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, you are invited to explore the information available here in the Student Handbook and also on the Brookdale website. These two resources provide a wealth of information for new and returning students; take a moment to familiarize yourself with the many services and opportunities we offer to support your success and also provide you with a fun and productive college experience.
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 University Partnerships with Georgian Court University, New Jersey City University, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.
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.
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 high school 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 service 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
- High resolution Lincroft campus map (JPG).
- 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
Getting Started at Brookdale
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 – 6:30PM
Friday, 8:30 AM – 4 PM
Saturday, 9 AM – Noon
Summer Hours from June 1 – August 15:
Monday – Thursday, 8:30 AM – 6:00 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 or Student Planning 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 and pay the applicable fee(s) in person, online, 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 in 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 available online through webadvisor, or can be 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. Students may also access an online Certification of Enrollment by logging into WebAdvisor and selecting “Proof of Enrollment” on the Students menu. Online verification is available after the term add/drop period (ie the last day to obtain a 60% refund per the Important Term Date information). Verification of enrollment requests submitted in person are generally processed within five school days, but may take longer during peak times or additional information is needed. Enrollment in courses (or credits taken) cannot be verified prior to the term start date. Verification of Enrollment requests must be made by the student and will not be accepted from any individual other than the student or made available for pick-up by anyone other than the student.
Academic Advising and Counseling
Academic Advisors offer advisement services to all Brookdale students. These services include course approvals, graduation planning and transfer planning. Some services are also available online through our Distance Advising Program. Advisors are seen on a walk-in basis only, no appointments necessary; however, wait times could become lengthy during peak periods. For more information, students can call 732-224-2555.
This group of Counselors are College faculty who will assist students with adjustments to college and their personal development. Educational Counselors focus on supporting college success by helping students set personal and educational goals; assist with selection of career paths based on goals and how to achieve success. They also work with those students who are appealing for a reinstatement after academic or financial aid suspensions. Educational Counselors also collaborated with instructional faculty in the delivery of workshops in the areas of test anxiety, time management, goal setting, and the development of leadership characteristics. To schedule an educational planning session, students can call 732-224-2555.
Personal & Psychological Counseling
These are professionally trained, NJ licensed Counselors who provide personal counseling dealing with relationship problems, substance use issues, family difficulties and personal crisis. If you have a student in crisis on the Lincroft campus, call the crisis hotline at extension 5555 from any on-campus phone. If you are in one of the regional locations, Security Officers are your first point of contact for all crisis situations. If a student is in crisis off campus, they can call 732-224-2329 and be connected with Monmouth County Resources.For more information on support services and available resources go to the Personal and Psychological Counseling web-page.
We’re striving to make your college experience the best that it can possibly be, because your success is our most important goal.
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 Applying for Financial Aid on our website 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 Tuition – 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.
William DeVoe, 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 (see various program requirements for required testing).
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.
Director, Library – Steve Chudnick
Help Desk/Reference Service 732-224-2443
Circulation & Reserve Desk 732-224-2935
Hours: Fall and Spring Terms
8 am – 9 pm, Monday to Thursday
8 am – 5 pm. Friday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday
Research Help Services: Fall and Spring Terms
10 am – 8 pm, Monday to Thursday
10 am – 2 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
Research Help Services: Summer Terms
10 am – 6 pm, Monday to Thursday
10 am – 4 pm, Saturday Closed Sunday
The Bankier Library is Brookdale’s scholarly information center as well as the main open computing lab on the Lincroft Campus. We provide access to library materials in varied formats as well as computers equipped with the software with which to do coursework. We also have plenty of space for studying throughout the two floors of the Library including 21 group study rooms, individual study carrels, and tables and chairs.
