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Student Handbook

The Student Handbook is produced by Student Life & Activities to help students familiarize themselves with the College’s policies and procedures. However, it is not the official statement of Brookdale Community College’s policies and procedures, and it is subject to change without notice. Please contact specific offices for complete information regarding their sections. For more information on the Handbook itself, contact the Office of Student Life & Activities located in the Warner Student Life Center, Room 101 (732-224-2390).

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General Welcome

Message from the President

Dr. Maureen Murphy, Brookdale President

Dear Students,

Welcome to Brookdale Community College! You are now part of an extraordinary learning environment designed to inspire your success through numerous educational opportunities that will advance and enrich your studies and your life.

To help you successfully navigate through your Brookdale experience, I invite you to explore the information available here in the Student Handbook and also in the MyBrookdale Portal. These two sources provide a wealth of knowledge for new and returning students; take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many services that will support your success and also provide you with a fun and productive college career. (Bookmark the links to the MyBrookdale Portal and this Handbook; both will be valuable tools for you.)

Please take advantage of the many opportunities available at Brookdale and get started on your path to success!

Sincerely,

Dr. Maureen Murphy, President

About Brookdale

Brookdale Community College, located in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, is an excellent resource for residents of Monmouth County, New Jersey. In addition to the main campus in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, there are five regional locations throughout the county – Freehold, Hazlet Township, Long Branch, Neptune and Wall Township.

In partnership with the Monmouth County Vocational School District, Brookdale also collaboratively runs the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park.

The College offers Associate (2-year) degrees in over 60 programs, plus non-credit classes and certificate programs in many areas of personal and professional interest. True to its mission, Brookdale also provides local access to post-associate degree education through our Communiversity partners and the Brookdale-Rutgers Partnership.

The College was founded in 1967, and is sponsored by the citizens of Monmouth County through the Board of Chosen Freeholders. An appointed Board of Trustees sets policies, fixes tuition and fees, and monitors education programs. Equal opportunity for all is a mandate; Brookdale does not discriminate against anyone on any basis, either in education or in employment practices.

Our enrollment in Fall 2012 was 14,637 full and part time students. Of these students, 88.2 percent have declared themselves degree-seeking, many with the goal of transferring to a four-year institution. Many students are eligible for various forms of financial aid administered through Brookdale, including federal and state grants and loans, and private scholarships offered through the Brookdale Foundation.

All students are encouraged to participate in the many campus events, clubs, guest lectures and athletic programs offered through the Office of Student Life & Activities. Brookdale also provides a wide range of services for students, including Experiential Learning, Service Learning, Graduate Placement, and Services for Persons with Disabilities.

In the 45 years since Brookdale opened its doors, both the College and Monmouth County have grown tremendously. The 220-acre main campus in Lincroft today comprises 22 buildings, totaling 731,353 square feet, with construction during the late 1990s resulting in the 100,000 square foot classroom building, Larrison Hall, the Center for the Visual Arts, the Bankier Library, and the Warner Student Life Center. Additionally, Brookdale’s Branch Campus at Freehold is a newly renovated facility with state of the art technology in its 49 classrooms, and is host to the Brookdale-Rutgers partnership.

The main campus also includes a 380-seat Performing Arts Center, an Advanced Technology Center with state-of-the art television and electronic music studios, 10 athletic fields, Brookdale public radio, 90.5 The Night, the Children’s Learning Center, and more than 60 computer labs with about 1,600 fully networked PCs running all today’s mainstream applications. The Monmouth Museum and High Technology High School are also located on the Lincroft campus.

Brookdale is an open admission college, available to anyone 18 years of age or older, and anyone who is a high school graduate or holder of an equivalency diploma. If you do not have a high school diploma or an equivalency diploma, you may still enroll at Brookdale as long as you are 18 or older. Also offered at Brookdale are the High School Fast Start and Dual Enrollment programs to allow students to get a jump on their college education.

For more information, please visit the main Brookdale site at www.brookdalecc.edu

Directions to the Lincroft Campus

From North or South Jersey, use the Garden State Parkway. If you’re driving down from North Jersey be sure to choose “Local Exits” lanes after the Raritan Bridge, not the “Express” lanes.

Southbound, coming from North Jersey and New York Use Exit 109-Red Bank- at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right onto Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road). Stay west on Route 520 about two miles; just after the town of Lincroft, Brookdale will be on your left – look for our red sign at the roundabout.

Northbound, coming from Southern New Jersey Use Exit 109-Red Bank and merge to the FAR left at the bottom of the Exit ramp. Make the left onto Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road). Stay west on Route 520 about two miles, through the town of Lincroft; the College entrance will be on the left -  look for our red sign at the roundabout.

From Western New Jersey Take Route 33 towards the “Halls Mills Road – NORTH” exit. This becomes Kozloski Road; follow north `til the intersection with Route 537. Turn right and continue east on 537 unti it intersects with Route 34. Turn left onto Route 34 North. At the next traffic light, turn right onto Phalanx Road; stay on Phalanx about 3 miles. The entrance to Brookdale will be on the left after crossing the Swimming River Reservoir bridge.

From Route 18 Northbound Exit at 15A-Wayside Road. Follow to Route 537 to Laird Road to Phalanx Road where you will see the College entrance on the left after the Reservoir.

From Route 18 Southbound Use the Route 520 East exit and follow to the College.

Coming from some other place?  Use Google Maps to get driving directions by entering the end address as 765 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, New Jersey.


Once at Brookdale

  • Counseling, Admissions & Registration (CAR) – Lots 5 and 6
  • President’s Office, Alumni & Foundation, College Relations (BAC) – Lot 3
  • Collins Arena & Athletic Fields – Lots 6 and 7
  • Warner Student Life Center – Lots 6 and 7
  • Performing Arts Center, Center for the Visual Arts, Monmouth Museum, Larrison Hall – Lots 1 and 2
  • Outreach, Business & Community Development (Continuing Education) – Lot 4
  • Purchasing, Facilities, Human Resources (BAC) – Lots 3 and 5 or Visitor`s Parking Lot
  • Main Academic Complex (MAC, MAN, MAS), Bankier Library – Lot 5
  • Advanced Technology Center (ATC) – Lot 6 and 6A
  • Gorman Hall, Office of Information Technology  - Lot 4

Driving Around Lincroft and Brookdale

Brookdale is located in the center of a residential neighborhood here in Middletown. Please join us in observing the following local traffic laws, enforced by both Brookdale and Middletown Police.

  • Campus speed limits are 25 MPH on roadways and 15 MPH in parking lots. The minimum fine for speeding is $78 and two points.
  • No left turn from 7-10 AM on Pine Stree, Lindy Lane, or Oak Street. (Posted signs.)
  • No right turn from 2-5 PM on Holly, Laurel, or Hickory Lanes. (Posted signs.)
  • Cutting through the BP/Amoco station on the corner of Swimming River Rd. to avoid the traffic light is a violation that carries a substantial fine and two points.

To learn more or ask specific questions please phone the Brookdale Police at 732-224-2352.

Public Transportation

Lincroft Campus:  NJ Transit No. 833 bus between Red Bank and Freehold stops regularly at the Lincroft campus. The route runs between the Freehold Bus Terminal and the Red Bank Train Station, with departure and arrival times coordinated with North Jersey Coast trains. The campus bus stop is in parking Lot 3 in front of the Brookdale Administration Center.

Eastern Monmouth Higher Education Center: The Eastern Monmouth Higher Education Center at Neptune is accessible by public transportation through NJ Transit bus No. 836. The bus runs between Asbury Park beginning at Deal Lake Drive/Kingsley Ave. and Freehold’s Centra State Medical Center.

Long Branch Higher Education Center: The Long Branch Higher Education Center is accessible by public transportation through NJ Transit bus No. 831. The bus runs between the Red Bank Train Station and Long Branch Train Station with departure and arrival times coordinated with the North Jersey Coast trains.

Western Monmouth Branch Campus: The Western Monmouth Branch Campus in Freehold is accessible by public transportation through NJ Transit bus No. 139. The bus runs between the Lakewood bus terminal and New York City’s Port Authority bus terminal.

For more information you may view the complete 833, 836, 831 and 139 bus schedules as well as the North Jersey Coastline Train schedule on the NJ Transit website: www.njtransit.com or call NJ Transit at (800) 772-2222.

Academic Support Services

Admissions, Registration, Records

Kimberly Heuser, Registrar
Eleanor Glazewski, Associate Registrar
CAR, Center for Counseling, Admissions and Registration
(732) 224-2944
FAX (732) 224-2271

Hours During the Terms
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 7PM
Friday, 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – Noon
Summer Hours from June 1 – August 15:
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

From your initial application to the day you graduate, the Admissions, Records and Registration’s office is a vital resource. Students must register for classes each semester and this process is facilitated by the Admissions, Records and Registration’s office. Whether you register in person or online, this office processes and maintains your class schedule. Here are some highlights of important functions and processes, and guidelines to help you move through various requirements efficiently and successfully.

Counseling Appointments: Most students need approval from their Academic Advisor before they can register. You should make an appointment with your Advisor well in advance of your registration window. You can access all Advising and Registration services at the Lincroft campus, Western Monmouth campus and at our regional locations. To make your appointment, access AdvisorTrac from the MyBrookdale Portal or call (732) 224-2555.

Take Responsibility: Academic advisors are here to help you – not to instruct you on what to do. All students MUST take responsibility for understanding the processes, rules, regulations and requirements when it comes to registration.

Plan your schedule: You should work with your advisor to plan a schedule that works best for you. Check the master schedule, which is available online via Webadvisor a few weeks before registration begins each term. Also, select alternative classes, dates, and times in case a particular course or popular section is closed. Records: The Admissions, Records and Registration’s Office is responsible for processing and maintaining most student records. While not every student will need these services, following are several records that are used frequently. In all cases, you should be aware of deadlines, and understand that most forms and requests require a minimum five day turnaround time.

Transcripts: The transcript is the official record of a student’s academic performance. It is most often required when the student is transferring to another college or seeking employment. Students must request official transcripts in person or by written request to the Admissions, Records and Registration Office sent by US postal mail.

Transcript requests must be made by the student and will not be accepted from any individual other than the student. Specific information is required and there is a $3 fee. (There is no charge for an unofficial transcript.) Requests are processed in the order which they are received. Anticipate a 7-10 school day processing period from the time the request is received. During peak processing periods transcripts will take longer to be processed. Students who are applying to other institutions/programs are responsible for knowing their deadlines and should take into account processing times when making requests.

Candidacy for Graduation: Any student who plans to graduate MUST file a Candidacy for Graduation form by the deadline date listed on the important term date information found on the Brookdale website in order to determine if he or she has met all the graduation requirements. This form is processed by your academic advisor then forwarded to the Registrar’s Office for verification.

