Student Rights and Responsibilities
Copies of the College’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, the Student Code of Conduct, and other policies and procedures relating to students are available in the Student Handbook and in the Dean of Student Development Office and the Student Life Office. Detailed information is available about rules and regulations, resolving complaints and grievances, and the consequences of rule violation.
New students at BC3 are introduced to the campus during special orientation programs presented by the Office of Student Life. Held before the start of classes each fall and spring semester, these sessions are designed to familiarize new students with the people, places, and services at the Butler Main Campus. Current BC3 students conduct tours and answer questions in a relaxed and informal setting. These special orientation programs are highly recommended for anyone attending classes at BC3.
Orientation programs are also held at the respective locations for students enrolled at BC3 @ Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing and BC3 @ LindenPointe (except for Pre-Nursing students who attend Orientation at the Butler Main Campus).
The Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE), located on the first floor of the Student Success Center, offers a range of support services to all BC3 students. Services include academic, career, transfer, and personal counseling; support for students with disabilities; and free tutorial assistance. In addition, the ACE facilitates the College’s placement testing and new student advising processes, and counselors within the ACE teach a variety of college and career readiness courses.
Academic counselors provide academic and personal counseling to assist students in understanding course and degree requirements; to connect students with college resources; and to inform students of BC3 policies and procedures. Counselors are available through the Academic Center for Enrichment and at each campus location.
Academic Advising – New students are advised by academic counselors and faculty members for the purpose of placement and proper course selection for the first semester. For each subsequent semester, departmental faculty advisors or academic counselors may meet with students to assess academic progress and to recommend further course selections.
Students have two options concerning academic advising. They may choose to:
- Meet with their faculty advisor or academic counselor each semester to plan their course selection for the following semester prior to registration (recommended) or
- Select and register without the assistance of a faculty advisor or academic counselor (Advisement By Choice). By choosing this option, students accept the responsibility for meeting all prerequisites and completing the program requirements toward graduation.
The following students are not eligible for Advisement By Choice:
- First time students (new and transfer)
- Students re-admitted after suspension or dismissal
- Students on Academic Probation
- Selected admissions programs (Medical Assistant, Nursing, Physical Therapy Assistant, Massage Therapy, and Paramedic)
- General Studies - Undecided (100U) and General Studies - Developmental (100D)
Academic Success Resources- Academic counselors are available to assist students interested in developing a strong framework for academic success either by appointment or through instruction within the following credit course offerings. Please refer to the course description in this Catalog for additional course information.
Personal Counseling- Counselors are available to assist students in dealing with personal problems that may be interfering with their academic success. Students may be referred to outside agencies if the sessions go beyond the resources of the department.
Assistance is provided to students interested in transferring from BC3 to senior-level institutions. Liberal arts courses and majors leading to the A.S. and A.A. degrees are specifically designed to meet and provide the appropriate framework for students planning to go on to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Please note that the final decision to accept transfer credits rests with the institution being transferred to. It is important that students establish contact with senior institutions early in order to ensure that they are following the most appropriate course sequences at BC3.
An academic counselor is designated to assist students who intend to transfer. Students should make an appointment during their first semester with the transfer counselor to: 1) identify possible senior institutions which meet their criteria; 2) outline a program of courses toward the associate degree which will transfer to that senior institution; 3) learn the procedures involved in the transfer process.
PASSHE Transfer Agreements- BC3 has eight majors that meet the Pennsylvania Statewide Articulation Agreement. This agreement guarantees that if a student graduates in one of these majors, that all of the required courses will transfer to any (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) PASSHE institutions. These majors include: Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science Transfer, English, Mathematics, Pre-K to 4 Education and Psychology.
In addition many local senior-level institutions have signed articulation agreements with Butler County Community College which assures students certain considerations when transferring. For an updated list of these schools and the specific programs and courses that the agreements apply to, please visit the Academic Center for Enrichment.
Students enrolled in credit courses are eligible to receive free tutoring. In order to receive tutoring, however, the student must complete a tutoring application. Tutoring applications are available in the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) located in the Student Success Center on BC3 main campus or at the front desk of your BC3 off-campus location.
