Student's Right to Know

Each student entering Berkshire Community College has distinct educational, career, and personal goals. Although the majority of full and part-time students enroll in either a certificate or associate degree program, students may take a specific class or group of classes to acquire additional skills, or for personal enrichment. BCC remains flexible enough in both its programming and scheduling to address the needs of each student.

This section contains the primary policies and regulations that apply to all members of the college community. However, this information is not intended to be a statement of the College's contractual undertakings. A complete list of detailed policies and procedures is contained in the BCC Student Policy Guide that is made available annually to all students. Copies of the Guide may be obtained from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs.

  • Affirmative Action

    Berkshire Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service, and national origin in its education programs or employment.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Community Colleges' Affirmative Action Plan, which is available in the Human Resources Office, contains a full explanation of this specific policy.

  • AIDS

    Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can damage the immune system and destroy the body's ability to fight off illness. AIDS by itself does not kill but allows other infections that can kill (such as pneumonia, cancer and other illnesses) to invade the body.

    Under the Massachusetts Constitution, Article 114, and Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B, it is unlawful to discriminate against a person on the basis of his/her handicap. These laws, as well as other state laws, offer various forms of protection to people with AIDS and those perceived to be at risk of having AIDS.

    In addition, various federal laws prohibit AIDS-related discrimination. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with AIDS or those perceived to be at risk of having AIDS by federal agencies, federal contractors, and subcontractors, and by institutions receiving federal funds. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may protect against discriminatory practices associated with AIDS where such practices have disproportionate impact on persons of a particular gender, race or national origin. The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with AIDS.

    Because there is presently no specified cure for AIDS, the most important goal of this policy is to increase awareness and provide education to prevent further spread of the disease. The most effective means of addressing this issue is to ensure that persons with AIDS are not discriminated against; to educate students and employees about AIDS; and to develop reasonable policies, precautions, and procedures.

  • Alcohol & Drugs

    On December 12, 1989, Congress amended Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The amendment, known as the "Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989", requires every educational institution that receives federal funding to certify its adoption and implementation of programs designed to prevent the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.

    BCC, in accordance with legal mandates and its philosophy of establishing and maintaining an environment of learning and a supportive climate in which to conduct the business and mission of the College, enforces the following policies:

    The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol, or a controlled substance, is prohibited on the campus of BCC or as part of any college-related activity.

    BCC shall cooperate in the enforcement of federal and state laws concerning illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages.

    Under-age drinking is prohibited at BCC functions and on any part of the campus.

    Alcohol may not be served, consumed, or furnished at any BCC student event either on or off any of its facilities. The exception is the Hospitality Administration and Culinary Arts program dinners. Club or activity advisors, or other appropriate college officials, should take all reasonable steps to insure that alcohol is not available during, or en route to, a college-sponsored event.

    Employees working under federally funded grants are additionally subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.

    The College will present campus-wide drug and alcohol education literature on an annual basis. This is in addition to other educational opportunities available in current or future offerings.

    The following medical risks are associated with drug and alcohol use: overdose, dependence, ill health, accident. For any member of the BCC community who is experiencing substance abuse problems, the college will offer supportive services and referral for treatment, as appropriate and available.

    The College shall conduct a biennial review of these policies and programs and implement changes as necessary.

    A full copy of this policy is included in theBCC Student Policy Guide which may be obtained from the Dean for Student Affairs Office or viewed online on the BCC website.

  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    Berkshire Community College advises applicants, participants, and the public that it does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, services, and activities. BCC has designated the following person to coordinate efforts to comply with these requirements. Inquiries, requests, and complaints should be directed to: Pamela Farron, Disabilities Services Coordinator, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Susan B. Anthony Building, Room A-112, Pittsfield, MA 01201, 413-236-1608.

  • Audited Financial Statement
    A copy of the College's most recent audited financial statement may be obtained for review from the office of the Vice President for Administration and Finance, or the College Business Office.
  • Definition of BCC Credit Hour Policy

    BCC policy is consistent with the federal definition of the credit hour. That is, one credit hour represents one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately 15 weeks for one semester. An equivalent amount of work is required for one credit of laboratory work, internships, studio work, and the like.

  • Disclosure of Institutional Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

    Berkshire Community College is pleased to provide the following information regarding the institution's graduation/completion and transfer-out rates. This information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The rates reflect the graduation and transfer-out status of students who enrolled during the Fall 2013 semester and for whom 150% of the normal time-to-completion has elapsed.

    During the fall semester 2013, 276 first-time, full-time, certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students entered BCC. After three years (as of August 31, 2016), 20% of these students had graduated from the institution or completed their programs and 17% had transferred to other higher education institutions prior to formal graduation from BCC.

    Questions related to this information should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

  • Equity in Athletics & Campus Crime Disclosures

    Notice is hereby given that all Student Right-to-Know information (Public Law 101-542) and all Equity in Athletics information (Public Law 103-382) are available to current or prospective students from BCC's Office of Institutional Effectiveness and will be provided upon request.

    Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with the "Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990" (Title II of Public Law 101-542), the Campus Crime Report from Berkshire Community College is included in the Student Policy Guide and is available from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs and will be provided upon request or may be viewed online on the BCC website.

  • Gambling

    The College follows state guidelines which prohibit illegal gambling. This includes games that result in an exchange of money.

  • Gender & Sexual Orientation

    BCC is committed to providing a working, living, and learning environment that utilizes the resources of all members of the college community and develops the talents of all of its students without regard to gender or sexual orientation. Any condition that interferes with the development of talents by causing discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation constitutes a destructive force within the college community.

    The College hereby prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. This prohibition bars all acts that have the effect of denying to any person equality of right, entitlement, benefit or opportunity by reason of such person's gender or sexual orientation. Harassment by personal vilification is prohibited whenever such harassment is based on a person's gender or sexual orientation.

