Policies and Procedures

In our commitment to upholding the highest standards of integrity and excellence, the Boston College community operates in compliance with legal requirements and university policies. These policies and procedures guide the activities of students, faculty, and staff. Any changes to university policies and procedures will be updated and communicated here.

University Policies and Procedures


Academic Integrity Policies


Undergraduate Academic Regulations


Graduate Academic Regulations

University-wide academic regulations that pertain to all graduate and professional students are presented below. Students are expected to become familiar with the regulations that are specific to their school.

To learn about each school’s academic regulations, please refer to the following sites:

Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Lynch School of Education and Human Development, Graduate Programs
Master’s Students: www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/lsoe/sites/current-students/master-s-policies-and-procedures.html
Doctoral Students: www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/lsoe/sites/current-students/doctoral-policies-and-procedures.html

Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs
Master’s Students: www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/cson/sites/students.html#master_s
Doctoral Students: www.bc.edu/bc-web/schools/cson/sites/students.html#ph_d_

Boston College School of Social Work

Boston College Law School

School of Theology and Ministry

Woods College of Advancing Studies

Academic Regulations are effective from September of the current academic year (2020–2021) except where a different date is explicitly stated. If there have been changes in the Academic Regulations and degree requirements since a student readmitted after sustained leave was last enrolled, the Academic Regulations in effect at the time of the student’s readmission to full-time study will apply, unless the Associate Dean specifies otherwise in writing at the time of readmission.


Distance Education Policies

Boston College offers a variety of distance education opportunities, designed to offer students a flexible, online alternative to traditional on-campus programs and courses.

In support of Boston College’s distance education initiatives, BC is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, or SARA. Boston College applied and was granted membership to SARA in 2018.

As described by SARA, the network provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education (note, “distance education” is instruction offered by any means where the student and faculty member are in separate physical locations. It includes, but is not limited to, online, interactive video, and correspondence courses or programs.) When states join SARA, they agree to follow uniform processes for approving their eligible institutions' participation. These policies help protect students and provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states. As of April 2020, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. Over 2,100 colleges and universities participate in SARA.


Special Programs

Boston College offers a number of special programs, including the following: