The Student Handbook is produced by The Division of Student Success 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.
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 the Brookdale website. 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.
Please take advantage of the many opportunities available at Brookdale and get started on your path to success!
Dr. Maureen Murphy, President
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, Long Branch, Neptune and Wall Township.
In partnership with the Monmouth County Vocational School District, Brookdale 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 2014 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 50 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 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 360-seat Performing Arts Center, 10 athletic fields, Brookdale public radio, 90.5 The Night, and more than 60 computer labs with about 1,600 fully networked PCs running all of today’s mainstream applications.
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.
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, Lincroft, New Jersey.
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.
Once at 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.
Some Common Destinations
- 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
- Continuing & Professional Studies (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
Academic Advising and Counseling
Academic Advisors are the professionals who help you select the courses that meet your educational goals. In addition, Academic Advisors can approve an entire degree program leading to graduation and transfer from Brookdale. They can also show you how to register online for future semesters so you don’t need to get approval each time.
You can simply walk in (2nd floor of the CAR building) and our Advising Associates will direct you to an Advisor for your academic advising needs. There are no appointments for academic advising. However, please be aware that wait times for advising typically get longer as we approach the beginning of each semester.
Counselors are the college faculty who can help you with your adjustment to college and personal development needs. Counselors focus on supporting your college success by helping you set personal goals and select the best major and career to meet those goals. In addition, the Counselors can help you with personal difficulties that you might be experiencing inside or outside of school, such as relationship problems, substance use issues, family difficulties, and personal crises.
Also located on the second floor of the CAR building, counseling services are primarily by appointment. Contact the Advising Associates, either in person or by calling 732-224-2555, and they can make arrangements for you to see a Counselor.
We’re striving to make your college experience the best that it can possibly be, because your success is our most important goal.
Admissions, Registration & Records
Kimberly Heuser, Registrar
Eleanor Glazewski, Associate Registrar
CAR, Center for Counseling, Admissions and Registration
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.
Academic Advisors: Students may need approval from their Academic Advisor before they can register. Please stop by the second floor of the CAR building to be placed on a walk-in list to see an advisor. Plan ahead! During peak times of the year, the wait can be long.
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 $6 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. Learn more about transcripts.
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.
Stephanie Fitzsimmons, Director
Karyn Arnold, Assistant Director
Center for Admissions, Registration, and Counseling (CAR)
Phone: (732) 224-2361
Fax: (732) 224-2003
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
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.
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.
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.
Paying for Brookdale – 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) 224-2707 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Nancy O’Shea, Manager
Center for Counseling, Admissions and Registration/CAR, Lower Level
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.
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 email@example.com
Academic Support for Students
Various services exist to help you get the most out of your academic experience at Brookdale. From math to writing, there are dedicated areas around campus to help you succeed. Please see below for a listing of the academic support areas for students. Click on any heading below to get detailed information on hours, resources, make an appointment (if necessary) and more.
- Computer Science Lab – Larrison Hall (LAH) Room 103
- Academic Tutors are available to help you with everything from COMP-129 to more advanced Computer Science classes.
- Math Lab – Main Academic South (MAS) Room 200
- A great place to study, do homework, obtain assistance, and meet with a study group. No appointment is necessary. Academic Tutors are available during lab hours to answer questions and give help on a one-to-one basis to currently enrolled students.
- Reading Center – LAH Room 124
- The Reading Center offers academic support for Brookdale students enrolled in any Brookdale course who need assistance in applying reading strategies in their current courses. Appointments are necessary.
- Writing Center – LAH Room 118
- The Writing Center offers academic support to any Brookdale student enrolled in any Brookdale course that requires writing. It is staffed by professional writing tutors, many of whom teach English classes. Appointments are necessary.
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Peer Tutoring – MAS 107
- If you are a STEM major and need extra help, you can stop by during the hours posted on the website for some great help from a peer tutor.
- General Academic Tutoring – Bankier Library, 1st floor
- The Tutoring Center, located on the first floor of the Bankier Library, provides tutoring services to all students. We work with students individually or in small groups on general topics and specific subjects, such as Business, Accounting, Economics, and Psychology. Walk-in appointments are welcome.
Executive Director, Library
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;
8:30 am – 10 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:30 am – 7 pm, Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday;
Hours, Summer Terms
8:15 am – 9 pm, Monday to Thursday
8:15 am – 4:30 pm, Friday
10 am – 4 pm,Saturday;
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.
Center for World War II Studies
Center for World War II Studies & Conflict Resolution
MAN 117D – Inside the Bankier Library
Phone: (732) 224-2410
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.
Continuing & Professional Studies
The Continuing & Professional Studies 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 CPS 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 at Brookdale’s regional locations.
Please visit the CPS website for more information.
