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Nondiscrimination Policy

Butler County Community College is committed to providing equal opportunity in admissions and treatment of students, in educational programs for students, in employment opportunities and in governance of the College, without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law.

The College shall take affirmative action to ensure (1) that it does not discriminate against an employee or applicant for employment or another person because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law; (2) that it does not subject students to unlawful discrimination in the admission process, take any action, direct or indirect, to segregate students in a classroom or course, or subject students to different or separate treatment in, nor restrict the enjoyment by a student of, a service, facility, activity or program at the College on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law; and (3) that it does not discriminate in the employment of administrators on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law and that its governance structure includes diverse membership broadly representative of the public interest as may be required by law or regulation.

There shall be no retaliation against any applicant, employee, or student for filing a harassment or discrimination complaint, or assisting, testifying, or participating in the investigation of such a complaint. Any applicant, employee, or student reporting sexual or other harassment or discrimination w ill also be protected from reprisals or retaliation by the College, any supervisors, and/or co-workers as a result of such complaint(s).

The College is committed to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. §§ 951-962.2) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (24 P.S. § § 5001-5009). Employment and educational opportunities at Butler County Community College are available to all as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and all applicable laws and regulations.

For information regarding equal education and employment opportunity including services, activities and facilities that are usable and accessible to disabled persons, contact the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, Butler County Community College by telephone at (724) 287-8711, Ext. 8353, or in writing at P. O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003-1203. If an applicant, employee, or student is physically or mentally disabled, he/she may request accommodations, academic adjustments, or auxiliary aids or services. Information on the College's services for disabled students may be obtained from the Academic Counselor and Disabilities Coordinator at Ext. 8327. Employees or applicants should contact the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer at Ext. 8353 for more information.

For information regarding the College’s Grievance Procedure, see Section 5.04 below, visit our website at or contact the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, Butler County Community College by telephone at Ext. 8353 or in writing at the above address.

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Anti-Harassment Policy

The College fosters the quality of life of the college community and will not tolerate disrespectful, disruptive, insubordinate, inappropriate, threatening, harmful, unwanted, or persistent behavior that adversely affects students, visitors, co-workers, supervisors, associates of the College, the President, Board of Trustees, or Foundation Board of Directors.

No student, employee, Trustee, Foundation Board Director, associate of the College, or any individual on College premises or at a College-related event may intentionally harassor abuse a person either physically or mentally with the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or job performance, or create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive academic or work environment.

Consistent with the College’s commitment to equal opportunity, integrity, diversity, excellence, human dignity, and mutual respect, the Anti-Harassment Policy will be consistent with the College’s Nondiscrimination Policy, which includes conduct based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law.

For further information or to file a complaint contact the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, by telephone at (724) 287–8711, Extension 8353, or in writing at Butler County Community College, P.O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003–120 3.

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Sexual Harassment Policy

  1. Policy-
    The Board of Trustees of Butler County Community College shall not tolerate any behavior by an employee or student that constitutes sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
    1. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment or academic success.
    2. Submission to or rejection of such conduct b y an individual is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting such individual.
    3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or academic environment.

    The College is committed to maintaining an academic environment in which its members can freely work together, both in and out of the classroom. The College cannot thrive unless each member is accepted as an autonomous individual and is treated civilly, without regard to his or her sex or, for that matter, any other factor irrelevant to participation in the life of the College.

    Every member of the College community must recognize that sexual harassment compromises the integrity of the College, its tradition of intellectual freedom, and the trust placed in its members. It is the intention of the College to take all necessary actions to prevent, correct, and, where indicated, discipline sexual harassment. Sexual harassment by any member of the College community is prohibited. This prohibition includes peer harassment among students, staff, or faculty. Sexual harassment by a faculty member, of a student over whom he or she has authority, or by supervisors of a staff member is particularly serious. Such conduct may easily create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

    Sexual harassment can take many forms. Some of these are overt and unambiguous, while others may be more subtle and indirect. Direct forms of sexual harassment include sexual assault and sexual advances accompanied by an offer of reward or threats of reprisal. Such behavior constitutes serious misconduct, and a single incident establishes grounds for complaint. Other forms of sexual harassment include sexual advances, physical or verbal, that are repeated and unwanted.

    Romantic relationships that might be appropriate in other contexts may, within a College, create the appearance of an abuse of power or of undue advantage. Even when both parties have consented at the outset to a romantic involvement, such consent does not preclude a subsequent charge of sexual harassment against the instructor or supervisor. Because of its relevance to sexual harassment, the College views consensual relations in cases where one person has educational or supervisory authority over another, as unwise and inappropriate. In matters such as this, appropriate action will be taken.

  2. Consensual Relations between Faculty and Students
    Because those who teach or interact with students are entrusted with guiding students, judging their work, giving grades for papers and courses, writing letters of recommendation, advising and supervising co-curricular experiences, faculty and staff are in a delicate relationship of trust, influence, and power. This relationship must not be jeopardized by possible doubt of intent, fairness of professional judgment, or the appearance to other students of favoritism.

One of the unstated tenets of our policy and our commitment to a climate free from sexual harassment has been the view that it is unwise and inappropriate for faculty or staff who have romantic relations with students to teach such students in a class, advise or supervise them, or recommend them for awards, or employment. Prudence and the best interest of the students dictate that in such circumstances of romantic involvement, the students should be aided to find other instructional or supervisory arrangements. Faculty and staff should keep in mind that initial consent to a romantic relationship does not preclude a charge of sexual harassment in the future.