Research tools, reference materials and the open computer lab are located in the Information Commons on the first floor. The Research Help Desk is staffed by Reference Librarians who provide expert instruction in the research process. The Technical Help Desk is staffed by Student Workers and Library Associates who can help you with accessing services via the College Website, Printing, MS Office and other technical issues. Learning Commons Assistants provide subject-specific tutoring to individuals and small groups in the Tutoring Center, also on the first floor. Library associates will help you find books, magazines, video and audio recordings in the collections on the second floor. They will also lend out Reserve Textbooks, Laptops, Ipads and Kindles.
The Library provides access to a wide range of books, DVDs, newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as electronic resources including full-text articles from journals, magazines and newspapers. Just ask and our staff will guide you through how to do so or visit our How Do I section of the website.
Your Brookdale OneCard = Your 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 room 222 of the CAR building or any of Brookdale’s regional locations. You’re your OneCard you can borrow materials, access the Library databases from off campus, renew books online, reserve group study rooms and pay for printing and copies.
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 campus identification (NetID Username/Password). Your library account must be active and clear of obligations in order to access some of our library online resources.
Priority for Computer Use
Computers in the Information Commons are primarily for students and staff doing work related to Brookdale and University Partnership courses. If you are using a computer for other than this, you may be asked to relinquish the computer to make room for a student.
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. Other programs include: Displaced Homemaker Services, Adult Basic Education, the Fitness Center, ACT (the Accelerated Technical Training Institute) and the Small Business Development Center.
Some CPS programs include Business Start Up, Management Skills, Computers, Day Trips, Women’s Issues, Literature and the Arts, Health Care Training, Financial and Legal, Summer Camps, and Teacher Training and Certification. Programs vary in length, from one-session workshops to 14-month training programs, and start throughout the year. Many programs are offered on evenings and weekends on the main campus as well as at Brookdale’s regional locations. Many of the training programs carry industry-valued credentials.
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 – 6:00 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 your professor.
Communication and interaction with classmates and the professor takes place within a learning management system, 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 and Academic Credit Certificate of Achievement:
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
Social Media Academic Credit Certificate of Achievement
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, Brookdale TV and Brookdale Public Radio
The three above College areas 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.
Performing Arts Center The PAC at Brookdale is committed to producing and presenting performances by students and by local, regional and national artists to bring quality and educational art to the student body and the community. In partnership with the Theater Department, the Music Department, and the Dance Department, we offer a professional environment in which students and community can experience the inner workings of the performing arts.
Our productions are selected to challenge our students and give them the opportunity to take what they are learning in their classes and put it to the test in front of an audience. We believe that the process of mounting a production is one of the best ways to train future theater artists. Under the supervision of faculty and staff, our students get practical experience in all aspects of this artistic process. It is through this demanding process that students take responsibility for what they have learned, integrate that learning and turn it into art.
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.
90.5 The Night, is Brookdale Public Radio a member-supported 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. Its multicast channels include 90.5 The Night (HD1) which mixes six decades of the best music and presents them commercial free, FM Flashback (HD2) bringing you the best classic 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
8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday to Friday
Career & Leadership Development offers a variety of programs and services to complement your academic study, and assist in finding employment, including:
Leadership Development Workshops
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
National Society of Leadership & Success
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, volunteering or attending a leadership and career development workshop! 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, students are better prepared for their careers! 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.
What is the National Society of Leadership & Success? This is a national leadership society, in which students are invited to join. You will build leadership skills by attending an orientation, leadership training, networking team meetings, and speaker broadcasts.
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
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.
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.
Procedures: Domestic, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking
Appendix : Resources for Students regarding Domestic/Dating Violence, Stalking, Etc.
Assistance Available to Victims
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted or raped, get to a safe place. Call 911, your local police department or the Rape Care Hotline at (888) 264-RAPE (toll free). Do not eat, drink, shower or change clothing until you have been examined.
180/Turning Lives Around of Monmouth County will help provide shelter, outpatient counseling and advocacy for women. Call (732) 264-4111 or (888) THE WCMC (888-8439262) 24-hour Crisis Hotline.
Brochures on these subjects are available in the Advising and Counseling Office (CAR), the Campus Police Department (Alumni Drive), the Student Life & Activities office (SLC), the office of the Student Conduct & Compliance Officer (CAR), and the Human Resources Office (BAC).
The College Sexual Assault Response System
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault:
You have the right to privacy. All information you share about the incident must and will be kept confidential. College officials cannot talk about your experiences without your permission. College officials will report that an incident occurred to the campus police. Campus police have an obligation under the Clery Act to report to the state and other authorities the date of an incident. No other information will be shared without your permission.
You have the right to make decisions about who can be contacted and if and how any intervention will proceed. You have the option, or not, to notify and seek assistance from law enforcement and campus authorities. You have the option of seeking assistance from any of the services mentioned in this webpage.
You also have the right to institutional implementation of court-issued No Contact Orders / Orders of Protection/Restraining Orders.
Reporting Sexual Misconduct
The following actions should be taken by the victim or a witness to sexual misconduct / violence:
Preserve evidence as may be necessary as proof of criminal activity or to obtain an appropriate order of protection
Call Rape Care Hotline at (888) 264-RAPE (toll free) or (888) THE WCMC (888-843-9262) 24-hour Crisis Hot Line.
Report the alleged offense as soon as possible to a responsible party such as:
-Title IX Coordinator (for all student matters: Vice President- Student Success,) 224-2215, the Manager-Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance, 224-2695, or the Student Conduct & Compliance Officer, 224-2096.
-Manager of Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance, 224-2695
-Campus Police or Security Guard – 911 or 224-2222, or click here for HECs security guard contact information
-Local law enforcement or 911
-Campus security authorities that include any College official with significant responsibility for student and campus activities such as, but not limited to, any academic Dean, the Director of Student Life and Activities, the Student Conduct & Compliance Officer, any department chair, faculty member, staff advisor, or coach.
How to Be an Active Bystander
What is a Bystander?
Bystanders are the largest group of people involved in violence (sexual, dating and domestic). They greatly outnumber both the perpetrators and the victims. Some bystanders know that a specific assault is happening or will happen. Some bystanders see an assault or a potential assault in progress.
Bystanders have the power to stop assaults from occurring and to get help for people who have been victimized.
A perpetrator of sexual assaults may be outwardly charming, have a lot of friends, and may not consider the actions to be wrong. People who know this person (bystanders) and who might be friends with this person, often do not want women they care about (sisters, friends, etc.) to date or hang around this person. But when the behavior is directed at other women whom they are not close to, they often do not think they need to get involved.
Bystanders often know that this person’s behavior is inappropriate and potentially illegal, but they do not know what they can do to make a difference.
Brookdale wants to create a culture of bystanders who are actively engaged in the prevention of violence, not bystanders who stand by and do nothing.
Safe and Positive Options for Bystander Interventions
Bystander intervention means safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Bystander intervention includes recognizing situations of potential harm, understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence, overcoming barriers for intervening, identifying safe and effective intervention options, and taking actions to intervene.
Believe someone who discloses a sexual assault, abusive relationship, or experience with stalking.
Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure any sexual act is OK with your partner if you initiate.
Watch out for other students, members of the College faculty and friends. If you see someone on or off Brookdale’s campuses who looks like they are in trouble, ask if they are okay. If you are afraid to interfere with the situation, call that person over for something very general (“Can I speak to you about the homework from the other day?”).
If you see another student, a member of the staff, or a friend doing something harmful, say something.
Speak up. If someone says something offensive, derogatory, or abusive, let them know if you can do so safely that the behavior is wrong and you don’t want to be around it.
Don’t laugh at sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes.
Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Sexual Assault
Sexual abuse is a form of physical abuse. Any situation in which you are forced to participate in unwanted, unsafe or degrading sexual activity is sexual abuse. Forced sex, even by a spouse or intimate partner with whom you also have consensual sex, is an act of aggression and violence. Furthermore, people whose partners abuse them physically and sexually are at a higher risk of being seriously injured or killed.
