Section 1. Student Life Resources
2014-2015 student guide
Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
Maloney Hall, Suite 260, 617-552-3280
The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to facilitate student learning and formation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit, Catholic heritage and values of Boston College.
The Division supports students as whole people by providing and integrating experiential learning opportunities, reducing barriers, and strengthening students' ability to learn. Student Affairs works to create a campus culture that promotes learning and fosters a sense of community. Our goal is to facilitate students' growth as people who will be leaders and
capable citizens with strong commitments to helping others.
To achieve the Division's mission, Student Affairs professionals collaborate with faculty, staff, and administrators throughout the University. The ten departments that comprise the Division of Student Affairs are: AHANA Student Programs, Career Center, Counseling Services, Office of the Dean of Students, Graduate Student Life, Health Services, Residential Life, Robsham Theater Arts Center, Student Programs Office, and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center.
AHANA Student Programs
Sister Thea Bowman AHANA Center
72 College Road, 617-552-3358
The Office of AHANA Student Programs develops, implements, and coordinates programs designed to support the academic, social, cultural, and spiritual development of undergraduate AHANA (African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) students. Services include personal and group counseling, performance monitoring, advising, tutorial assistance, and mentoring. The office also sponsors a comprehensive six-week summer enrichment program, the Options Through Education Transitional Summer Program. The program provides participants with support, especially in the areas of math and English, and acquaints them with the broad array of resources available at the University.
Southwell Hall, 38 Commonwealth Avenue, 617-552-3430
The Career Center offers a range of services to help students begin to build successful careers. Students may obtain personal guidance in choosing a major or career, gain career-related internship experience, and learn the latest job search techniques. Students are encouraged to participate in Career Center programs beginning their freshman or sophomore year.
Gasson Hall 001, 617-552-3310
University Counseling Services addresses the mental health needs of the Boston College community by working with students in counseling or psychotherapy and by working with faculty and administrators—in consultation or collaboration—on problem solving and policy decision making. Services include individual psychological counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, referral, and consultation regarding concerns about others.
Mental health concerns requiring immediate attention may be discussed with the psychologist on call. During office hours, call the Gasson Hall office of Counseling Services at 617–552–3310. During evening hours or weekends, contact the psychologist on call through the Health Services Primary Care Center at 617–552–3227.
Office of the Dean of Students
Maloney Hall, Suite 212, 617-552-3470
The Office of the Dean of Students is dedicated to facilitating student development and learning in all facets of the undergraduate experience.
Utilizing a comprehensive approach to community development that is informed by the Jesuit, Catholic values of Boston College, we address a variety of issues including civility and respect, inclusion, disability, gender and sexuality, diversity, alcohol and substance abuse, and student conduct both on and off campus.
Guided by the belief that learning occurs both inside and outside of the classroom, we engage in collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, and students to develop and implement initiatives that foster the exploration and realization of connections between students' academic, social, spiritual, and personal lives. We support students' growth in the areas of personal responsibility, citizenship, and informed decision making in order to facilitate their overall development, commitment to community service, and holistic learning.
DOS staff work in a number of specific areas to help create a living-learning environment that supports the overall mission of the Division of Student Affairs and of Boston College. These areas include:
- creating programs and opportunities for dialogue on student life issues
- community standards and student conduct
- off-campus and commuter student life
- services for students with disabilities
- students in stress or distress; crisis management
The Office of the Dean of Students is available to consult with students, faculty, and staff concerning any of the above issues that impact student learning and development. Contact information for DOS resources:
Student Conduct Board
Office of Health Promotion
Gasson Hall 025
The Office of Health Promotion collaborates to address the health needs of students by offering programs and services that foster the health and well-being of our students and campus community. Our Health Promotion team is comprised of health professionals and trained and experienced students who work collaboratively to advance healthy living habits on campus.
The Office of Health Promotion is the umbrella office for Alcohol and Drug Education, the Women's Resource Center, and collaborative efforts with Nutrition Services and provides information on a range of health education topics related to student health, including: stress and time management, alcohol and drug use, women's health and resources, nutritional health, sexual health, bystander intervention education, prevention of relationship violence, LGBTQ health issues and relationship management.
We are a health collaborative that engages the University community to engage in healthier low-risk behaviors; we have a team of student health coaches and professional staff that educate and empower students for optimal health. If you are interested in or need support for any health need, would like to become a coach, or participate in any of our programs and services please contact us and go to our website.
