Information for Parents & Guardians
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A note to parents
Spending six weeks living on a college campus and meeting the academic and social demands of a pre-college program is a wonderful and exciting opportunity, but it can also cause anxiety for students and parents. We want to take this opportunity to assure you that the safety and well-being of students in our program is our top priority.
We know that this is a big decision for your children, and you, so we have tried to provide answers to some of your most common questions here and on our FAQ page. If you have other questions, we are always happy to talk to you so that you can feel confident this is the right choice!
Safety and Supervision
All students will be expected to be in the residence hall by 11:00pm Sunday through Thursday and by 12:00am Friday and Saturday night. There will be staff on duty in the residence hall each night that will monitor students to ensure that they return by curfew.
Failure to observe curfew will result in disciplinary action and may result in removal from the program.
Boston College has a policy on the Protection of Minors which establishes guidelines and procedures to promote the protection of minors who participate in university programs.
Students in the Boston College Experience are taking regular university Summer Session courses alongside other BC undergraduates and visiting students. Although professors are made aware that they have BCE students in their courses, they do not treat them any differently in their participation or academic expectations. College level courses are significantly more difficult than AP or Honors courses in high school and students should be prepared for a challenge and ready to commit time outside of class to read and complete assignments. Our staff is available and ready to assist students in understanding the academic expectations and learning how to organize their time. Our academic advisors and program staff are always available to provide additional support should a student find they are struggling to manage the course work. Additionally, tutoring and writing assistance is available through the Connors Family Learning Center.
Living on a college campus, away from family, is a new experience for many students. It is important that all students in the program understand the conduct expected by Boston College and specifically the policies of the Boston College Experience.
Please take the time to read our Community Expectations with your student so that everyone in the program can have a safe and enjoyable experience. Please note that failure to abide by program policies may result in the immediate removal of a student without refund, particularly in matters related to the safety of students including but not limited to the use or presence of alcohol and/or drugs.
The BC Experience strives to provide your child with an authentic and engaging college experience. In addition to their courses and homework we work to build a sense of community and a commitment to serving others.
During the course of the program there will be several mandatory events in addition to courses. Students will be made aware of all mandatory programming and attendance will be taken. Failure to attend required programming will result in disciplinary action and may result in removal from the Boston College Experience.
There will also be many optional programs for students to socialize and explore Boston and other areas of interest and to participate in college tours and community service projects. We strongly encourage students to participate in as many of these programs as possible so that they can get a true Boston College Experience.