2012-2013 BC Law School Catalog

2012-2013 BC Law School Catalog
ever to excel
Boston College
Chestnut Hill
Massachusetts 02467
Boston College Bulletin 2012–2013
Boston College Law School
Volume LXXXV, Number 28, June 2012
The Boston College Bulletin contains current information regarding the University calendar,
admissions, degree requirements, fees, regulations, and course offerings. It is not intended to be and
should not be relied upon as a statement of the University’s contractual undertakings.
Boston College reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its program, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes
in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, cancelling
of scheduled classes and other academic activities, and requiring or affording alternatives for scheduled
classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable
under the circumstances.
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and
to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community
of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect
for one another and for the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself
to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those
who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status.
Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to
take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to
comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational
programs on the basis of a person’s race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or
parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state
law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation.
To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA. Any applicant for
admission or employment, and all students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise any
questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity: Boston College
Office for Institutional Diversity (OID), 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467,
Phone: 617-552-2323, Email: [email protected]
The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees the efforts of the following additional
Title IX coordinators: (i) Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-3482 or ([email protected]);
(ii) University Harassment Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii)
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women’s Administrator, 310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill,
MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-4801 or ([email protected]).
In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful discrimination has occurred at Boston
College may raise this issue with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States Department
of Education.
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Table of Contents
About Boston College
The University.......................................................................3
The Mission of Boston College..............................................3
Brief History of Boston College.............................................3
Accreditation of the University...............................................4
The Campus..........................................................................4
Academic Resources...............................................................5
Art and Performance..............................................................5
Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC).....................5
The Help Center (2-HELP)...................................................5
Language Laboratory..............................................................5
The Libraries..........................................................................5
Media Technology Services....................................................7
University Research Institutes and Centers.............................7
Student Life Resources.........................................................11
Disability Services Office......................................................12
Annual Notification of Rights..............................................13
Confidentiality of Student Records......................................14
Consumer Notices and Disclosures (HEOA).......................14
Financial Aid........................................................................15
Notice of Non-Discrimination.............................................16
Off-Campus Housing..........................................................16
Tuition and Fees..................................................................16
Massachusetts Medical Insurance.........................................17
National Student Clearinghouse...........................................18
Boston College Graduate Degree Programs..........................18
Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity...............................................................21
Academic Regulations .........................................................22
Boston College Law School
Registration for Bar Examination.........................................27
Advanced Standing..............................................................27
Dual Degree Program in Law and
Business Administration.......................................................27
Dual Degree Program in Law and Social Work....................27
Dual Degree Program in Law and Education.......................27
London Program..................................................................27
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree...........................................28
Administration.................................................................... 30-33
Academic Calendar 2012-2013.................................................34
Directory and Office Locations........................................... 35-36
Campus Maps...........................................................................37
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About Boston College
The University
From its beginnings in 1863 as a small Jesuit college for boys
in Boston’s South End, Boston College has grown into a national
institution of higher learning that is regularly listed among the top 40
universities in the nation in ratings compiled by publications such as
Barron’s and U.S. News and World Report.
The University, now located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut
Hill, Massachusetts, enrolls 9,088 full-time undergraduates and 4,818
graduate students, hailing from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign
countries. Boston College offers its diverse student body state-of-the-art
facilities for learning: a full range of computer services including online
access to databases in business, economics, social sciences, and law, and
a library system with over 2.7 million books, periodicals, and government documents, and more than 4 million microform units.
Boston College awards bachelor’s and graduate degrees in more
than 50 subjects and interdisciplinary areas within the College of Arts
and Sciences, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from three
professional schools: the Carroll School of Management, founded in
1938; the Connell School of Nursing, founded in 1947; and the Lynch
School of Education, founded in 1952, which is now known as the
Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education. Boston College
also awards master’s and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of
Social Work, and the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws from Boston
College Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 30 law
schools in the United States.
The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry was formed
on June 1, 2008, when the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology
and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry joined to
offer a full array of ministerial and theological courses and degrees. Both
a graduate divinity school and an ecclesiastical faculty of theology regulated by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (1979), the
school offers both master’s and doctoral degrees, civil and ecclesiastical
degrees, and a wide variety of continuing education offerings, including
online programs through Church in the 21st Century (C21 Online).
The Mission of Boston College
Strengthened by more than a century and a quarter of dedication
to academic excellence, Boston College commits itself to the highest
standards of teaching and research in undergraduate, graduate, and
professional programs and to the pursuit of a just society through
its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff, and the
achievements of its graduates. It seeks both to advance its place among
the nation’s finest universities and to bring to the company of its distinguished peers and to contemporary society the richness of the Catholic
intellectual ideal of a mutually illuminating relationship between religious faith and free intellectual inquiry.
Boston College draws inspiration for its academic and societal
mission from its distinctive religious tradition. As a Catholic and Jesuit
university, it is rooted in a world view that encounters God in all creation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth
in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly
together. In this spirit, the University regards the contribution of different religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of
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its intellectual life and to the continuous development of its distinctive
intellectual heritage. Boston College pursues this distinctive mission by
serving society in three ways:
• by fostering the rigorous intellectual development and the
religious, ethical, and personal formation of its undergraduate,
graduate, and professional students in order to prepare them for
citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society;
• by producing significant national and international research that
advances insight and understanding, thereby both enriching culture and addressing important societal needs;
• and by committing itself to advance the dialogue between religious belief and other formative elements of culture through the
intellectual inquiry, teaching and learning, and the community
life that form the University.
Boston College fulfills this mission with a deep concern for all
members of its community, with a recognition of the important contribution a diverse student body, faculty, and staff can offer, with a firm
commitment to academic freedom, and with a determination to exercise careful stewardship of its resources in pursuit of its academic goals.
Brief History of Boston College
Boston College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863,
and is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
With three teachers and 22 students, the school opened its doors on
September 5, 1864. At the outset and for more than seven decades of its
first century, the College remained an exclusively liberal arts institution
with emphasis on the Greek and Latin classics, English and modern
languages, and with more attention to philosophy than to the physical
or social sciences. Religion, of course, had its place in the classroom as
well as in the nonacademic life of the College.