Graduate Student Life
John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
292 Hammond Street, 617–552–1855
The Office of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to Boston College graduate students through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy efforts. Working together with faculty, staff, and student organizations, the office provides both academic and cocurricular support to the graduate student community, in the service of developing the whole person and furthering the University's mission.
The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an essential component to building community among and serving as a center of hospitality for graduate students. The center (located across Beacon Street from McElroy Commons) provides a welcoming space for graduate students and offers many amenities and services.
Cushing Hall 119, 617-552-3225
University Health Services provides confidential medical care and educational programs to safeguard the physical well-being and mental health of students. The Primary Care Center offers outpatient and inpatient services. Professional staff includes primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and specialty consultants. The Outpatient Unit operates by appointment, with same-day appointments often available by calling before 10 a.m. The 10-bed Inpatient Unit provides 24-hour nursing care and evaluations during the academic year, with daily physician rounds for students who require overnight observation and frequent assessment. A $125 safety observation fee is applied to the account of any student involved with the Boston College Police Department for an alcohol infraction resulting in an inpatient admission.
Maloney Hall, Suite 220, 617-552-3060
The Office of Residential Life is responsible for student development in the residence halls. Each residence hall has a staff of resident directors, student resident assistants, resident ministers, and peer ministers who support students on all aspects of community life. The student-elected Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as a student representative body and plans activities and programs for residential students.
Learning communities in the residence halls provide students with the unique opportunity to participate in programmatically integrated environments. Programs include Multicultural Leadership Experience, Healthy Alternatives Lifestyle, Honors, Shaw Leadership, and Romance Languages.
The Office of Residential Life services also include an Off-Campus Housing Office, which maintains listings of apartments and rooms available for rent in surrounding areas.
Robsham Theater Arts Center
The Robsham Theater Arts Center consists of a main theater, large lobby, exhibit space, studio theater, green room, design studio, shops, dressing rooms, and administrative offices. The main theater is a traditional, proscenium-style house with limited thrust capabilities. It includes a completely equipped stage house with fly gallery, orchestra pit for 20 musicians, adequate wing and backstage space, fully automated lighting system, and sophisticated sound system. The building also houses the Bonn Studio Theater, a "black box" flexible space used for dance, student-directed productions, rehearsals, and as a laboratory for theater classes.
Student Programs Office
Maloney Hall, Suite 242, 617-552-3480
The mission of the Student Programs Office is to develop students who are engaged with the Boston College community and prepared for leadership in the larger society. The office is committed to providing opportunities for students to integrate the intellectual, social, and spiritual aspects of their collegiate experience, and to develop men and women for others. The office provides programming advisement and facilitates the planning of educational, cultural, and social programs by approximately 125 registered student organizations, including the Undergraduate Government of Boston College and the Student Organization Funding Committee.
Additionally, the office coordinates a room reservation service for student organizations and supervises the Welcome Program, Senior Week events, Emerging Leader Program, O'Connell House Student Union, Nights on the Heights, an annual Leadership Awards Ceremony, and Student Activities Day.
Emerging Leader Program
The Emerging Leader Program (ELP) is a year-long leadership program designed to assist freshmen in developing the skills and competencies needed to assume roles of thoughtful responsibility in both on- and off-campus clubs and organizations. Fifty students are selected during the summer prior to their freshman year. Participants attend weekly sessions centering on themes such as leadership, communication, assertiveness, decision making, values and ethics, relationships, and diversity. Students also participate in monthly community service projects and several fundraisers.
Nights on the Heights (NOTH) is a student-led programming body that coordinates late night events from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The mission of NOTH is to build a sense of community by providing a variety of entertaining on-campus activities where students can socialize. Events take place throughout the campus, are free, and are open to the entire Boston College community.
Volunteer and Service Learning Center
McElroy Commons 114, 617-552-1317
The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) provides community service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. The VSLC provides information, procedures, and training for volunteer/service programs and for immersion trips. Staff develop partnerships and placements that offer students the opportunity to integrate community service into their curricular and cocurricular pursuits, enhance their overall learning, and develop a lifelong habit of service and an understanding of social justice. The VSLC assists service programs in providing a strong educational component that will help students to reflect critically both on the world they are serving and on the meaning of service for their own personal development.
Academic Advising Center
Bourneuf House, 84 College Road, 617–552–9259
The Academic Advising Center supports the work of undergraduate students, faculty, and staff as students use the resources of Boston College and the wider community to discern their academic and personal directions and to shape their lives as "men and women for others." Freshmen and premajor sophomores are paired with faculty and administrative staff advisors who are affiliated with the center. All members of the Boston College community are welcome to participate in the center's programs, which encourage undergraduates to explore their interests and to broaden their acquaintances among faculty and staff members across the University.