While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Try to avoid isolated areas.
Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
Don’t allow yourself to be isolated with someone you do not trust or someone you don’t know.
Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings.
If someone is pressuring you and you need to get out of an uncomfortable situation:
Remember that being in this situation is not your fault.
Don’t feel obligated to do anything you do not want to do.
Have a code word with your friends or family so that you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing.
Try to think of an escape route. How would you get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows?
Public Safety Suggestions
If you travel unescorted, especially at night, you should be aware of measures you can use to safeguard yourself from attack.
Brookdale is ready to assist you in an emergency.
For the Lincroft campus, use the emergency phone number at the College – 2222 – from any on-campus phone or call 911. Also, there are 18 yellow exterior Emergency Call Boxes identified by blue lights located throughout the Lincroft campus. View a map of the Lincroft campus.
Operate the call box by opening the door, and picking up the handset – Police will be contacted whether or not a message is transmitted.
If you are calling from a cell phone for an emergency, dial 911. From outside the College phone system, call (732) 224-2222 to also report a non-emergency or public safety related matter.
To report a crime or emergency or non-emergency at Brookdale at Hazlet, call Security at 4004 or, from outside the College phone system, (732)739-6012.
To report a crime or emergency or non-emergency at Brookdale at Long Branch, call Security at 1514 or, from outside the College phone system, (732) 229-8440 ext. #1.
To report a crime or emergency or non-emergency at Brookdale at Wall, call Security at 6001 or, from outside the College phone system, (732)280-7090 ext. #1.
To report a crime or emergency or non-emergency at the Brookdale at Neptune, call Security at 1226 or, from outside the College phone system, (732)774-3363 ext #1.
To report a crime or emergency or non-emergency at Brookdale’s Freehold Campus, call Security at 7000 or, from outside the College phone system, (732)780-0020 ext. #1.
You can help combat crime if you are aware of:
Your information is valuable. Give it to the College Police quickly. Time is important.
The following observations help identify people:
Observe the individual’s height, weight, age, complexion, dress, speech, movement and anything else unusual in appearance or actions. Identify two or more notable characteristics. Compare physical proportions and age with someone you know.
Observe distinguishing marks — a ring or other jewelry, tattoo or scar, missing tooth or finger, bow legs, etc.
Observe if a car is used. Write down the color, make and license number.
The best weapon against attack is psychological preparedness. An attacker usually expects a passive victim. Walking at a steady pace, looking confident and knowing where you are going makes a difference. Although there is no sure way to protect yourself against attack, certain factors can decrease your vulnerability.
Try to avoid going out at night alone. When possible, walk with another person or in group. If walking alone, be even more alert to your surroundings.
Walk near the curb and avoid walkways that pass close to shrubbery, dark doorways and other places where someone may hide.
Avoid shortcuts and stay in well-lighted areas.
Do not accept rides from strangers. If a car approaches and you are threatened, scream and run in a different direction opposite that of the car. The driver will have to turn around to pursue you.
Maintain a secure grip on your purse. Avoid carrying large amounts of money or wearing expensive jewelry.
Avoid working in or leaving classrooms and meeting rooms alone at night.
Walk to the parking lot with another person.
Avoid over loading your arms which renders you defenseless. Be prepared to drop bundles and run.
Consider wearing clothing that will not impede your ability to run quickly. If you fear danger, scream loudly or blow a whistle. Don’t be afraid to be afraid! Raising a commotion in an uneasy situation may prevent an attack.
Carrying a defense implement, such as an umbrella or a spray can, should be considered with caution and should be used only to stop an attack in order to get away.
Avoid telephone conversations while walking alone especially during the hours of darkness.
When Going to Your Car
Whether your car is parked in your own driveway, or in a parking lot, it is a good idea to remember the following rules:
Avoid walking through or next to unlighted wooded areas or bushes whenever possible.
Always have your car keys ready.