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Grievance Procedure

The College is committed to be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. §§ 951-962.2) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act (24P.S. § § 5001-5009). Employment and educational opportunities at Butler County Community College are available to all as required by Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and all applicable laws and regulations.

Any applicant, employee, or student who has a concern or complaint regarding race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law related to admission, treatment, programs, activities, employment opportunities, policies, and practices, access, and/or accommodations at Butler County Community College has the following options:

Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Accommodation Complaint ProcedureThese procedures are to provide an avenue to promptly and fairly address issues in the most equitable manner relating to the discrimination of applicants, employees, or students with regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law. An applicant, employee, or student may file a complaint. An individual filing an alleged complaint is known as the Complainant. A complaint is an allegation that some type of discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment occurred with respect to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual HarassmentAll applicants, employees, and students have the right to be protected from any form of discrimination or harassment, which is based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, family status, or other classification protected by applicable law. An applicant, employee, or student has the responsibility to avoid participating in any situation that may result in such discrimination, harassment, or sexual harassment.

Informal ProcessAny applicant, employee, or student who believes he or she has been discriminated against, harassed, sexually harassed, or denied access or accommodation shall request a meeting with the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer within sixty (60) College work days of the occurrence or condition giving rise to the alleged complaint. A College work day is defined as a day on which College Administrative Offices are open for normal business excluding holidays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The informal process includes providing information, counseling, advising, mediation, and possibly fact-finding in an attempt to informally remedy the alleged complaint as early as possible. Every attempt will be made to protect the privacy of all individuals involved.

Formal Process

  1. If the alleged complaint is not resolved through the informal process, a Complainant may, within 20 College work days after the informal process concludes, file a written complaint with the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. The written complaint should be submitted to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, Butler County Community College, 107 College Drive, Butler, PA 16002, using the Butler County Community College Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Access/Accommodation Grievance Form (Grievance Form).
  2. The Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer shall have five (5) College work days following the receipt of the written complaint to schedule a meeting to promptly discuss the alleged complaint with the Complainant. Following the meeting with the Complainant, the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer shall have fifteen (15) College work days to investigate the allegation, discuss it with the accused individual(s) and other individuals who may be involved or can provide additional information, and submit a written response to the Grievance Form. A copy of the Grievance Form and the response shall be reviewed with the President and respective Vice President, if deemed appropriate by the President, prior to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer providing a disposition of the alleged complaint.
  3. The disposition of a complaint against a student shall be made in accordance with the disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and in consultation with the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer.
  4. The disposition of all other complaints shall be made by the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer after conducting an internal investigation and convening meeting(s) to discuss the alleged complaint with the Complainant, the accused individual(s), other individuals who may be involved or can provide additional information, and a meeting with the President and respective Vice President, if deemed appropriate by the President, to discuss the grievance prior to providing a disposition of the complaint. The written decision of the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer regarding the validity of the grievance and the corrective action plan, if any, shall be given to the Complainant within fifteen (15) College work days following the initial meeting with the Complainant unless an extension is necessary and mutually agreed to by the Complainant and the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. The decision of the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer shall be the final decision rendered through the grievance process.
  5. Every attempt will be made to protect the privacy of all individuals involved.

Time LimitationThe filing of any complaint during the informal or formal process shall be completed within the time limits specified above. In the event additional time is necessary, the specified time limits may be extended upon mutual written agreement by both the Complainant and the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer.

Rights of the Compainant and Other Individual(s) Involved

  1. The College will not retaliate or tolerate any retaliatory action(s) against any applicant, employee, or student for filing a harassment or discrimination complaint, or assisting, testifying, or participating in the investigation of such a complaint. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for violations of the anti-retaliation policy. Any suspected retaliation should be reported to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, Butler County Community College by telephone at (724) 287-8711, Ext. 8353, or in writing at P. O. Box 1203, Butler, PA 16003-1203.
  2. The Complainant, the accused, and any other individual(s) involved may be accompanied by a representative during the informal or formal process. Notice should be provided to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer in advance of any such appearance. The College reserves the right to have their attorney participate at any time during this process, if deemed necessary.
  3. A complaint may be withdrawn at any time during the informal or formal process by the Complainant.

U. S. Office of Civil RightsComplaints may also be filed with the Philadelphia Office, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323.

Pennsylvania Human Relations CommissionComplaints may also be filed with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pittsburgh Regional Office, 301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 390, Piatt Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Grievance Form

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Grievance Form

Safety Policy

Statement
Butler County Community College (BC3) is committed to working collaboratively with our employees to provide a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment and enhancing the quality of life of the College Community. The College places a high emphasis on protecting the environment, health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors and requires strict adherence to established College safety policy, procedures and practices and applicable laws and regulations.

Providing a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment can only be accomplished by integrating safe, secure, and healthy practices in to our daily operations and requiring a commitment from all employees, students, and visitors. Through a collaboration of administrators and employees a Safety Committee will be established to promote protecting the environment, health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors, and ensuring BC3 maintains a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment.

