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. As Brookdale’s locations are open for classes and official college business, 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 Student Handbook at www.brookdalecc.edu/handbook and 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, especially around COVID-19.
- COVID-19 PROCEDURES: All Brookdale locations are again open to currently registered and prospective students for classes, access to services and official college business. All students, employees and visitors at any Brookdale location must properly wear a face covering as required in the College’s Face Covering Regulation (3.0913R). Additionally, all students must submit proof of vaccination, consent to weekly testing, or take a full schedule of online only classes as per the College’s Vaccination/Testing Weekly Requirement Regulation (2.1003R) Students who do not comply with these regulations may face disciplinary action, up to an including suspension.
- IMPORTANT: If you test positive for COVID-19, or are a close contact (within 6ft for 15+ minutes in a 24-hour period) with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must isolate/quarantine and inform the College as soon as possible. Please visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/avp-student-affairs/covid-19-reporting/ to access the reporting forms and for addition information on the College’s COVID-19 protocols.
- 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 732-224-2253 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.brookdalecc.edu/counseling for more information on these and external resources.
- 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 MAC109 about any incident. You can also email me at email@example.com or call 732-224-2253. Visit www.brookdalecc.edu/staysafe or read the College Regulation for additional information.
- For Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 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 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.
- Please see the College’s statement related to recent changes to state law regarding marijuana use below. Marijuana is prohibited from all Brookdale locations, and students cannot be under the influence of marijuana or any drugs or alcohol while at a Brookdale location.
- 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.
- 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 is open to all individuals who are employed by the College, prospective students, students registered for Spring 2022 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)
- Fridays: 8:00 am – 2:00 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.
- Higher Education Centers – 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 – 5:45pm; Wednesday/Thursday 7:45 am – 9:15 pm; Friday 8:15 am – 4:15 pm
- Hazlet: Monday – Thursday 8:15 am – 9:45 pm
- Library Hours
- STUDENT ONECARDS (ID CARDS): Students and staff 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: 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/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 Brookdale Community College 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you a happy and safe semester here at Brookdale!
Dr. Ian Wolf
Director, Student Conduct & Compliance