Originally located on Harrison Avenue in the South End of
Boston, where it shared quarters with the Boston College High School,
the College outgrew its urban setting toward the end of its first 50
years. A new location was selected in Chestnut Hill, then almost rural,
and four parcels of land were acquired in 1907. A design competition
for the development of the campus was won by the firm of Maginnis
and Walsh, and ground was broken on June 19, 1909, for the construction of Gasson Hall. It is located on the site of the Lawrence farmhouse,
in the center of the original tract of land purchased by Father Gasson
and is built largely of stone taken from the surrounding property.
Later purchases doubled the size of the property, with the addition
of the upper campus in 1941, and the lower campus with the purchase
of the Lawrence Basin and adjoining land in 1949. In 1974, Boston
College acquired Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a mile-and-ahalf from the main campus. With 15 buildings standing on 40 acres,
it is now the site of the Boston College Law School and dormitories
housing over 800 students, primarily freshmen.
Though incorporated as a University since its beginning, it was
not until its second half-century that Boston College began to fill
out the dimensions of its University charter. The Summer Session
was inaugurated in 1924; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
in 1925; the Law School in 1929; the Evening College in 1929;
the Graduate School of Social Work in 1936; and the College of
Business Administration in 1938. The latter, along with its Graduate
School established in 1957, is now known as the Carroll School of
Management. The Schools of Nursing and Education were founded
in 1947 and 1952, respectively, and are now known as the Connell
School of Nursing and the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of
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Education. The Weston Observatory, founded in 1928, was accepted
as a Department of Boston College in 1947, offering courses in geophysics and geology. In 2002, the Evening College was renamed the
Woods College of Advancing Studies, offering the master’s as well as
the bachelor’s degree.
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences began programs at the
doctoral level in 1952. Now courses leading to the doctorate are offered
by 12 Arts and Sciences departments. The Schools of Education and
Nursing, the Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs, and
the Graduate School of Social Work also offer doctoral programs.
In 1927, Boston College conferred one earned bachelor’s degree
and fifteen master’s degrees to women through the Extension Division,
the precursor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Evening
College, and the Summer Session. By 1970, all undergraduate programs had become coeducational. Today, female students comprise
more than half of the University’s enrollment.
In July 1996, the University’s longest presidency, 24 years, came
to an end when Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., became chancellor and
was succeeded in the presidency by Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. During
the decade of the nineties, the University completed several major construction projects, including the expansion and renovation of Higgins
Hall, the updating of residence halls on the upper campus and Newton
campus, and the construction of a new office building for faculty and
administration on lower campus. These projects provided on-campus
housing for more than 80% of the University’s undergraduates.
Since 1996, the University’s endowment has grown from $590
million to approximately $1.5 billion, with the “Ever to Excel” campaign raising more than $440 million in gifts from approximately
90,000 donors.
In September 2002, Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., initiated “The
Church in the 21st Century” to examine critical issues confronting the
Catholic Church. A milestone in the history of the University took
place on June 29, 2004, when Boston College acquired 43 acres of land
and five buildings in Brighton previously owned by the Archdiocese of
Boston. The following November, the University also purchased 78.5
acres of land in Dover from the Dominican Fathers to serve as a retreat
and conference center. In August 2007, the University purchased an
additional 18 acres of Brighton land from the Archdiocese, including
several administrative and academic buildings. On December 5, 2007,
Boston College unveiled its 10-year, $1.6 billion expansion plan,
including a recreation complex, residences for undergraduates, a fine
arts district, and new athletic facilities.
In the fall of 2008, BC’s new School of Theology and Ministry
opened its doors on the Brighton campus. In 1939 Weston College had
been designated as a constituent college of BC, but in 1974 changed
its name to the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. In June 2008 it
re-affiliated with BC, and joined the Institute of Religious Education
and Pastoral Ministry and C21 Online to form the new Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry. In June 2009, after a series of public
hearings, the City of Boston gave its approval to BC’s expansion plan
for the Lower and Brighton campuses. In late August 2011, after 15
months of extensive renovations, Gasson Hall, the University’s first
building on the Heights, reopened for classes. Work on nearby Stokes
Hall, the 186,000 square foot academic building on Middle Campus,
is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2012, with classes beginning in
spring of 2013.
Accreditation of the University
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Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions
of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of
School and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC
since 1935.
CIHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards
of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of CIHE’s
guidelines, member institutions of NEASC undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive
self-study. Boston College’s next full review for accreditation will occur
in 2017.
For information regarding the accreditation process please reference: http://cihe.neasc.org or the New England Association of School
and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 017301433. Inquiries regarding BC’s accreditation may be directed to the
Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270
Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260). For
a paper copy of this information, please contact the Boston College
Office of Institutional Research at 617-552-3111 or [email protected] The
mailing address is Boston College, IRPA, St. Clement’s Hall, 140
Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
In addition to NEASC, a variety of schools and programs at BC
are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies such as: Connell
School of Nursing: American Association of Colleges of Nursing;
Carroll School of Management: Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business; Law School: American Bar Association; Graduate
School of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education; School
of Theology and Ministry: The Association of Theological Schools;
School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department: American
Chemical Society; Lynch School of Education, Teacher Education,
Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction programs: Teacher
Education Accreditation Council; Doctoral Program in Counseling
Psychology: American Psychological Association.
The Campus
Located between Boston and Newton, Boston College benefits
from its proximity to one of America’s greatest cities and its setting in a
quiet residential suburb. Often cited as a model of university planning,
the Main Campus is located in idyllic Chestnut Hill, just six miles from
the heart of culturally rich Boston.
The 120-acre Chestnut Hill campus comprises three levels: the
Upper Campus, which contains undergraduate residence halls; the
Middle Campus, which contains classrooms, laboratories, administrative offices, and student facilities; and the Lower Campus, which
includes Robsham Theater, Conte Forum, and student residences as
well as dining, recreational, and parking facilities.
The Newton Campus is situated one and one-half miles from the
Chestnut Hill campus on a 40-acre site that includes Boston College
Law School, as well as undergraduate dormitories, athletic fields, and
student service facilities.
The Brighton Campus, recently acquired from the Archdiocese of
Boston, is located across Commonwealth Avenue from the Chestnut
Hill Campus on a 65-acre site that will include administrative offices,
an arts district, an athletics complex, and residence halls.
