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University Compliance Notices and Policies

The following information relates to Boston College policies and procedures on copyright infringement, disability services, and immunization. For more information on Boston College compliance notices and policies, visist the University's notices and disclosures website. Copies of this information may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students, Boston College, Maloney Hall, Suite 212, or by calling 617-552-3470, or by emailing


On December 12, 1989, the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 were signed into law. Boston College is committed to reducing and preventing drug- and-alcohol related problems within the University community. It is important that all members of the University community understand the health risks and legal consequences of substance abuse. More.

Copyright law protects the rights of anyone who creates or holds the rights to created content, including art, music, written material, movies, and software. The unauthorized copying or distribution of any material created by anyone other than yourself may constitute copyright infringement, which is a violation of federal law and University policy. These prohibited activities include using the Boston College network for sharing music, video, or software without copyright holder permission, whether through peer-to-peer programs (uploading or downloading) or other means.

Boston College’s technology policy, located at: requires all members of the University community to comply with copyright laws and the provisions of licensing agreements that apply to software. In addition, all system users agree in the Boston College Technological and Information Resources Use Agreement to comply with copyright law.


Boston College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations and integrated access for students with disabilities to all available academic, social, and recreational programs and activities. The Disability Services Office at Boston College, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, works closely with students, administrators, and faculty to develop and implement individualized accommodations tailored to students' needs.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that:

No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of her or his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . .

Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibit the discriminatory assignment of disabled students to segregated classes or facilities. These laws apply to elementary and secondary as well as postsecondary schools. In elementary and secondary schools, disabled students may be assigned to separate facilities or courses of special education only when this placement is necessary to provide equal educational opportunity to them. Any separate facilities, and the services provided in separate facilities must be comparable to other facilities and services.


A student's immunization information is a critical component of their medical record. Massachusetts State Law requires all college students registering for 9 or more credits to show proof of the required immunizations (see below). Students have 30 days from the start of classes to provide Health Services with documentation of these vaccines. Failure do to so will result in a $65 administrative fee and the inability to register for next semester's classes until proof of documentation has been submitted.


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