowed by the law stated above while on or off duty. Someone who is not a law enforcement officer who may otherwise be permitted to carry a firearm is not allowed to possess a firearm in the classroom or on the grounds of Bristol Community College.
Employees must report any suspected violations of this Policy/Law to the respective campus security office, the Director of Public Safety, or the Vice President of Administrative and Finance.
Any questions on who is a law enforcement officer, as defined in Chapter 269 of the Massachusetts General Laws, should contact the Chief of Campus Police, who with the Vice President of Students, and Enrollment Management, will make a final decision.
Bristol Community College has scheduled an “activity period” every Wednesday, 2pm to 3pm. During this time period the college tries not to schedule any classes. This allows student groups to meet and participate in various events and activities without worrying about conflicts with their classes. This open time slot not only provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to take part in campus events but also highlights monthly themes and special days to celebrate. The goal is to make diversity a year-long celebration and to provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administration to make connections and to support the college’s goal to develop “The Educated Person.” Activities are posted on the Event Calendar which is a featured link on the College Website. This activity period is reflective of the college’s commitment to student engagement and leadership.
The Ambassadors are a select group of students dedicated to the positive promotion of BCC and serve as an essential component of the College’s total public outreach effort. They work on campus and in the community speaking to prospective and new students about their BCC experiences. They give tours, work at events, and have the opportunity to meet VIPs at various activities. A position as an Ambassador is one of high esteem and a source of self-enrichment, which will prove beneficial in future endeavors. To become a Student Ambassador, students must be currently enrolled at BCC maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher, and be willing to work 5-10 hours a week including occasional nights and weekends. For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement in the lobby of G Building, or call ext. 2222. There is also an Ambassador group at the Attleboro Center – inquire in the main office.
Play or cheer on the Bristol Bees! Bristol Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division 3 at the intercollegiate level in men’s and women’s soccer and basketball. The College recognizes that participation in college athletics requires a significant commitment but seeks to ensure minimal interference with the student athlete’s academic schedule.
The Bristol Bees home field and court are at Bishop Connolly High School, 373 Elsbree St., Fall River, MA. Teams travel New England to compete with teams in their division. Those interested in competing as student athletes must maintain a full-time course schedule per semester (full-time status being 12 credit hours or more). Students must also maintain a G.P.A. of 2.0. BCC offers many services to ensure academic success, such as an Advisement Center, Connections Center, Tutoring Center and Writing and Math Labs. All athletes must pass physical exams prior to the start of their season and must satisfy the insurance requirements necessary for participating in the sport. All information regarding tryout dates, eligibility, medical forms, etc. can be found by visiting our school’s Web site and clicking on Athletics. The Athletic Director and coaching staff are located in the upper lounge of the Commonwealth College Center lobby, ext. 2818.
Career Vocational Technical Education Linkages
Fall River Campus, 508.678.2811 ext. 2644
Attleboro, ext. 3528
The Bristol CVTE Linkages Program coordinates the last two years of high school study with career and Technical Programs at BCC. High school students enrolled in qualifying CVTE programs are eligible to receive college credit while still in high school.
Individual Articulation Agreements, which have been developed in collaboration between BCC and individual high schools, show the alignment of courses, special conditions to be met and program to program linkage from high school to college. These agreements allow students credit at BCC for work done at the high school once they enroll at BCC and have met all conditions in the agreement. BCC currently has over 200 articulation agreements with area high schools.
Students who complete the secondary courses and meet conditions generally have 2 years from their High School graduation to receive articulated credit upon enrolling at BCC in the Articulated Program, unless otherwise specified
In order to determine which courses are available for articulation, contact ext. 2644 or speak with your advisor to explore the career pathways and to learn which programs and courses are available for articulation
Civic Engagement Program
BCC’s SERVE, LEARN, LEAD Civic Engagement Program offers students opportunities to engage in service that meets a real need in the community at non-profit agencies or organizations. Student may also gain “hands on” practical work experience in a field of interest to them while making a real difference in their community. There are four levels of mastery in the program. Students who complete the required contract, training, and service receive a certificate from the college after completing each level.