Conte Forum, 617-552-8520
The Athletics Department provides students with opportunities for enrichment through activities that complement their academic, cultural, and social growth. To meet the needs of a large and diverse community, the Athletics Department offers activities at five levels: informal recreation, group exercise and programming, organized intramurals, club sports, and NCAA Division 1A intercollegiate competition. Students who wish to join an intramural program should contact Campus Recreation at 617–552–0632 or go to www.bc.edu/plex.
Sports spectators can purchase tickets for home football, basketball, and hockey games through the Athletic Ticket Office in Conte Forum, 617–552–GOBC (4622), or www.bceagles.com.
McElroy Commons 233, 617-552-3475
Boston College is proud of its Jesuit and Catholic religious heritage. Campus ministers strive to serve Boston College's community of faith and to support people of other faith traditions as well. Activities include:
Worship: Central to the life of a faith community. Campus Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments. Campus Ministry fosters involvement in those celebrations through the liturgical arts program, music ministry groups, and lector and Eucharistic ministers' training. Penance services and individual confessions are available. Ecumenical services, interreligious services, and prayer groups are also offered.
Commitment: A faith that does justice. Through a variety of programs, Campus Ministry offers opportunities for students to participate in projects designed to help address specific areas of injustice and inequality. Service projects include the Appalachia Volunteer Program, Urban Immersion, 4Boston, Loyola Volunteers, and the Arrupe international service/immersion trips to Belize, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. Campus Ministry also connects graduating seniors with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and other postgraduate volunteer opportunities.
Direction: Human and religious growth. To assist students to grow and develop as fully as possible, campus ministers are available for pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. Off-campus weekend retreats, including the popular Kairos retreat, are held regularly.
Office of Governmental and Community Affairs
Hopkins House, 116 College Road, 617-552-4787
or through the Boston College Police Department, 617–552–4440
A community liaison works with the Office of the Dean of Students (DOS), Boston College Police, and Boston Police to respond to concerns and complaints about students' behavior off campus. Utilizing intervention or mediation approaches, the liaison also seeks to resolve issues that might arise between students and neighbors. When students are addressed, a report is submitted to DOS for review and possible University action. The liaison is generally on duty during the academic year from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, holidays, and other high activity dates. During these times, the liaison can also assist students in clearing uninvited guests from off-campus apartments or houses.
First Year Experience
Brock House, 78 College Road, 617-552-3281
The Office of First Year Experience (FYE) assists both freshmen and transfer students with the transition to the intellectual, psychological, and social life of Boston College. FYE coordinates the three-day comprehensive orientation program for all incoming students and their parents/guardians; the First Flight Procession and First Year Academic Convocation; "The Courage to Know" (UN 201) three-credit, first-year elective; the 48HOURS weekend experience; and a spring break, urban volunteer program called the Freshman Leadership Project.
Hovey House, 258 Hammond Street, 617-552-3827
The Office of International Programs (OIP) offers more than 60 study abroad programs in over 30 countries. Students should begin planning for study abroad during freshman year. To participate in a semester/academic year program abroad, students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and be in good disciplinary standing. Second-year students should first look at the OIP website to research programs of interest or visit the OIP resource room and then meet with an international study advisor. Students can also enroll in more than 20 summer courses abroad which are open to all classes.
International Students and Scholars
Maloney Hall, Suite 249, 617–552–8005
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides assistance and services to international students, scholars, faculty, and their dependents on immigration, academic, financial, and personal matters. The office coordinates programs and provides resources to assist international students and scholars during their stay in the U.S. The staff of the OISS can advise on procedures for travel outside the U.S., extensions of stay, change of visa status, employment in the U.S., post-graduation plans, and other immigration issues.
Joyce House, 31 Lawrence Avenue, 617-552-6140
Ideally, a liberal arts education challenges students to think about the meaning of their lives and to imagine career choices that will respond to their deepest desires and values. Certain experiences can have dramatic effects on students—friendships, particular courses, teachers and administrators, internships, and volunteer service. Intersections helps students integrate and understand the directions that these experiences imply for their lives and the connections that their intellectual and spiritual journeys are creating.
Intersections invites students to a three-day, two-night program called Halftime, where students reflect on their interests, talents, and future direction. On- and off-campus follow-ups to Halftime are also offered.
