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Student Advising and Selected Information

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A. Office of Undergraduate Student Services

The Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services is the source of information and support for undergraduate students in the Lynch School of Education from the moment they enter their programs through graduation. Student records are located in the Student Services Office and all forms (Program of Studies, Transfer of Credit, Leave of Absence/Re-Admit, Comprehensive applications, etc) are distributed through that office. Undergraduate advising, the Student Senate and the Professional Development Seminar, and the Fifth Year Program are all managed through that office. This information is also available on the Internet.

The Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services works with the Dean and faculty to develop programs of outreach to the community and oversees the communications efforts, including publications, newsletters, and public relations. The Campion 104 suite consists of the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services and administrative assistant, as well as graduate office assistants who help students access and understand appropriate academic and administrative information, policies and procedures.

The Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Services in the Lynch School of Education maintains undergraduate records.

B. Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid and Student Services

The Office of Graduate Admission, Financial Aid, and Student Services (known as the Graduate Office) is located in Campion 135. It serves as the support center for the educational, social, cultural, and community life of Lynch School of Education graduate students. The Graduate Office staff provides a seamless experience from admissions through graduation and assists students in every aspect of their graduate school experience while they are studying at Boston College. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies is assisted by the Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid, and Director of Graduate Student Services, as well as a number of staff members who assist with admission, financial aid, and student services. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies works in collaboration with the LSOE Dean and faculty to enhance graduate education through the development of educational and support programs, and oversees the communication efforts (including publications, newsletters, and public relations information) as they pertain to graduate education and graduate student services. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies also serves as the advisor for the Graduate Education Association (GEA) and works with the GEA Council to develop and implement a number of supportive services and activities to enhance graduate life for students in the Lynch School.

The Graduate Office provides a number of services for masters’ students including general advising on course selection and assistance with completing the Program of Studies form; coordinating comprehensive examinations for all programs; conducting final clearance for graduation; and maintaining student records. It also provides such services as handling student grievances; coordinating Academic Standards Committee reviews; and facilitating the completion of the paperwork required for changes in program designation and/or courses for both masters and doctoral students. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with Department Chairs and program faculty, processes requests for leave of absence, as well as the withdrawal/re-admission processes for all graduate students.

The Graduate Office suite in Campion 135 helps students access and understand appropriate academic and administrative information, policies and procedures, and is literally the first and last stop for all graduate students during their studies at the Lynch School.

C. Advising and Student Related Responsibilities

All faculty have a number of responsibilities relating to students including advising, assisting them in their program development, degree completion, etc. The Lynch School of Education supplements the Boston College Catalog through on-line Programs of Study and Masters’ and Doctoral Student Policies and Procedures which describe information needed by students concerning their degree program. This information may be supplemented by program information, also available on the web on the program’s homepage. Program information is revised on an annual basis. Faculty are urged to consult this information on the web for specific student information related to a program. The following is a list of some of the most important information which is contained on the web:

  • Certification and Licensure
  • Comprehensive Exams
  • Computer Competency
  • Course Submission Forms
  • Dissertation
  • Extenuation of Time
  • Leave of Absence
  • Practica and Clinical Experiences

All LSOE faculty serve as advisors to undergraduate and/or graduate students. The Offices of Student Services (Graduate and Undergraduate) were formed to better integrate services to undergraduate and graduate students (masters’ and PhD), from their initial inquiry into LSOE through their program of study, course selection and completion, and graduation, and as alumni. Additional services are provided to doctoral students through their academic advisor and dissertation chair, program coordinator, and Department Chair. By offering basic program information, scheduling and consultation through these offices, faculty time is available for interactions with students in their development as teachers, scholars, psychologists or human service workers. Assignment of undergraduate students’ advisors is done by the Office of Undergraduate Student Services and an individual faculty member’s list of undergraduate advisees is available through Agora; masters’ and doctoral student advisors are recommended by program coordinators and/or department chairs and designated by the Associate Dean of Graduate Student Services. Lists of graduate student advisees are available through the Office of Graduate Student Services (at the beginning of each academic year) and the Departmental Administrative Assistant (at any other time in the year). Any student may request a change in advisor by consulting the appropriate Associate Dean of student services.

D. Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend classes regularly, take tests, and submit papers and other work at the times specified by the professor on the course syllabus. Students who are absent repeatedly from class or practica will be evaluated by faculty responsible for the course to ascertain their ability to achieve the course objectives and to continue in the course.

Professors may include, as part of the semester’s grades, marks for the quality and quantity of the student’s participation in class.

Professors will announce, on the course syllabus, tests and examinations based on materials covered in class lectures and discussions, as well as other assigned material. A student who is absent from class on the day of a previously announced examination, including the final examination, is not entitled, as a matter of right, to make up what was missed. The professor involved is free to decide whether a make-up will be allowed.

A student who is absent from class is responsible for obtaining knowledge of what happened in class, especially information about announced tests, papers, or other assignments.

In cases of prolonged absence the student or a family member should communicate with the appropriate dean of students as soon as the prospect of extended absence becomes clear. The academic arrangements for the student’s return to classes should be made with the appropriate dean of students office as the student’s health and other circumstances permit.

For more information, please visit Academic Policies and Procedures.

E. Student Rights Under FERPA

FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), also known as the Buckley Amendment, grants a series of rights to post-secondary students. All faculty and students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with FERPA and with students’ rights. The The Office of Student Services maintain information on Student Rights Under FERPA.

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