The Safety Committee will make recommendations for maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment to the President and his/her Cabinet. Students, employees, and visitors will be encouraged to make suggestions that would enhance protecting the environment and the health and safety of all to the Safety Committee for review and analysis. After thorough consideration, the Safety Committee may forward a recommendation, if warranted, to the President and his/her Cabinet. All recommendations will be considered seriously to ensure hazards, unsafe working conditions and/or practices are remedied and appropriate funding will be allocated, if deemed necessary.

Incidents can and should be prevented by following safe practices to avoid unnecessary pain and suffering, loss of life and/or unnecessary costs. All College students, employees, and visitors are required to abide by this policy and be responsible for ensuring their safety as well as others.

Any violation of this policy by a student or employee may result in disciplinary action. Visitors who violate this policy may be required to leave the premises and may be denied future access to the College.

President and His/Her Cabinet
The President and his/her Cabinet are accountable to the Board of Trustees and responsible for providing a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment and protecting the environment, health and safety of all students, employees, and visitors. To carry out these responsibilities they must be informed and made aware of any hazards, unsafe working conditions and/or practices immediately so they can properly address and regularly review the effectiveness of the College’s safety policy, procedures, and practices. They support and provide direction to supervisors, employees, students, and visitors to ensure BC3 maintains a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment by providing resources and training as appropriate to eliminate hazards, unsafe working conditions and/or practices.

Supervisor
Supervisors are accountable to the President and his/her Cabinet and responsible for ensuring employees and students are properly trained and held accountable for adhering to proper procedures and safe, secure and healthy practices. In carrying out these responsibilities they must require strict adherence to established College safety procedures and practices and applicable laws and regulations, take appropriate action to address any hazards, unsafe working conditions or practices, ensure health and safety is not sacrificed, and encourage employees to serve on the Safety Committee and participate in any related activities.

Students and Employees
All students and employees are required to adhere to established College safety policy, procedures, and practices and applicable laws and regulations including, but not limited to:

  • reporting all injuries and accidents immediately when they occur;
  • reporting all unsafe working conditions or practices;
  • reporting all hazardous conditions;
  • wearing all required personal protective equipment at all times;
  • obeying precautionary signs and warnings;
  • taking time to do things safely;
  • performing tasks in a safe, secure, and efficient manner;
  • complying with this safety policy, procedures, and practices; and
  • upholding his/her part to ensure the health and safety of all.

Safety Committee
The President will establish the Safety Committee consisting of administrative and employee representatives who have a desire and commitment to work collaboratively together to enhance and protect the environment and health and safety of the College Community. Members of the Safety Committee will be responsible for making recommendations for maintaining and improving a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment. The charge of the Safety Committee includes, but is not limited to:

  • establishing procedures for documenting accident investigations and reviewing accident investigation reports;
  • establishing procedures for monthly inspections for locating and identifying health and safety hazards, and reviewing newly implemented safety equipment and safety and health procedures;
  • evaluating safety program annually and reviewing suggestions that would enhance protecting the environment and health and safety of all;
  • reviewing complaints and identifying hazards, or unsafe working conditions and/or practices;
  • recommending corrective action plans to improve maintaining a safe, secure, and healthy learning and working environment;
  • informing the President and his/her Cabinet of hazards or unsafe working conditions and/or practices;
  • reviewing work-related illness and injury to ensure established investigative and resolution procedures were followed encouraging and obtaining employee suggestions and participation in any safety-related activities;
  • assisting in identifying employee safety training needs; and
  • assisting in the management of safety.
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Video Monitoring Policy

Butler County Community College fosters enhancing the quality of life of the College Community by providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for all students, employees, and visitors, as well as safeguarding its facilities and assets, through the integration of video monitoring and recording equipment and systems. Video monitoring and recording equipment and systems will be used in a professional, ethical, confidential, and legal manner on all campuses, sites owned and/or leased by Butler County Community College at any time, including but not limited to facilities, grounds, and parking lots, with specific limitations that would not violate the reasonable expectation of privacy as defined by law.

Signage may be posted in the appropriate monitored areas to inform individuals that"THESE PREMISES MAY BE UNDER VIDEO MONITORING."In the event the College experiences criminal activity, either to property and/or persons, the College may use video monitoring and recording equipment and systems for apprehending violators and/or covert video monitoring and recording purposes within the parameters outlined in this policy.

Information obtained through the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems may be utilized for investigative, safety and security purposes, law enforcement, compliance with College policy and procedures, and compliance with the Student Code of Conduct and will only be released when authorized by the College President, in conjunction with the Executive Director of Campus Police and Security, Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, and/or Dean of Student Development, according to the guidelines established in this policy and in compliance with applicable laws. College personnel are prohibited from disseminating or using any information obtained through the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems except for law enforcement and/or official College purposes. Only authorized personnel shall have access to the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems.

This policy is consistent with the College’s commitment to equal opportunity, integrity, diversity, excellence, human dignity, mutual respect, and other related College policies such as Sexual Harassment, Anti-Harassment, and Nondiscrimination. The College prohibits video monitoring and recording based on classifications and characteristics including, but not limited to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age or sex.

Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

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Revised Firearm Policy

Butler County Community College (the "College") strives to maintain a safe and secure environment for members of the student body, faculty, staff, and general public so that they are not unreasonably impeded in their activities by concerns for personal safety. Butler County Community College has made it a policy to prohibit the possession or concealment of any firearms, explosives, or dangerous chemicals on College property. The College recognizes that certain exceptions to this prohibition are necessary. Accordingly, the following exemptions to the Firearms Policy of Butler County Community College are established as follows:

  1. Butler County Community College recognizes the importance of the services provided by the local and state law enforcement agencies. The College also recognizes the authority of law enforcement entities to determine the need to arm officers. Accordingly, law enforcement personnel while on duty and acting in their official capacity are permitted to carry firearms as deemed necessary by their employer for the performance of their duties.
  2. Members of the Butler County Community College Campus Police Department shall be permitted to carry firearms.
  3. Butler County Community College is desirous of cooperating with various law enforcement groups in conducting classes and/or training sessions for such groups on the property owned or licensed for use by Butler County Community College. Accordingly, the possession of firearms on property owned or licensed for use by Butler County Community College will be permitted in the course of law enforcement classes and training sessions provided the following safeguards are met:
  1. The firearms in use shall be capped and locked or temporarily disabled by an alternate mutually acceptable method at all times during the classes.
  2. No live ammunition shall be permitted on the campus of Butler County Community College during training classes. Ammunition must be removed from weapons prior to transporting the disarmed weapon to campus.
  3. The use of blanks in lieu of live ammunition is prohibited.
  4. The law enforcement training sessions shall be restricted to the Public Safety Training Classrooms and property owned or licensed for use by Butler County Community College.
  5. The law enforcement training sessions conducted shall be restricted to qualified law enforcement entities with its participants being licensed to carry a firearm.
  6. Prior to conducting a training class, all participants will be required to sign an acknowledgement of his/her understanding of all rules and regulations of Butler County Community College.
  7. Adequate notice must be provided to the Administration of Butler County Community College so as to permit notice to the College Campus Police of the upcoming training session.
  8. Non-functional prototypes of firearms may be used in law enforcement training activities. Such training is subject to all of the provisions stated above.
  9. Police training devices (including but not limited to flash bang devices and narcotic training devices) are permitted to the extent they are used in conjunction with credit and noncredit course offerings at Butler County Community College.
  10. Live ammunition shall be permitted only when used at a College-approved Firing Range, operated under the safety protocols established by Law Enforcement, Military, or the NRA, effective January 14, 2013.
  11. According to the EMS & Police Training Standard Operating Procedures, Butler County Community College Campus Police Officers will store and transport ammunition from Main Campus to a College-approved Firing Range and return the same to Main Campus, effective January 14, 2013.
  12. All students participating in the Fire Arms Training Program both in the classroom at Butler County Community College and/or on the Firing Range located on 100 Litman Road, Butler, PA will be required to sign a Waiver of Release of All Claims Form recognizing and acknowledging that there are certain risks of personal injury in participating in the Fire Arms Training Program and voluntarily agree to assume the full risk of any accidental injuries sustained as a result of participating in the Fire Arms Training Program and waive, any and all claims against the College and such individuals, for personal injuries sustained arising out of, connected with, or in any way associated with participating in the Fire Arms Training Program both in the classroom at Butler County Community College and/or on the Firing Range located on 100 Litman Road, Butler, PA.

Violation of this policy shall be handled in accordance with the disciplinary procedures set forth in Butler County Community College’s policies.

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Tobacco Free Policy

Butler County Community College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive environment for all employees, students and visitors. Therefore, smoking and the use of all tobacco and tobacco-related products, including electronic cigarettes, are prohibited on all campuses and sites owned and/or leased by Butler County Community College and College vehicles effective July 1, 2009. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors of Butler County Community College. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

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Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is prohibited on all campuses and sites owned and/or leased by Butler County Community College at any time. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, all facilities, grounds, and parking lots, unless authorized by the President for a specific event.

A matter involving students will be referred to the Dean of Student Development. A student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal.

A matter involving employees and/or visitors will be referred to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. An employee who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. A visitor who violates this policy will be required to leave the premises and may be denied future access to the College.

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Mobile Devices Usage Policy - Students

This policy applies to, but is not limited to, the use of mobile/cellular phones, laptop/notebook/tablet computers, smart phones and PDAs, and any mobile device capable of storing corporate data and connecting to an unmanaged network, hereinafter referred to as “mobile device.” Mobile devices can further be defined as having the ability to receive and/or transmit voice, text, data messages and/or internet usage without a cable connection.

General Mobile Device Use

  1. During class sessions, all mobile devices should be on silent or vibrate mode. Students may access their mobile device in the event that their mobile devices activate simultaneously due to the e2Campus Alert System.
  2. During testing situations and/or when directed by the instructor, the use of a mobile device is prohibited and mobile devices must be turned off. The instructor may leave his/her mobile device on silent or vibrate in the event that an alert would be sent over the e2Campus Alert System during testing situations.
  3. To protect the privacy of the faculty, staff, students, and visitors, students are prohibited from using their mobile device as a means to photograph and/or record any individual(s) in any form (audio and/or video) without that individual’s knowledge and consent.
  4. The use of mobile devices to photograph and/or record a test, classroom material, private information, and/or related item is prohibited.
  5. The College will not be liable for the loss of personal mobile devices brought onto campus and/or an off-campus location.
  6. Any connection to the College’s information services must adhere to the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy.
  7. Students have no expectation of privacy when connected to the College’s information services.

Failure to follow the provisions of this policy could result in a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and could result in disciplinary action.

