Boston College offers employees a range of facilities, services, and other resources aimed at providing opportunities for recreation, learning, and social interaction; and at promoting health and welfare. The following sections describe many of the resources available on campus for the convenience of Boston College employees.
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Tickets To Athletic Events
Employees may purchase tickets to home football, basketball, and hockey games at a discount. For more information, employees should contact the Athletic Office at (617) 552-3000.
(This section last updated online: June 16, 2015)
Campus Recreation facilities and programs are available to all Boston College employees. Employees may use both the Margot Connell Recreation Center and Quonset Hut (satellite facility on Newton Campus) by either purchasing a membership or paying for a day pass. Memberships can be purchased annually, each semester, monthly, or for the summer. Spouses of employees may purchase individual memberships for any period by presenting their official Boston College spouse ID card. Family memberships are available only during the summer. Memberships processed at the beginning of the academic year can be paid through payroll deduction.
The Margot Connell Recreation Center includes a fitness center, rock climbing wall, jogging track, aquatics center, wood-floor basketball courts, tennis courts, multi-activity courts, multi-purpose rooms for spin, yoga, and fitness classes, and more. The Quonset Hut has basketball, ping pong, cardio and weight equipment, and group fitness classes.
Most insurance companies, including Harvard Pilgrim, offer a fitness reimbursement up to $150 per calendar year for health club membership dues.
The Boston College Bookstores carry Boston College clothing and gifts, required texts, general books, educational materials, and various other items. The Chestnut Hill Campus Bookstore is located in McElroy Commons; the Hillside Shop is in Maloney Hall, and the Newton Campus Bookstore is in Stuart House. The Bookstore also operates a mail-order business.
University employees receive a 20% discount on clothing, gifts, school supplies, stationery, and general books. A more complete statement of the operational policies and procedures of the Bookstore can be found in the Boston College Policies and Procedure Manual (5-310-001).
The BC Bookstore sells computers, tablets and other technology products to all members of the Boston College community. Computers can be serviced on campus by certified technicians in Hardware Repair (O’Neill 208: 617-552-1911 x 3: firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that faculty and staff may download one copy of Microsoft Office and anti-virus software for home use for free.
The Boston College Children's Center provides pre-school and extended daycare for up to 42 children between the ages of two years, nine months and five years. The program runs from September through June; a separate program extends through the summer months. Available spaces are divided proportionately among employee groups and graduate students. Parents pay tuition to meet the operational expenses of the Center; limited tuition subsidies are available to employees who meet income criteria established by the Children's Center. Information and applications are available from the Center.
The Center is located behind Haley House near the Chestnut Hill Campus. Additional information may be obtained directly from the Center, at 617-552-3356, or from the Department of Human Resources.
Boston College Dining Services provides employees with a range of alternatives for dining on campus. On the Chestnut Hill Campus, these include Corcoran Commons, as well as dining rooms, cafeterias, and fast-food concessions located in McElroy Commons and in Lyons Hall. Dining facilities on the Newton Campus are located in Stuart House. Café 129, located at 129 Lake Street, serves breakfast and lunch on the Brighton Campus. A current listing of the various dining facilities, the types of menu served by each, and the hours of operation may be obtained from BCDS.
The University library system offers resources and services to support the teaching, research, and learning activities of Boston College faculty and students. All library facilities are also open to Boston College employees. The library system has six major components: the Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library, which houses the bulk of the collections; the Bapst Library, with a collection of resources in art and art history, and undergraduate and graduate student study areas; the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections; the Graduate School of Social Work Library; the Educational Resource Center; and the Law School Library.
The Library houses over 1,200,000 printed, catalogued volumes; two million microform units; over 100,000 government documents; and more than 15,000 audiovisual materials; as well as numerous periodicals and maps. Access to the collections is provided by an online catalog that may be searched from the public terminals in each library. The employee's identification card serves as a library card to be used for checking out books and other materials.
Additional library services and facilities available to the Boston College community are reference services, circulation and reserves, interlibrary loan, copy services, computer-assisted research, and media preview rooms. Boston College libraries provide extensive electronic access to information; a great number of indexes and data sources in many subject areas are available online.
A pass program is available to employees who commute to work via MBTA on a regular basis. Based upon the specific route, frequency and type of travel involved, a choice of different monthly passes is offered. For other special offers, call the MBTA at 617-222-5218.
MBTA passes are sold on a monthly or weekly basis. Employees who would like to order a semester pass can obtain information on the Transportation and Parking Services web site and order the pass they desire.
The Office of Transportation and Parking can be reached at 617-552-0151.
(This section last updated online: Dec. 20, 2005)
Parking for employees is available on the Chestnut Hill, Newton, and Brighton Campuses. Faculty and staff at Boston College using a vehicle to come to the University are required to register their vehicle with the Office of Student Services and affix a valid parking permit to their vehicle. Several types of permits are available, with certain eligibility criteria for each. A monthly fee is charged for the parking permit and is deducted from the employee’s pay on a pre-tax basis.
Employees may purchase a reserved parking “R” permit, allowing them to park in certain reserved areas on campus. This option may be helpful to employees whose shifts oblige them to arrive at work at hours of the day when a parking space is especially difficult to find.
Parking is not permitted on campus overnight unless prior arrangements have been made with the Office of Transportation and Parking Services.
Boston College operates a shuttle service that provides transportation from the Chestnut Hill Campus to Cleveland Circle and the Brighton neighborhoods, and from the Chestnut Hill Campus to the Newton Campus (Law School). The shuttle service on both routes operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., at 10-minute intervals; and Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., at 20-minute intervals. More specific information about the Boston College Shuttle Service may be obtained by calling the Housing Office at 617-552-4711.