    Students or employees who believe that their rights under this policy have been violated shall have the recourse under their respective grievance procedures (i.e., the student grievance procedure and the affirmative action grievance procedure) found in the BCC Student Policy Guide.

  • Graduation & Transfer Statistics

    BCC awarded its first two degrees, both to women, in 1961. In 2017, 310 degrees and certificates were conferred. Historically, BCC graduates have successfully transferred into colleges and universities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the United States, and abroad. Thirty-three percent (33%) of the graduates in 2017 transferred to a baccalaureate-level pro- gram at a diverse group of four-year degree-granting institutions around the country.

    Following their graduation from BCC, many students seek employment or elect to work while continuing their education. Results from two recent surveys of graduates over the past six years indicate that 92 percent of respondents were employed full or part-time following graduation or had transferred to a four-year institution.

  • Hazing

    The practice of hazing is prohibited by law in the state of Massachusetts. Hazing is defined as any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person.

    A copy of the law pertaining to the practice of hazing is available in the Dean for Student Affairs office. This policy will be distributed to every club or organization at Berkshire Community College. (More specific information may be obtained by contacting the Dean for Student Affairs.)

  • Licensure Exam Pass Rates
    • For the class of 2016, ninety-one percent (91%) of BCC's associate degree students in Nursing who were first-time takers of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-RN) achieved a passing mark and eligibility for RN licensure.
    • For the class of 2016, ninety percent (90%) of BCC's certificate students in Practical Nursing who were first-time takers of the National Council Licensing Examination (NCLEX-PN) achieved a passing mark and eligibility for LPN licensure.
    • For the class of 2014, one hundred percent (100%) of BCC's associate degree students in Respiratory Care who completed the National Board for Respiratory Care Licensure Examination achieved a passing mark and eligibility for licensure as Registered Respiratory Therapists.
    • For the class of 2015, ninety-four percent (94%) of BCC's associate degree students in Physical Therapist Assistant who completed the National Physical Therapist Assistant Examination achieved a passing mark and eligibility for PTA licensure.
  • Links on BCC's Website Pages

    Any links (hyperlinks, buttons or referral devices of any kind) used on this or any other Berkshire Community College web page are provided for the use and convenience of the visitor. The appearance of a link on this or any other Berkshire Community College web page does not constitute an endorsement, recommendation or certification by Berkshire Community College, nor should the presence of a link in any way be construed as a suggestion that the site has any relationship with Berkshire Community College.

  • Persons with Disabilities

    BCC recognizes the multitude of barriers that confront persons with disabilities in access to both employment and education. Consistent with state and federal statutes that affirm and protect the equal opportunity right of persons with disabilities, the College has adopted a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. In all matters of employment, disabled persons will receive full and fair consideration.

    The College will take measures to ensure equal opportunity in all areas of employment including recruitment, selection, upgrading, opportunities for training and development, rate of compensation, benefits and all other terms and conditions of employment.

    Reasonable accommodations will be afforded to any qualified disabled employee to enable such employee to perform the essential duties of the job. Reasonable accommodations will also be afforded disabled applicants for employment to enable them to adequately pursue a candidacy for any available position. Any reasonable accommodations provided by Berkshire Community College will be provided to the extent that such accommodations do not impose any undue hardship on the College.

    Specific efforts will be undertaken by the College to ensure equal opportunity for disabled persons. It is recognized that all facilities at the College may not be available and accessible at a particular time. A copy of the full policy is available in the offices of the Dean for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Human Resources.

  • Pluralism

    BCC condemns all acts of verbal harassment or abuse, which deny or have the effect of denying to an individual his/her legal rights to equality, dignity, and security while at BCC. The policy reaffirms the doctrine of civility, appreciation for pluralism, and pre-eminence of individual human dignity as preconditions to the achievement of an academic community that recognizes and utilizes the resources of all persons while reaffirming the tenets of academic freedom.

    The College recognizes its obligation to protect the rights of free inquiry and expression, and nothing herein shall be construed or applied so as to abridge the exercise of rights under the Constitution of the United States and other federal and state laws.

    Students or employees who believe that their rights under this policy have been violated shall have recourse under a respective grievance procedure (i.e., the student grievance procedure and the affirmative action grievance procedure) which is detailed in theBCC Student Policy Guide.

  • Official Publications of Berkshire Community College

    Course offerings, dates, tuition, fees, and other college information are subject to change at any time. The college reserves the right to add, withdraw, or revise any provision or requirement described herein. The information in this web site provided solely for the convenience of the reader, and the college expressly disclaims any liability which may otherwise be incurred. The information contained on this website is neither a contract or an offer to make a contract.

  • Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment of a student, an employee, or any other person at BCC is unlawful, unacceptable, impermissible and intolerable. In addition to sexual harassment being unlawful, it is also unlawful to retaliate against a student, employee, or any other person in the college for filing a complaint of sexual harassment or for cooperating in an investigation of sexual harassment.

    BCC's policies and procedures on sexual harassment are made available to all college community members. In addition to formal procedures, the college shall ensure that appropriate opportunities are available to students and employees to obtain counseling concerning their rights under the law and effective means of informally resolving grievances. A complete copy of the College's sexual harassment policy is included in theBCC Student Policy Guide.

  • Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited on all property owned or operated by Berkshire Community College (BCC). This consists of all buildings, all grounds, including exterior open spaces, parking lots, on-campus sidewalks, roadways and driveways, recreational spaces and practice facilities; and in all College-owned or leased vehicles. Smoking will only be allowed in private vehicles, lawfully parked on campus lots (North, Central and/or South lots), in which the smoker is authorized to be. A complete copy of the College's smoking policy is included in theBCC Student Policy Guide.