Always approach your car dead center from the front or rear, never from the side. This allows you complete visibility on both sides (driver and passenger) and also allows detection of anyone hiding or lurking there.
It is advisable to carry a pocket flashlight or penlight at all times. Before getting into the car, look in the back seat and on the rear floor of the vehicle. Check the cars adjacent to you to assure that no one is hiding or waiting for you.
Upon getting in the vehicle, lock all doors at once.
Start the engine immediately — don’t just sit and wait.
Should anyone try to break into the vehicle while you’re in it, press down firmly on the horn and keep it pressed down to attract as much attention as possible. Make every attempt to drive away.
Whenever possible, have someone accompany you to your vehicle, then drive the person to his/her car.
Travel on well-lighted, busy streets.
Keep windows rolled up and doors locked.
Do not leave your wallet or purse in view. Put it in the glove compartment or on the floor opposite you.
Keep your car in gear at all traffic lights and stop signs.
If your safety is threatened, hold down on the horn and drive away.
When stopped behind another vehicle make sure you can see the rear wheels of the vehicle touch the roadway. Never drive any closer. This will allow room to drive away if danger approaches.
If you have reason to believe that another vehicle is following you, do not stop. Drive to the nearest police station or open business. Write down the license number and description of the vehicle.
Park only in well-lighted areas and look for loiterers before leaving your vehicle.
Lock your vehicle and do not leave valuables in view. (Lock them in the trunk.) This will discourage thieves.
Don’t hitchhike, and don’t pick up hitchhikers.
Brochures on these subjects are available in the Advising and Counseling Office (CAR), the Campus Police Department (Alumni Drive), the Student Life & Activities office in the Warner Center, the office of the Student Conduct & Compliance Officer (CAR), and the Human Resources Office
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.
Student Conduct Code
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.
Any applicant for admission to the College or any student currently attending the College will submit a request for a refund of monies paid whenever a student or applicant feels that he is eligible to receive a refund. Requests for a refund for tuition paid must be made on a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.
Individuals who believe that special circumstances warrant a refund for any of the preceding items will be required to submit a request in writing, on the appropriate form(s), which are available at the One-Stop Center.
The following tuition refund schedules will prevail for all students who are totally withdrawing from the College or dropping one or more courses on an official Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.
100% – before first day of the term
80% – first through fifth day of term
60% – sixth through tenth day of term
No refund after tenth day of the term
100% – before first day of the term
80% – first through third day of term
60% fourth through fifth day of term
No refund after fifth day of the term
Special Refund Conditions
Illness: A full refund of tuition paid at registration will be g ranted to students who totally withdraw from the College on an official Withdrawal form due to a serious illness. The illness must be attested to by a physician in written form. The request for such a refund should be submitted on the appropriate form (with physician’s documentation) to the One-Stop Center no later than the last official day of the term during which the illness occurred.
Military Service: A full refund of tuition paid at registration will be granted if a student enters the military service of the United States. This refund will be granted under the following conditions:
A. A copy of the induction or enlistment papers must be presented, along with the official Withdrawal form, to the Office of Admissions and;
B. The date of induction or enlistment must be prior to the last day of classes of the term in which a student withdraws.
C. Credit must not have been awarded in the course(s) for which tuition refund is requested.
Fees: All fees shall be non-refundable with the exception of the following conditions:
A. Students who qualify for a 100% refund of tuition paid for a course, as per the schedule of refunds, will be granted a 100% refund of the laboratory fee and the student activity fee assessed for the course.
B. Students who qualify for a 100% refund of tuition paid for all courses registered, as per the schedule of refunds, will be granted a 100% refund of all laboratory fees, and student activities fees assessed for the courses.
C. A full refund of tuition, laboratory fees, and student activity fees will be granted for courses cancelled by the College. In instances where a student can present documentation supporting his claim that his desire to register for the course which is now cancelled (or closed) was his sole reason for applying for admission, the Director of Student Services may authorize a refund of the application fee.