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Academic Resources
Art and Performance
Boston College is home to a rich mix of cultural organizations,
including musical performance groups, dance troupes, and theatre productions, ranging from classical to contemporary. Among the musical
groups, students find a gospel choir, a pep band, a cappella groups, and
jazz ensembles. The McMullen Museum of Art regularly mounts critically acclaimed exhibitions, including past surveys of work by Edvard
Munch and Caravaggio. The Theatre Department presents six dramatic
and musical productions each year while student organizations produce
dozens of other projects. The annual Arts Festival is a 3-day celebration of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni
involved in the arts.
Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC)
The CTRC, located on the second floor of the O’Neill Library
(room 250), is a resource for campus technology support and services.
The CTRC provides a productive environment for the creative use
of technology to enhance the academic experience. They offer a wide
range of services to the Boston College community including email,
printing, scanning, video editing, and music technology stations. Users
also have access to Windows and Macintosh computers for various
standard and specialized software applications for word processing,
spreadsheets, statistical analysis, programming, graphics production,
database management, and faculty sponsored applications. The Walkin Help Desk (located in O’Neill 248) provides troubleshooting services for personal computers, including software configuration, network
connectivity, virus protection and removal, and password assistance.
To learn more, visit www.bc.edu/ctrc.
The Help Center (2-HELP)
The Help Center provides technical support via telephone (617552-HELP), email ([email protected]), and internet (www.bc.edu/
help) to the BC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Hardware Repair Center
The Hardware Repair Center is located in O’Neill 208 and
provides warranty and non-warranty repair of Apple, Dell, HP and
Lenovo computers. For hours, rates and contact information please
visit: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/help/essentials/software/
Language Laboratory
The Boston College Language Laboratory serves the language
learning and teaching needs of all of the University’s language and
literature departments, non-native speakers of English and the BC community at large from its center in Lyons Hall, room 313. By providing access to installed and portable equipment to be used with audio,
video, cable television and multimedia learning tools, the Lab pursues
its mission to promote and facilitate the acquisition and enhancement
of language skills and cultural competence. In addition to its listening/
recording stations and teacher console, the facility includes: Mac and
PC workstations, wireless laptops, laser printers, a materials development workstation, TV/video/DVD viewing rooms and media carrels, a
CD listening station, and portable audio and video equipment.
The Language Laboratory boasts an extensive catalog of resources
in more than 17 languages and in multiple formats (analog and digital
audio, videocassette, DVD, cable television programming, computer/
multimedia software, print materials—including monolingual and
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bilingual dictionaries, as well as language textbooks and activity manuals for elementary through advanced language courses). Designed to
assist users in the acquisition and maintenance of aural comprehension,
oral and written proficiency, and cultural awareness, these resources
directly support and/or supplement curriculum requirements in world
language, culture, music, and literature.
The Language Lab also supports the course planning and classroom
teaching needs of language and literature faculty by encouraging recommendations for new acquisitions, assisting in the preparation of course
materials, and serving as a multimedia classroom for the facilitation of
curricular programming, including student participation in online language and intercultural learning exchanges with global partners.
Boston College community members who wish to use the
Language Laboratory facility and its collection will find the staff available during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to assist them in
the operation of equipment and in the selection of appropriate materials
for their course-related or personal language needs. For more information about the Language Laboratory, call 617-552-8473 or visit www.
The Libraries
The Boston College Libraries offer a wealth of resources and services in support of the teaching and research activities of the University.
The book collection numbers more than 2.1 million volumes and
over 37,000 print and electronic serials. In addition to O’Neill, the
Boston College Libraries comprise the Bapst Art Library, the Burns
Library (rare books and special collections), the Educational Resource
Center, the Law School Library, the O’Connor Library (at the Weston
Observatory), the Social Work Library, and the Theology and Ministry
Library. Available in the Libraries are workstations with productivity
software, scanners, networked printers, as well as group study rooms.
Digital Library Services
The Boston College Libraries provide online access to a wide
range of articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as
e-books, government documents, images, streaming video and audio,
and other digital content. These resources, as well as detailed information about physical books and other items in the Libraries, are accessible via a central online discovery system as well as more than 500
subject-specific databases.
Books, DVDs, and other items checked out from the Libraries can
be renewed online. Items not available at BC can be requested online
from other libraries via interlibrary loan and WorldCat Local.
The Libraries also provide more than 240 online research guides,
including guides for broad and narrow subjects and specific Boston
College courses. Library staff supplement in-person instruction, reference, and consultation services with expert help via e-mail, text, 24/7
chat, and online tutorials.
The Boston College Libraries website is at http://bc.edu/libraries.
Digital Institutional Repository
The [email protected] digital repository is a central online system
maintained by the Boston College University Libraries. The goal is to
showcase and preserve Boston College’s scholarly output and to maximize research visibility and influence. [email protected] encourages
community contributors to archive and disseminate scholarly work,
peer-reviewed publications, books, chapters, conference proceedings,
and small data sets in an online open access environment.
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[email protected] archives and makes digitally available the undergraduate honors theses and doctoral dissertations written by students at
Boston College.
As part of its eScholarship services, the Libraries host several open
access journals. Library staff members provide set-up, initial design and
technical support to the journal staff. For access and more information
about [email protected], visit www.bc.edu/escholarship.
United States Government Publications
Boston College Libraries is a member of the Federal Depository
Library Program. O’Neill Library receives selective government documents in electronic format, and maintains a legacy print collection.
These materials are available to the general public as well as to Boston
College students, faculty, and staff. Researchers can locate government
documents in the online discovery system, and through a number of
databases such as ProQuest Congressional and Hein Online.
Questions about the availability of government publications
should be directed to the Government Documents librarian or the
Reference staff at O’Neill Library.
Media Center
The Media Center on the second floor of the O’Neill Library
houses the Library’s main collection of DVDs, videocassettes, compact
discs, audiocassettes, and LPs. Media materials can be located via the
online discovery system. The Media Center has individual viewing stations, a preview room for small groups viewing, a classroom that may
be reserved by faculty for classes using Media materials, digital video
cameras, and a scanning station.
Interlibrary Loan
An Interlibrary Loan service is offered to students, faculty, administrators, and staff to obtain research materials not owned by the Boston
College Libraries. Books, journal articles, microfilm, and theses and
government documents may be borrowed from other libraries across
the nation. Some materials arrive within a day or two and electronic
titles are delivered directly to the user’s desktop. Requests are made by
using forms in the online discovery system and the Find It option that
appears in many online databases.