Tutoring ranges from group review sessions to one-on-one meetings. The service is available during the day and on a limited basis in the evening at both main and off-campus sites. Online tutoring is also available to students enrolled in selected Internet courses. Students are encouraged to apply for tutoring early in the semester in order to fully benefit from the resources offered through the tutoring program.
Individuals who wish to be tutors (a paid position) must meet specific academic requirements. Contact the Coordinator of Tutoring at your BC3 campus for additional information or to apply.
The college’s Disabilities Coordinator advocates the rights of students with disabilities to equal educational opportunity and arranges services and accommodations for students with documented needs. Students with disabilities which may affect their academic progress and/or require accommodations are strongly encouraged to voluntarily register their potential needs directly with the Disabilities Coordinator prior to or early in the admissions process by completing the Disabled Student Services Application found on the college’s website. Students with severe physical disabilities, vision impairments, hearing impairments, and/or other disabilities which may involve special software, special equipment, and/or consultation with outside agencies such as OVR and BBVS are especially encouraged to submit their applications for services and accommodations to the Disabilities Coordinator as far in advance of their anticipated need as possible so that appropriate arrangements may be made. Official, written, third-party documentation of disability will be required in almost every case, but all such information will be treated as confidential. Guidelines for documentation are included in the Disabled Student Services Application packet. After submitting their applications for services and accommodations, students are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Disabilities Coordinator to review their accommodations and services and to review how to make appropriate use of them. The Disabilities Coordinator’s office is located in the Student Success Center on the Butler campus, but services and accommodations are made available at all college sites.
Career Services, located in the Student Success Center, is designed to provide career counseling and planning, resume and cover letter review, portfolio development, job search assistance, and interviewing skills to students and alumni. Students and alumni may post their resumes and search for jobs at www.collegecentral.com/bc3. Information regarding Cooperative Education (Co-op) employment opportunities may be obtained through the Career Services Specialist.
- A career services specialist teaches the Job Readiness Course to help students identify, communicate and market their qualifications to obtain employment. Students learn strategies for finding employment which include how to write resumes and cover letters, develop job leads, and prepare for job interviews.
- Academic counselors teach the Career Planning Course to assist students in choosing a college major and in developing skills necessary for self-assessment, long-range planning and development, and setting realistic career goals.
Job Search Assistance – Employment opportunities reported to the college are posted on www.collegecentral.com/bc3. Positions for fulltime, part-time and summer employment are available. Students and alumni may utilize the Resume Service by placing their resumes on file for employers to access. Staff will also assist students with the job search by forwarding resumes to employers upon request.
Cooperative Education – Cooperative education (co-op) is an academic experience designed to give students real-world work experience before graduation by integrating classroom study with planned, supervised work experience in which the student is a regular, paid employee. Students with a practicum or internship in their major may have the option of working in a co-op as an alternative.
The co-op experience:
- provides real life experience
- earns academic credit
- increases marketability upon graduation
- provides financial support
- applies classroom theory in a practical setting
To be eligible for a co-op assignment, students must have a minimum of 12 credits completed with a 3.0 GPA in their major and a total of 20 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.75 overall. Students must be approved by the faculty and co-op coordinator, complete the required paperwork, attend co-op seminars, and identify and describe co-op regulations.
Students interested in applying for a co-op position should obtain an application from the Career Services Specialist whose office is located in the Student Success Center.
KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success), a program offered in collaboration with the PA Department of Public Welfare, is designed to assist TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and food stamp clients who are enrolled in a community college. KEYS provides financial and academic support services to eligible BC3 students, as well as, acts as a liaison to the county assistance offices and other community service agencies.
For information about program services and eligibility requirements, stop into the KEYS office located in the Student Success Center or call the KEYS office at 724-287-8711, ext. 8458. (NOTE: Availability of services is contingent upon continued state grant funding.)