Automated teller machines which are part of the Bank of America system are located near the lower foyer of McElroy Commons, outside the main entrance to Walsh Hall, and on the first floor of Stuart House on the Newton Campus. These machines provide withdrawal, deposit, and transfer services.
Boston College is an affiliated member of the Metro Credit Union's Metro@work banking program. Metro serves any person or family member that works for Boston College. As a full-service credit union, Metro offers all of the financial products and delivery innovations that you'd expect from a large financial institution. Banking services include checking and savings accounts, Christmas and vacation clubs, Certificates of Deposit and Money Market accounts, IRA's and Investment Services, personal and auto loans, home mortgages and equity loans, travelers' checks, credit cards, and ATM cards. Employees are eligible to join the Credit Union at any time for the purpose of saving through payroll deductions. An initial deposit of $5 is required to open a new account.
For information or assistance, employees can visit metrocu.org or call 877-MY-METRO (877-696-3876). Membership applications may also be obtained from the Benefits Office at 129 Lake Street, Room 140.
The Off-Campus Housing Office, located in Rubenstein Hall, serves as an information and referral center for employees, faculty, students, and alumni in need of local housing. Listings include individuals seeking roommates, landlords who have apartments or houses for rent or sale, and homeowners with rooms for rent. Detailed computer listings are updated daily and printed biweekly. You can obtain the listings by mail by calling 617-552-3074, or you can pick them up in Rubenstein Hall.
There are a number of individuals throughout the Boston College campus who have been commissioned as notaries public. Employees who need their signature officially witnessed may contact the Benefits Office or the HR Service Center at 129 Lake Street.
A full-service U.S. Post Office is located on the second floor of McElroy Commons and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the academic year, and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during the summer months. The U.S. mail service on Newton Campus is located in Stuart House and is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Campus mail services are provided by the Campus Mail Rooms located next to the U.S. Post Office in McElroy Commons and in Stuart House on the Newton Campus.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Office for Institutional Diversity supports the mission of the University by promoting a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion for all members of the Boston College community. A community that truly values and fully utilizes its diversity creates a climate where diverse perspectives can coexist and thrive.
Boston College has attempted to ensure that people with disabilities have access to all parts of the campus and the opportunity to participate in programs throughout the University. A Campus Accessibility Map is available below and additional information regarding building accessibility can be found on the Disability Services Office website.
Faculty, staff, and students with a state disabled parking placard and a BC Permit may park in accessible spaces located within the parking lots assigned by their specific parking permit type. BC Permits can be obtained through the existing parking system. Faculty, staff, and students with a disability or mobility issue may apply with Parking and Transportation for additional parking accomodations.
Faith & Spirituality
The Church in the 21st Century (C21) Center at Boston College is a catalyst and resource for the renewal of the Catholic Church in the United States. The Center offers employees access to publications, events, book series, and online courses.
The Jesuit Community of Boston College offers faculty and staff various vehicles for deepening their spiritual lives. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, opened avenues to developing spirituality that, over the past four centuries, have helped men and women grow in their relationship to God and to arrive at clarity about the direction of their lives. Programs sponsored by the Boston College Jesuit Community include weekend retreats and individual spiritual counseling, as well as daily liturgies in St. Mary's Chapel. Further information is available through the Jesuit Community Office.
Intersections helps faculty and staff explore the Jesuit and Catholic mission of Boston College, while fostering a spirit of university citizenship that strengthens the institution.
The offices within the Division of Mission and Ministry work together to help foster a culture of formation among the faculty, administration, staff, and students. The University supports a robust liberal arts formative education.
Safety & Security
The mission of the Boston College Police Department is to assure the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Department also works with University personnel and departments to protect their assets and strives to improve community life by providing crime prevention education. The BCPD offers the following services: crime prevention training, criminal investigation and detection, emergency medical response, traffic and parking control, safety escort services, and victim/witness support.
The BCPD, located in Maloney Hall, is fully operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and remains operational during major emergencies, including those involving loss of electrical power and telecommunications. The Police Department may be reached by telephone at 617-552-4440. All telephone calls are recorded and are maintained for a minimum of 30 days.
Emergency intercoms, identified by blue lights, are located at various sites on campus, connecting the caller directly with the BCPD and enabling the Police to respond immediately to the scene of the call. A map designating the locations of the intercoms is provided upon request by the Police Department.
Upon request, the Police Department will provide an on-campus safety escort to transport employees safely to their vehicles following evening work hours or attendance at evening classes.
Boston College complies with the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990. The University disseminates annually its Campus Safety and Security Program to all faculty, staff, and students. For full information, see the Boston College Policies and Procedures, Policy 5-350-200.
In the interest of campus safety and security, Boston College will notify the University community of all crimes considered to pose a threat to its members that are perpetrated on the Boston College campus and reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies. Safety notifications will be disseminated in a manner that is timely, that aids the prevention of similar occurrences, and that protects the privacy of the victims of such incidents. In order to be easily recognizable, these notices are posted on a preprinted maroon-and-gold letterhead designed for this purpose.
The responsibility for issuing a Safety Notice resides with the Financial Vice President. The Notices are hand delivered by the Boston College Police to a designated person in each building on campus; this person disseminates them to each office within his/her building for posting. Safety Notices are also distributed through the University's centralized computing systems to users via systems bulletins, and via electronic mail to Information Technology Department contacts for further dissemination. They may also be placed on bulletin boards and in other public areas on campus.