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Acceptable Use of Technology Policy

  1. Policy
    Access to information systems and networks owned or operated by Butler County Community College (BC3) imposes certain responsibilities and obligations and is granted subject to College policies, and local, state and federal laws. Acceptable use is always ethical, reflects academic honesty, shows restraint in the consumption of shared resources and protects all Information Technology (IT) Resources from any unauthorized or unintended use. It demonstrates respect for intellectual property, ownership of data, system security mechanisms, and individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance unless covered by legal statutes. The establishment of this policy is to safeguard and protect all information systems, including academic and financial, that support the College’s Mission and daily operations.
  2. General Guidelines
    The Director of Information Technology in conjunction with the Dean of Student Development and/or the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer is responsible for the enforcement of these guidelines. Any request for use of technology systems other than those identified must receive prior written approval.
  3. In making acceptable use of technology resources users must:

    1. use technology only for authorized purposes;
    2. protect their user ID and system from unauthorized use. Users are responsible for all activities on their user ID or that originate from their system;
    3. access only files and data that are their own, that are publicly available, or to which they have been given authorized access;
    4. access only files and data that are their own, that are publicly available, or to which they have been given authorized access;
    5. be considerate in their use of shared resources. Refrain from monopolizing systems, overloading networks with excessive data, or wasting computer time, disk space, paper, manuals, or other resources;
    6. use only College software unless approval is given by the Director of Information Technology to load other software.

    In making acceptable use of technology users must NOT:

