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Mandatory meeting

When: Tuesday, September 2, at 6:00pm
Where: Robsham Theater

At least one student from each off-campus residence is required to attend this meeting where they will meet local law enforcement officials, neighbors, and community liaisons. Students will also be informed of social host liability laws, inspectional services, and other important and helpful information for off-campus students.

Taste of Off Campus

When: Tuesday, September 9, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: 2012 Commonwealth Avenue Lawn (Corner of Greycliff Rd. & Comm. Ave.)

The Taste of Off-Campus is the signature event of the fall semester for many off-campus students. The Office of the Dean of Students, in conjunction with the Office of Government and Community Affairs and the Office of Residential Life, host dozens of off-campus restuarants and eateries for students to peruse and enjoy. Held right on Brighton Campus at the Cardinal's Residence, students enjoy free food and drinks, as well as receive great information about life off-campus at BC. Be sure to drop by!

BC Breakfast Club

Dates: TBD
Time/Location: Meet at 10:30am on the corner of Foster St. & Kirkwood Rd.

Off-campus students are encouraged to participate in the BC Breakfast Club, which meets on certain Sundays at 10:30AM.  Volunteers are given a Breakfast Club t-shirt, gloves, and a trash bag, and spend about an hour cleaning up the off-campus neighborhood.  Clean up is followed by a free and delicious meal at Eagle’s Deli, courtesy of the Office of the Dean of Students.  To participate in the Breakfast Club and to find out dates, please email

Lights Off The Heights

Every December, the Office of the Dean of Students celebrates the holiday spirit with the Lights Off The Heights competition. Students may decorate the inside or outside of their off-campus residence in a festive fashion, and register it at Judges from DOS will visit each house and award prizes to the winners! Last year, our third place winners won a $100 Shaw's gift card, the second place won a $200 Shaw's gift card, and the grand winner won a $300 Shaw's gift card as well as the coveted Jubilee Trophy!

Friday Night Heights

Dates: 9/26/14; 10/17/14; 11/14/14; 12/5/14*; 2/6/15; 3/6/15; 4/10/15*; 4/24/15
Time/Location: 3:00-4:15pm; *3:00-4:15pm & 4:30 - 5:45pm; Maloney 426

Students who are found responsible for off-campus infractions are often unaware of the impact of their behavior on their neighbors. The Friday Night Heights workshop promotes citizenship, civility, and responsibility by educating them on their civic responsibilities and helping them to devise strategies for preventing problematic behaviors off-campus.  It also fosters students’ identity of themselves as good neighbors, instead of temporary visitors in the community. Students are also given the opportunity to reflect on how their actions reflect on both the BC and off campus, local communities.

Friday Night Heights (FNH) is a collaborative effort between the Boston College Office of the Dean of Students, the Boston Police Department, and the Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force. Off-campus students who are found to be responsible for violating university policies or city ordinances may participate in the Friday Night Heights workshop reduce their University Probation to Housing Probation. Students can only attend the workshop once.

For more information, contact Office of the Dean of Students Graduate Assistant for Off-Campus Student Life and Community Engagement, Melissa Woolsey at