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Community Assistance Program


The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is run by the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Student Development (ODSD). The purpose of CAP is to enhance the relationship between the wider community and Boston College’s on- and off-campus students.

The Off Campus Student Community Liaison leads the CAP by responding to concerns and complaints in the community. The liaison observes areas where large numbers of off-campus student live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as well as holidays and other high activity dates. Though the liaison is not a law enforcement official, the liaison does respond to disturbance calls and works closely with both the Boston Police and Boston College Police to maintain a safe, respectful neighborhood.

Using intervention and mediation approaches, the liaison seeks to diffuse tensions and resolve issues that might arise between students and neighbors. When students are addressed, a report is submitted to ODSD for review and possible University judicial action. The liaison is often the administrator if community service sanctions are issued for students.

The Off Campus Student Community Liaison is also an advocate for students who face challenges living off-campus. Students needing advice on interacting with Inspectional Services Department, landlords, and neighbors should feel free to contact the CAP program.