Carl D. Perkins Services
The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins program is to develop more fully the academic, career, and technical skills of postsecondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs. Students enrolled in these programs may be eligible to receive one or more services offered through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Program at BC3. Services include: tutorial support, lab assistants, career resources, and assistance from a Career and Academic Counselor. These services exist to assist students enrolled in Career and Technical Education programs attain technical skill proficiency; to complete their certificate, diploma or AAS degree program, and to become employed. Attention is also given to students who are enrolled in non-traditional programs for their gender. (Note: Availability of the services provided by the Carl D. Perkins program is contingent upon continued governmental funding.)
Technology Independent Study Lab (TISL)
The TISL open computer lab has staff to assist students in a variety of technical areas including the Internet, Blackboard, e-mail, CAD software, disk management, and other computer-related issues. Laptop computers are available to check out for occupational majors. The TISL is located in the Science and Technology Building, on the third floor, Room T316. Hours vary by semester, evenings are available.
Government – The Executive Council for Students and the Office of Student Life work together to support clubs and organizations at BC3. These offices work with groups on the formation of new clubs, the recruitment of members, student activity fund allocations, fundraising, program planning and publicity, community service, and involvement in campus projects. They also coordinate events on campus including performances, dances, plays, picnics and much more. Participating students develop leadership qualities and learn skills in planning, organizing, and implementing events.
Student Newspaper – The Cube is a regularly published newspaper by and for the students of BC3. The Cube provides information about the campus as well as student opinions concerning campus life. This lively forum of exchange is a great learning experience for the student staff.
Academic Honors – Those who achieve academic excellence on campus are recognized in four ways. First, there are the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA) and President’s List (3.75 GPA) recognitions. Second, there is an invitation for membership in the honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, for those students who qualify. Third, those with a combination of good grades and involvement with activities will be nominated for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges. Fourth, graduates are recognized for their total grade point average (GPA) in the Commencement Program. Cum Laude (3.25 GPA), Magna Cum Laude (3.5 GPA), and Summa Cum Laude (3.75 GPA).
Clubs and Organizations – There are 28 clubs and organizations active on campus. There is something for everyone and if not, new clubs may be formed with the help of the Executive Council for Students.
Current clubs include acting, writing, student wellness, various academic program organizations and much more. Students have the opportunity to expand their resumes, gain valuable leadership experience, have fun, and meet many good friends through these activities.
Events and Entertainment
The College and Student Government present a variety of cultural events, concerts, lectures, and activities throughout the academic year. Annual events include Monster Madness, Spring Fling, Island Bash, and the Ice Cream Social along with discounted excursions to various athletic events and Broadway shows. Both the students and community are invited to attend these activities.
Senior Citizen Audit
Any resident of Butler County who is at least sixty-two years old (proof of age required) may enroll in credit classes at the College on a space available basis without paying tuition, required fees, or an application fee. At the time of registration, the student must indicate if they wish to take audited or credit courses. Senior citizens may register for available classes on the last day before classes begin. Audit students have the right to attend class, but do not take tests, submit term papers, or receive grades. Students receive an electronic grade report at the end of the semester indicating audit or a grade if taken for credit. Any additional expenses associated with the course such as books and other instructional materials are incurred by the student.
Intercollegiate and Intramural Athletics
Butler County Community College provides competitive athletic programs for both the intercollegiate and the intramural student. Both programs have significant diversity and offer opportunity for both men and women separately as well as co-educationally.
The intercollegiate program offers competition in basketball and baseball for men and basketball, softball and volleyball for women. Golf is open to both men and women. Butler County Community College belongs to the National Junior College Athletic Association, Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference, and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association. Student athletes are afforded the opportunity to earn recognition at the conference, state, and national level.
The intramural program is offered to the student who enjoys recreational activity at a competitive level. The program design and content varies with the needs and interests of the current student body. Typically, competition is offered in basketball, volleyball, softball, racquetball, weight lifting, pool, and table tennis.
Butler County Community College has established a Veterans Affairs Office to provide a wide variety of services and information to veterans and their dependents. The Veterans Affairs Office is run out of the Office of Financial Aid and is located in the Student Success Center. The Financial Aid staff is available to assist eligible persons in applying for veterans’ educational benefits. Veterans should notify the Associate Director of Financial Aid at the time they apply for admission to ensure timely receipt of benefits. The staff is prepared to help veterans in the areas of financial aid, academic advisement, tutoring, and counseling.