Ernest Oversen, Director
MAC 111, Main Academic Complex
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Athletics & Recreation
Robert J. Collins Arena & Brookdale Recreation and Events Center (BREC)
Phone (732) 224-2377
Recreation & Tournaments (732) 224-2376
Sports Camps (732) 224-2123 FAX (732) 224-2155
Shawn Noel, Director, Athletics & Recreation
Katelyn Miller, Assistant Director, Athletics & Recreation
Bo Scannapieco, Coordinator, Intramurals & Recreation
Trish Taylor, Administrative Assistant
Brookdale offers a variety of opportunities to participate in competitive sports and athletic activities, on both the intercollegiate and intramural/recreational level. The intercollegiate athletic program, however, is highly competitive within the Garden State Athletic Conference, Region XIX, and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Brookdale annually sends teams to national tournaments and has won six National titles (softball – 2002, 2005 & 2010; men’s basketball – 2013; women’s soccer – 2013 & 2014).
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, 40% of the student-athletes carry a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Rounding out student-athlete progress is community involvement; Brookdale won the 2011 and 2013 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, volleyball
Winter: Men’s and women’s basketball, cheerleading
Spring: Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis
Recreation and Intramurals
We offer a wide range of activities:
Tournaments: Tennis, bowling, basketball, 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).
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.
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.
Scroll & Pen Bookstore
Paddock Convenience Store
Upper Level, Warner Student Life Center
General information (732) 224-2595
Textbooks (732) 224-2382 and 224-2812
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.
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
Career & Leadership Development
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 & Leadership Development 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)
Career Planning/Resume Writing/Interview Skills Workshops
Online Job/Internship Database
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 the community 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 employment. 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 resume 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 to access our College Central Network Internship/Job database.
Policies & Procedures
Student Conduct Code
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
- 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.
- These standards of conduct will apply to students engaging in activities on the campus, or at any of the Brookdale College regional centers, as well as to student organizations sponsoring approved off-campus functions.
- 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:
- Written notification of charges and possible penalties within a reasonable time period.
- The opportunity to have a hearing or to waive the right to a hearing and accepting the penalties imposed.
- 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.
- Written notification of the time, place and date of the hearing at least three working days in advance.
- The opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.
- Written notification of findings and sanctions or penalties imposed based on a preponderance of evidence presented verbally or in writing.
- Written notification of an appeal process.
Standards of Conduct
- Student conduct, which interferes with the philosophical platform of the College, is not acceptable.
- 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.
The following offenses could be determined to be minor or major offenses at the discretion of the hearing officer.
- 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.
- 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.
- Theft, larceny, embezzlement, fraud, or the temporary taking of the property of another or possession of stolen goods without permission.
- Unauthorized occupation, unauthorized entry or unauthorized use of any College facility or College-related facilities or premises.
- Unauthorized use or possession on the campus of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, or other dangerous weapons, substances, or materials.
- 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.
- Vandalism, malicious destruction, damage, defacing, or misuse of College, public or private property, including library materials and all computers.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- Falsification, alteration or withholding information related to academic records/documents.
- Furnishing false information to a College employee with intent to deceive.
- Failure to meet any college-related financial obligations.
- Unauthorized use, possession, or alteration of firefighting equipment, safety devices, College Police property, or other emergency or safety equipment.
- 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.
- Disorderly conduct, including rioting, inciting to riot or assembly to riot.
- Participating in hazing.
- Failure to present student identification to a College employee in response to a request.
- 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.
- Violation of any published policies, rules and/or regulations promulgated by an official College office.
- Interference with performance of duties of any College employee.
- Theft, sale, and/or possession of stolen books.
- Failure of a student to respond to written communication in connection with an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code.
- Malfeasance in or misuse of elective or appointive office in a student organization which is injurious to the welfare of the College.
- Failure to abide by, or violation of, any sanction imposed by the Vice President for Student Success, Vice President for Learning, the President and/or Board of Trustees.
- Engaging in any form of gambling while on College premises or at functions sponsored by the College.
- Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of the College.
- Any other violation of existing local, state or federal law.
The following sanctions may be applied either singularly or in any combination as appropriate to the circumstances of each case:
- Verbal Reprimand: Verbal admonition against further violations.
- Written Reprimand: Written warning placed in student’s file for having engaged in misconduct.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fine: Monetary sum imposed as a penalty for an offense.
- Community Service: Assigned community service work to fit a particular violation.
- Suspension: Exclusion from all or specified classes and other College-related activities for a specified period of time.
- Expulsion: Permanent dismissal from classes and college-related activities.
- 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 Vice President for Student Success 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 Vice President for Student Success or his/her designee.
- 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 Vice President for Student Success for disciplinary measures in accordance with the provisions hereof. Any student, faculty or staff member may file a complaint.
- Minor Offenses In the case of all minor offenses, as deemed by the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance, not to constitute acts which would result in suspension or expulsion of the student(s) the Vice President for Student Success (or his/her designee) may determine disciplinary actions as stated in Sanctions, numbers one (1) through seven (7) of this code. The Vice President for Student Success 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.
- 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 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.
- In such cases, the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance 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.
- The Director of Student Conduct and Compliance, at the meeting of said committee, will present all charges against the student.
- 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.
- Upon the conclusion of such hearing and after deliberation, the Student Conduct Committee will make recommendation to the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance based on the preponderance of evidence presented in the hearing verbally and/or in writing.