Verification of Enrollment: Many students need to have their enrollment in school verified for insurance benefits, employment purposes, or other reasons. The Admissions, Records and Registration Office maintains a form for this purpose. Verification of enrollment requests are generally processed within five school days, but may take longer. Enrollment in courses (or credits taken) cannot be verified prior to the term start date. VIsit us online: Admissions and Registration.

Advising and Counseling

Advising and Counseling is part of the Enrollment Development & Student Affairs support network. Our “Student Development Specialists” will help you make decisions on your academic goals, such as building a degree program, clarifying your career goals, tailoring your course selections and course work towards transfer, and assisting with personal counseling needs that may affect your academic progress.

Contact us at:
Business (732) 224-2555
Humanities (732) 224-2505
Math & Science (732) 224-2586
Social Science (732) 224-2338

You can see a Student Development Specialist and register for classes at any of the six Brookdale locations. Call (732) 224-2600 for assistance. For more information visit the Advising and Counseling website.

Bankier Library

David Murray, Executive Director Library
Directory  732-224-2706

Help Desk/Reference Service  732-224-2443
Circulation & Reserve Desk  732-224-2935
Executive Director  732-224-2217

Hours, Fall and Spring Terms
7:15 am – 10 pm, Monday to Thursday
7:15 am – 7 pm. Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday;
Closed Sunday

Reference Service
8:30 am – 10 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 7 pm, Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday;
Closed Sunday

Hours, Summer Terms
8:15 am – 9 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:15 am – 4:30 pm, Friday
10 am – 4 pm,Saturday;
Closed Sunday

Reference Service
8:30 am – 9 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 5 pm, Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday

The Bankier Library is Brookdale’s scholarly information center providing:

  • Optimal access to published, recorded or networked information
  • A collection of library materials in varied formats
  • Facilities and equipment maintained for effective scholarly use

Research tools, reference materials and the open computer lab are located in the Information Commons on the first floor. The Information Commons Help Desk is staffed by reference librarians and learning assistants who provide expert instruction in the research process. Library assistants will help you find books, magazines, video and audio recordings in the collections on the second floor.

The Library provides access to a wide range of electronic resources including full-text and full-image articles from journals, magazines and newspapers.

Your Brookdale OneCard = Library Card
Faculty, staff and currently enrolled students are eligible to borrow materials, request interlibrary loans and use the electronic resources in the Library or from home. Get your Brookdale OneCard in the Warner Student Life Center or any of Brookdale’s regional locations. With OneCard you can borrow materials, access the Library databases from off campus, renew books online and reserve group study rooms.

Access Online Resources from Home, Office, etc.
Launch any browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari); connect to any database from the Online Databases web page. An authentication web page appears prompting you to enter your last name and your 14-digit library barcode. Your library account must be active and clear of obligations in order to access library online resources

Priority for Computer Use
Computers in the Information Commons are primarily for students and staff doing work related to Brookdale and Communiversity courses. If you are using a computer for other than this, you may be asked to relinquish the computer.

Click here to visit the Bankier Library online. 

Brookdale Network

Brookdale Performing Arts Center (PAC)
Brookdale Television (BTV)
Brookdale Public Radio – WBJB, 90.5 The Night

The three components of the Brookdale Network reach out to central New Jersey with a variety of informational, educational, and artistic programs, and also serve Brookdale students as academic “hands-on learning laboratories” working alongside professionals in day-to-day operations. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available to students in all three departments.

The Brookdale Performing Arts Center (PAC) serves the area with live onstage entertainment – dance, drama, music, comedy, guest speakers and much more – about 25,000 people visited last year. We also have opportunities for involvement available in our professional working environment. Come join our team as an intern or volunteer in our production, front-of-house and marketing teams. (All non-volunteer positions are unpaid but may qualify for credit from Brookdale.) Visit the PAC online to find out more about the performance calendar and the staff and crew.

Brookdale Television (BTV) serves about 80,000 households in the Monmouth and Ocean County via Comcast Channel 21 or Verizon Fios Channel 46.  BTV program line-up features a variety of shows including public affairs, sports, concerts, and documentaries. To learn about original programs produced in our Brookdale Television studio, or internship opportunities, please visit our website or phone (732) 224-2467.

WBJB 90.5 The Night, is a member-supported public radio station with a unique and independent voice, and currently about 39K listeners.  90.5 broadcasts in HD Radio, which enables listeners with an HD Radio to listen to three program streams.  It’s multicast channels include 90.5 The Night (HD1) which mixes six decades of the best music and presents them commercial free, Altrok (HD2) bringing you the best selection of new and classic modern rock, and Brookdale Student Radio (HD3) a station programmed entirely by the members of Brookdale’s Student Radio Club.  Any student can join the Student Radio Club and get on the air.  Find out more about the station and listen to the webcasts of the HD program streams at 90.5TheNight.org

Center for World War II Studies

Center for World War II Studies & Conflict Resolution
MAN 117D – Inside the Bankier Library
Phone: (732) 2410
E-mail: cww2sconres@brookdalecc.edu

Brookdale’s Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution is a resource for those who want to learn about World War II and its impact on American and world history. The war is considered the 20th Century’s most significant event because of its political, economic, social and military consequences around the world.

The Center offers educational programs, a speakers bureau, community presentations and teachers workshops. It maintains its Narozanick WWII Resource Center where anyone can access books, videotapes and DVDs pertaining to the war as well as read war-related memoirs, view and listen to veteran interviews, and see vivid wartime photos.

Each year the Center offers a Spring and a Fall series of speakers and programs, as well as its popular Video and Vets programs. All are free to Brookdale students. The Center also maintains the Meserlin World War II Eisenhower Photographs Gallery in the lobby of the Bankier Library.

For more information and a complete list of programs and services, call, email or visit the Center’s website. One can also visit the Narozanick Resource Center in the Bankier Library, which is open during posted hours.

Visit the WWII Center online. 

Distance Learning

Teaching and Learning Center (TLC)
Bankier Library, Room 147

Monday – Thursday, 8 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM Phone (732) 224-2089

For assistance after hours and on the weekend, please contact the Brookdale Help Desk: (732) 224-2829 Toll Free (866) 767-9512 (Remote Help Desk) Email helpdesk@brookdalecc.edu

Distance Education brings college into your home by offering credit courses over the Internet. You can take courses at your convenience around your work schedule, childcare, transportation or time/mobility constraints. You can participate in online courses anywhere you have access to a computer, at any time day or night .You work to deadlines indicated by their professor.

Communication and interaction with classmates and the professor takes place within the highly rated learning management system CANVAS, behind a secure password. Online courses can be taken in conjunction with face-to-face courses, or you can take all of your courses online and earn one of these fully online degrees:

Business Administration Program A.A. Degree
Humanities Program A.A. Degree, English Option
Humanities Program, A.A. Degree, Liberal Education
Social Sciences Program A. A. Degree, Psychology
Social Sciences Program A. A. Degree, History Option
Social Sciences Program A.A. Degree, Sociology Option
Social Sciences Program A. A. Degree

Visit the Distance Learning website. 

Outreach, Business & Community Development

ATeC Building (732) 224-2315 www.brookdalecc.edu/bcd E-mail bcd@brookdalecc.edu

The Outreach, Business and Community Development division is the non-credit division of Brookdale, offering a wide variety of training and lifelong learning opportunities to the public. Through comprehensive programming, employer-specific training, non-credit career and professional development, and workshops and seminars of personal and community interest, the department addresses the many needs of the community.

Some OBCD programs include Business Start Up, Management Skills, Computers, Day Trips, Women’s Issues, Health Care Career Training, Financial and Legal, Summer Camps, and Teacher Training and Certification. Programs vary in length, from one session workshops to 12-month training programs, and run throughout the year. Many programs are offered on evenings and weekends on the main campus as well as the Higher Education Centers.

Please visit the OBCD website for more information.

Veterans Services

Part of the office of Admissions, Records & Registration, Veterans Services at Brookdale helps all Veterans and eligible dependents make full use of their V.A. Educational Entitlements under the Montgomery G.I. Bill, National Guard Tuition Waiver, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, and the VEAP/REAP programs. Visit Veterans Services online for complete information on benefits and services, our location and hours, staff contacts and more.

Questions? Call (732) 224-2095 or e-mail veteraninfo@brookdalecc.edu

Testing Services

Nancy O’Shea, Manager
Center for Counseling, Admissions and Registration/CAR, Lower Level 
(732) 224-2584

Hours during the Terms:
Monday – Wednesday, 8:30 AM – 9 PM
Thursday, 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday, 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – 3 PM

The Testing Center provides test proctoring services for Brookdale students and also to community members for a variety of tests. If you are a student taking a career assessment for a HUDV-107 Class (College Success Seminar), a make-up course test or retest, or a test for your fully or partially online class, visit the Testing Center.

We also provide testing and re-testing for Accuplacer, the placement assessment test for incoming students, and the Health Science Admissions Tests (HESI A2 for Nursing Students and the HOBET V for other Allied Health programs).

For information about credit-by-examination tests such as CLEP or DSST, please speak to your academic advisor or a Testing Center staff member.  (This is a great way to advance through your college career by earning credit for knowledge you already have. )

The Testing Center is in full compliance with the academic standards of the College, and staff will report any acts that violate the Student Code of Conduct or Academic Integrity Code.

Your Brookdale ID/OneCard must be presented prior to taking a Brookdale course test. In addition, all personal items, including turned-off cell phones, must be placed in the Testing Center lockers (locks and keys are provided).

All course tests must be started two hours before closing; Placement Testing, CLEP & DSST testing must be started three hours before closing.  All tests will be collected 15 minutes before closing.

For more information, please visit the Testing Center online.

Student Services

Accounts Receivable

Center for Admissions, Registration, and Counseling (CAR)
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM-7 PM (Summer 6:30 PM)
Friday 8:30 AM- 5 PM (Summer 4:30 PM)
Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM
Phone  (732) 224-2707
Fax  (732) 224-2958

Tuition and Fees A detailed outline of tuition and fees and deferred payment guidelines may be found here.

Payment of Fees Checks or money orders should be made payable to Brookdale Community College. Payment must be made at the time of registration for all Winterim and Summer courses, and by the published due date for Spring and Fall. Failure to pay the term bill on time may result in the cancellation or voiding of registration. Any student whose registration is voided or canceled for nonpayment will have to register again with no guarantee that original classes selected are still available.

Payment Methods Don’t stand in line, pay online – through Webadvisor. Or pay in person at the Cashiers window in the Center for Counseling, Admissions and Registration (CAR) building (parking lots 4 or 5). There is also a depository where payments can be dropped off. Hours are 8:30 AM-7 PM Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM-5 PM Friday, and 9 AM-12 PM Saturday.) Pay with credit card over the phone: (732) 224-2125 or (800) 722-4867.

