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The Office of the Dean of Students

Civic Engagement Fair

Welcome to Boston College!

Your decision to attend a Jesuit, Catholic University will provide you with many opportunities to grow intellectually, personally, socially, and spiritually, and the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) strives to be an intergral component of this holistic growth process.

DOS encompasses the following offices and functional areas:

Additionally, the Dean of Students/Associate Vice President of Student Affairs provides senior leadership for the following offices and programs:

Included in this webpage is an FAQ to assist you in your academic journey as well as helpful resources and referrals. If you cannot find the information you need, we encourage you to contact us.

 

If you would like to speak with someone concerning a student in distress between the hours of 9am and 5pm contact the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) at 617-552-3470 or University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310.  After 5pm or on weekends or holidays, contact BCPD at 617-552-4440.  BCPD will be able to access appropriate assistance for you.

For additional information, visit Student Outreach & Support.

What to do in an EMERGENCY situation:

If you believe there may be imminent danger of harm to a student or someone else, immediately call the Boston College Police Department (BCPD) for assistance at 617-552-4444; if you are off campus, dial 911. If you need help in assessing the situation, call the University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310 between the hours of 9am and 5pm; after 5pm contact BCPD at 617-552-4440.

What to do in a NON-EMERGENCY situation:

If you would like to speak with someone concerning a student in distress between the hours of 9am and 5pm contact the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) at 617-552-3470 or University Counseling Services at 617-552-3310.  After 5pm or on weekends or holidays, contact BCPD at 617-552-4440.  BCPD will be able to access appropriate assistance for you.

For additional information, visit Student Outreach & Support.

The Disability Services Office serves students with medical, phyisical, psychological, and temporary disabilities.

Students with learning disabilities are served by the Connors Family Learning Center.

For additional information about eligibility for services, visit Disability Services Eligibility.

Students who are eligible for the services offered by the Disability Services Office need to register by completing the Disability Services Office Registration Form available on the Disability Services Forms & Policies page.

Students will also need to call the Office of the Dean of Students at 617-552-3470 to schedule an appointment with Dean Paulette Durrett, and they will need to bring documentation from their healthcare provider stating their disability and the accommodations recommended by the provider.

Being a member of the Boston College community is a privilege, which comes with the responsibility to act in accordance with all institutional rules and policies. The Student Code of Conduct exists to provide information on these behavioral expectations and to articulate the process of addressing violations of these expectations.

As a Jesuit Catholic institution, Boston College is committed to the holistic development of our students, and part of this commitment is instilling integrity, encouraging right decision-making, and fostering self-accountability. Each student is expected to grow and develop during their time here, to be more than when they began their journey at BC. The goal of the Student Code of Conduct is to facilitate this growth by educating and fostering the civility, communality, and social decorum required of an educational institution.

To learn more, visit Section 4.0: The Code of Student Conduct of the Student Guide.

All student members of the Boston College community have certain rights. These include:

  • The right to learn, which includes the right of access to ideas, the right of access to facts and opinions, the right to express ideas, and the right to discuss those ideas with others.
  • The right of peaceful coexistence, which includes the right to be free from violence, force, threats, and abuse, and the right to move about freely.
  • The right to be free of any action that unduly interferes with a student's rights and/or learning environment.
  • The right to express opinion, which includes the right to state agreement or disagreement with the opinions of others and the right to an appropriate forum for the expression of opinion.
  • The right of privacy, which includes the right to be free of unauthorized search of personal property.
  • The right to have access to a process through which to resolve deprivations of rights.
  • In the case of conduct procedures:
    • the right to be informed of any charges of misconduct,
    • the right to an opportunity to respond to the charges,
    • the right to hear evidence in support of the charges,
    • the right to present evidence against the charges,
    • the right to an advisor,
    • the right to a fair procedure, which is appropriate to the circumstances,
    • the right to be informed of the outcome of your proceeding.

For more information please refer to the Boston College Notice of Non-Discrimination policy.

As members of a learning community, all student members of the Boston College community have certain responsibilities to the institution and to its members. These include:

