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Lynch School of Education

Student Advising and Selected Information

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H. Grievance Procedure for Students

The Procedures for Student Grievances have been established by the Educational Policy Committee and can be found on the website of the Lynch School of Education. Students with any academic concerns should consult their faculty advisor, Department Chair, or appropriate Associate Dean of Student Services.

I. Independent Study

Faculty undertake supervision of Independent Study on a volunteer basis. Time considerations and interest and expertise in the proposed topic will determine whether or not a faculty member agrees to supervise a student’s work.

All students are required to complete an Application for Independent Study/Readings and Research form that must be reviewed by the supervising professor and signed by the appropriate Department Chair or Dean prior to being enrolled in an Independent Study / Readings and Research course. The form also describes university and Lynch School regulations pertaining to the number of Independent Study/Readings and Research permitted in each program.

J. International Students

The Office of International Students and Scholars is located at 21 Campanella Way Suite 249 and can be reached at (617) 552-8005, or

Faculty Member’s Guideline to Basic Immigration Requirements for Graduate International Students

For more detailed information please refer to the handbook, "Immigration Regulations for International Students and Scholars." A copy of the handbook can be accessed at the Office of International Students and Scholars.

  1. International students must be enrolled full-time during the academic year for the duration of their studies.

    Graduate students usually carry 9-12 credits each semester or can be working full-time studying for comprehensive exams or on a dissertation. A combination of thesis and course work is acceptable.

    Students must verify that they are full-time in order to obtain a signature on their immigration form for travel, or to apply for work permission. If the Student Service’s Office does not consider a student full-time but the department does, the student will have to obtain a letter from his/her advisor or chairperson verifying his/her status.

  2. Any international student who would like to work on or off campus must obtain permission from the Office of International Students and Scholars prior to beginning work.

    International students can work on-campus up to 20 hours a week (including any graduate assistantship), in non-work study positions. Off-campus work authorization is very limited and must be applied for through the Immigration Service.

  3. International students attending Boston College for more than one year are required to submit an updated financial certification every year.

  4. International students who fail to complete their educational program within the estimated graduation date indicated on their immigration form are required to file a "program extension" with the Office of International Students and Scholars. This will include obtaining a letter from his/her advisor or chairperson which explains the academic reason for the extension and their new estimated completion date.

Please be aware that immigration regulations change frequently, so please consult the Office of International Students and Scholars with any questions.

K. Preparation of Educators and Psychologists with Handicapping Conditions Policy

It is the mission of the Lynch School of Education of Boston College to prepare professional educators and psychologists to work in schools, in public and private human service settings, and in other public and private educational and service agencies including schools, hospitals, community health centers, and social service agencies. Many of these professional preparation programs are designed to afford students, upon successful completion of the program, an opportunity to obtain Massachusetts state certification or licensure in the profession in addition to a diploma.

The Lynch School of Education is committed to the preparation of educators and psychologists from groups who have traditionally been denied access to employment opportunities in education and the human service professions. It is the goal of the School to prepare for both receipt of a degree and state certification or licensure any qualified individual who strives to meet such objectives regardless of handicapping conditions. The Lynch School accepts the affirmative duty to take positive steps to educate handicapped persons, and to assist them in career advancement. The Lynch School will engage in reasonable accommodations within its program that would allow a qualified student with a documented handicapping condition to complete the program and to prepare for certification or licensure so long as such accommodation does not result in the student’s failure to meet the required knowledge, skills and competencies required for both graduation and certification or a lowering of standards that are functionally related to particular educational or human service positions.

One of the criteria for certification or licensure in some instances is a requirement that the candidate have mental and physical capacity, so that he or she can with reasonable accommodation perform the essential functions of a particular educational or human service position, without endangering the health and safety of the individual or others.

In order to ensure that a student presents the likelihood of being able to complete both degree, and, where appropriate, prerequisites for future licensure and certification, the Lynch School of Education invites, but does not require, students with handicapping conditions to be affirmatively candid about their condition at application or after acceptance so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged. The Lynch School expects all students to manifest physical and mental well-being as it relates to the student’s capacity to perform successfully the essential functions for criteria practica or internship of the student’s degree program. Students with handicapping conditions who may not be able to meet this criterion even with reasonable accommodation will be individually evaluated, including consideration of employment records if any, and medical records, to determine the accommodations that the Lynch School can make in order to afford them an opportunity to complete all requirements of the student’s program.

If reasonable accommodation is not sufficient, such that the student cannot perform the essential functions of the practica or internship of the degree program, then admission to a degree certification and licensure program may be denied or revoked.

The Lynch School will meet with a current or prospective student to discuss opportunities for the student’s success in a program at the request of the student or in any situation in which it comes to the Lynch School’s attention that a handicapping condition may present a need for accommodation. Additional services are available through the University.

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