Learn about the Tuition Payment Plan here.

Payment problems? Phone (732) 224-2251 or e-mail mdestefano@brookdalecc.edu

Tuition Chargeback Monmouth County Residents – A Monmouth County resident attending an out-of-county, two-year college may be eligible to receive a tuition chargeback provided that the student is enrolled in a matriculated program of study and is taking courses not offered by Brookdale Community College.

Out-of-County Residents – Out-of-county residents may be charged the Monmouth County resident rate if they obtain a document from their County Treasurer certifying that their county of residence will pay that portion of the tuition normally paid by Monmouth County for its resident students. These documents are standard and the procedures are established by law. Further information is available from the Office of Admission.

Read more about tuition and fees here. 

Athletics & Recreation

Robert J. Collins Arena & Brookdale Recreation and Events Center (B-REC)

Phone (732) 224-2377
Recreation & Tournaments (732) 224-2376
Sports Camps (732) 224-2123 FAX (732) 224-2155

Shawn Noel, Director, Athletics and Recreation
James Anderson, Assistant Athletic Director
Shannon Ventre, Associate Director, Athletics and Special Projects
Katelyn Miller, Assistant Director, Athletics & Recreation
Tricia Taylor, Administrative Assistant, Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics

Brookdale offers a variety of opportunities to participate in competitive sports and athletic activities, on both the intercollegiate and intramural/recreational level, as well as through varied recreational activities. The intercollegiate athletic program, however, is highly competitive within the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region XIX, and the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Last year, the Jersey Blues Athletic Department boasted 30 All-Conference and 50 All-Region honors. Brookdale annually sends teams to national tournaments; for instance, during the 2011-12 season, cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s basketball, men’s lacrosse and golf all advanced from the Region XIX tournament into the Nationals.

Such athletic success is complimentary to the academic achievements of our student athletes; shown by the fact that over half of the athletes receive an academic honor in their career. Even better, 43% of the student-athletes carry a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Rounding out student-athlete progress is community involvement; Brookdale won the 2011 Region XIX Champions of Character award recipient for outstanding leadership and community service off the field.

Fall: Men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s tennis
Winter: Men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading
Spring: Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis, golf (co-ed)

Recreation and Intramurals

We offer a wide range of activities, both on and off campus:
Tournaments: Tennis, bowling, basketball, karate, basketball free-throw, horseshoes, bocce, one-on-one basketball.
Intramurals: Basketball, volleyball, softball, and indoor soccer.
On-Campus Recreation Programs: Run-for-Fun, outdoor tennis courts, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, indoor track, Friday night tennis and 100-Mile Club (jogging).
Off-Campus Recreation Programs: Golf, skiing, swimming, bowling and billiards.

Interested in an event not listed above? Inquire with the athletic department, and if there is enough student involvement, the athletic department will help to support it.

Sports Camps  

Summertime Jersey Blues Sports Camps provide a comprehensive program for children to participate in more than 15 different camps. For more information, call (732) 224-2123 or visit the Sports Camps online.

The Athletic Department at Brookdale fosters both the academic and athletic success of our student-athletes. We know that student participation in intercollegiate athletics promotes good citizenship, teamwork, health, fitness, camaraderie, and competition that are compatible with academic pursuits.

Visit the Jersey Blues teams’ website.  

Bookstore, Convenience Store

Marguerite Stocker, Director
Scroll & Pen Bookstore
Paddock Convenience Store
Upper Level, Warner Student Life Center

General information (732) 224-2595
Textbooks (732) 224-2382 and 224-2812

brookdalecc.bkstr.com

Hours during Term:
Monday – Tuesday 8am – 7pm;
Wednesday -Thursday 8am – 6pm;
Friday 8am – 5pm

Between Terms and Summer:
Monday – Thursday 8am – 5pm; Friday 8am – 2pm 

The Scroll & Pen Bookstore hours are always extended at the beginning of each term to support the textbook rush; phone for details. We carry a full line of classroom supplies, art supplies, trade and textbooks, popular PC software, spirit wear and more.

The Paddock Convenience Store is adjacent to the Scroll & Pen, and stays open later than the Scroll & Pen. The Paddock offers snacks, sandwiches, drinks, candy, supplies, newspapers and magazines, and best of all, a full-service espresso bar.

An ATM machine is located in the Student Life Center entrance lobby, outside the Paddock Convenience Store.

You can pay for your purchases with cash, credit cards, personal check and financial aid (where eligible). If paying by check, you’ll need to show either your Brookdale OneCard or a driver’s license. If paying via Financial Aid, there is a $5 minimum and students must show their Brookdale OneCard.

Visit the Scroll & Pen Bookstore online. 

Visit the Paddock Convenience Store online. 

Career Services & Experiential Learning

Sarah McElroy, Director
MAC 105, Main Academic Complex

Contact our office at (732) 224-2792 or stop by.
Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-5 PM.

Career Services offers a variety of programs and services to complement your academic study, and assist in finding employment, including:

Internships (credit and non-credit)
Education Field Experience
Service-Learning (community service volunteering)
Federal Work Study/Student Help
Career Planning/Resume Writing/Interview Skills Workshops
Job Database/Job Binders
Alumni Services/Job Search Assistance

It’s a fact, you are going to need a resume! You’ll want to start gaining experiences to put on your resume while you are here at Brookdale, so consider doing an internship in your major, or volunteering! Whether with an employer in a work experience related to your major, or volunteering in a community service as part of your course work, you will develop valuable skills for the future.

Why participate? The benefits are clear. Participants are better prepared for career decision making, as they move into either permanent employment or continue their education. They also have a greater “edge” in finding employment and/or enrolling in a 4-year college. Many of the activities that you complete will be recorded on your transcript.

What is an Internship A credit or non-credit educational program that combines classroom study with work experience in a field related to your major or career goals. You can earn anywhere from 1-6 credits while gaining professional experience working in a supervised learning environment or you can do an internship in your major for no credit and still have it recorded on your transcript.

Who is eligible to participate? You must meet program eligibility for the Internship program, as follows: you must be matriculated, have completed the number of courses and credits in your major required by that department, and have the approval of an instructor and Career Services Coordinator.

What is Educational Field Experience? If you are an Education major and wish to transfer your Education 105 course to four year institution must complete 60 hours of education field observation, which is coordinated by our department.

Federal Work Study/Student Help? If you qualify under financial aid for the Federal Work Study program you may be eligible to work on campus. Through the Student Help program, if you are in good academic standing and currently enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits, you may be able to obtain on-campus work. (For these positions, financial aid eligibility is not a factor). These positions fill up quickly, so contact our office early to find out if there are any positions available.

Other services include:

Alumni Services Brookdale students nearing graduation, or those who have already graduated, are eligible for such services as job search assistance and résumé writing workshops.

Job Search Assistance Open to all students and alumni’ we provide assistance with job searches, resume writing, interview workshops and more.

Employment Opportunities Visit our Online Resources page for our NEW College Central Network Internship/Job database.

 

Children's Learning Center

Alice Armstrong, Director
Madeline Lauro, Coordinator

Parking Lot #4
(732) 224-2306
7 AM – 6 PM, Monday through Friday

The Children’s Learning Center (CLC) is a top quality State-licensed child care center located on our Lincroft campus.

The Center provides care for children ages three months to five years of age. While in the care of the Center’s staff, children will be provided with a well-rounded and solid program that helps them grow in a fun and nurturing environment. The Center offers quality child care to all Brookdale students at a special discounted rate, and allows for flexible scheduling based on class times. The facility is open all year long.

Visit us online for more information. 

Disability Services

Ernest Oversen, Director
MAC 111, Main Academic Complex
(732) 224-2730 
TTY (732) 842-4211 
FAX (732) 530-7417 

The Disability Services Office (DSO) assists students with disabilities to access the many resources at Brookdale. The College provides numerous academic opportunities, cultural enrichment and a wide array of social activities. Adjusting to college life and its academic demands requires advisement, support and a great deal of information.

At Brookdale there are many students with disabilities. A recent Student Satisfaction Survey of students with disabilities indicated that they find a welcoming and supportive environment at Brookdale. We are continuing to make services and facilities even better, and are committed to providing the physical facilities and academic environment that enable our students to reach their academic goals.

Qualifications
Students seeking accommodations based on their documented disability must self-identify through the Disability Services Office. They must qualify for services and reasonable accommodations by making an appointment to meet with the Director and provide appropriate documentation of their disability at that time. Accommodations being requested must be supported by documentation.

Visit us online for more information, plus contacts, hours, forms and more.

Financial Aid

Stephanie Fitzsimmons, Director
Karyn Arnold, Assistant Director

Center for Admissions, Registration, and Counseling (CAR)
Phone: (732) 224-2361
Fax: (732) 224-2003
E-mail faoffice@brookdalecc.edu


Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM-7 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4 PM
Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM-6:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4 PM

Eligibility

Brookdale seeks to remove economic barriers for those students who desire a college education, but who encounter some difficulty in achieving this goal because of financial circumstances. During an average academic year, the Office of Financial Aid will award over $35 million in financial aid to students.

All applicants must be matriculated in a degree program, must be a citizen or eligible non-citizen, and must be maintaining satisfactory academic progress as defined by the college.

The College requires students to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to assist in the awarding of grants, scholarships, loans and student employment opportunities. To complete an application visit “Applying for Financial Aid” on our site and click on FAFSA on the Web; you may also go directly to www.fafsa.gov

When your FAFSA has been processed, you will receive notification through your e-mail or via regular mail from the processor. The Office of Financial Aid office will also receive notification and contact you if additional information is necessary. Once your financial aid file is complete, you will receive a letter indicating your eligibility for financial aid.

You must file a FAFSA each academic year and maintain satisfactory academic progress.

The FAFSA result includes an analysis of the family’s and the student’s ability to contribute to his/her educational expense. The Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is subtracted from the cost of attendance for one year and the result is the student’s financial need. The College then makes the final decision of how much aid it can offer a student per federal, state and College regulations.

It is Brookdale’s policy to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.

Types of Financial Aid Available

Federal Pell Grant - Grants are per EFC and awards range from $277 to $5,550 per year.

Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) - additional grants awarded to Pell recipients; amount based on financial need and available funds, ranges from $200 to $500 per year.

New Jersey Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) - per the New Jersey eligibility index, and range from $488 to $2866 per year.

New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund Grant (EOF) - awarded based on academic criteria and financial need. Students must apply with the EOF Office after filing a FAFSA.

New Jersey Bloustein Distinguished and Urban Scholars - High School students in their senior year are selected by their high school counselor; awarded by HESSA (www.hesaa.org/intro.asp) on the basis of academic achievement to students attending college full time.

New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJSTARS) - Students who are enrolled in at least 12 College level credits and do not require remedial study, who graduated from their high school in the top 15% of their class may receive full tuition.

