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 10
Satellite Locations 10
Parking/Parking Permits 10
Public Transportation 12
Shuttle Services 12
Semester T-Pass Program 12
Policies and Procedures
Adding/Dropping a Class 14
Change of Grades 14
Program Changes 14
Readmission of Degree- and Certificate-Seeking Students 14
Student ID Card 14
Withdrawal from a Course 14
Withdrawal from the College 15
Student Involvement
Student Activities 17
Student Activities Hour/Free Period 17
Student Association 17
Student Government Association (SGA) 17
Recognition of Student Groups/Clubs 18
Student Clubs and Organizations 18
Athletics Office 20
Community Engagement 21
Financial Planning
Financial Aid 23
Work Study/Employment 23
Single Stop 23
Textbook Assistance Program (TAP) 24
Student Emergency Assistance Fund 24
Education Planning
Absence Due to Religious Beliefs 26
Academic Advising 26
Academic Standing 26
Attendance 26
Admissions and Enrollment Services 27
Assessment Center 27
BHCConline 27
Center for Self-Directed Learning (CSDL) 29
Commonwealth Honors Program 29
Course Load 30
Curriculum Year/Program Requirements 30
Final Examination Schedule 30
Fresh Start Policy 30
Graduation Information 30
Learning Communities 31
Midyear Admission 31
Outstanding Financial Obligations 31
Repeating a Course 32
Satisfactory Academic Progress 32
Transfer Counseling 33
Career Services
Career Advising and Planning 35
Internship Programs 36
Learn and Earn 36
E-portfolio 36
Support Services and Campus Resources
BHCC Portal 38
BHCC Website 38
Bookstore 38
Chelsea Campus Student Access and Success Center 38
Disability Support Services    39
Evening and Weekend Services 39
Food Service 40
Health Services 40
International Center 41
John F. Kennedy Early Education Center 41
Lactation Room 41
Library and Learning Commons 42
LifeMap Commons 45
Lockers 45
Lounges 46
Mail 46
MathSpace 46
Multipurpose Multimedia Language Lab 46
New Student Orientation Program  47
Office of the Dean of Students 47
Office of Diversity and Inclusion 48
Online Services (MyBHCC) 48
Quiet Room 49
Single use, Gender-Neutral Restrooms   49
Student Payment Office 49
Student Success Program 50
Sustainability at the College 50
Telephones 50
Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC) 50
The Writing Place 51
Veterans Center 51
Emergencies
Class Cancellations Due to Weather 53
Emergencies/Security Incidents 54
Emergency Messages 54
Lost and Found 54
Office of Public Safety and Campus Police 54
Annual Security Report Notice of Availability 54
Behavior Policies
Behavior Policies, Discipline and Grievance Procedures 56
Massachusetts Community College System Student Code of Conduct 56
Disciplinary Offenses 57
Code of Conduct Disciplinary Process 59
Massachusetts Community College Student Grievance Procedure 60
Institutional and General Policies
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity 68
Bulletin Board Posting Policy 68
Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks 68
Directory Information 69
Distribution of Printed Materials 69
Educational Records 69
Food and Beverage Consumption 70
Fundraising and Solicitation Policy 70
Guest Speakers Policy 70
Guidelines Concerning Sexual Harassment 71
Guidelines Concerning Sexual Violence 71
Hazing 72
Immunization 73
Publications Policy 73
Radios and Other Audio Devices 73
Religious Services 73
Smoking 73
Social Media Policy 74
Statement on Civility 74
Statement on Inclusion 74
Student Action 75
Student Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan 75
Student Email Communications Policy 76
Student Online Security Policy 76
Student Right-to-Know Graduation Rate and Campus Security Act 77
Trip Solicitation Policy 77
Glossary of Academic Terms 78
Appendix A
Student Association Constitution 82
Appendix B
Charlestown Campus Map 85
MBTA Map 87
Appendix C  
Academic Calendar 88
Index 90