Learning Resources for Student-Athletes
Yawkey Athletics Center, Fourth Floor, 617-552-8533
The Office of Learning Resources for Student-Athletes (LRSA) provides academic advising and support services to Boston College varsity student-athletes. The office assists student-athletes in academic program planning, academic and personal skills development, and career planning. LRSA monitors the academic progress of student-athletes and provides tutorial assistance, skills development workshops, skills assessment, and counseling. LRSA also acts as a liaison to faculty, administration, and campus and community support services. The office houses the Murphy Family Study Center, which serves as the primary tutorial area and has desktop and laptop computers for student-athlete use.
Learning to Learn
50 College Road, 617-552-4551
Learning to Learn provides first generation college students, students with learning and physical disabilities, and financially needy college students with academic assistance, counseling, financial aid advisement, and a course in learning theory, "Applications of Learning Theory" (PS005). The program provides services to all Boston College students.
For students meeting federal guidelines, Learning to Learn offers a summer immersion program for pre-freshman students entering Boston College, free GRE and LSAT prep courses, and individual instruction in learning skills. Learning to Learn also coordinates the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a graduate program for under-represented (low income and first generation) undergraduates who will be pursuing graduate and doctoral degrees and entering careers in research and academia.
The Boston College Libraries enhance the social and academic life of the University. Through a combination of services, collections, technology, and workspaces, the Libraries support a range of student learning activities, from idea formation to knowledge dissemination. Librarians are available to answer questions at reference desks, via email, chat, or phone, and can provide research consultations for in-depth assistance. The Libraries have wireless access, technology-equipped group study rooms, and computer workstations with a full complement of software applications as well as access to world class book collections and databases. Students are encouraged to ask questions and offer suggestions for improving library services.
McMullen Museum of Art
Devlin Hall, 617–552–8587
The McMullen Museum of Art serves as a dynamic educational resource for the University as well as the larger community. The McMullen mounts scholarly exhibitions of international importance from all periods and cultures of the history of art and maintains a notable permanent collection available for study. Students are encouraged to view exhibitions and to attend openings and programs, and internships are also available to BC students. The museum is free and open to the public seven days a week.
Military Commissioning and Scholarship Programs
Boston College ROTC
Carney Hall 114, 617-552-3230
Several military service ROTC/commissioning programs are available at Boston College. Depending upon the program and required qualifications, individuals may be eligible for scholarships or differing degrees of financial compensation.
McElroy Commons 141, 617–552–3489
The Women's Resource Center (WRC) is a comfortable place on campus that offers information, support, and community. Committed to celebrating and empowering women, the WRC seeks to provide education and awareness about women's issues, to promote social justice, and to provide support for students on campus.
Boston College Police Department
Maloney Hall, First Floor, 617-552-8888
The purpose of Eagle Transportation (Eagle Trans) is to provide enhanced safety and well-being for all members of the Boston College community traveling in and around campus. Consisting of a Walking Service and a Van Service, Eagle Trans operates from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week, except for University holidays or breaks of four or more days.
Office of Student Services
Lyons Hall, 617-552-3300
The Eagle-One Card is the identification card issued to all University students, faculty, staff, and their spouses. The Eagle-One Card is required to use the University's libraries, Flynn Recreation Complex, and other campus areas. The Eagle-One Card may also be used as a debit card in the dining halls, bookstore, laundry, vending machines, and off-campus vendors including City Convenience and Takeout Taxi, and as a card access for the residence halls. Replacement IDs can be requested at Student Services or online at portal.bc.edu.
Lost and Found
Boston College Police Department
Maloney Hall, First Floor, 617-552-4440
The Boston College Police Department maintains a Lost and Found section where articles are turned in and held for up to six months. Although every effort is made to restore items to the rightful owners, it is the owners' responsibility to report and claim lost items. Near the end of the second semester, older unclaimed articles are usually auctioned off and the proceeds donated to a worthy cause.
Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science
The Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties funds Boston College's membership in the Museum of Fine Arts, where students can view the exhibits free of charge by presenting their Eagle-One Card at the museum; special exhibits not included. Free tickets to the Museum of Science are available at the Robsham Theater Box Office; special exhibits, Omni Theater, Planetarium, and Laser Shows not included.
Office of Transportation and Parking
Rubenstein Hall 1C, 617–552–0151
Rubenstein Hall 1C, 617–552–0151
Undergraduate students living off campus within a one-mile radius of public transportation lines are not eligible for campus parking permits. The policy affects all students residing in Allston/Brighton, Boston, Chestnut Hill, and Brookline.
Commuter parking applications are on the Student Services website under "Forms."