Brookdale Foundation – a select number of grants awarded on academic achievement and other criteria.

Scholarships - There are a variety of scholarships available through the Brookdale Foundation and the Brookdale Alumni Association. Criteria and amounts for these scholarships vary. For an application and criteria for the scholarships, please call (732) 224-2260.

Work Opportunities 

Federal Work Study – Award depend on financial need; students are paid bi-monthly at a rate of $7.50 per hour.

Student Help – Employment in the Student Life Center, Campus Store, Mail Room, Student Life & Activities and other locations; students are paid bi-monthly at a rate of $7.50 per hour.

Loans

Federal Subsidized Direct Loan - Award depends on financial need; $3500 for first year students enrolled in a program that is a full academic year program. Repayment begins six months after student drops to less than half time status; student has up to 10 years to repay. Current interest rate is 0% in-school (subsidized by federal government) and variable with 6.8% cap during repayment.

Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loan - Up to $5500 per academic year in combination with Subsidized Direct Loan. The interest and repayment terms are the same, except interest is not subsidized and will accrue during in-school and six-month grace periods. Additional loan funds may be available for students who are not dependent upon their parents and who have exceptional financial circumstances.

Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) - Eligibility is based on credit approval. Annual loan limit is determined by the student’s cost of attendance minus any estimated financial aid received. Repayment begins within sixty days of disbursement, with up to ten years to repay. Interest rate for new borrowers is variable with a 9% cap.


 

For complete details on any of these Financial Aid options, check our website, phone us at (732) 224-2260 or stop by the Financial Aid office in the CAR building.

International Education Center

Janice Thomas, Director
Anna Flood, Assistant 

MAC 114, Main Academic Complex

Phone: (732) 224-2799
FAX: (732) 224-2980
Email  international@brookdalecc.edu

The International Education Center is the place for students who wish to study abroad and for all international students studying at Brookdale who want to participate in intercultural activities and/or want to join the International Student Association.

Study Abroad
The  Center offers a wide variety of exciting study abroad programs in more than 30 countries. Whether you want to study French in Québec, Spanish in Ecuador, or History in Scotland – we have the right program!

Program Length -  2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks or a whole semester
Courses -  Almost all areas of study are represented in our programs
Credits - Depending on the length of the program, you earn 3-15 credits that transfer to your Brookdale transcript
Housing - You live in a student dormitory, residence hall or in a family home stay, depending on the specific program you choose.
Price -  Prices vary, depending on length and destination (approx. $5,000-$15,000). Financial aid does apply so stop by the Financial Aid Office in the CAR building to inquire about eligibility.

Why Study Abroad?

  • Improve your language skills
  • Strengthen your résumé
  • Broaden your horizons
  • Improve your communication and interpersonal skills
  • Gain a new perspective on the world
  • Learn about the culture of another country
  • Earn credits in a new academic environment

Who is eligible to study abroad?

  • Students (Brookdale or any other US college/university) who have completed 12 credits prior to study abroad; students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (for semester programs only; some programs require 3.0 GPA); students who are at least 18 years old.

Brookdale’s Own Faculty-Led Short Term Programs 
The International Education Center runs several (10-14 day) study programs abroad every year, which are led by a Brookdale faculty member. A Brookdale course is taught on the program, so participants may earn 3 credits. No minimum GPA is required. These short term programs are open to the public (participants must be at least 18 years of age). Recent short term programs have included Cultures of the World in Brazil, Police Role in the Community in London, and Art & Architecture in Prague and Vienna.

The International Festival

Every year, the Center organizes the International Festival for the college community, consisting of events that celebrate and foster intercultural understanding and provide interesting insights into other cultures and countries. Events include lectures by Brookdale faculty members, international films, and presentations by Brookdale international students.

The International Student Association and International Student Services
The International Education Center provides support services and immigration advising for approximately 115 international students representing over 45 countries each term. In addition, the Center works closely with the International Student Association and supports its members in organizing their events, which include movie nights, trips, and community service projects.

Learn more about Study Abroad and international student services on our website.

Student Life & Activities

Robert Quinones, Director
Lauren Brutsman, Student Life Administrator
Jill Donovan, Student Life Administrator
Christopher Jeune, Administrator Judicial Affairs/Student Information
Mary Jo Burkhard, Administrative Assistant
Warner Student Life Center
Information Desk and Ticket Window Hours during Term:
Monday-Thursday 9 AM – 7 PM; Friday 9 AM – 5 PM
Between Terms & Summer: Monday-Friday 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Information Desk (732) 224-2500 (upper level)
Ticket Window (732) 224-2788 (lower level)
Office (732) 224-2390 (SLC 101)

Student Life & Activities is dedicated to enhancing the college experience through a comprehensive campus life program. We are an integral part of Brookdale, working to complement the College’s mission through student centered programs and services. We encourage students to create and take responsibility for their campus community.

The creation of community is fostered through direct advisement of the Student Life Board, oversight of Clubs and Organizations, development of leadership opportunities, and the expansion of learning outside of the classroom by offering social and cultural programs that give a new dimension to education. The office empowers students to take responsibility through stewardship of student activity fee funds and involvement in the Student Conduct process. Student Life connects students to useful information as well as cultural and entertainment opportunities available in the surrounding community through their Ticket Window operations in the Warner Student Life Center. The office works to motivate and empower students to succeed today and in the future.

Students are invited and encouraged to join any of the various College Clubs and Organizations, attend a meeting of the Student Life Board and participate in any of the many programs offered by Student Life and Activities. The office informs the campus community of available programs through the Student Handbook, Semester Calendars, and through the publication of The Happenings available in print and on-line.

Your Brookdale OneCard

New students will need to obtain the multipurpose OneCard, which serves as your official college ID and allows you to access college resources and services such as the Bankier Library; you can also load it up with Brookdale Bucks to use in Dining Services, Bookstore, and more.

You will receive your OneCard during New Student Orientation. If you are not able to attend Orientation, you may obtain a Brookdale OneCard from the Brookdale OneCard Production Office located in Room 109 (lower level) of the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus or at the Self Check-In Kiosk on the Freehold Campus.

Learn more about OneCard here, or view the OneCard FAQ.

Clubs and Organizations

Students enrolled at Brookdale are automatically members of the Associated Students of Brookdale Community College (ASBCC) and can participate in the College’s activities program.

There are clubs and organizations that supplement classroom experiences, as well as special interest groups. Each group is supervised by a Student Life Administrator and a Brookdale faculty/staff advisor who is appointed annually by the Office of Student Life & Activities.

The actual list of organized student clubs and organizations varies each year as new interests and energies emerge. Please stop by the Office of Student Life & Activities, SLC Room 101 or visit Clubs online.

To get in touch with the officers of any of the clubs and organizations, contact the advisor or leave your correspondence in the appropriate club mailbox located in the Clubs Room, SLC Room 109.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Life Board

SLC 112, Warner Student Life Center
(732) 224-2647 |
E-mail 
slb@brookdalecc.edu
FAX (732) 842-7608

Any student enrolled at Brookdale is automatically a member of the Associated Students of Brookdale Community College (ASBCC). The Student Life Board (SLB) is the leadership group that manages the ASBCC. The Student Life Board is Brookdale’s version of student government, programming board, and finance board, all in one.

The members of the Board learn about group processes, leadership methods, management, and logistical skills. Members build their leadership skills in the course of their roles on the Board, through advisement by Administrators in Student Life & Activities, by participation in leadership retreats and attendance at regional and national NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) conferences.

The Student Life Board acts as a student government by advocating on students behalf. They hold “Speak Outs” each semester for students to voice their concerns, and are available through office hours to meet one on one with constituents. Board members act as liaisons between students and the College Administration. They also recognize campus members’ achievement through the annual Gold Stars Awards Ceremony.

The organization also assists the Office of Student Life & Activities in bringing exciting, quality programs to Brookdale. These include films, lectures, comedy performances, bus trips, theater trips, concerts, cultural programs, dances, and performing and creative arts experiences.

To participate in the Student Life Board, attend one of their meetings, held weekly throughout the Fall and Spring Term in Warner Student Life Center. For meeting times and locations or more information stop by their office, located on the lower level of the SLC.

Student Information

Computer Resources, Network & Facilities Use Regulation

Computer Resources, Network and Facilities Use Regulation

In accordance with the Board Policy on Computer Resources, Network and Facilities Use, and the Board Policy on Academic Freedom, the following is to establish appropriate conduct for all users and promote acceptable usage of College computer resources, networks and facilities. This includes the use of social networking sites, blog posting or creation of a blog, and e-mail using a Brookdale e-mail account.

A. Permitted Use

The College will not censor or limit access to any information that does not violate federal, state, or local laws. To maintain a workplace sensitive to the diversity of its employees and students while preserving a dynamic and inclusive online community that is necessary to the function and purpose of higher education, the authorized and responsible exercise of computer privileges for academic and professional activities is required of all users.

B. Privacy Issues

Contents of electronic files will be examined or disclosed only when authorized by the user, approved by designated Brookdale officers (President, Executive Vice Presidents, Vice Presidents) or required by law. The College reserves the right, however, to inspect, copy, store, and disclose the contents of electronic files but will do so only when it believes it is appropriate to prevent or correct unauthorized use, satisfy a legal obligation, or insure appropriate use of College resources.

C. Intellectual Property and Copyright

Brookdale Community College requires that all uses of copyrighted materials comply with federal law (Title 17, US Code, Section 107), and the Policies and Regulations of the Board of Trustees. The full text of the federal law (Title 17, US Code, Section 107), including the Fair Use provisions, and guidelines for determining compliance are available at the Reference Desk in the Library and by hyperlink from the Library’s website.

The Executive Director of the Bankier Library is the College’s Designated Agent, an appointment required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, to accept claims of copyright infringement. Concerns about the use of copyrighted material should be directed to the Executive Director of the Bankier Library and Learning Support Services at The Bankier Library, Brookdale Community College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft NJ 07735; by phone at 732-224-2217, or by email to lmw@brookdalecc.edu.

Responsible regard for intellectual property and copyright includes but is not limited to:

1. Citing sources and complying with standards for proper citation when using a portion of another’s work. Detailed information on citations standards is available at the Library web site.

2. Obtaining permission from the copyright holder when using all of a work (a full image, a complete poem, a whole song).

3. Obtaining permission from the copyright holder to copy any software that requires purchase. In most cases, software already purchased by a consumer may not be transferred to another’s computer without permission of the copyright holder; otherwise, both parties may be liable for copyright infringement.

D. Authorized Use

Use of College computing resources is a privilege and must be treated with the highest standards of ethics and respect for others. Individuals working on the Brookdale campuses and those dialing in from remote locations will be held to an equal standard of conduct for the appropriate use of computer resources. Academic and College business use takes priority over personal use. Authorized users recognize and accept the standard for appropriate use and will confine their activities to the established guidelines, which include but are not limited to:

1. Conducting the business of the institution.

2. Completing an assignment or other body of work directly related to a course or workshop in which the individual is enrolled.

