Dear New & Returning Spring 2023 Students,
As we again join together on campus and virtually, it is important to be informed and reminded of your rights and responsibilities as a Brookdale student. It is important for all students to review and familiarize themselves with the Brookdale Code of Conduct and other important policies, available online in the College Catalog at catalog.brookdalecc.edu. Additionally, Brookdale students need to continually check their Brookdale e-mail (separate from Canvas messages) for important updates.
COVID-19 PROCEDURES: Effective Jan 17, 2023, the College stopped tracking COVID positive and Close Contact individuals unless there is an outbreak. Students who are unable to attend class(es) for illness should notify professor(s) for alternate course delivery (if possible) or assignments. The student who tests positive is also asked to notify their close contacts (so get to know your classmates). An outbreak is when 2 or more individuals on campus report testing positive from a common index patient. When the College is notified of such a circumstance, we are required to report to the local department of health.
If you are aware that an outbreak has occurred, please have the COVID positive student report it to Dr. Yesenia Madas, Vice President, Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org subject: OUTBREAK.
CODE OF CONDUCT: The Code of Conduct governs the behavior expected of our students, and the process that is followed when those expectations are not met. It is your “contract” with the College in terms of your behavior as a student. PLEASE NOTE: The Code of Conduct still applies while in online classes/Zoom meetings, and other remote activities. Please read it entirely at www.brookdalecc.edu/conduct.
BULLYING & HARASSMENT: Pursuant to the NJ Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (P.L.2010, c.122) all schools, including Brookdale Community College, must notify students about the procedures to follow if you feel that you are the victim of bullying or harassment. Brookdale uses our Code of Conduct to investigate and adjudicate matters of bullying and harassment. If you feel that you have been the victim of such behavior, please fill out an Incident Report at www.brookdalecc.edu/conduct, or contact Student Conduct & Compliance at 732-224-2096 or email@example.com. You can also contact the Brookdale Police Department at 732-224-2222.
SUICIDE, DEPRESSION & MENTAL HEALTH: College is a time of much excitement, but for many students it can also be a time of difficulty. Students can get in contact with a Faculty Counselor by contacting the Counseling Consultation Line at 732-224-2329 (M-F, 9a-5p). Please visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/mental-health-wellness-resources/ for more information on these and external resources.
- If you or someone you know is having thoughts or feelings about suicide or is otherwise in need of immediate support, please contact Monmouth County’s 24/7/365 Psychiatric Emergency Screening Services at 732-923-6999, the 2nd Floor Youth Helpline at 888-222-2228 (call or text), or call 911 or 988.
SEXUAL MISCONDUCT: Brookdale Community College prohibits sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sexual harassment, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities. If you feel that you have been the victim of or witness to acts of Sexual harassment, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and/or Stalking, there are many resources available both on and off campus. As the College’s designated Title IX Coordinator for student matters, you can contact me, the Executive Director of Student Services located at the Lincroft Campus in MAC109 about any incident. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 732-224-2096. Visit www.brookdalecc.edu/staysafe or read the College Regulation for additional information.
- For Spring 2023 students: An online training course (from SafeColleges) will be sent to your Brookdale e-mail with more details about these important issues. It is mandatory that you complete the training; please take the course as soon as possible.
ALCOHOL, DRUGS & TOBACCO: Brookdale takes alcohol and drug use very seriously. The possession, consumption and/or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs (including marijuana) on campus or at College-sponsored events is both contrary to the spirit of our institution and violates our policies. These matters may be referred to both the Brookdale Police and the Student Conduct & Compliance Office.
Additionally, the use of tobacco and simulated tobacco products is prohibited at all Brookdale locations. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, electronic cigarettes, chewing and/or snuff, and vaping or similar devices. The only place these products can be used while at any Brookdale location is inside a private vehicle. Please read the College Regulation for additional information.
- For Help Quitting Smoking: Visit RWSBarnabas’ Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery for FREE assistance. CLICK HERE to set up an appointment or call (833) 795-QUIT.
As required by law, the College Regulation related to alcohol and other drugs provides information related to:
- the unlawful possession, use and/or distribution of alcohol and other drugs on campus and as part of campus activities;
- the applicable federal, state and local laws regarding alcohol and other drugs;
- the health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs;
- the availability of resources for those struggling with alcohol and or other drug use/abuse, and; the sanctions for violations of the Code of Conduct’s alcohol and other drug charges
If you are struggling with alcohol and/or drug use or abuse issues, please visit contact the Counseling Consultation Line at 732-224-2329 (M-F, 9a-5p) for referral to outside resources that may be able to help.
