Academic and University Services
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Agora, Boston College’s electronic marketplace, includes the services listed below. Log on to the Web at http://portal.bc.edu. You will need your Boston College username and PIN to access any of these services:
- View course history, current schedule, and grades
- Request a student account refund
- View status of Stafford Loans
- View/change addresses and directory preferences
- Create/add to Convenience Bucks Dining Account
- Add money to Eagle One card
- Register for Parking Permit (academic year)
- Complete Stafford borrower authorization statement
- Register for courses
- View financial aid applications and awards
- Complete medical insurance waiver
- View student account
- Complete Stafford entrance counseling requirement
- Change “Eagle One” billing preference
Eagle-One Cards are required for use of the library facilities, bookstore, laundry, meal plans, and as a student identification at athletic facilities and events. New or returning students who need Eagle-One Cards can go to Student Services, Lyons Hall, to obtain an Eagle-One Card or request a replacement ID. A fee of $30 will be applied to your student account. Eagle Bucks is an optional plan designated for students, faculty, and staff which allows cardholders to make purchases everywhere the Eagle-One card is accepted. You may make Eagle Bucks purchases at all on-campus restaurants, BC bookstores, campus vending machines, residence hall laundry facilities, taxicabs, and other retail services. Money may be added to this account online through Agora by charging a credit card, bank account, or student account. You may only charge up to a $100 balance on your account. There is a minimum initial deposit of $20. Visit the Web site for the complete list where Eagle Bucks can be used: http://bc.edu/offices/id/where.html
MA MEDICAL INSURANCE
Students enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Boston College-sponsored plan may waive the BC coverage. The Massachusetts Health Care Reform Act requires students to submit proof of other comparable health insurance in order to waive the BC plan. You must provide BC with a copy of your insurance ID card in order for your waiver to be valid. If documentation of coverage is not received by the September 12 deadline for fall, the electronic or paper waiver already submitted will be nullified. Students currently enrolled in a health plan that is comparable to the Boston College-sponsored plan may waive coverage as follows:
- Access your Agora services account at http://portal.bc.edu.
- Select “U-View,” and then the “Medical Insurance” option.
- To provide proof of comparable coverage, you will need to have information about your current health insurance plan readily available.
- After you have completed the online process, mail your proof of coverage to the Office of Student Services.
- Include your Eagle ID number with your proof of coverage.
- Incomplete waivers will not be processed.
Waivers submitted between September 13, 2008, and January 27, 2009, will be valid for spring only. The Massachusetts Health Waivers must be completed every year. Providing insurance information to other offices on campus does not fulfill the waiver requirement. If you do not complete a waiver (electronic or paper) and submit the required documentation showing proof of coverage prior to the deadline, you will automatically be enrolled in and charged for BC’s Student Injury and Sickness Insurance Plan. The annual cost is $1678 - $738 for coverage from August 7, 2008 – January 14, 2009, and $940 for coverage from January 15, 2009 – August 6, 2009. International students: You are not eligible to waive the student insurance plan unless you are enrolled in a plan underwritten by a U.S.-based insurance carrier. You are not eligible to waive your insurance online. You will need to submit a written waiver form and documentation of proof of coverage. The waiver form can be downloaded from the Office of Student Services Web site at http://www.bc.edu/offices/stserv/forms.html.
Boston College is pleased to offer Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Blue Care Elect PPO as its student health insurance plan to all eligible BC students effective August 7, 2008 for the 2008-2009 policy year. The BCBS Blue Care Elect PPO Plan provides comprehensive health insurance that includes access to their networks and pharmacies nationwide, a fitness benefit, as well as reimbursement for designated weight loss programs and access to their “Living Healthy Naturally” discount savings program. Refer to www.gallagherkoster.com
UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES
The University Health Services Clinic provides treatment of minor injuries or illness, as well as acting as a liaison with community doctors and hospitals for any assistance that the clinic cannot provide. The Clinic is located in Cushing Hall, Room 119. For more information, call 617-552-3225 or visit their Web site at www.bc.edu/offices/uhs/.
Location: Chestnut Hill Campus, Cushing Hall First Floor entrance from the parking lot side in the center of the building.
Availability: Open Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Eligibility:All resident students are charged a campus health fee to cover unlimited visits to our facility with no insurance billing. Graduate students and international nonresident students have a choice on accessing services on campus. They can voluntarily purchase the annual campus health fee ($390 for 2007/2008) or they can access services through a fee for service option which is $70 a visit charged to the student’s account. Students with chronic health conditions which may require frequent visits would benefit from paying the campus health fee since these visits would not be applied for insurance reimbursement. When off campus diagnostic testing, specialists appointments, or hospital referrals are necessary, students are involved in making the decision on where further evaluations will be scheduled.
For a detailed description of what services are available on campus please check the Web site, www.bc.edu/health_services.
No new student will be allowed to register for classes until the following information is submitted to BC Health Services: Effective August 2005, all full-time and part-time students must receive information about meningococcal disease and vaccine and provide documentation of receipt of one dose of meningococcal vaccine within the last five years. Students have the option of submitting the required information or signing a waiver declining the vaccine. In addition to the previously required immunizations, Massachusetts School Immunization Requirements for 2005 include three doses of Hepatitis B for full-time graduate students. In addition, all full-time students must show proof of immunization against measles (two doses), mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria. All immunization forms must be received at least two weeks prior the start of classes or it will result in various holds on your Eagle ID card and/or registration and an administrative late fee of $50 will be charged to your student account. Immunization Verification forms may be downloaded from the Health Services Web site at http://www.bc.edu/offices/uhs/forms/immunization/ or obtained at Health Services in Cushing Hall Room 117. You may contact the Immunization coordinator at 617-552-4668 with any questions.
The University Counseling Services provides assistance to full-time students in matters pertaining to personal adjustment, vocational decisions and mental health. Services include short-term individual counseling and psychotherapy, as well as a limited number of counseling groups. Students desiring to consult a counselor may request an appointment by calling 617-552-3310 or visiting any of the Counseling Offices on campus: Gasson 108, Fulton 254, Campion 301. More information is available at their Web site www.bc.edu/offices/counseling for a “Summary of Benefits” and for “Frequently Asked Questions.”
When you want to take a break from your studies, the residential area beyond the University is ideal for walking, street running, rollerblading, and biking. On campus you will have access to the Flynn Recreation Complex. The “Rec Plex” offers a variety of athletic facilities: aerobic classes, aqua spa, indoor swimming pool and separate diving well, courts for basketball, handball, squash, racquetball, tennis (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball, an indoor track, Universal and Nautilus weight machines, free weights, lifecycles, Stairmasters and saunas. A large outdoor patio and concession stand is located adjacent to the pool. Programs of instruction are available in aerobics, tennis, and swimming. For hours and more information, call 617-552-3035 or go to www.bc.edu/bc_org/ath/plex/.