3. Conducting research for educational purposes.

4. Communicating with other users, both within and outside the Brookdale community, in a reasonable manner.

5. Downloading public domain, free, trial or demonstration software, and other files to removable media owned by the individual.

6. Changing the individual’s password.

7. Creating and maintaining individual web pages, social networks (i. e. Facebook or MySpace) located on the Brookdale Community College web site, according to the guidelines posted for such publication.

8. Accessing information resources at other institutions in a non-invasive manner.

9. Developing more effective technological skills.

10. Email is provided as a professional resource to assist Brookdale students in attaining their educational goals and Faculty and Staff meet the responsibilities of their job. Incidental personal use is permitted as long as it does not have negative effects on any other email account, jeopardize the email system, compromise fulfillment of educational goals or violate the law or any other provision of the Brookdale Computer and Network Use Policy or of any other policy or guideline of Brookdale. Each user is responsible for using the email system in a professional, ethical, and lawful manner.

Students and employees are reminded that when he or she blogs or accesses a social networking site with a Brookdale email address, he or she is a representative of the College and must act accordingly.

E. Unauthorized Use

Unauthorized uses include but are not limited to:

1. Using computer resources for personal or financial gain, such as selling access to College computer resources, distributing advertisements, or performing work for personal profit unauthorized by the College.

2. Using computer resources to solicit others for commercial ventures, religious or political causes, or outside organizations.

3. Engaging in activity that might be harmful to system performance or access, such as flooding the system with e-mail traffic or intentionally introducing a virus to the system, or making unauthorized changes to system settings.

4. Using computer resources such as social networks, email or YouTube to harass another person or entity.

5. Attempting to circumvent resource limits or security measures.

6. Engaging in illegal activities, such as attempting to gain unauthorized access to computing resources at another site.

7. Violating license agreements or copyright laws, such as transferring a copyrighted materials to/from a College computer.

8. Allowing unauthorized users to access a Brookdale account, the Internet or other computer resources.

9. Misusing shared resources, which can include but is not limited to actions such as artificially maintaining a modem connection when not in use, clogging the server with too many files, and excessive printing from shared printers.

F. SPAM & Viruses

While incoming email is scanned for viruses and for messages deemed to be ‘SPAM’, it is impossible to guarantee protection against all SPAM and virus infected messages. It is therefore incumbent on each individual to use proper care and consideration to prevent the spread of viruses. All computers on the Brookdale network must employ a virus scanning tool such as MacAfee or Symantec virus protection program. In many cases viruses appear to be sent from a friend or coworker, therefore attachments should only be opened when the user is sure of the nature of the message. If any doubt exists, the user should contact sender to verify the authenticity of the message and/or the attachment.

G. Activation and Deactivation of E-mail:

1. Student

Activation – Student accounts are created within a half an hour after a student has applied for the first time, and thus is in the Colleague system. Students are notified of their Brookdale email address and account username and password by letter as well as an email sent to their personal email address. Deactivation – Student accounts will remain active for one year following the last active enrollment for any term (including summer). The exact time for deactivation will link to the close of drop/add for the spring or fall term, after which enrollment closes for the primary term session.

2. Faculty Staff Activation

Faculty/Staff accounts are created when new employees are entered into the HR/Payroll system. Their accounts will be available for use the day after they are entered into HR/Payroll.

Deactivation – Faculty/Staff accounts will be deactivated when they are changed to an “inactive” status in HR/Payroll and have no other place in Colleague (e.g. also not a student).

H. Criminal/Illegal Acts

Criminal/Illegal Acts include violations of federal, state, or local laws and regulations such as:

1. Attempting to enter another individual’s account.

2. Using another individual’s account without permission.

3. Attempting to delete, destroy or modify files on a computer or server that are not in the user’s personal drive or folder/directory.

4. Writing or deliberately sending a virus, worm, or Trojan horse, or initiating a denial of service or any other attack within Brookdale or from Brookdale to any other network.

5. Distributing information protected by privacy laws.

6. Making terroristic threats or otherwise threatening the safety or well being of others.

The federal statute on fraud and related activity in connection with computers in U.S. Code Title 18, Section 1030.

10. Violating College policies, regulations, rules, and procedures, such as lab and system regulations, and policies and regulations prohibiting discrimination and sexual harassment.

 

 

 

MyBrookdale Portal

The MyBrookdale Portal is your “one-stop-shop” for all things web-based at Brookdale. From the portal you access your student e-mail, Webadvisor (your schedule, grades, financial aid and more), the ANGEL learning management system, AdvisorTrac and other functions.

Access the MyBrookdale Portal from the red tab at the top of the Brookdale homepage, or by clicking HERE.

 

Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights

NEW JERSEY SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIM’S BILL OF RIGHTS
Public Law 1994, Chapter 160 NJSA18A:61E-1 et.seq

Introduction

A college or university in a free society must be devoted to the pursuit of truth and knowledge through reason and open communication among its members. Academic communities acknowledge the necessity of being intellectually stimulating where the diversity of ideas is valued. Its rules must be conceived for the purpose of furthering and protecting the rights of all members of the university community in achieving these ends.

The boundaries of personal freedom are limited by applicable State and Federal laws and institutional rules and regulations governing interpersonal behavior. In creating a community free from violence, sexual assault, and non-consensual sexual contact, respect for the individual and human dignity are of paramount importance.

The State of New Jersey recognizes the impact of violence on its victims and the surrounding community can be severe and long lasting. Thus, it has established this Bill of Rights to articulate requirements for policies, procedures, and services designed to insure the needs of victims are met and colleges and universities in New Jersey create and maintain communities that support human dignity.

Bill of Rights
The following Rights shall be accorded to victims of sexual assault that occur:

  • On the campus of any public or independent institution of higher education in the State of New Jersey; and
  • Where the victim or alleged perpetrator is a student at that institution; and/or
  • When the victim is a student involved in an off-campus sexual assault.

Human Dignity Rights

  • To be free from any suggestion that victims must report the crimes to be assured of any other right guaranteed under this policy;
  • To have any allegations of sexual assault treated seriously; the right to be treated with dignity;
  • To be free from any suggestion that victims are responsible for the commission of crimes against them;
  • To be free from any pressure from campus personnel to;
  • Report crimes if the victim does not wish to do so;
  • Report crimes as lesser offenses than the victim perceives the crime to be;
  • Refrain from reporting crimes;
  • Refrain from reporting crimes to avoid unwanted personal publicity.

Rights to Resources On and Off Campus

  • To be notified of existing campus and community-based medical, counseling, mental health, and student services for victims of sexual assault whether or not the crime is formally reported to campus or civil authorities;
  • To have access to campus counseling under the same terms and conditions as apply to other students in their institution seeking such counseling;
  • To be informed of and assisted in exercising:
  • Any rights to confidential or anonymous testing for sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus, and/or pregnancy;
  • Any rights that may be provided by law to compel and disclose the results of testing of sexual assault suspects for communicable diseases.

Campus Judicial Rights

  • To be afforded the same access to legal assistance as the accused;
  • To be afforded the same opportunity to have others present during any campus disciplinary proceeding that is allowed the accused;
  • To be notified of the outcome of the sexual assault disciplinary proceeding against the accused.

Legal Rights

  • To have any allegation of sexual assault investigated and adjudicated by the appropriate criminal and civil authorities of the jurisdiction in which the sexual assault is reported;
  • To receive full and prompt cooperation and assistance of campus personnel in notifying proper authorities;
  • To receive full, prompt, and victim-sensitive cooperation of campus personnel with regard to obtaining, securing, and maintaining evidence, including a medical examination when it is necessary to preserve evidence of the assault.

Campus Intervention Rights

    • To require campus personnel to take reasonable and necessary actions to prevent further unwanted contact of victims by their alleged assailants;
    • To be notified of the options for and provide assistance in changing academic and living situations if such changes are reasonably available.

Statutory Mandates

Each campus must guarantee this Bill of Rights is implemented. It is the obligation of the individual campus governing board to examine resources dedicated to services required and to make appropriate requests to increase or reallocate resources where necessary to ensure implementation;

Each campus shall make every reasonable effort to ensure every student at that institution receives a copy of this document;

Nothing in this act or in any “Campus Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights” developed in accordance with the provisions of this act, shall be construed to preclude or in any way restrict any public or independent institution of higher education in the State from reporting any suspected crime or offense to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.

Brochures on the above are available in Advisement and Counseling (CAR), the Campus Police (Alumni Drive), and Student Life & Activities (SLC).

Rape Crisis Information

If you or someone you know has been raped: Get to a safe place. Call 911, your local police department or the Rape Care Hotline at (888) 264-RAPE (toll free).  Do not eat, drink, shower or change clothing until you have been examined.

180/Turning Lives Around of Monmouth County will help provide shelter, outpatient counseling and advocacy for women.
Call (732) 264-4111 or (888) THE WCMC (888-843-9262) 24-hour Crisis Hot Line.

 

 

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. It is also prohibited by the policies of Brookdale Community College and the New Jersey Civil Service Commission.

Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s academic program.

Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting an individual’s employment status or academic standing.

Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s performance on the job or in the classroom or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or study environment.

Some examples of sexual harassment include:

      • Sex-oriented verbal “kidding” or abuse.
      • Subtle pressure for sexual activity.
      • Physical contact such as patting, pinching or constant brushing against another person’s body.

Demands for sexual favors, accompanied by implied or overt promises or preferential treatment or threats concerning an individual’s employment status or academic standing.

Complaints of sexual harassment should be brought to the attention of the College’s Diversity Management Officer at 732-224-2284.

Smoking on Campus

BROOKDALE IS A TOBACCO-FREE INSTITUTION.  Smoking (or use of other tobacco products) is not permitted at any Brookdale location. The only place to smoke is inside your personal vehicle, if you drive to Brookdale.

Violators are subject to fines payable to Middletown Municipal Court, as well as sanctions through the Code of Conduct.

Policies and Procedures

Academic Integrity Code

Purpose and Scope

1.  The following statements comprising the Academic Integrity Code are adopted for the purpose of providing a precise set of expectations and at the same time offering the assurance that all students will be accorded fair and objective treatment when violations occur.

2.  These standards of discipline will apply to students engaging in academic activities of any kind or interfering with academic activities of any kind associated with Brookdale Community College.