Boston Library Consortium
The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of area libraries
which includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Boston University,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts
University, the University of Massachusetts system, the University of
New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College, as well as
the State Library of Massachusetts and the Marine Biological Laboratory
at Woods Hole. Boston College offers direct self-service borrowing
and delivery from the BLC libraries by using WorldCat Local, one
of the databases available to the BC community. With a Consortium
borrower’s card, faculty and students may visit a BLC library and checkout directly from the member library. In order to receive a BLC card,
ask at the O’Neill Circulation Desk for more information about the
Consortium services.
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada that
share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. It is an
important and distinctive association because of its membership and
the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make
up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace,
spending more than $1 billion every year on library materials. Boston
College was invited to become a member of ARL in 2000.
The Libraries of Boston College include:
Bapst Art Library, a beautiful collegiate Gothic building that
served as the main library for over 60 years, has been restored to its
original splendor and houses the resources for library research in art,
architecture, art history, and photography. A gallery which displays
student artwork is located off the lobby, while the Graduate Study
and Research Space is located in the mezzanine of the Kresge Reading
Room. Gargan Hall, with its magnificent stained glass windows, provides for quiet study 24 hours a day, five days a week when classes are
in session. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/bapst.
John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections: The
University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are
housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst
Library Building, north entrance. These distinguished and varied collections speak eloquently of the University’s commitment to the preservation and dissemination of human knowledge. The Burns Library
is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16 million manuscripts,
and important collections of architectural records, maps, art works,
photographs, films, prints, artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns
Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of
research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitana;
Fine Print; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925–1975; Boston
history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional
archives. It has also won acclaim for significant holdings on American
detective fiction, Thomas Merton, Japanese prints, Colonial and early
Republic Protestantism, banking, and urban studies, anchored by the
papers of Jane Jacobs. To learn more about specific holdings in Burns,
please see www.bc.edu/burns. Burns sponsors an active exhibit and lecture series program. Burns is also actively digitizing many of its holdings,
and these collections can be viewed at: www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/
The University Archives are the official non-current papers and
records of an institution that are retained permanently for their legal,
fiscal, or historical values. The University Archives, a department within
the John J. Burns Library, contains: the office records and documents
of the various University offices, academic and other; copies of all
University publications, including student publications; movie footage
of Boston College football; some audiovisual materials; and tape recordings of the University Lecture Series and other significant events. A
significant collection of photographs documents the pictorial history of
Boston College. Alumni, faculty, and Jesuit records are also preserved.
In addition, the University Archives is the repository for the records of
Newton College of the Sacred Heart (1946–1975) and the documents
of the Jesuit Community of Boston College (1863–).
The Educational Resource Center, a state-of-the-art-center, serves
the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education students
and faculty. The collections include children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, curriculum and instructional materials in all formats, educational
and psychological tests, educational software intended for elementary
and secondary school instruction, and educational technology. In addition, the ERC has an interactive technology room designed to assist
students in integrating computers and other technology in the K–12
classroom as well as to practice lesson plans and presentations. These
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materials are unique to the needs of the Lynch School of Education
and do not duplicate materials found in the O’Neill Library. For more
information, visit www.bc.edu/erc.
Located on the Newton Campus, the Law School Library has a
collection of approximately 468,000 volumes and volume equivalents
of legal and related materials in a variety of media. The collection
includes primary source materials consisting of reports of judicial decisions and statutory materials as well as a broad collection of secondary
research materials in the form of textbooks and treatises, legal and related periodicals, legal encyclopedias, and related reference works. Most
law-related licensed databases, with the exception of LexisNexis and
Westlaw, are open for the entire university’s use and may be accessed
remotely. The Library possesses substantial and growing collections of
international and comparative law works. The Daniel R. Coquillette
Rare Book Room holds the Law Library’s special collections and features an ongoing series of exhibits. For more information, visit www.bc.
The Catherine B. O’Connor Geophysics Library: Located at
Weston Observatory, this library contains a specialized collection of
earth sciences monographs, periodicals, and maps, particularly in the
areas of seismology, geology, and geophysics. For more information,
visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/weston.html.
The Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr., Library is named for the former
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill,
Jr., class of 1936. The O’Neill Library is the central research library of
the University and is located on the Main Campus in Chestnut Hill.
Collections include approximately 2.1 million volumes on a broad
range of subjects reflecting the University’s extensive curriculum and
research initiatives. For more information visit, www.bc.edu/libraries/
The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC), located on the
second floor of O’Neill Library in the Eileen M. and John M. Connors,
Jr., Learning Center, is a comprehensive, inclusive resource serving all
of the University’s students and faculty. The mission of the Center is
to enhance teaching and learning across the University. One of the
CFLC’s three professional staff members assists students with learning
disabilities, helping to ensure their academic success at Boston College.
The Center offers free peer tutoring as well as sponsors seminars,
workshops, and discussions for faculty and graduate teaching fellows
on strategies for successful teaching and learning.
The Social Work Library, located in McGuinn Hall, offers the
full range of library services and resources needed to support students
of the Graduate School of Social Work. The collection also serves the
departments of Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Nursing, and
related disciplines. Services are provided on-site by two librarians and
two staff members. Many services can be accessed remotely through the
Social Work Library website. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/
The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) is the newest Boston
College library. Serving the research, teaching, learning, and pastoral
formation needs of the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint
John’s Seminary, the library’s collections are centered in biblical studies, Catholic theology, history, canon law, and Jesuitana. The TML
is a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and
Resources Network whose libraries’ combined collections number
nearly a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines.
In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston
College, the library is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields. For more
information visit www.bc.edu/libraries/collections/theology.html.
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Media Technology Services
Media Technology Services, a division of Information Technology
Services, provides a full range of media and technology services to the
entire University. MTS can assist members of the Boston College community who are using technology in the areas of teaching and learning,
research projects, conference planning, and event support.
A wide array of equipment and multimedia display devices are
available, and MTS can provide training and support for faculty who
teach in classrooms that are equipped with the latest in multimedia
technology. Services such as digital photography and media, video and
audio production, CD and DVD production and duplication, and
graphic design are also available. Faculty who wish to reach their students outside of the classroom can take advantage of the BC Cable TV
system by airing original or rental films and videos. Media Technology
Services is located in Campion Hall, Room 36. For more information,
call 617-552-4500 or visit www.bc.edu/offices/mts/home.html.
