Policies are written expressions of management philosophy and direction intended to ensure the consistent conduct of University affairs in conformity with the mission, values and legal obligations of the University. Boston College policies are of two types, as outlined in the policy entitled "Development of University Policies."
A University Policy is an official directive of broad and direct application across schools and other administrative units of the University. As such, University Policies impose binding obligations on faculty, students and/or staff, as applicable. The purpose of University policies is to ensure through uniform procedures and standards, (i) compliance with applicable laws and regulations, (ii) adoption of operational efficiencies and best ethical practices, and (iii) promotion of mission-centered values and objectives. University Policies are formulated under the direction of the Executive Vice President and are approved and promulgated by the President of the University.
An Administrative Policy is a statement of the standards, practices and/or procedures of an administrative unit of the University as promulgated by the Vice President or other senior officer having charge of such unit. Accordingly, Administrative Policies pertain to matters within the exclusive function of a particular administrative unit, notwithstanding possibly broad impact across the University. Examples of important Administrative Policies include the Faculty Handbook promulgated by the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, the Student Code of Conduct promulgated by the Office of Student Conduct, and the various policies and procedures of the Office of Human Resources.
Questions and comments regarding Boston College policy should be directed to:
Joseph M. Herlihy
14 Mayflower Road
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467
Boston College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Prior to 2018, NECHE operated as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a division of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The 2018 restructuring of NEASC was to align with the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement that NEASC’s higher education-related commission operate as an independent entity. Boston College has been accredited by NEASC, and now NECHE, since 1935.
NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of NECHE guidelines, member institutions undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive self-study. Boston College’s most recent full review for accreditation occurred in March 2017.
Inquiries regarding Boston College’s accreditation status should be directed to the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260); individuals may also contact the New England Commission of Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803 (781-425-7785). For a paper copy of the information presented on this webpage, please contact the Boston College Office of Institutional Research & Planning at 617-552-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is Boston College, Institutional Research & Planning, St. Clement’s Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
In addition to NECHE, a variety of schools and programs at Boston College are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies; for distance/online-related education, Boston College is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).