Process and Discipline Procedures

The College ensures that the rudimentary requirements of due process in academic disciplinary matters will be implemented. These requirements are:

1.  Written notification of charges and possible penalties within a reasonable time period.
2.  The opportunity to have a discussion to clarify evidence and/or review of an incident before an initial determination is made by a hearing officer.
3.  The opportunity of having a hearing or waiving the right to a hearing and accepting the penalties imposed.
4.  Written notification of the time, place and date of the hearing at least three working days in advance.
5.  The opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.
6.  Written notification of findings and sanctions or penalties imposed.
7.  Written notification of an appeal process.

Student Obligations/Academic Violations

A student has an obligation to exhibit honesty and high ethical standards in carrying out academic assignments. Without limiting the application of the principle, a student may be found to have violated this obligation if he/she:

1.  Presents as one’s own for evaluation the ideas, representations or words of another person or persons, without customary and proper acknowledgment of sources. (Students should consult course syllabus and/or specified writing handbook.)
2.  Submits the work of another person in a manner that represents the work as one’s own.
3.  Knowingly permits one’s work to be submitted by another person without the instructor’s authorization.
4.  Refers to materials, sources, or employs devices not authorized by the instructor during an academic evaluation.
5.  Receives or gives assistance during an academic evaluation from/to another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor.
6.  Possesses, buys, sells, obtains or uses a copy of any material intended to be used as an instrument of academic evaluation from another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor.
7.  Acts as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation process.
8.  Utilizes a substitute in any academic evaluation procedure.
9.  Practices any form of deceit in an academic evaluation proceeding.
10.  Depends on the aid of others in a manner expressly prohibited by the instructor in the research, creation, writing, performance or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation.
11.  Provides aid to another person, knowing the instructor in the research, creation, writing, performance or publication of work to be submitted for academic credit or evaluation expressly prohibits such aid.
12.  Attempts to influence or change one’s academic evaluation or record inappropriately.

Enforcement

1.  Initial Action: Any student or group of students accused of violating the Academic Integrity Code (as aforesaid) will be referred to the instructor (or Dean of Academic Affairs if the alleged violation is an academic integrity matter unrelated to credit course work) for disciplinary measures in accordance with the provisions hereof. Any campus member may bring a complaint including all students, faculty and staff.

2.  The Instructor, in cases involving academic integrity related to course work, has the authority to determine:
a. No credit for assignments.
b. No credit for tests.
c. Failing grade in course.
d. Re-test and/or assign work to be redone.
The instructor will investigate the incident; notify the student of the incident and advise the student of the charges against him/her; hear the student’s comments about the incident if possible; make a determination about the case and notify the student in a reasonable amount of time of that determination and; notify the student of the appeal procedures, if necessary.
The instructor will complete the process by filling out the Academic Integrity Case form and forward that form to the Division Dean and Dean of Academic Affairs. Any of these determinations may be appealed to the Academic Integrity Committee.

3.  Major Offenses. In any case in which the violation is of such a nature that, in the opinion of the Dean of Academic Affairs, suspension or expulsion from the College could be imposed, the Dean of Academic Affairs will not recommend disciplinary action except upon the following procedures:

a. An Academic Integrity Committee will be appointed to hear all cases, which could result in suspension or expulsion. This Committee will be composed of two students and two faculty members of the College and the Dean of Academic Affairs, acting as a tie-breaking member of the committee. (A training program for potential Academic Integrity Committee members will be held in September of each Fall Term.)

b. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs will notify the student in writing of the time and place of a meeting of the Academic Integrity Committee, which said notice will advise the student of the charges against him/her; the student’s right to cross-examine witnesses against him/her; the student’s right to produce witnesses on his/her behalf; and to select the counsel of his/her own choosing. Counsel will be allowed to advise the student or students charged, but not speak at the hearing. Other Brookdale students, faculty, and staff are not invited to academic discipline committee hearings and may only attend through invitation by the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Academic Integrity Committee will be convened as soon as possible in proximity to time of incident.

c. The Dean of Academic Affairs at the meeting of said committee will present all charges against the student. The possible sanctions involved in Academic Integrity Committee cases include:

(1)  Verbal Reprimand: Verbal admonition against further violations.
(2)  Written Reprimand: Written warning placed in student’s file for having engaged in misconduct.
(3)  Restitution: The obligation to replace or pay for property damaged to compensate for losses incurred or to provide a campus service as a result of a violation.
(4)  Conditional Probation: Temporary loss of College rights and privileges until specified conditions are met such as letters of apology and/or doctors releases, etc. 
(5)  Disciplinary Probation: Loss of participation in College-related activities for a specified period of time. May also contain conditions to be met in order to be removed from probation.
(6)  Fine: Monetary sum imposed as a penalty for an offense.
(7)  Community Service: Assigned community service work to fit a particular violation.


d. The Academic Integrity Committee will proceed at such meeting to hear the charges against said student, to hear witnesses against and for the student and in general, conduct a hearing consistent with the principles of due process. One Student Conduct Committee will hear offenses by more than one student in the same case all at once.

e. Upon the conclusion of such hearing and after deliberation, the Academic Integrity Committee will make recommendation to the Dean of Academic Affairs [in the matter] based on the preponderance of evidence presented in the hearing verbally or in writing.

f. The Dean of Academic Affairs will notify the student within one working day of the determination made.

g. A designated faculty/staff member will assume the role of Dean of Academic Affairs as stated within this code if there exists a specific conflict of interest for the Dean of Academic Affairs in a pending case.

h. A taped record will be made of Academic Integrity Committee Hearings.

i. Outcomes and offenses may be publicized in the campus newspaper without alluding to names of individuals involved.

j. Any student may appeal a decision of the Academic Integrity Committee by notice in writing filed with the Dean of Academic Affairs within five working days after notice of the Academic Integrity Committee decision.

k.  In cases where the Academic Integrity committee finds in favor of the student, a recommendation will be made to the Executive Vice President, Educational/Student and Outreach Services that the faculty member remove the sanction(s) and evaluate the student on the merit of his/her coursework.

4.  Suspension of a student will be invoked when more serious violations of the Academic Integrity Code occur, when the conditions of disciplinary code occur or when the conditions of the disciplinary probation are disregarded.

Suspension is carried out only on the basis of the recommendation of the Academic Integrity Committee and with approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs. Suspension is applied for a given period of time and the term is specified to the student. A student suspended from the College forfeits all rights and privileges of a student, including all College-related sponsored functions. All suspension actions will be noted in the student’s record.

Any student may be summarily suspended by the Dean of Academic Affairs for a period not to exceed ten (10) College working days during which the Academic Integrity Committee will convene. In the event of any appeal of the Academic Integrity Committee decision, the Dean of Academic Affairs may suspend a student or continue any previous suspension until the disposition of the appeal.

5.  Expulsion will be invoked when extreme violations of the disciplinary code occur or when suspensions have been issued to a student and may result in the severance of a student from the College, with the approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs.

6.  Denial or revocation of degree. The denial or revocation of a degree may occur in cases of Academic Dishonesty.

7.  Presidential Power: Any suspension or any expulsion or denial or revocation of degree imposed will be at all times subject to the approval of the President of the College. Nothing in these regulations will be deemed to limit the final authority of the President of the College in all matters relating to violations of the Student Conduct Code and the imposition of discipline therefore, whether by way of probation, suspension or expulsion.

To learn more or file an Academic Integrity Code Report, click here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Policies

Satisfactory Academic Standing A student is considered to be in Satisfactory Academic Standing if the following two criteria are met:

1. The student must meet the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as outlined here.

Degree Credits Completed* Minimum CGPA
1-11 0
12-21 1.6
22-31 1.75
32-51 1.9
51 2.0

*Degree credits completed includes credits for all courses (at the 100-level or above) from which the student has not officially withdrawn and all transfer credits accepted by Brookdale. (Only credits earned at Brookdale are computed in the CGPA.)

2. Once more than 11 credits (either degree or non-degree) have been attempted (not including official withdrawals), a student enrolled in 0-level courses must pass 50% of those courses each semester he or she is enrolled in a 0-level course.

A student must have a CGPA of 2.0 to be eligible for graduation.


Dean’s List and Distinguished Scholar

Criteria for the Dean’s List:

  • The student must be a degree student.
  • The student must have achieved a grade point average of 3.5.
  • The student must have completed twelve credits or more in any long term, with 100% completion rate, OR if the student enrolls for fewer than twelve credits in both long terms, the student must complete twelve credits over the course of one year (July through June), with 100% completion rate.

Developmental courses do not count toward the Dean’s List.

Criteria for the Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award applies only to graduates from Associate Degree programs that have a 3.7 or higher cumulative grade point average at graduation, along with a 95% cumulative course completion rate.

Warning Notices

A student who has completed 1 – 11 degree credits and whose CGPA is less than a 2.0 will receive a warning.

A student who has completed more than 11 degree credits and is in Satisfactory Academic Standing but whose CGPA is less than a 2.0 will also receive a warning.

The student will be notified that he or she may be in jeopardy of losing Satisfactory Academic Standing and must choose future courses carefully in order to maintain Satisfactory Academic Standing.

Academic Probation

A student who is not in Satisfactory Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Probation.

The student will be required to meet with his or her counselor and plan the next semester with Satisfactory Academic Standing as a goal. The student will be restricted to a maximum of 14 credits or four (4) courses, and the counselor’s signature is required for registration.

If, at the end of the first semester of Academic Probation, the student achieves Satisfactory Academic Standing, the Academic Probation period ends. If, at the end of the first semester of Academic Probation, the student does not achieve Satisfactory Academic Standing, the student continues for another semester on Academic Probation.

If, at the end of the second semester of Academic Probation, the student still does not achieve Satisfactory Academic Standing, the student may continue for a third semester of Academic Probation if they fall into one of the following categories:

1. The student has fewer than 32 degree credits completed and in the second semester of probation, successfully complete* 100% of credits attempted and earns at least a 2.0 Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) for degree credits attempted.

2. The student has at least 32 degree credits completed and in the second semester of probation, successfully completes* 100% of credits attempted and earns at least a 2.3 Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) for degree credits attempted.

* Successful completion includes grades of D or higher.

Academic Suspension

A student who has been on Academic Probation for two consecutive semesters and has not achieved Satisfactory Academic Standing by the end of the second semester will be suspended from the college for at least one full semester (Fall or Spring).

The suspended student will not be permitted to attend any intervening Winterim or Summer terms.

Once the Academic Suspension period has expired, the student may return to the college on Academic Probation but must meet with his or her Student Development Specialist to construct a plan with Satisfactory Academic Standing as a goal. The counselor’s signature is required for registration.

Appeal of Academic Suspension

A student placed on Academic Suspension may appeal the suspension, based on extraordinary circumstances, through the following process:

The student meet with a counselor within seven (7) days of notification of suspension and discuss the reason for the appeal. The counselor supports or denies the appeal. If the counselor supports the appeal: the student must write a letter to the Director-Student Affairs and Support Services explaining in full the basis for the appeal, the extenuating circumstances, and a plan for academic success.