- The Director of Student Conduct and Compliance will notify the student within 24 hours of the determination made.
- The Vice President for Student Success will assume the role of the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance as stated within this code if there exists a specific conflict of interest in any pending case.
- An audio recording will be made of Student Conduct Committee Hearings.
- Outcomes and offenses may be publicized in the campus newspaper without alluding to names of individuals involved.
- Any student, faculty or staff member may appeal a decision of the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance or Student Conduct Committee by notice in writing filed with the Vice President for Student Success within five working days after notice of the Student Conduct Committee decision.
- The Vice President for Student Success 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.
- In the event the Vice President for Student Success affirms the decision of the Student Conduct Committee, the Vice President will advise the student in writing within three working days of the decision
- In the event the Director of Student Conduct and Compliance, on any appeal filed with him/her, will determine to convene an appeal committee, the following procedure will prevail:
- The Director of Student Conduct and Compliance will appoint an appeal committee consisting of three students and two representatives of the College faculty/staff.
- The Director of Student Conduct and Compliance 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.
- 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 Director of Student Conduct and Compliance will advise the student in writing within one working day of the decision of the appeal committee.
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 Vice President for Student Success. 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 Vice President for Student Success 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 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 Vice President for Student Success.
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.
Academic Integrity Code
Purpose and Scope
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.
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:
- Written notification of charges and possible penalties within a reasonable time period.
- 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.
- The opportunity of having a hearing or waiving the right to a hearing and accepting the penalties imposed.
- Written notification of the time, place and date of the hearing at least three working days in advance.
- The opportunity to present evidence and witnesses.
- Written notification of findings and sanctions or penalties imposed.
- 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:
- 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.)
- Submits the work of another person in a manner that represents the work as one’s own.
- Knowingly permits one’s work to be submitted by another person without the instructor’s authorization.
- Refers to materials, sources, or employs devices not authorized by the instructor during an academic evaluation.
- Receives or gives assistance during an academic evaluation from/to another person in a manner not authorized by the instructor.
- 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.
- Acts as a substitute for another person in any academic evaluation process.
- Utilizes a substitute in any academic evaluation procedure.
- Practices any form of deceit in an academic evaluation proceeding.
- 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.
- 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.
- Attempts to influence or change one’s academic evaluation or record inappropriately.
- 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.
- The Instructor, in cases involving academic integrity related to course work, has the authority to determine:
No credit for assignments.
No credit for tests.
Failing grade in course.
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:
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Dean of Academic Affairs will notify the student within one working day of the determination made.
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.
A taped record will be made of Academic Integrity Committee Hearings.
Outcomes and offenses may be publicized in the campus newspaper without alluding to names of individuals involved.
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.
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.
Satisfactory Academic Standing - includes Warning, Probation
A student is considered to be in Satisfactory Academic Standing if the following two criteria are met:
- The student must meet the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as outlined here.
Degree Credits Completed* Minimum CGPA
*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.)
- 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.
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.
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 academic advisor 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 advisor’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:
- 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.
- 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.
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 academic advisor to construct a plan with Satisfactory Academic Standing as a goal. The advisor’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 an academic advisor within seven (7) days of notification of suspension and discuss the reason for the appeal. The academic advisor supports or denies the appeal. If the advisor supports the appeal, the student must write a letter to the Vice President for Student Success explaining in full the basis for the appeal, the extenuating circumstances, and a plan for academic success.
All appropriate documentation must be included. The Vice President must receive this letter, along with a letter of support from the academic advisor, within ten (10) days following notification of suspension, the student must make an appointment to meet with the Vice President for Student Success.
The Vice President will make a determination on the appeal. The results will be forwarded to the academic advisor and the Registration Office. The Vice President’s office will notify the student of the results within seven (7) days of the meeting. The decision of the Vice President 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.
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 Vice President for Student Success.
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:
- 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).
- 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 Vice President for Student Success.
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:
Vice President for Learning (or designee)
Vice President for Student Success (or designee)
Chair of Academic Advising (or designee)
Director of Student Conduct and Compliance (or designee)
Registrar (or designee)
Two Institute Chairpersons
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.
Grade Appeal Process
Students’ Grade Appeal Process Through the Vice President for Learning
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/Academic Advisor) are informal; the following steps (Institute 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 academic advisor or the department chairperson and arranges a meeting. The faculty member may be invited to this meeting if the advisor or department chairperson thinks 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 Institute 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 Vice President for Student Success (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.
Student Grievance Process
Students who have questions or concerns about any issue at Brookdale Community College are encouraged to resolve those issues through appropriate channels.
General concerns about a wide range of issues should be directed to the office of the Vice President for Student Success. 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 Vice President will render a decision. Students wishing to appeal the decision must do so in writing to the Vice President for Student Success. The Vice President’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 Institute Dean if necessary. The Vice President for Student Success serves as an arbiter. While the Vice President serves as arbiter, the decision of the academic Institute 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 Vice President for Student Success. The final step in this process is a hearing before a representative committee including faculty, staff and students.