  • Respect for the rights of others, which includes the obligation to refrain from conduct that violates or adversely affects the rights of other members of the Boston College community.
  • The obligation to refrain from conduct in the general community, which adversely affects Boston College.
  • The obligation to refrain from interfering with the freedom of expression of others. This includes such activities as newspaper thefts, attempting to shut down speakers, and intentional jamming of computer networks.
  • The responsibility for the avoidance of force, violence, threat, or harassment.
  • The responsibility for the avoidance of disruption. Certain kinds of conduct can convert the expression of opinion into disruption. The Student Demonstrations policy describes the procedures and limitations appropriate to the public expression of opinion.
  • The responsibility to comply with state, federal, and municipal laws and regulations. Student members of the Boston College community must be aware that they continue to be subject to the obligations of all citizens while they attend the University. The University is committed to the observance of the laws. There is no immunity on campus from the prohibitions of state and federal law.
  • The obligation to ensure that the conduct of others who come to the University through a student's invitation or permission complies with the rules and regulations of the University.
  • The obligation to respect the environment of Boston College, which includes respect for the physical features of the campus and its facilities as well as the special needs of an institution of learning, such as quiet and privacy.
  • The obligation to provide proper identification when requested to do so by a representative of the University. All students are expected to carry their Boston College identification card at all times and to produce it when requested. ID cards may be electronically scanned by a University official to confirm a student’s status.
  • The responsibility to cooperate with University officials in the performance of their duties.
  • The responsibility to respect the values and traditions of Boston College as a Jesuit, Catholic institution.

The focus of inquiry in conduct proceedings shall be whether the respondent is responsible or not responsible for violating conduct regulations or the community standards outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. The function of the proceedings is to investigate the facts of the matter and to determine responsibility for alleged violations.  The process is designed to enforce the Boston College Code of Student Conduct, not criminal laws, though at times the two may coincide. Formal rules of evidence will not be applicable, and deviations from prescribed procedures will not necessarily invalidate a decision or proceeding unless significant prejudice to a student or the University may result.  Determinations of "responsible" or "not responsible" within the Student Conduct System are based upon a preponderance of the evidence, i.e. “more likely than not,” as presented to the hearing officer or board.

The student conduct system exists to protect the rights of the Boston College community and assure fundamental fairness to the complainant and to the respondent.

For information about the specific conduct hearing, visit Section 5.4: Hearing Process of the Student Guide.

When a student is found responsible for violation(s) of the University Code of Student Conduct, a conduct record will be established and maintained in the Office of the Dean of Students. Student conduct records will be maintained, per Federal regulations, for a minimum period of seven years.

To request your student conduct record, submit the Student Conduct Record Request Form.

Sexual Misconduct is defined in the Student Guide as a broad range of behaviors including sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of misconduct of a sexual nature such as relationship violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation. Sexual misconduct can occur between individuals who know each other, have an established relationship, have previously engaged in consensual sexual activity, and between individuals who do not know each other. Sexual misconduct can be committed by persons of any gender, and it can occur between people of the same or different gender.

For the definition of consent and other terms related to sexual misconduct, please see the complete Sexual Misconduct Policy and Resources webpage.

What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational program sand activities operated by institutions that receive federal funding. Sexual harassment, including sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination that schools must respond to in accordance with their obligations under Title IX.

 

Haven - Understanding Sexual Assault

An online module that addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. Required education for all first-year students prior to their arrival.

Speak About It

Speak About It is a performance-based hour-long presentation about sexual assault, consent, boundaries, and healthy relationships that engages students using a combination of humor, interactive dialogue, and audience participation. All first-year students attend this performance as part of the university's Welcome Week calendar.

Bystander Intervention Education

An interactive, peer-led sexual assault prevention program that seeks to empower Boston College students to stand up and speak out to prevent instances of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking. All first year students are trained in Bystander Education.

Concerned About Rape Education (C.A.R.E.)

A week of programming to raise awareness about sexual assault, rape, and intimate partner violence.

If a student discloses sexual misconduct to you:

Step 1: Care for the Student

  • Ensure they are safe
  • Listen and avoid  judgmental questions - don't ask any questions that starts with "why"
  • Tell the student that you believe them

Step 2: Connect the student with resources

Additional Information

For additional information, including important definitions, the sexual misconduct hearing process, and additional resources, visit Sexual Misconduct Policy and Resources.

Boston College, as a Catholic and Jesuit University, has a responsibility to promote the pastoral care of all members of the university community and is committed to the intellectual, social, and spiritual development of all our students. The University seeks to foster a campus culture that welcomes diversity, embraces inclusivity, promotes dialogue, and creates a safe and supportive environment for all.

Visit LGBTQ Student Outreach & Support for resources for Boston College students who may be questioning their sexual or gender identity, have questions arising from their sexual or gender identity, have general questions about the GLBTQ community, or just need someone to dialogue with about their personal lives and how to be their most authentic selves. While an ally is listed for each office, it by no means indicates that this particular individual is the only person in the office who can provide assistance.

The variety of these resources reflects the commitment of Boston College to providing a safe, caring, and supportive environment for the healthy development of all of our students. Connecting students with this information promotes wellness and fosters greater opportunities to learn about respect, equality, and identity while contributing to the development of a more just and authentic community.