All appropriate documentation must be included. The Director must receive this letter, along with a letter of support from the counselor, within ten (10) days following notification of suspension, the student must make an appointment to meet with the Director-Student Affairs and Support Services.

The Director will make a determination on the appeal. The results will be forwarded to the counselor and the Registration Office. The Director’s office will notify the student of the results within seven (7) days of the meeting. The decision of the director is final.

The student who successfully appeals the suspension may return to the college on Conditional Reinstatement. The student is governed by the conditions outlined in Reinstatement after Suspension or Dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

A student who has returned after Academic Suspension must meet the conditions outlined in Reinstatement after Suspension or Dismissal.

If these conditions are not met, the student is placed on Academic Dismissal for a minimum period of one full year. Once the minimum period for Academic Dismissal is over, the student may submit a written request for reinstatement to the Dean of Students.

If the student does not return for three or more years, the student may apply for Academic Amnesty (College Regulation 5.0014R).

Reinstatement after Suspension or Dismissal

A student who is reinstated after Academic Suspension or Academic Dismissal will be placed on Academic Probation and will have, with the exceptions noted below, one semester to achieve Satisfactory Academic Standing.

One additional semester of Academic Probation will be granted to students who do not achieve Satisfactory Academic Standing at the end of the Academic Probation Semester if they fall into one of the following categories:

1. The student has fewer than 32 degree credits completed and in the Academic Probation Semester of Reinstatement completes 100% of the credits attempted and earns at least a 2.0 Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA).

2. The student has more than 32 degree credits completed, and in the Academic Probation Semester of Reinstatement completes 100% of the credits attempted and earns at least a 2.3 SGPA.

Appeal for Reinstatement

A student in Academic Dismissal may Appeal for Reinstatement in writing to the Dean of Student Development.

The appeal letter must be received at least thirty (30) days prior to the start of the next long semester. The student must explain in full the basis for the appeal, any extenuating circumstances, and a plan for academic success.

The Appeal for Reinstatement will be judged by an Academic Review Committee composed of:

Dean of Academic Affairs (or designee)
Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (or designee)
Division Chair of Counseling (or designee)
Director of Student Affairs and Support Services (or designee)
Registrar (or designee)
Two Division Chairs
Two Faculty Members

The Academic Review Committee must have 60% of its member present to act on an appeal.

The Academic Review Committee may grant an Appeal for Reinstatement by majority vote.

The committee will notify the student in writing of its decision at least one week prior to the start of the semester for which the student wishes to register. The decision of the Academic Review Committee is final.

Students’ Grade Appeal Process Through Educational Services

This Student Appeal Process offers the student an avenue to discuss and resolve problems that arise with his or her educational progress. The Appeals Process must be initiated by the student.

No adverse action will be taken against a student for making an appeal.

NOTE: Grades can only be changed by the classroom instructor; however, the student may use the appeal process to discuss how the grade was arrived at and whether an equitable resolution can be found. Grade appeals must be filed before the end of the NEXT long (15-week) term.

The first two steps (with the Faculty member and with the Department Chairperson/Counselor) are informal; the following steps (Division Dean, Academic Appeals Committee) are formal and require the student to utilize the Appeals Process Form.

STEP I (INFORMAL): Discuss issue with faculty member. It is important to discuss any appeals with the faculty member.

STEP II (INFORMAL): If there is no resolution, within two weeks of Step I, the student contacts either the counselor or the Department Chairperson and arranges a meeting. The faculty member may be invited to this meeting if the counselor or department chairperson thinks that it is appropriate.

STEP III (FORMAL): If there is no resolution, within two weeks of Step II, the student fills out a Student Appeals Process Form and schedules a meeting the Division Dean who will direct an investigation of the problem.

STEP IV (FORMAL): If there is no resolution, within two weeks of the failure of Step III, the student will schedule a meeting with the Dean of Academic Affairs (or designee), who will convene the Academic Appeals Committee, which is a recommending body.

The Faculty member involved with the student complaint will have an opportunity to be heard before the Appeals Committee, and any employee involved in Step I – III may be asked to comment before the Committee. All employees involved in the Formal steps (i.e… Steps III – IV) will keep a confidential record of their part of the process on a copy of the Appeal Form.

The Academic Appeals Committee will write a brief summary of their decision which will be kept confidential. These records may not be used in any detrimental way against the student or instructor.

Within two (2) weeks after the hearing the participants will be informed of the recommendations. All records of appeals will be destroyed upon the student’s graduation from Brookdale or within three (3) years, whichever comes first.

The Academic Appeal Committee will be made up of two (2) faculty members, two (2) students and the Dean (or designee), who will be a non-voting member, except in the event of a tie.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

General Evacuation Instructions for All Students, Staff, Faculty

If a building evacuation is necessary, follow these steps:

  • If on the ground floor, exit by normal means to the suggested external Assembly Area (look for signage outside).
  • If above or below the ground floor, seek a safe location/room, preferably one with a window, a communication device and a solid door.
  • College Police will issue a verbal “all clear” via bullhorn, etc. indicating that it is safe to re-enter the building.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures For Students with Disabilities

Individuals with physical disabilities may remain in a building during an emergency evacuation condition only if they are non-ambulatory, or when elevator assistance is essential for their evacuation and they are located either above or below the ground floor.  All other persons with disabilities should evacuate the building in an emergency evacuation condition. Elevators must not be used during an emergency evacuation condition unless use is authorized by an appropriate emergency responder (e.g. Police, Fire). If necessary, individuals who are sight impaired should seek assistance from any of the building’s occupants.

If you are unable to evacuate the building or are assisting someone, dial 911 to contact the College Police Dispatcher and advise that you are/are with a person with a physical disability (identify the disability) and are in need of rescue assistance from an emergency responder. Provide your building, floor and room number, and telephone number from which the call is being placed. If it is safe to do so, remain by the phone. The dispatcher will periodically contact the individual to keep them informed.

If a telephone is not readily accessible, have someone advise an emergency responder of your specific location. In Lincroft’s MAC, MAE, MAN and NAS buildings it may be feasible to move horizontally to a section of the building not affected by the emergency.

College Police will issue a verbal “all clear” via bullhorn, etc. indicating that it is safe to re-enter the building.

Student Code of Conduct


Student Conduct Code

For the purpose of this code, a student is defined as one who is currently enrolled as a registered credit student at the College.

Purpose and Scope of the Student Conduct Code
1.  The following statements comprising the Student Conduct Code are adopted for the purpose of providing a precise set of expectations and at the same time offering the assurance that all students will be accorded fair and objective treatment when violations occur.

2.  These standards of conduct will apply to students engaging in activities on the campus, or at any of the Brookdale College off-campus centers, as well as to student organizations sponsoring approved off-campus functions.

3.  When a student is convicted of a violation of one or more of the laws in the community, state, or nation, the College will not request special consideration for that individual because of his/her status as a student. However, the College will cooperate fully, with law enforcement agencies and with other agencies in any appropriate program for the rehabilitation of the student.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students and student organizations may examine and discuss questions of interest to them and may express opinions publicly and privately. They may support causes by orderly means which do not disrupt the regular and essential operations of the College.

It is the responsibility of all students of the College to adhere to the letter and spirit of this statement and duly enacted College policies, rules and regulations. Students shall not violate or attempt to violate any duly promulgated and approved College policy, rule or regulation.

Process and Disciplinary Procedures

It has been recognized that due process in higher education disciplinary matters does not parallel the requirements of due process in a court of law. The College shall attempt to handle disciplinary matters privately, informally and expeditiously before resorting to formalized procedures or the use of outside agencies. However, the College ensures that the rudimentary requirements of due process in academic disciplinary matters will be implemented.

These requirements are:

1. Written notification of charges and possible penalties within a reasonable time period.
2. The opportunity to have a hearing or to waive the right to a hearing and accepting the penalties imposed.
3. The opportunity to have a discussion to clarify evidence and/or view of an incident before an initial determination is made by a hearing officer.
4. Written notification of the time, place and date of the hearing at least three working days in advance.
5. The opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.
6. Written notification of findings and sanctions or penalties imposed based on a preponderance of evidence presented verbally or in writing.
7. Written notification of an appeal process.

Standards of Conduct

1.  Student conduct, which interferes with the philosophical platform of the College, is not acceptable.
2.  An individual who enrolls at the College can rightfully expect that the faculty and administration will exercise the authority of the College to regulate student conduct whenever the educational process, the health and welfare of the student body as a whole, and or the property of the College are judged to be jeopardized by the action of an individual student or group of students.

Violations

The following offenses could be determined to be minor or major offenses at the discretion of the hearing officer.

1. Disregard for the property and rights of others including the right to be free from verbal abuse or harassment. Engagement in any abusive or demeaning conduct or obscene gestures directed toward another individual or group of individuals which has the effect of creating a hostile environment or impedes the right or privileges of other members of the College Community.
2.  Physical abuse or threats thereof against any person or persons, or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any such person or persons.
3.  Theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, or the temporary taking of the property of another or possession of stolen goods without permission.
4.  Unauthorized occupation, unauthorized entry or unauthorized use of any College facility or College-related facilities or premises.
5.  Unauthorized use or possession on the campus of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials.
6.  Illegal manufacture, sale, possession or use of any scheduled drug, such as narcotics, barbiturates, central nervous systems stimulants, marijuana, sedatives, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and/or similar drugs and/or chemicals.
7.  Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, or misuse of College, public or private property, including library materials and all computers.
8.  Obstruction or disruption of teaching, learning, research, administration, discipline procedures or other College authorized event. Disruptions of teaching and learning include tardiness, offensive language or behavior, noise and improper use of personal communication devices (e.g. cell phones, headphones, pagers, palm pilots, and laptops).
9.  Obstructing or restraining the passage of any person at an exit or entrance to the College campus or property, or preventing or attempting to prevent by force or violence or by threats thereof, the entrance or exit of any person to or from said property or campus without the authorization of the administration of the College.
10.  Setting a fire on the campus or campus-related premises without proper authority. Inappropriate use of any combustible or chemical or flammable substance which may present a fire hazard, annoyance, threat, or danger to property or person and/or persons on College premises.
11.  Falsification, alteration or withholding information related to academic records/documents.
12.  Furnishing false information to a College employee with intent to deceive.
13.  Failure to meet any college-related financial obligations.
14.  Unauthorized use, possession, or alteration of firefighting equipment, safety devices, College Police property, or other emergency or safety equipment.
15.  The intentional making of a false report of a bomb, fire or other emergency in any building, structure, or facility on College premises or College-related premises by means of activating a fire alarm or in any other manner.
16.  Disorderly conduct, including rioting, inciting to riot or assembly to riot.
17.  Participating in hazing.
18.  Failure to present student identification to a College employee in response to a request.
19.  Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in any form on College premises or College-related premises, except in those areas of the College premises or College-related premises where the President or his/her designee has authorized the serving of legal beverages, subject to prescribed regulations.
20.  Violation of any published policies, rules and/or regulations promulgated by an official College office.
21.  Interference with performance of duties of any College employee.
22.  Theft, sale, and/or possession of stolen books.
23.  Failure of a student to respond to written communication in connection with an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code.
24.  Malfeasance in or misuse of elective or appointive office in a student organization which is injurious to the welfare of the College.
25.  Failure to abide by, or violation of, any sanction imposed by the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs, Executive Vice President, Educational/Student and Outreach Services, the President and/or Board of Trustees.
26.  Engaging in any form of gambling while on College premises or at functions sponsored by the College.
27.  Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of the College.
28.  Any other violation of existing local, state or federal law.