Divisions within MTS include:
• Classroom Support Services
• Graphic Services
• Photography Services
• Audio Services
• Video Services
• Cable Television Services
• Film and Video Rentals
• Newton Campus Support Services
• Project Management and Technical Support Services
University Research Institutes and
Research is an important part of the intellectual life at Boston
College. Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates
collaborate in a range of research strategies across the disciplines and
professional schools including laboratory studies, quantitative and
qualitative research, archival and textual research, theory development,
and field and basic research. In addition to the work of individual
faculty and units, Boston College supports the collaborative work of
faculty and students across the University through the following centers
and institutes:
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Through its many campus events, seminars, publications, and visiting fellows program, the Boisi Center creates opportunities for scholars,
policy makers, and media and religious leaders to connect in conversation and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion
and American public life. The Center does not seek to advance any ideological or theological agenda, whether conservative or liberal. Rather,
it operates on the conviction that rigorous conversation about religion
and public life can clarify the moral consequences of public policies in
ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America’s
increasing religious diversity. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/
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Center for Christian-Jewish Learning
The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is devoted to the multifaceted development and implementation of new relationships between
Christians and Jews that are based not merely on toleration, but on
full respect and mutual enrichment. This defining purpose flows from
the mission of Boston College and responds to the vision expressed in
Roman Catholic documents ever since the Second Vatican Council.
The building of new, positive relationships between Jews
and Christians requires sustained collaborative academic research.
Therefore, under the Center’s auspices, scholars and thinkers representing diverse Jewish and Christian perspectives engage in intense and
ongoing study of all aspects of our related, yet distinct, traditions of
faith and culture.
The Center is thus dedicated to conducting educational research
and to offering programs, both in the University and the wider community, in which Christians and Jews explore their traditions together.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cjlearning.
Center for Corporate Citizenship
The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has a membership base of 400 global companies who are committed to leveraging
their social, economic, and human resources to ensure business success
and a more just and sustainable world. The Center, which is a part of
the Carroll School of Management, achieves results through the power
of research, education, and member engagement. The Center offers
publications including an electronic newsletter, research reports, and a
weekly media monitor; professional development programs; and events
that include an annual conference, roundtables, and regional meetings.
Contact the Center for Corporate Citizenship at 617-552-4545, www.
bccorporatecitizenship.org, or [email protected]
Center for East Europe, Russia, and Asia
The Center’s programs encourage faculty and students to participate in interdepartmental endeavors on both the graduate and
undergraduate levels. Participating faculty come from the Fine Arts,
History, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic and Eastern Languages
and Literatures, and Theology departments, and offer over 80 academic
courses connected with the study of the culture, history, and political
life of East Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia.
Information is available from the Directors, Cynthia Simmons
(Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Lyons Hall, Room 210)
and Roberta Manning (History, Maloney Hall, Room 417).
Center for Human Rights and International Justice
The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, a collaborative effort of faculty from various departments and schools at
Boston College, addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of
human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs,
applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the
Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners
who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of
rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and international justice. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/humanrights.
Center for Ignatian Spirituality
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College offers
members of the university—and faculty and staff in particular—opportunities to learn about and experience more deeply the spirituality of
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. This spirituality
is at the heart of the Jesuit mission of Boston College. The Center
sponsors talks on campus, and offers retreats, seminars, and reflection
opportunities for groups as well as individual spiritual direction. For
more information, visit us at Rahner House, 96 College Road, or call
617-552-1777 or visit www.bc.edu/centers/cis.
Center for International Higher Education
Established in 1995 and housed in the Lynch School of Education,
the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is a research
and service agency providing information, publications, and a sense
of community to colleges and universities worldwide. Our focus is
conducting research and disseminating knowledge on current issues in
higher education worldwide. We are concerned with academic institutions in the Jesuit tradition, as well as with other universities. There is a
special concern with the needs of academic institutions in the developing countries of the Third World.
Center activities include the publication of International Higher
Education, a quarterly newsletter dealing with the central concerns of
higher education in an international context; a book series on higher
education; the maintenance of an international database of administrators, policy makers, and researchers in the field of higher education;
and sponsorship of an international conference on higher education
issues. Visiting scholars from Jesuit and other universities worldwide
occasionally are in residence at the Center. CIHE works in conjunction
with the Higher Education Program of the Lynch School.
For more information on the Center for International Higher
Education, visit www.bc.edu/cihe.
Center for Optimized Student Support
The mission of the Center for Optimized Student Support is to
study the most effective ways to address the out-of-school factors impacting student learning and thriving in schools. The Center develops, tests,
and disseminates innovative practices that address these out-of-school
factors (social/emotional, health, and family) by optimizing student support in schools.
Center for Retirement Research
The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was established through a grant from the Social Security Administration in 1998.
The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues,
to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to
help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources.
The Center is the headquarters for researchers and experts in affiliated institutions including MIT, Syracuse University, the Brookings
Institution, the Urban Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute.
The Center is structured around an interdisciplinary research team
with backgrounds in actuarial science, demography, economics, economic history, finance, political science, sociology, and social work.
This team possesses a breadth of knowledge on retirement issues that
is virtually unmatched in the field. As the nation confronts the myriad
issues surrounding how best to ensure adequate retirement income
for an aging population, the Center’s research experts explore trends
in Social Security, private pensions, and other sources of retirement
income and labor force issues involving older workers. The Center also
employs undergraduate and graduate research assistants and sponsors
competitive grant programs for junior faculty and graduate students.
For more information on publications, events, and financial support programs, call (617-552-1762), send an email ([email protected]), or
visit the Center’s website (http://crr.bc.edu).
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Center for Student Formation
The Center for Student Formation engages students to explore
the connection between their talents, dreams, and the world’s deep
needs. By incorporating faculty and staff into all areas of programming, the Center provides opportunities in which students may fully
integrate their intellectual, social, and spiritual experiences. In addition
to sponsoring events for faculty, staff, and students, the Center for
Student Formation collaborates with University departments to serve
as a resource for new program design and implementation.
Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and
Educational Policy (CSTEEP)
The Lynch School of Education houses the Center for the
Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), a
University-supported research center internationally recognized for its
work in the policy uses of tests. This research center is a rich resource
for all programs in education and is especially known for its work
with large-scale assessment surveys such as the National Assessment of
Educational Progress and in the analyses of policies related to test-based
educator accountability.