I. Train to Serve
Pre-Service Training prepares students to serve in the community.
Students engage in Service-Learning and/or Community Service.
III. Train to Lead
Community Service Leadership Training prepares students to lead peers engaging in service at a nonprofit agency or organization in the community.
Students must lead at least 5 peers who are performing a minimum of 10 hours of unpaid service that meets a real need in the community on a specific service project at a non-profit agency, area school, or at BCC. The leader and peers can be engaged in either service-learning or community service. The Community Service Leader is awarded a red cord to wear with his/her cap and gown and are publicly recognized at their graduation. Community Service Leadership is noted on the student’s academic transcript for service-learning or on the co-curricular record for community service.
For further information, call the Center for Civic Engagement at ext. 2459.
- Community Service - Students perform a minimum of 10 hours of unpaid service that meets a real need in the community with a program sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, an approved activity by a BCC Service Club, an on-campus organization such as MASSPIRG, or at a nonprofit agency or organization in the community. Participation in community service is noted on a co-curricular record available from the clerk for the Civic Engagement Center in K123.
- Service-Learning - Service-Learning offers students a unique opportunity to combine classroom theory in any discipline with community practice, and, at the same time, to develop a sense of social responsibility. Students provide services at non-profit agencies, area schools, and at BCC.
Students are required to provide a minimum of 10 hours of unpaid service over the course of the semester. Along with performing the service itself, students complete one or more reflective exercises chosen by their instructor to enhance understanding of course content, appreciation of the discipline, and sense of civic engagement. Some BCC faculty incorporate service-learning into their syllabi as a requirement; others offer it as an option. If a student has a particular service-learning experience in mind but cannot find a course for it, s/he may be able to do it via contract learning.
Clubs & Organizations
Make friends…learn skills…and be successful in school! You might be surprised to learn that research shows that involvement in campus activities leads to stronger on-campus friendships and actually seems to increase the likelihood that students will persist and complete their education. BCC clubs offer students the opportunity to pursue special areas of interest that enhance their educational experience. These opportunities are open to all BCC students.
A student organization is defined as any organization whose full membership is comprised of students with students in leadership roles for the group that has been recognized by the College. All student organizations must abide by the policies and procedures as outlined in the Student Organization & Club Handbook. Student organizations are responsible for knowing and abiding by all College policies and local, state and federal laws. For more information on clubs and activities, go to Student Engagement in the Commonwealth College Center Lobby, or call ext. 2222.
Clubs and Organizations:
- Academic Support Club
- Anime Club
- Cheerleading Club
- Christian Fellowship
- Clinical Lab Science Club
- Club Theatre
- Coalition Against Poverty
- Coalition for Social Justice
- Complementary Health Care &
- Therapeutic Massage Club
- Coupon Club
- Criminal Justice Society
- Deaf Studies
- Debate Club
- Dental Hygiene Club
- Engineering Club
- Film Critic
- Gaming Association
- Gay Straight Alliance
- International Club
- Medical Assisting Club
- Music Club
- NALS Club
- Nursing Club
- Occupational Therapy Assistant Club
- Office Administration Club
- Peer Mentoring Club
- Portuguese Club
- Press Club
- Prevailing Wind
- Radio Club
- Rotaract Club
- Ski and Snowboarding Club
- Seed of Sustainability
- Skills USA
- Society for Tourism and Hospitality
- Student Ambassadors Program
- Students for Sensible Drug Policies
- Technology Club
- TV Club
- Veteran’s Club
- Visual Arts Club
- Women in Technology
You can be part of the decision-making process at BCC by taking part in student governance. Student openings are available on many college-wide committees:
- Academic Standards Committee
- Affirmative Action Committee
- Auxiliary Services Committee
- Budget Committee
- College Awards Committee
- Commonwealth Honors Program Advisory Board
- Disability Concerns Committee
- Educational Media Committee
- Multicultural Committee
- Institutional Effectiveness Committee
- Orientation Committee
- Strategic Planning Committee
- Technology Planning and Policy Committee
- Traffic, Safety, and Security Committee
For more information, go to Student Engagement in the Commonwealth College Center Lobby or call ext. 2222.