    1. use another person’s system, user ID, password, files, or data without permission;
    2. use computer programs to decode passwords or access control information;
    3. attempt to circumvent or subvert system or network security measures;
    4. engage in activity that might be harmful to systems or to any information stored thereon, such as creating or propagating viruses, disrupting services, or damaging or deleting files and directories;
    5. use College systems for commercial or partisan political purposes, such as using electronic mail to circulate advertising for products or for political candidates;
    6. make or use illegal copies of copyrighted software, store such copies on College systems, or transmit them over College networks;
    7. waste information technology resources, for example, by intentionally placing a program in an endless loop or by printing excessive amounts of paper;
    8. use the College systems or networks for personal gain. For example, by selling access to his/her user ID or to College systems or networks, or by performing work for profit with College resources in a manner not authorized by the College;
    9. engage in any other activity that does not comply with the general principles presented above;
    10. use computer lab facilities at the College unless enrolled as a current student, employed by the College, or granted permission;
    11. install personal equipment on College owned equipment without permission from the Director of Information Technology. These include printers, monitors, LCD displays, keyboards, mice, MagicJacks, IP phones, microphones, and web cams;
    12. connect personal equipment to the College network via cabling other than wireless hotspots.
  4. Internet Guidelines
    Access to the Internet from BC3 is a privilege, not a right, and abusers may lose their Internet privileges. Users must adhere to the following guidelines in addition to the general guidelines listed above:
    1. students and employees may access the Internet from designated areas on campus during open lab hours. Class activities take priority over open lab time;
    2. access to the Internet should be used for purposes relative to classroom and work assignments and not for recreational purposes, including digital and social media;
    3. access to the Internet may not be used for unethical, illegal, or criminal activities;
    4. access time may be limited due to the number of people online and equipment availability;
    5. downloading files from the Internet to the hard drives of lab PC’s is prohibited;
    6. students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 technology and networks.
    1. Digital Media Guidelines
      Course content, presentations, and/or lectures shall not be recorded (audio and/or video) without prior knowledge and consent of the instructor, presenter, and/or student. Such recordings are not to be copied, sold, altered, reproduced or distributed without the written consent of the instructor, presenter, and/or student.
      Course content, presentations, and/or lectures shall not be recorded (audio and/or video) without prior knowledge and consent of the instructor, presenter, and/or student. Such recordings are not to be copied, sold, altered, reproduced or distributed without the written consent of the instructor, presenter, and/or student.
    2. Social Media Guidelines via College Information Systems and Networks
      Any online activities, including the use of social media, must not interfere with employee work performance or student academic responsibilities. Employees must adhere to College policies. Students must adhere to policies set forth by their instructors. Employees and students must ensure that their social networking conduct is consistent with all policies contained in the BC3 Student and Employee Handbooks and the Acceptable Use of Technology Policy and the Mobile Device Usage Policy.
  5. General Computer Usage
    BC3 technology and networks support the College’s Mission, a student-centered learning environment, and provide resources and effective communication for students and employees. The information systems and networks provided must be reliable and secure. Students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 information systems and networks.
  6. Email Guidelines
    Users must be aware of what is acceptable and unacceptable use of the email system at BC3 and any hosting email services. All messages distributed via the BC3 email system are the property of BC3. Electronic communication is instantaneous and permanent. Users should be cognizant of the fact that electronic communication may be forwarded, altered, shared on electronic bulletin boards and/or stored on network systems.
    Employees and students are required to use the email address provided to them by BC3 for all correspondence related to the College and for all course-related correspondence between the instructors and their students. Instructors have no responsibility to and are discouraged from accepting and/or responding to an email sent from a student using a non-BC3 email address.
    Employees and students are expected to use email with good judgment and to be aware that email messages are not confidential and privacy cannot be guaranteed. Students/employees have no reasonable expectations of privacy when using BC3 technology and networks. Transmitting any identifiable student information via email, including grades, may violate the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Instructors must disseminate grades using a secure website such as Blackboard, Datatel, and Lumens. If there is evidence that a user is not adhering to these guidelines, BC3 reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment, permanent student dismissal, and/or legal action.
    It is strictly prohibited to:
    1. send or forward emails that are unnecessary, repetitive, or contain libelous, defamatory, hurtful, offensive, racist or obscene remarks;
    2. send or forward emails intended to harass, intimidate, or otherwise annoy another person;
    3. forward a message or copy a message or attachment belonging to another user without acquiring permission from the originator first. Be aware that copyright laws apply to all material. For example, it is inappropriate to copy any material owned by others from any source (e.g., cartoons, photographs, articles, poems, graphics scanned from a magazine, etc.) without permission of the owner. Users should assume that all materials are copyrighted unless a disclaimer or waiver is explicitly provided (This is particularly true on the World Wide Web; to include information from some other source on a Web page, link to it, don’t copy it. In some cases, even this action may violate copyright of licensing agreements by enabling illegal redistribution of programs or data. If a user is unsure, ask the owner);
    4. send unsolicited email messages or chain mail;
    5. share your BC3 provided users name and password with anyone, unless consent is given by the BC3 primary email account user and it is used to conduct appropriate College business and/or communication. Individuals who are not the primary email account user and/or a BC3 registered student are prohibited from sending emails from the primary account user’s email account and are prohibited from viewing any emails intended solely for the primary account user;
    6. forge or attempt to forge email messages, or disguise or attempt to disguise his/her identity when sending mail.
      1. All student email addresses and corresponding account/profile information created by and provided to students by BC3 and any hosting email service must remain unaltered while registered for classes at BC3.
      2. Email addresses must match the format specified by BC3.
      3. The student’s email account/profile information must match that which is contained in the BC3 student management database.
      4. Only official name changes and withdrawal/graduation from BC3 will warrant the change of an email address and/or the account/profile information connected to the email account.
    7. use the BC3 email system for anything other than legitimate business or classroom purposes.
    1. College use of email – Email is an official means for communications within BC3. Therefore, the College has the right to send communications to students via email and the right to expect that those communications will be received and read in a timely fashion.
    2. Assignment of email addresses – Information Technology assigns all employees and students an official BC3 email address. It is to this official address that the College will send email communications; this official address will be the address listed in the College’s Directory for that employee or student.
  7. Enforcement
    The College considers any violation of acceptable use principles or guidelines to be a serious offense.
    1. Individuals or groups who act in a manner contrary to existing policy and accepted standards for computer use are subject to the sanctions and disciplinary measures normally applied to misconduct or lawbreaking. Any violations of the acceptable use of technology must be reported to the Director of Information Technology. A copy of the Violation Report Form appears in Appendix Y.
    2. The Director of Information Technology and/or his/her designee will work in conjunction with the Dean of Student Development and/or Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer and investigate the allegations and may disallow network connections by certain computers (even departmental and personal ones); require adequate identification of computers and users on the network; undertake audits of software or information on shared systems where policy violations are possible; take steps to secure compromised computers that are connected to the network; or deny access to computers, the network, and institutional software and databases. The College reserves the right to copy and examine any files or information resident on College systems allegedly related to the unacceptable use. Users are expected to cooperate with investigations either of technical problems or of possible unauthorized or irresponsible use as defined in these guidelines; failure to do so may be grounds for suspension or termination of access privileges.
    3. A matter involving students will be referred to the Dean of Student Development. A student who violates any of these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including permanent dismissal and possible legal action.
    4. A matter involving employees will be referred to the Executive Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer. An employee who violates any of these guidelines will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and possible legal action.
  8. Disclaimer
    The College will not be responsible for the loss or corruption of user data files of any kind. Use of technology, networks, and facilities at the Butler County Community College shall constitute a full, final, and irrevocable release of Butler County Community College and its agents and employees from any suit, claim, or cause of action arising by virtue of the use of the College’s technology, networks, and facilities, including but not limited to, loss of data or damage to any computer outside of the College due to a computer virus. The user agrees to indemnify and hold the College harmless from any suit, claim, or cause of action arising from the user’s abuse or misuse of the technology, networks, and facilities of the College. It is the user’s responsibility to backup data at regular intervals and provide computer virus protection for their home and/or office computer.

*Portions of the above Acceptable User Guidelines document were used with the permission of Virginia Tech. [http://www.va.edu/policies/acceptuseguide.htm1] (16 Oct. 1996).

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Student Printing & Copying Policy

  1. Students will be allotted $15.00 for printing per semester at no charge.
  2. Students will be able to purchase additional pages at the Bookstore, Library, and Business Office, with a minimum purchase of $1.00. Students will also be able to purchase addition pages at Brockway, Cranberry, Lawrence Crossing, and LindenPointe by check only ($5.00 minimum).
  3. Students will receive a warning when their printing allowance gets low.
  4. It will cost .10 per page for black and white and $.15 for color.
  5. Any balance on students accounts at the end of the semester is non-refundable.
  6. Balances will not carry over to the next semester.
  7. These recommendations do not apply to the plotters used by CADD students.
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Traffic and Parking Code

Regulations have been adopted to provide for the enforcement of an orderly traffic control and parking system for the College. For a complete listing of BC3 Campus parking and traffic ordinances please refer to the BC3 Traffic Book available online at .

Parking Permits/Penalties All persons desiring to park a vehicle on the Butler County Community College Campus must register for a parking permit. Parking permits are issued by the Campus Police Department located in the Student Success Center.