Sanctions

The following sanctions may be applied either singularly or in any combination as appropriate to the circumstances of each case:

1. Verbal Reprimand: Verbal admonition against further violations.
2. Written Reprimand: Written warning placed in student’s file for having engaged in misconduct.
3. Restitution: The obligation to replace or pay for property damaged to compensate for losses incurred or to provide a campus service as a result of a violation.
4. Conditional Probation: Temporary loss of College rights and privileges until specified conditions are met, such as letters of apology, and/or doctor’s releases, etc.
5. Disciplinary Probation: Loss of participation in College-related activities for a specified period of time. May also contain conditions to be met in order to be removed from probation.
6. Fine: Monetary sum imposed as a penalty for an offense.
7. Community Service: Assigned community service work to fit a particular violation.
8. Suspension: Exclusion from all or specified classes and other College-related activities for a specified period of time.
9. Expulsion: Permanent dismissal from classes and college-related activities.
10. Summary (Temporary) Suspension: Exclusion for all or specified classes and other College-related activities until due process can be completed. May be used by the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs in the event of a threat of safety to the student or College community or if a student refuses to respond to a summons to appear before the Director of Student Life and Activities or his/her designee.

Enforcement

1. Initial Action Any student or group of students violating the Student Conduct Code by committing a prohibited act or acts as aforesaid will be referred to the Director of Student Life and Activities for disciplinary measures in accordance with the provisions hereof. Any student, faculty or staff member may file a complaint.

2. Minor offenses In the case of all minor offenses, as deemed by the Director of Student Life and Activities, not to constitute acts which would result in suspension or expulsion of the student(s) the Director of Student Life and Activities (or his/her designee) may determine disciplinary actions as stated in Sanctions, numbers one (1) through seven (7) of this code. The Director of Student Life and Activities will investigate the incident, notify the student of the incident and advise the student of the charges against him/her; hear the student’s comments about the incident, when possible; make a determination about the case and notify the student in a reasonable amount of time of that determination; and notify the student of the appeal procedures when necessary. Any student may appeal a minor offense as stated in I of the. Appeals Section.

3. Major Offenses In any case in which the violation is of such a nature that in the opinion of the Director of Student Life and Activities suspension or expulsion from the College could be imposed, the Director of Student Life and Activities will not recommend disciplinary action except upon the following procedures:

a. A Student Conduct Committee will be appointed to hear all cases, which could result in suspension or expulsion. This committee will be composed of three (3) students and two (2) representatives of the College staff from a designated group of faculty, staff and students. A training program for potential Student Conduct Committee members will be held in September each Fall Term.

b.  In such cases, the Director of Student Life and Activities or his/her designee, acting as a non-voting member of the Student Conduct Committee will arrange with the student the time and place of a meeting of the Student Conduct Committee, which said notice will advise the student of the charges against him/her; the student’s right to cross examine witnesses against him/her; the student’s right to produce witnesses on his/her behalf; and to select the counsel of his/her own choosing. Counsel will be allowed to advise the student or students charged, but not to speak at the hearing. Other Brookdale students, faculty and staff are not invited to Student Conduct Committee hearings and may only attend through invitation by the Director of Student Life and Activities. The Student Conduct Committee will be convened as soon as possible in proximity to time of incident.

c. The Director of Student Life and Activities at the meeting of said committee will present all charges against the student.

d. The Student Conduct Committee will proceed at such meeting to hear the charges against said student, to hear witnesses against and for the student, and in general, will conduct a hearing consistent with the principles of due process. One Student Conduct Committee will hear offenses by more than one (1) student in the same case all at once.

e.  Upon the conclusion of such hearing and after deliberation, the Student Conduct Committee will make recommendation to the Associate Director of Student Life and Activities based on the preponderance of evidence presented in the hearing verbally and/or in writing.

f. The Director of Student Life and Activities will notify the student within 24 hours of the determination made.

g. The Director of Student Affairs and Support Services will assume the role of the Director of Student Life and Activities as stated within this code if there exists a specific conflict of interest in any pending case.

h. An audio recording will be made of Student Conduct Committee Hearings.

i. Outcomes and offenses may be publicized in the campus newspaper without alluding to names of individuals involved.

Appeals

1.  Any student, faculty or staff member may appeal a decision of the Director of Student Life and Activities or Student Conduct Committee by notice in writing filed with the Dean of Enrollment Planning and Student Affairs within five working days after notice of the Student Conduct Committee decision.

2.  The Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs upon the filing of such appeal, will review the proceeding in the matter and either (a) affirm the decision of the Student Conduct Committee, or (b) make alterations to the decision of the Student Conduct Committee, or (c) convene an appeal committee.

3.  In the event the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs affirms the decision of the Student Conduct Committee, the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs will advise the student in writing within three working days of the decision.

4.  In the event the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs on any appeal filed with him/her will determine to convene an appeal committee, the following procedure will prevail:

a. The Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs will appoint an appeal committee consisting of three students and two representatives of the College faculty/staff.

b. The Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs will convene such committee, give notice to the student appellant of the time and place of the meeting of said committee to hear the appeal, and will preside over the hearing.

c. The appeal committee, after hearing the matter, may take action:

(1)  Affirming the decision of the Student Conduct Committee;
(2)  Altering decision of Student Conduct Committee; or
(3)  Rendering a new decision.

d. The Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs will advise the student in writing within one working day of the decision of the appeal committee.

Suspension

Suspension of a student will be invoked when more serious violations of the disciplinary code occur or when the conditions of disciplinary probation are disregarded.

Suspension is carried out only on the basis of the recommendation of the Student Conduct Committee and with the approval of the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs. Suspension is applied for a given period of time, and the term is specified to the student.

A student suspended from the College forfeits all rights and privileges of a student, including all college-related or college sponsored functions. All suspension actions will be noted in the student’s record.

Any student may be summarily suspended by the Director of Student Life and Activities for a period not to exceed ten (10) College working days during which the Student Conduct Committee will convene.

In the event of any appeal of the Student Conduct Committee decision, the Director of Student Life and Activities may suspend a student or continue any previous suspension until the disposition of the appeal.

Expulsion

Expulsion will be invoked where extreme violations of the disciplinary code occur or when suspensions have been issued to a student and may result in the severance of a student from the College with the approval of the Dean of Enrollment Development and Student Affairs.

Presidential Power

Any suspension or any expulsion imposed will be at all times subject to the approval of the President of the College. Nothing in these regulations will be deemed to limit the final authority of the President of the College in all matters relating to violations of the Student Conduct Code and the imposition of discipline.

Learn more on the Student Life & Activities website. 

 

Student Grievance Process

Students who have questions or concerns about any issue at Brookdale are encouraged to resolve those issues through appropriate channels.

General concerns about a wide range of issues should be directed to the Student Affairs office. Concerns should be identified, in writing, with any appropriate supporting documentation. If necessary, a meeting will be scheduled to discuss the issues in more detail and the Dean of Enrollment & Student Affairs (Richard Pfeffer) will render a decision. Students wishing to appeal the decision must do so in writing to the Dean. The Dean’s decision is final.

Specific concerns related to faculty members must first be discussed with the faculty member involved to try and reach an amicable solution. If that is not satisfactory, students must meet with the department chairperson followed by the Academic Division Dean if necessary. The Dean of Academic Affairs serves as an arbiter. While the Dean of Academic Affairs serves as the arbiter, the decision of the Academic Division Dean is final.

Students appealing a grade in a class must follow a detailed and prescribed process. While the initial steps are informal, students have the right to file a formal appeal with the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. The final step in this process is a hearing before a representative committee including faculty, staff and students.

The paperwork for this process is available in the office of the Dean of Academic Affairs and on the Academic Affairs website.    

Withdrawal Policy

Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from courses without financial penalty at any time BEFORE the first day of a term. Students wishing to do so must file an Add/Drop Form in person in the Registration Office. A full tuition refund will be granted prior to the first day of the term; a check will be mailed within four to six weeks.

As of the first day of the term, refund amounts are reduced and are granted for tuition only. All fees are non-refundable.

Brookdale’s refund policy states that a student may receive 100% refund of tuition and fees up until the day before the first day of the term; 80% refund of tuition only, no fees during the first week of the term; 60% refund of tuition only, no fees during the second week of the term and no refund after the second week of the term.

Check online for exact dates of refund periods. Students are responsible for knowing these dates.

Courses that the College drops from the schedule are not the student’s responsibility. Students in deleted courses will be notified by email and the College will also try to contact students by telephone. Students may elect to choose other courses and pay additional tuition and fees if the credit total is larger, or receive a refund by mail if they opt for courses with fewer credits. If a student does not wish to select another course, a full refund will automatically be mailed.

Adding/Dropping Courses

Be advised that students are responsible for ensuring that all pre and co-requisite requirements are met. Students who register for classes before grades are finalized must drop any classes if they do not successfully pass the pre- or co-requisite subject. Students who do not withdraw from classes for which they have not completed required course work may be dropped at any time with no refund.

Based on certain eligibility requirements, students may be able to add and/or drop classes online. To determine eligibility, login to the MyBrookdale Portal, choose Webadvisor for Students, click on FAQ and choose question #25, “Can I register online?”

If a student adds a course(s) the student must pay any additional tuition and fees. If a student drops a course(s) and is eligible for a refund, a check will be mailed.

Students must drop courses OFFICIALLY during the refund period to receive a refund. Students who do not officially drop a course during the refund period are responsible for all fees and tuition payments.

In addition, if students stop attending a course(s) during a term, students must OFFICIALLY withdraw from the course(s). The Master Schedule defines the time lines within which a drop/withdrawal may be completed and lists the refund eligibility dates. This information is also on-line.

Students who withdraw from all classes because of serious illness, attested to in writing by a physician, may receive a full refund of tuition and fees. The refund must be requested during the term during which the student’s illness occurs. All requests for medical refunds should be sent to the Registration Office. Students who withdraw to enter the Armed Forces of the United States may be granted a full tuition and fee refund. They must write to the Registrar to request the refund, and enclose a copy of the enlistment papers.