Student Handbook

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The BHCC Student Handbook is your guide to student life at Bunker Hill Community College. The handbook contains policies and procedures that all students need to know.

Table of Contents
Student and Academic Resource Directory 2
Message from the President 3
Get to Know LifeMap 7
BHCC Locations and Transportation
BHCC Campuses 11
Satellite Locations 11
Parking/Parking Permits 11
Public Transportation 12
Shuttle Services 13
Semester T-Pass Program 13
Policies and Procedures
Adding/Dropping a Class 15
Change of Grades 15
Program Changes 15
Readmission of Degree- and Certificate-Seeking Students 15
Student ID Card 15
Withdrawal from a Course 15
Withdrawal from the College 16
Student Involvement
Student Activities 18
Student Activities Hour/Free Period 18
Student Association 18
Student Government Association (SGA) 18
Recognition of Student Groups/Clubs 19
Student Clubs and Organizations 19
Athletics Office 21
Community Engagement 22
Financial Planning
Financial Aid 24
Work Study/Employment 24
Single Stop 24
Textbook Assistance Program (TAP) 25
Student Emergency Assistance Fund 25
Education Planning
Absence Due to Religious Beliefs 27
Academic Advising 27
Academic Standing 27
Attendance 27
Admissions and Enrollment Services 28
Advising Center and LifeMap 28
Assessment Center 28
BHCConline 29
Center for Self-Directed Learning (CSDL) 30
Commonwealth Honors Program 31
Course Load 31
Curriculum Year/Program Requirements 31
Final Examination Schedule 31
Fresh Start Policy 31
Graduation Information 32
Learning Communities 32
Midyear Admission 33
Outstanding Financial Obligations 33
Repeating a Course 34
Satisfactory Academic Progress 34
Transfer Counseling 35
Career Planning and E-portfolio
Career Advising and Planning; LifeMap Commons 37
Internship Programs 37
Learn and Earn 38
E-portfolio 38
Support Services and Campus Resources
BHCC Portal 40
BHCC Website 40
Bookstore 40
Chelsea Campus Student Access and
Success Center 40
Evening and Weekend Services 41
Food Service 41
Health Services 41
International Center 42
John F. Kennedy Early Education Center 43
Library and Learning Commons 43
LifeMap Commons 46
Lockers 47
Lounges 47
Mail 47
MathSpace 47
Multipurpose Multimedia Language Lab 48
Office of the Dean of Students 48
Office for Students with Disabilities 49
Office of Diversity and Inclusion 49
Online Services 50
Quiet Room 50
New Student Orientation Program 51
Student Payment Office 51
Student Success Program 51
Sustainability at the College 52
Telephones 52
Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC) 52
The Writing Place 53
Veterans Center 53
Emergencies
Class Cancellations Due to Weather 55
Emergencies/Security Incidents 56
Emergency Messages 56
Lost and Found 56
Office of Public Safety and Campus Police 56
Annual Security Report Notice of Availability 56
Behavior Policies
Behavior Policies, Discipline and Grievance Procedures 58
Massachusetts Community College System – Student Code of Conduct 58
Disciplinary Offenses 59
Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process 60
Massachusetts Community College Student Grievance Procedure 62
Institutional and General Policies
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity 69
Bulletin Board Posting Policy 69
Criminal Offender Record Information
and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks 69
Directory Information 70
Distribution of Printed Materials 70
Educational Records 70
Food and Beverage Consumption 71
Fundraising and Solicitation Policy 71
Guest Speakers Policy 71
Guidelines Concerning Sexual Harassment 72
Guidelines Concerning Sexual Violence 72
Hazing 73
Immunization 74
Publications Policy 74
Radios and Other Audio Devices 74
Religious Services 74
Smoking 74
Social Media Policy 75
Statement on Civility 75
Statement on Inclusion 75
Student Action 76
Student Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan 76
Student Email Communications Policy 76
Student Online Security Policy 77
Student Right-to-Know Graduation Rate and Campus Security Act 78
Trip Solicitation Policy 78
Glossary of Academic Terms 79
Appendix A
Student Association Constitution 83
Appendix B
Charlestown Campus Map 86
MBTA Map 88
Academic Calendar 89
Index 91