Further information on CSTEEP is available on its website at
Center on Wealth and Philanthropy
The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP), formerly the
Social Welfare Research Institute, studies spirituality, wealth, philanthropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. The
Center’s mission is to create fresh and valid thinking about the spiritual
foundations of wealth and philanthropy in order to create a wiser and
more generous allocation of wealth. CWP is a recognized authority on
the meaning and practice of care, on the patterns and trends in individual charitable giving, on philanthropy by the wealthy, and on the
forthcoming $41 trillion wealth transfer.
CWP has published research on the patterns, meanings, and
motives of charitable giving; on survey methodology; on the formal
and informal care in daily life; and on financial transfers to family and
philanthropy by the wealthy. Other areas of research include the “new
physics of philanthropy,” which identifies the economic and socialpsychological vectors inclining wealth holders toward philanthropy.
Other initiatives include (1) educating fundraising and financial
professionals in the use of a discernment methodology based on
Ignatian principles for guiding wealth holders through a self-reflective
process of decision making about their finances and philanthropy; (2)
analyzing what key religious and philosophical thinkers understand
and teach about wealth and charity; (3) estimating wealth transfer
projections for states and metropolitan regions; and (4) analyzing the
patterns of relative philanthropic generosity among cities, states, and
regions in the U.S. Additionally, the Center had conducted the study
titled “The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth,” which surveyed people
worth $25 million or more and delved into the deeper meanings,
opportunities, and hindrances facing wealth holders. The Center,
known for its 2009 wealth transfer estimate of $41 trillion, has recently
produced a completely revised Wealth Transfer model, indicating an
even greater projection for wealth transfer than the 2009 study. Based
on the new model, the Center has produced a wealth transfer reports
for North Dakota and Rhode Island, and is now working on estimates
for various Florida metro areas and counties as well as the Boston
Metro Area.
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Over the past 20 years, CWP has received generous support from
the T. B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the
Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Boston Foundation, the John Templeton
Foundation, the Wieler Family Foundation, Eaton Vance Investment
Counsel, and Silver Bridge financial advisement. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwp.
Center for Work & Family
The Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) is a
global leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that
support and develop healthy and productive employees. The Center,
part of the Carroll School of Management, links the academic community to leaders in the working world dedicated to promoting workforce
effectiveness. With nearly 100 leading employers as our corporate partners, BCCWF has the potential to affect the lives and work environments of four million employees. As work-life issues continue to become
more prominent in discussion, BCCWF is frequently called upon as an
expert contributor to explore the myriad of challenges facing workplaces,
families, and society.
The Center’s values are:
• Bridging Research and Practice: We seek to advance the depth
and quality of knowledge in the work-life field and serve as a
bridge between academic research and organizational practice.
• Transforming Organizations: We believe any work-life initiative
is also an organizational change initiative. We help identify and
develop organizational models to meet the needs of a contemporary workforce and provide expertise to assist in implementing
these changes successfully.
• Strengthening Society: We believe employers who recognize and
manage the interdependence of work, family, and community
build stronger organizations and a more vibrant society.
The Center’s initiatives fall into three broad categories: workplace
partnerships, research, and education.
• Workplace Partnerships: The Center is home to three highly
successful employer partnerships: the Work and Family
Roundtable, established in 1990, the New England Work and
Family Association (NEWFA), established in 1992, and the
Global Workforce Roundtable, established in 2006.
• Research: The Center focuses attention on applied studies that
contribute knowledge building, meet standards of rigorous
research, and are meaningful and practical to practitioners.
The Center’s research focuses on how organizational leadership,
culture, and human resource practices increase work force productivity and commitment while also improving the quality of
employees’ lives. Recent topics of focus include career management, workplace flexibility, fatherhood, and Millennials in the
• Education: Consistent with the mission of Boston College,
the Center is committed to academic excellence. Several courses
are offered within the Boston College community as well as
customized educational programs that can be presented within
organizations. The publications produced by the Center are
available as educational resources, including an Executive
Briefing Series, which addresses strategic issues relevant to the
current business climate.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/cwf or follow @BCCWF.
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Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology
The Institute is a center that unites the teaching and research
efforts of the faculty members in the Philosophy and Theology departments who specialize in Christian, Jewish, and Arabic medieval philosophy and theology. Doctoral degrees are awarded in the Philosophy
or Theology departments, and students matriculate in one of these two
departments. The focus of the Institute is on the relationship between
medieval philosophy and theology and modern continental philosophy
and theology.
To foster this dialogue and encourage the scholarly retrieval of the
great medieval intellectual world, the Institute offers graduate student
fellowships and assistantships through the Philosophy and Theology
Departments; sponsors speakers programs; runs a faculty-student seminar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological
research; and has set up a research center to assist in the publication
of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy
and theology to encourage the translations of medieval sources, and
to stimulate editions of philosophical and theological texts. For more
information, visit www.bc.edu/schools/cas/theology/graduate/special/
Institute for Scientific Research
Formed in 1954, The Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) is the
largest sponsored research center at Boston College. It embodies the
University’s motto “Ever to Excel.” It has been and continues to be at
the forefront of world-class innovative research.
Our highly skilled team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians,
and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimental studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial
research, space weather, and seismic studies.
Our current projects include heavenly explorations, such as
observing the celestial sky to interpret the changes in infrared emissions
in space, and earthbound pursuits, such as defining the effects of solar
storms on space-based communication and navigation systems.
Our researchers are fully dedicated to their work and have
achieved numerous awards and high acclaim from our sponsors, who
include the following:
• Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
• Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)
• Office of Naval Research (ONR)
• National Science Foundation (NSF)
• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Other sponsors and partners from industry and academia
As an organized research institute at Boston College, ISR supports the research mission of Boston College to conduct national and
international significant research that advances insight and understanding, enriches culture, and addresses pressing social needs. Through our
research and workshops, ISR also fosters the intellectual development
of young scientists from around the world. For more information on
our programs, visit www.bc.edu/isr.
The ISPRC solicits, designs, and disseminates effective interventions with a proactive, pragmatic focus. Each year the Institute addresses
a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic scholarly
focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. An annual Summer
Workshop focuses on teaching applied skills to mental health professionals, educators, and students in related fields. For more information, visit
Irish Institute
The Irish Institute is a division of the Center for Irish Programs
at Boston College. The mission of the Institute is to promote the peace
and normalization process on the island of Ireland and to contribute
to social, political, and economic stability through cross-border and
cross-community cooperation. Professional development programming
by the Institute introduces Irish and Northern Irish participants to
successful models of best practices in the U.S., as well as offering an
opportunity for cultural exchange that promotes mutual understanding
among the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland.