Academic Progress for Veterans Receiving Educational Benefits
Academic progress is reviewed each May for Veterans receiving educational benefits. For every two semesters, a veteran receiving educational benefits must pass 75% of attempted credits. Veterans attending on a part-time basis will have their progress prorated proportionally. Additionally, the following GPA requirements must be met.
Note: Grades of “F” and “I” count as completed for GPA review. Veterans failing to satisfy either of the above standards will have their educational benefits terminated until such time as they satisfy all progress requirements.
Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC)
The CCLC provides a safe and healthy environment for the children of BC3 students, faculty, staff, and community. The CCLC is licensed as a preschool/kindergarten by the PA Dept. of Education and is licensed by the PA Dept. of Public Welfare for child care. The Center has a developmentally appropriate curriculum and serves as a lab school for various academic programs including Early Childhood Education at BC3. The CCLC accepts children 3 years (toilet trained) to six years of age. The CCLC staff consists of the Director, Assistant director, teachers, assistant group supervisors and work study students. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere fosters creative learning experiences for the children.
Annually Butler County Community College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, otherwise known as the Buckley Amendment. This Act, with which the College intends to comply fully, was designated to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with Act.
BC3 policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the Policy can be found in the Office of Records and Registration. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Office of Records and Registration.
Students should be aware that the College releases Public information requested by interested persons or agencies without written permission of the student unless the currently enrolled student submits a written request to the Office of Records and Registration that this information should not be released. Public information which may be disclosed includes a student’s name, address, major field of study, participation in activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, previous educational
institutions attended by the student, photographs, and videos. At Butler County Community College, Public information does not include Social Security Number, birth date, phone number, email address, or salaries.
Currently enrolled students have the right to withhold disclosure of all (not partial) categories of public information. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Office of Records and Registration prior to mid-semester of each semester/summer session. Students are cautioned that withholding information can have adverse consequences when we are unable to verify attendance or degrees to agencies, insurance companies, or prospective employers. Former students and alumni are not covered under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. Therefore the College is not obligated to honor requests for non-disclosure of Public information from former students.
Butler County Community College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable and productive environment for all employees, students and visitors. Therefore, smoking and the use of all tobacco products are prohibited on all campuses and sites owned and/or leased by Butler County Community College and College vehicles effective July 1, 2009. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students and visitors of Butler County Community College. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.
Butler County Community College fosters enhancing the quality of life of the College Community by providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for all students, employees, and visitors, as well as safeguarding its facilities and assets, through the integration of video monitoring and recording equipment and systems. Video monitoring and recording equipment and systems will be used in a professional, ethical, confidential, and legal manner on all campuses, sites owned and/or leased by Butler County Community College at any time, including but not limited to facilities, grounds, and parking lots, with specific limitations that would not violate the reasonable expectation of privacy as defined by law.
Signage may be posted in the appropriate monitored areas to inform individuals that “these premises may be under video MONITORING.” In the event the College experiences criminal activity, either to property and/or persons, the College may use video monitoring and recording equipment and systems for apprehending violators and/or covert video monitoring and recording purposes within the parameters outlined in this policy.
Information obtained through the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems may be utilized for investigative, safety and security purposes, law enforcement, compliance with College policy and procedures, and compliance with the Student Code of Conduct and will only be released when authorized by the College President, in conjunction with the Director of Campus Police and Security, Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Compliance Officer, and/or Dean of Student Development, according to the guidelines established in this policy and in compliance with applicable laws. College personnel are prohibited from disseminating or using any information obtained through the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems except for law enforcement and/or official College purposes. Only authorized personnel shall have access to the video monitoring and recording equipment and systems.
This policy is consistent with the College’s commitment to equal opportunity, integrity, diversity, excellence, human dignity, mutual respect, and other related College policies such as Sexual Harassment, Anti-Harassment, and Nondiscrimination. The College prohibits video monitoring and recording based on classifications and characteristics including, but not limited to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disability, age or sex. Any violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.