STATEMENT PROHIBITING MARIJUANA ON CAMPUS: Brookdale Community College provides open access to high quality and cost effective educational and lifelong learning options in a healthy learning environment. Consistent with this mission, the College has a long-standing policy against drug use and that policy does not change with the adoption of the 2021 law legalizing personal use cannabis for certain adults, which amended the State Constitution to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults aged 21 and older. The College has the ability to prohibit marijuana use within its College community despite permissibility under the new law which states: “the smoking, vaping, or aerosolizing of marijuana or hashish may be prohibited or otherwise regulated on or in any property by the person or entity that owns or controls that property.”
Additionally, federal laws, including the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 prohibit the possession, use, distribution and/or cultivation of marijuana at educational institutions. Further, as marijuana remains classified as an illegal narcotic under federal law, institutions of higher education that receive federal funding are required to maintain policies prohibiting the possession and use of marijuana on their campuses. Accordingly, the possession, use, distribution or cultivation of marijuana, even for medical purposes, is prohibited on all College property and at College-sponsored events and activities.
Also prohibited is the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana on College property, and at College-sponsored events and activities.
Brookdale prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of all marijuana accessories and marijuana products. Marijuana accessories shall include, but not be limited to, any device or equipment used for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body, including vaping. Marijuana products shall include, but not be limited to, products that are comprised of marijuana and other ingredients and are intended for use or consumption, such as, but not limited to edible products.
Violations by a student or employee shall result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or termination. Visitors and vendors will be excluded from campus and, in the case of vendors, may result in contract termination.
COLLEGE HOURS: The College and its locations are open to all individuals who are employed by the College, prospective students, students registered classes, and other individuals conducting official College business.
- Library Hours*
- Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
- Thursdays: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; on site until 5pm, remote from 5pm-7pm)
- Fridays: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 2:00pm)
- Saturdays: The building will be closed, but we will continue to offer remote research help appointments 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, using Zoom and/or phone.
- *Hours will vary the week of Spring Break: March 13-17
- Regional Locations
- Freehold: Monday – Thursday; 8:15 am – 5:45 pm
- Neptune: Monday – Thursday; 8:15 am – 5:45 pm
- Long Branch: Monday – Thursday; 8:15 am – 5:45 pm, Friday; 8:15 am – 4:45 pm
- Wall: Monday & Tuesday; 8:15am – 5:45 pm, Wednesday & Thursday; 7:45am – 9:15 pm, Friday; 8:15 am – 4:15 pm
STUDENT ONECARDS (ID CARDS): Students and employees wishing to get a Brookdale ID card must utilize the online photo submission process. Once your photo is approved you will be notified via email. All photos can be picked up from the registration desk located on the first floor of the CAR building. You can pick up your ID card Monday – Thursday between the hours of 8:30am – 6:30pm and Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm. Please allow 5 business days after photo is approved to pick up ID. Visit www.brookdalecc.edu/onecard for more info.
GENERAL SAFETY: As of March 2, 2023, Brookdale’s Lincroft campus is being patrolled by Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers who are stationed specifically at the campus. If you ever feel that you are unsafe on the Lincroft Campus, please contact the Monmouth County Sherrif’s Officers stationed at Brookdale immediately. Dialing 732-224-2222 or 911 will put you in contact with an official at Monmouth County’s Communication Center, who will directly dispatch an officer. If you are at one of Brookdale’s regional locations, please notify the security guard on duty. You can also engage any one of the blue emergency phones on the Lincroft campus, which will connect you with the Police. For incidents that occur off-campus/remotely, your local police department should be notified.
Additionally, as required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, each year Brookdale Community College publishes an Annual Security Report on its website. Printed versions are also made available to the community, with additional copies being available to anyone through the Police Department. Please visit www.brookdalecc.edu/human-resources/police to access the Annual Security Report.
If you have any questions about any of the information in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the office of Student Conduct & Compliance at email@example.com.
I wish you a happy and safe semester here at Brookdale!
Executive Director of Student Services