Since its founding in 1997, more than 1,000 decision-makers
from all sectors, including government, business, education, environment, policing, media, and nonprofits, have participated in over 100
Irish Institute programs. Programs balance classroom seminars led
by Boston College faculty with site visits to innovative and effective
industry leaders in Massachusetts and across the United States. The
Irish Institute is regarded as an honest broker by all parties on the island
of Ireland, and its reputation for delivering quality programming in an
inclusive environment attracts leaders from all communities and from
across the political spectrum.
The Irish Institute’s 2012–2013 programming will address,
among other issues, the relationship between the arts and business,
cost-cutting policy making, disabilities and equal access, the marine
economy, political leadership, social enterprise and unemployment,
executive leadership, and global management strategy.
The Institute receives annual funding from Boston College, the
U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of
Cultural and Educational Affairs, as well as through external business
partnerships. For more information, visit our website at www.bc.edu/
irishinstitute or contact Director, Dr. Robert Mauro at 617-552-4503.
Jesuit Institute
Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and
Culture (ISPRC)
The Jesuit Institute was established in 1988 to contribute towards
the response to the question of identity. The Institute, initially funded
by the Jesuit Community at Boston College, is not an additional or
separate academic program. Rather, it is a research institute that works
in cooperation with existing schools, programs, and faculty primarily
but not exclusively at Boston College. Within an atmosphere of complete academic freedom essential to a university, the Institute engages
positively in the intellectual exchange that constitutes the University.
Its overarching purpose is to foster research and collaborate interchange
upon those issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture.
Through its programs, the Institute does this in two ways: by supporting the exploration of those religious and ethical questions raised by
this intersection, and by supporting the presence of scholars committed
to these questions. Visit www.bc.edu/centers/jesinst.
The ISPRC was founded in 2000, under the direction of Dr.
Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts
associated with race or culture in theory and research, mental health
practice, education, business, and society at large.
Lonergan Center
Studies related to the work of the Jesuit theologian and philosopher Bernard Lonergan, S.J., (1904–1984) are fostered and advanced
in the Lonergan Center at Boston College. Inaugurated in 1986,
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the Center houses a growing collection of Lonergan’s published and
unpublished writings as well as secondary materials and reference
works. Boston College sponsors the annual Lonergan Workshop each
June, providing resources, lectures, and workshops for the study of the
thought of Bernard Lonergan, S.J. Scholarships and fellowships offered
by the Lonergan Institute enable scholars from around the world to
utilize the resources of the Center. For more information, visit www.
TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School
of Education, is a global research enterprise that conducts assessments
of student educational achievement in countries all around the world.
Drs. Ina V.S. Mullis and Michael O. Martin, Executive Directors,
provide the overall international direction of TIMSS (Trends in
International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress
in International Reading Literacy Study). In 2011, nearly 90 countries
and 900,000 students participated in TIMSS and PIRLS.
TIMSS assesses mathematics and science at 4th and 8th grades,
as well as advanced mathematics and physics at 12th grade (TIMSS
Advanced). PIRLS assesses reading comprehension at the fourth grade
and has a less difficult version for developing countries (prePIRLS).
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is funded by
the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational
Achievement (IEA), headquartered in The Netherlands. For more
information, visit timss.bc.edu or pirls.bc.edu.
Weston Observatory of the Department of Earth and
Environmental Sciences
The Weston Observatory of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
formerly Weston College (1928–1949), is the seismology research
division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at
Boston College. It is a premier research institute and exceptional science education center. The Observatory’s Boston College Educational
Seismology Project uses seismology as a medium for inviting students
into the world of science research by inquiry-based learning through
investigations of earthquakes recorded by seismographs located in dozens of K–12 classrooms. The Weston Observatory provides free guided
or self-guided tours of its facilities to numerous private-, public-, charter-, and home-schooled students and teachers, community groups,
and the general public. The Weston Observatory also hosts monthly
evening science colloquiums for the public, and welcomes a limited
number of local high school interns and BC students working on a
variety of geophysical research projects to help the senior scientists for a
unique educational opportunity. The Weston Observatory serves as the
seismology information and data resource center to the Massachusetts
Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the media, first responders, the general public, and other stakeholders.
Weston Observatory was one of the first participating facilities
in the Worldwide Standardized Seismograph Network and currently
monitors earthquake activity in the northeast U.S., as well as distant
earthquakes. The facilities at Weston Observatory offer students a
unique opportunity to work on exciting projects with modern scientific research equipment in a number of different areas of seismology
research. For more information, visit www.bc.edu/westonobservatory.
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Athletics Department
In keeping with its tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university,
rooted in a belief that seeks God in all things, especially in human
activity, the Boston College Athletics Department offers a broad-based
program of intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural, recreation,
and club sport opportunities. Through these activities, the Athletics
Department provides an educational experience that promotes the
development of the whole person intellectually, physically, socially,
and spiritually. Through its offerings, the Athletics Department plays
an integral part in the personal formation and development of students,
preparing them for citizenship, service, and leadership.
The University’s pursuit of a just society is fostered through
the Athletics Department’s commitment to the highest standards of
integrity, ethics, and honesty. The Athletics Department promotes the
principles of sportsmanship, fair play, and fiscal responsibility in compliance with University, Conference, and NCAA policies.
The Athletics Department supports and promotes the University’s
goal of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. In this spirit, the
Athletics Department supports equitable opportunities for all students
and staff, including minorities and women.
Career Center
The Career Center at Boston College offers an exciting program
of services and resources designed to help students build successful
careers. Through the Career Center, graduate students may obtain
advice and guidance regarding career goals, internships, and job search
techniques. Students may also network with BC alumni through
LinkedIn accounts. Professional assistance and advice on navigating a
comprehensive, educational Career Center website is available.
Graduate career services for business students are available through
the Career Strategies Office of the Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs. Law students also have their own career services
office on the Newton Campus.
Office of Campus Ministry
Boston College is built on the Roman Catholic faith tradition
and the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. Campus ministers strive to
serve the Boston College Catholic community, as well as support men
and women of other faith traditions in their desire to deepen their
relationship to God.