Introduction

Boston College has a specific program to help you immediately address concerns related to bias or hate crimes and bias incidents. When you become aware that a student has experienced a bias incident or bias/hate crime, as explained below, recognize that the student may be experiencing a wide range of emotions including shame, anger, fear, and denial. The student will benefit from a caring response that allows him/her to feel some level of control in choosing the action to address the crime or incident. Boston College’s Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Offensive Conduct Protocol, administered by Boston College’s Office for Institutional Diversity, permits the student to choose the course of action.

A bias/hate crime is not separate, distinct crimes, but rather traditional criminal offenses under federal or state law that are motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or ethnicity. Bias-motivated offensive conduct is behavior that, whether or not criminal, constitutes a violation of behavioral standards and policies listed in the Student Guide or Professional Standards of Boston College, and that is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s bias toward the victim’s race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, nationality, gender, or ethnicity. For complete policy definitions, visit Boston College Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Offensive Conduct Definitions.

How you can help:

If the student believes s/he is the victim of a crime, s/he should immediately contact BCPD (617-552-4440). BCPD will also report the matter to the Office for Institutional Diversity and the Dean of Students.

In addition, to support its goal of monitoring and maintaining a climate based on civility, decency, and respect, Boston College also responds to acts of bigotry, harassment, or intimidation by unknown perpetrators that are directed toward a member(s) of the Boston College community based on age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status. If a bias related incident is reported to you, assist the student to identify the most appropriate path for him/her to report the matter by reviewing the available options under University Responses.

Additionally, counseling is available through University Counseling Services (617-552-3310). Other bias-related Boston College support services may be found under Support Resources.

Report / Consult:

  • Contact Richard Jefferson, Executive Director of Institutional Diversity to consult and coordinate a University response.
    617-552-3334 ● jefferso@bc.eduwww.bc.edu/diversity ● 129 Lake Street, Room 211 (Brighton Campus)

Respond:

If you meet with the student, follow the below principles:

  • Thank the student for coming to you, and tell them “I’m listening.” Mirror the language they use to avoid labeling their experience.
  • Inform the student as soon as possible what your reporting obligations are, and ensure that you’re being accurate: 
    • “As an employee at BC, I do have to share what you choose to tell me to Richard Jefferson, Executive Director of Institutional Diversity. If you’re open to it, he may have the Office of Student Conduct follow up with to see what kind of support they can provide.”
  • Ask the student whether they feel safe now. Do they need immediate medical attention and would they like someone to accompany them?
  • Ask open ended questions beginning with, “If you feel comfortable sharing…” in order to learn more about what happened. If you begin to ask “why…?” don’t ask.
  • Although your role might be to assess for safety in the community, avoid asking for invasive details of the incident. These are not necessary to support the student now.
  • Avoid being directive, and instead be empowering by asking, “What can my supervisor and/or I do right now to be helpful?” or “What do you need in this moment?”
  • Check in with yourself throughout the disclosure: Are you struggling with bias, discomfort or feeling triggered? Can you take a deep breath and continue?
  • Remind the student that there is no obligation to do anything now, and that their options are just that— optional.
  • Offer to connect the student with the Office of Student Conduct or another referral resource.
  • Ensure that you’re keeping students’ personal information confidential by not sharing any details of the report with anyone other than Richard Jefferson, BCPD, or the Office of Student Conduct. 

Additional Information

For additional information, visit Hate Crimes and Bias Motivated Offensive Conduct Protocol.

If you have been trying to get in touch with your student and are unable to do so, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 617-552-3470, so we can assist you.

If this is an emergency situation or outside of the hours of 9am - 5pm from Monday - Friday, contact BCPD at 617-552-4444.

If you do not find an ansewer to your question in the FAQ, please contact one of the below staff members in the Office of the Dean of Students to assist you. For a complete staff listing, visit Dean of Students About Us.

Disability Services Questions

Paulette Durrett, Assistant Dean for Disability Services
paulette.durrett@bc.edu 617-552-3470

LGBTQ Student Outreach & Support Questions

Mark D'Angelo, GA for LGBTQ Student Outreach & Support
mark.dangelo
@bc.edu 617-552-2264

Sexual Misconduct Policy & Resources Questions

Corey Kelly, Student Conduct Manager
corey.kelly@bc.edu 617-552-3470

Student Conduct Process Questions

Kristen O'Driscoll, Assistant Dean of Students
kristen.odriscoll@bc.edu 617-552-3470

Monica St. Louis, Assistant Dean of Students
monica.stlouis@bc.edu 617-552-3470
 

Students in Distress or Crisis (Non-Emergency) Questions

Caroline Davis, Assistant Dean of Students
caroline.davis.2@bc.edu 617-552-3470

General Questions about The Office of the Dean of Students

Phone: 617-552-3470
Email: deanofstudents@bc.edu