Students Starting BC3 in August 2014-Every student attending BC3 must obtain a permit by registering the vehicle(s), motorcycles or mopeds that he/she will be parking on campus. This permit must be displayed on rearview mirror, and will be valid for 1 academic year (ex. August 2014 to August 2015). Students Returning to BC3 in January-Permits obtained in August 2014 are still valid. Students Starting BC3 in January 2015-Every student attending BC3 must obtain a permit by registering the vehicle(s), motorcycles or mopeds that he/she will be parking on campus. This permit must be displayed on rearview mirror, and will be valid for ˝ academic year (ex. January 2015-August 2015)

If a permit is lost or stolen, it should be reported to the Campus Police immediately. A fee of $30.00 will be charged to replace the permit, this fee is nonrefundable.

Any person violating the Traffic or Parking Code of the Butler County Community College shall be subject to a fine and/or towing or booting of the vehicle at the owner’s expense and any other provisions provided by any sections of this Code. The minimum fine amount for parking in a handicapped space is $50.00, payable within five (5) business days.

The first offense for parking in a reserved space will be $15 with a $10 increase per subsequent violation, payable within five (5) business days. Tickets not paid within said time period shall be prosecuted through the Office of the District Justice and all violators shall be responsible for all costs of prosecution.

Parking Ticket Appeal Process-Parking tickets that issued and felt to be unfair can be appealed within (5) business days from the date the ticket was written. The appeal forms are available at the Campus Police Department, located in the Student Success Center. Appeals will be reviewed by the Parking Authority Review Board who then passes a decision based on majority vote. For more information on the appeal process, please refer to the BC3 Traffic Book, available online at

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Student Code of Conduct

Butler County Community College is committed to the advancement of learning and to the development of responsible individuals. Each student is considered to be a responsible person and is expected to uphold appropriate standards of behavior. The College has an interest for student conduct on-campus and at off-campus functions sponsored by the College. Students who demonstrate the inability to conform to acceptable conduct may lose the right to enjoy the educational, social, and recreational opportunities of the College.

Criminal violations which occur on campus or at college sponsored events may be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. A student may be subject to the sanctions of the Student Code of Conduct in addition to being subject to possible action in criminal or civil court or both.

A student engaging in the following types of conduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The listing is intended to give students notice of the types of conduct which may result in sanctions. It is not meant to be all–inclusive.

Improper Conduct Any student found to have committed the following types of misconduct is subject to disciplinary sanctions:

  1. Disruption or obstruction of teaching, administration, disciplinary proceedings, or other College activities, including its public service functions, on or off campus.
  2. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion, and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the safety of any person.
  3. Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the College or property of a member of the college community.
  4. Hazing, defined as an act which endangers the health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization.
  5. Failure to comply with directions of College officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to those persons when requested to do so.
  6. Unauthorized possession, duplication, or use of keys to any College premises or property and/or unauthorized entry to or use of College premises or property.
  7. Violation of published College policies, rules, or regulations.
  8. Violation of federal, state, or local law on College premises or at College sponsored or supervised activities.
  9. Use, possession, or distribution of narcotic or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law.
  10. Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages.
  11. Use, possession, or concealment of any firearms, explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals.
  12. Gambling in any form. Subject to local statutes, activities such as raffles or drawings that benefit recognized campus organizations may be permitted with the approval of the Director of Student Life.
  13. Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace; or aiding or abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on College premises or at functions sponsored by or participated in by the College.
  14. Intentionally supplying false information to the College and/or alteration or unauthorized use of College documents or instruments of identification.
  15. Excessive violations of parking regulations.

Charges and Hearings Any member of the college community may file charges against a student for misconduct. Charges shall be prepared in writing and directed to the Dean of Student Development, who is responsible for the administration of non-academic student discipline at Butler County Community College. Charges should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within two weeks. The Dean of Student Development may conduct an investigation to determine if the charges have merit and/or if they can be disposed of administratively by mutual consent of the parties involved. It is expected that most issues will be resolved informally. Such disposition shall be final and there shall be no subsequent proceedings. If the charges cannot be disposed of informally, the Dean of Student Development may later serve in the same matter as the student conduct officer. All charges shall be presented to the accused student in written form. A time shall be set for a hearing, not less than five nor more than fifteen calendar days after the student has been notified. Maximum time limits for scheduling of hearings may be extended at the discretion of the Dean of Student Development. The Hearing Board will have ten members comprised of four faculty members, two administrators, and four students, jointly appointed by the Vice President for Student Services and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. One alternate member of each group shall be appointed. In order for a hearing to take place, three faculty members, two students, and one administrator must be present. The Student Conduct Hearing Board will assume responsibility for its procedural operation which will include electing a chairperson and conducting hearings according to the following guidelines:

