Dear New and Returning Students,
As we all continue to navigate our daily lives during COVID-19, it is important to be informed and reminded of your rights and responsibilities as a Brookdale student. Even though Brookdale’s locations have restricted access in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders, this information is still very important to share. Every student should review and familiarize themselves with the Brookdale Code of Conduct and other important policies, available online in the Student Handbook at https://www.brookdalecc.edu/handbook. Additionally, Brookdale students need to continually check their Brookdale e-mail (separate from Canvas messages) for important updates, especially around COVID-19.
COVID-19 PROCEDURES: All Brookdale locations continue to have restricted access at this time in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. Please do not come to any Brookdale location at any time without prior approval. This includes access to the Bookstore on the Lincroft campus. Additionally, any student who is authorized to be on campus at this time due to in-person classes/labs (i.e. Automotive, Health Sciences) – must strictly follow the College’s Limited Reopening plan, which requires face coverings indoors, pre-screening and on-campus screening. Students who do not comply with the College’s restriction from campus, Face Covering Policy, the COVID-19 screening policy, and/or other related College policies and regulations will be denied access to the College and/or may face charges under the Code of Conduct.
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 https://www.brookdalecc.edu/conduct.
BULLYING and 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 https://www.brookdalecc.edu/conduct, or contact Student Conduct & Compliance at 732-224-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact the Brookdale Police Department at 732-224-2222.
SUICIDE, DEPRESSION and MENTAL HEALTH: College is a time of much excitement, but for many students it can also be a time of difficulty. Please know that, although Brookdale’s counselors are not available for mental health counseling at this time, there are many external resources that students can turn to. Please visit the https://www.brookdalecc.edu/crisis-hotlines for more information on these resources. Also, if you or someone you know is having thoughts or feelings about suicide, 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.
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 Director of Student Conduct & Compliance located at the Lincroft Campus in MAC106 (when full campus operations resume) about any incident. You can also email me at email@example.com or call 732-224-2096. Visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/staysafe for additional information.
- For new Spring 2021 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 and TOBACCO: Brookdale takes alcohol and drug use very seriously. The possession, consumption and/or distribution of alcohol and illegal drugs on campus or at College-sponsored events is both contrary to the spirit of our institution and violates our policies. These matters will be referred to both the Brookdale Police and the Student Conduct & Compliance Office. In addition, 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 note: Regardless of the legalization of marijuana by the New Jersey state government, marijuana remains illegal under federal laws which Brookdale must comply with, and as such, its possession, use and/or sale is prohibited at all Brookdale locations.
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 https://www.brookdalecc.edu/crisis-hotlines for outside resources that may be able to help.
COLLEGE HOURS: PLEASE NOTE – AT THIS TIME, DUE TO COVID-19 ACCESS TO ALL BROOKDALE LOCATIONS REMAINS RESTRICTED TO ONLY ESSENTIAL FACULTY, STAFF AND STUDENTS WHO HAVE IN-PERSON CLASSES/LABS. NO ACCESS IS PERMITTED WITHOUT FORMAL APPROVAL. BEING ON ANY BROOKDALE LOCATION WITHOUT FORMAL APPROVAL MAY RESULT IN CHARGES THROUGH THE CODE OF CONDUCT.
STUDENT ONECARDS (ID CARDS): Due to the restricted access to all Brookdale locations, students cannot come to campus to obtain a one-card without first submitting their picture online. Students will then be notified about “pick-up” events where they can come to campus, pick up their ID card, and then leave campus. Please DO NOT come to any Brookdale location for an ID card without first submitting your picture online, and then being notified about a “pick-up” event. Visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/onecard for more info.
GENERAL SAFETY: If you ever feel that you are unsafe on the Lincroft Campus, please contact the Brookdale Police Department 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, 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 Brookdale Community College Police Department. Please visit https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you a happy and safe semester here at Brookdale!
Executive Director of Student Services
Brookdale Community College