Commonwealth Honors Programs
The Commonwealth Honors Program offers intellectually challenging experiences to highly motivated students in every discipline. A student who completes all of the graduation requirements of the program will graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar. Students may gain admission to the program in a variety of ways. Some may qualify by having a 3.5 GPA on their BCC transcript, while others may qualify because of their strong SAT scores, high school grades, or BCC placement test scores. Students are admitted to the program at any time and are immediately eligible to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Honors Program. To obtain more information, contact the Commonwealth Honors Program Director, ext. 2488.
Bristol Community College’s Cooperative Education is a nationally recognized internship program that can help you make a successful transition to the workplace, clarify the need for additional training and education, and identify opportunities for advancement in your chosen career field. Co-op is a 3-credit academic elective combining an interactive weekly seminar with structured learning in a 150-hour work experience related to your academic career goals. Students are given placement assistance or may use current positions related to their program of study and long-term career goals. Each student is supervised by a Co-op faculty member and a designated mentor at the worksite. A 1-credit pre-co-op class is available to all students and is included as an elective in some programs and grants.
Applications are accepted the semester before the planned work experience and enrollment in Co-op. Applications available at BristolCC.edu/Co-op or at the Cooperative Education Office, room K123, ext. 2407. For the New Bedford Campus, call ext. 4006. For the Attleboro Center, call 508.226.2484.
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is an international academic honor society for community college students. In addition to recognizing academic achievement and scholastic attainment the BCC chapter, Beta Eta Phi, offers students the opportunity to become involved in community and institutional service and in leadership development. Students are also eligible to apply for university scholarships and are afforded opportunities to participate in chapter meetings as well as regional and national conventions. For further information, please contact the Director of Transfer Affairs, ext. 2229.
Increasingly, four-year colleges and universities are making service-learning a graduation requirement, and prospective employers and educators look favorably upon students who engage in service-learning. Participation in service-learning is noted on the academic transcript along with the grade for the course.
The Office of Student Engagement provides a variety of programs and services to assist in the development of the total student. These programs and services offer opportunities for personal growth and awareness through a wide variety of educational, recreational, cultural, and social activities. They also enable students to enhance their academic experience, cultivate new interests, experience the full range of opportunities, and develop mature interpersonal relationships.
Student Engagement encourages students to participate in college governance by working on a college wide committee, student leadership programs such as student ambassadors, and other special events and activities. Additionally it links student to campus clubs, organizations and participation in the Student Senate.
The Office of Student Engagement is also where students can obtain lockers, bus passes, student handbooks and general information. The office can be found in the Commonwealth College Center Lobby or call ext. 2222.
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 for senators are held each semester as needed. All students are encouraged to run for Student Senate and to vote in the student elections.
Information about the Senate is available in the Student Senate Office, G Building, ext. 2226 and the Office of Student Engagement, G building, ext. 2222.
The Board of Trustees, under the Massachusetts General Laws, shares responsibility for governance of the College. They are responsible for setting certain college policies, for approving personnel appointments and contracts and for exercising general oversight of the institution’s affairs. 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. The student trustee represents all of the students at the College. 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 overall student body, that is, students who are part time and full time; those that attend in the day and in the evening; and students from all campuses. The Student Trustee must be a student in good academic standing, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and be and remain registered as a full-time student (at least 12 credits) for the next academic year.
TRiO/QUEST for Success Program
QUEST is a comprehensive support program that addresses students’ academic, career, and personal development needs. Designed to help students who may be the first in their families to attend college, who come from low-income backgrounds, or who have a disability, QUEST is funded in part through a TRiO Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The QUEST program offers exclusive services that ease the transition to college for eligible participating students. For more information about QUEST and the Division for Developmental Education, call ext. 2282.