  1. Hearings normally shall be conducted in private.
  2. Admission of any person to the hearing shall be at the discretion of the chairperson and/or the Dean of Student Development.
  3. The complainant and the accused have the right to be assisted by any advisor they choose, at their own expense. The advisor may be an attorney. The complainant and/or the accused student are responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in the hearing.
  4. The complainant, the accused, and the hearing board shall have the privilege of presenting witnesses, and shall have the opportunity to suggest questions for cross-examination.
  5. Pertinent records, exhibits and written statements may be accepted as evidence for consideration by the hearing board at the discretion of the chairperson.
  6. Formal rules of process, procedure, and/or technical rules of evidence, such as are applied in criminal or civil court, are not used in Student Code proceedings.
  7. There shall be a single verbatim record of the hearing, such as a tape recording. The record shall be the property of the College.
  8. Except in the case of a student charged with failing to obey the summons of the hearing board or College official, no student may be found to have violated the Student Code solely because the student failed to appear for the hearing. In all cases, the information in support of the charges shall be presented and considered at the hearing.
  9. All procedural questions are subject to the discretion of the chairperson of the Student Conduct Hearing Board.
  10. After the hearing, the hearing board shall meet in closed session to determine, by majority vote, whether the student has violated each section of the Student Code of Conduct that the student is charged with violating.
  11. The Student Conduct Hearing Board’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused student violated the Student Code.
  12. Student Conduct Hearing Board decisions and recommended sanctions shall be prepared in writing as soon as is practicable and directed to the Dean of Student Development.

Sanctions

  1. The following sanctions may be imposed upon a student who is found to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Dean of Student Development shall be responsible for
  2. determining and imposing appropriate sanctions in all cases.
    1. Warning – A notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated College regulations.
    2. Probation – A written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe sanctions if the student is found to be violating any College regulations during the probationary period.
    3. Loss of privileges – Denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time.
    4. Restitution – Compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.
    5. Discretionary Sanctions – Work assignments, service to the College, or other related discretionary assignments. Such assignments must have the prior approval of the Dean of Student Development.
    6. Suspension – Separation of the student from the College for a specified period of time, after which the student may apply to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified.
    7. Dismissal – Permanent separation of the student from the College.
  3. More than one of the sanctions listed above may be imposed for any single violation.
  4. Notices of disciplinary action shall be filed in the student’s confidential disciplinary file in the Dean of Student Development Office. Upon graduation, such notices other than dismissal may be removed by application to the Dean of Student Development.
  5. The following sanctions may be imposed upon student groups or organizations:
    1. Those sanctions listed above in the Student Code.
    2. Deactivation – Loss of all privileges, including College recognition, for a specified period of time.
  6. In each case in which the Student Conduct Hearing Board determines that a student has violated the student code, the recommended sanctions shall be considered by the Dean of Student Development for final action. The Dean of Student Development is not limited to sanctions recommended by members of the hearing board. The Dean of Student Development shall notify the accused student in writing as soon as possible of the Student Conduct Hearing Board’s determination and of the sanctions imposed, if any.

Interim Suspension The Dean of Student Development or a designee may impose an interim suspension prior to the hearing before the Student Conduct Hearing Board. Interim suspension may be imposed only to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the college community or preservation of College property, to ensure the student’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College. During the interim suspension, students will be denied access to the College, including classes and all other activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible. In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as is practicable.

Appeals A decision reached by the Student Conduct Hearing Board or a sanction imposed by the Dean of Student Development may be appealed by accused students or complainants to the College President whose decision is final and binding. Such appeals must be made within five school days of the decision and shall be in writing and delivered to the Dean of Student Development or his or her designee. The President shall review the matter and render a decision. Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, an appeal will be limited to review of the verbatim record of the initial hearing and supporting documents for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted in conformity with prescribed procedures of the Student Code.
  2. To determine whether the decision reached regarding the student was based on sufficient information to establish that a violation of the Student Code occurred.
  3. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed were appropriate for the violation of the Student Code which occurred.
  4. To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision, which was not brought out at the original hearing because the information was not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.

Interpretation and Revision Any question or interpretation regarding the Student Code of Conduct shall be referred to the Dean of Student Development or his or her designee. The Student Code shall be reviewed periodically as is practicable under the direction of the Dean of Student Development.

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Refund Policy

  1. If you notify the College of complete withdrawal during the first five (5) work days of the semester, your tuition and fees will be refunded.* In the first five (5) College work days, there will be no penalty for partial withdrawal.
  2. If you withdraw completely or partially from the sixth through the tenth College work days, 75 percent of the applicable tuition will be refunded.
  3. There will be no refund after the tenth College work day.
  4. The application for admission fee and the application for graduation fee are non-refundable.
  5. Refunds for financial aid recipients must be calculated according to federal and/or state refund regulations.
  6. To request a Medical Withdrawal, submit a completed Medical Withdrawal form before the week of final exams. Your refund will be 50 percent for Medical Withdrawal between the eleventh class day and midterm. There will be no refund for Medical Withdrawal after midterm. All Medical Withdrawals must be submitted before the last class day of the semester. The Medical Withdrawal form must be returned to the Director of Records and Registration.
  7. If you are a member of the Armed Forces of the United States and your military unit is called to active duty for deployment, you may request a full refund of tuition and refundable fees. You must provide a copy of your deployment orders to the Office of Records and Registration.
  8. If you believe that your circumstances may warrant an exception from these rules, submit a written appeal with appropriate documentation to the Office of Records and Registration during the semester in question.

*For all sessions shorter than 14 weeks contact the Office of Records and Registration for the refund schedule.

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Contact Student Life

Sherri Osborne
Asst. Director of Student Activities
724.287.8711, ext. 8448
sherri.osborne@bc3.edu

Rob Snyder
Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext.8249
rob.snyder@bc3.edu

Torey O'Donnell
Asst. Director of Student Life
724.287.8711, ext. 8423
torey.odonnell@bc3.edu

 

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