The Office of Campus Ministry provides regular opportunities
for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
Confirmation and other sacraments on campus. It fosters involvement in these celebrations through the liturgical arts program, music
ministry groups, and the training of lectors and Eucharistic ministers.
Reconciliation services are scheduled during Advent and Lent, while
individual confessions are available before Masses or by appointment Campus Ministry also supports Ecumenical and Multi-faith
services throughout the year, such as the Interfaith Thanksgiving
Service, the Martin Luther King Memorial Service, and the Service
of Remembrance.
The Office of Campus Ministry offers opportunities for students
and others to participate in experiences designed to promote justice
and charity. Service projects include the Appalachia Volunteer Program
(Spring and Summer), Urban Immersion, 4Boston, Loyola Volunteers,
and the Arrupe International Service/Immersion trips to Belize,
Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Jamaica (Winter and Summer) and
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Cuernavaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Morelos in Mexico. Campus Ministry
also connects graduating seniors with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and
other postgraduate volunteer programs.
The Office of Campus Ministry provides pastoral counseling for
anyone tested or confused by life’s twists and turns and its ups and
downs. It also offers spiritual guidance for students and others seeking
to deepen their relationship to God through the Spiritual Exercises of
St. Ignatius of Loyola. Further, Campus Ministry provides students
with prayer group experiences (CURA) and religious retreats throughout the year, like Kairos, the Busy Student Retreat, and Manresa (the
Silent Retreat)—all faithful to the Ignatian tradition.
Office of Campus Ministry is located in McElroy 233, 617-5523475. For more information visit www.bc.edu/ministry.
Association (Grad AHANA), and the Graduate International Student
Association (GISA). The GSA serves two primary purposes: providing
programming to meet graduate students’ needs, and providing advocacy within the greater Boston College community for issues of import
to graduate students. Membership in the GSA is open to any graduate
student in good standing in one of the constituent schools. The GSA
is lead by an Executive Board consisting of a President, Vice-President,
and Financial Director, and by a Senate consisting of one member each
from the constitute schools, Grad AHANA, and GISA. The GSA is
advised by the Office of Graduate Student Life. GSA offices are located
in the Murray Graduate Student Center at 292 Hammond Street,
across Beacon Street from Middle Campus. For more information,
visit www.bc.edu/gsa.
Dining Services
The Office of Graduate Student Life/John Courtney
Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center
Graduate students may open an optional Eagle-One account,
which allows them to use their BC Eagle ID to make purchases at a
variety of food and retail locations both on and off campus. Optional
accounts are convenient, pre-paid, declining balance accounts that are
ideal for graduate and law students. Want to save money? Opening an
optional Dining Bucks account saves you 10% on every purchase you
make in a dining hall or outlet such as the Bean Counter or Hillside.
Dining Bucks are also accepted in vending machines although with no
discount. These accounts, which are fully refundable if you don’t use
them, may be opened online any time of the year through the Agora
Disability Services Office
Services for graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through
the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support
services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation
are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time
on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modification, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. Additionally,
parking permits are granted for temporarily disabled students. The
Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the
appropriate accommodations necessary for the student’s full participation in college programs and activities. For more information, contact
Assistant Dean Paulette Durrett at 617-552-3470 or visit www.bc.edu/
Services and accommodations for students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are coordinated
through the Connors Family Learning Center. The Center, located in
O’Neill Library, provides academic support services and accommodations to undergraduate and graduate students. The Center’s services are
extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual
student. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-5528093 or visit www.bc.edu/connors.
Graduate Student Association
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Boston College is a
student-run organization that serves graduate students in the College of
Arts and Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School
of Nursing, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Carroll School of
Management, and the School of Theology and Ministry. Additionally,
the GSA coordinates the functions and activities of the Graduate
African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American Student
As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of the
Office of Graduate Student Life is to facilitate student learning and formation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious
and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an
inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit
Catholic heritages and values of Boston College. To this end, the Office
of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to graduate and professional students through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy
efforts. Working together with faculty, staff, and student organizations,
the Office of Graduate Student Life provides both co-curricular and
academic support to the graduate student community.
The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an
essential component of the Office’s mission, serving as a center of hospitality and community building. It provides a number of services and
amenities, including a computer lab (printing, network, and wireless
access), study areas, meeting space, dining and lounge areas, billiards,
ping pong, and a free DVD lending library for all current graduate
students. Spaces within the house can be reserved for events and group
meetings. The Center is located at 292 Hammond Street (just across
Beacon Street from McElroy).
For more information about programs and services provided by
the Office of Graduate Student Life, call 617-552-1855 or visit www.
University Health Services
The mission of University Health Services (UHS), is to enhance
the physical and psychological well being of Boston College students by
providing multifaceted health care services in the Jesuit tradition of cura
personalis (care for the entire person). UHS provides a compassionate
safe haven for those in crisis and improves student learning outcomes
through modifying health related barriers to learning, enabling full
participation in the college experience. The Department is located in
Cushing Hall on the Main Campus and can be contacted by calling
The Outpatient Unit staff includes full-time primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and on-site specialty consultants. The
24-hour Inpatient Unit provides care for students requiring observation and frequent physician/nurse assessments. The staff also provides
urgent outpatient nursing assessments when the Outpatient Unit is
closed and can be reached at 617-552-3225.
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Accessing care from University Health Services is optional for
graduate students and is available through payment of the Health/
Infirmary fee or on a fee-for-service basis.
All students may have access to the facilities for first aid or in case
of an emergency.
The Health/Infirmary fee covers medical care provided on campus
by University Health Services and is not to be confused with medical
insurance. Massachusetts law requires that all students be covered by
an Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy so that protection may be
assured in case of hospitalization or other costly outside medical services. See Massachusetts Medical Insurance.
Additional information is available at the University Health
Services website: www.bc.edu/healthservices. For additional information regarding services or insurance, call 617-552-3225 or visit the
Primary Care Center on the first floor of Cushing Hall.
Graduate students registering at the credit levels listed below are
required to comply with Massachusetts General Laws (the College
Immunization Law):
Credit Level
Woods College of Advancing Studies—Graduate
College of Arts and Sciences—Graduate
Lynch School of Education—Graduate
Carroll School of Management—Graduate
Connell School of Nursing—Graduate
Graduate School of Social Work
School of Theology and Ministry
The College Immunization Law requires proof of the following
• 1 Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster (received within the past 10 years)
• 2 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella
• 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine
• Meningitis immunization or submission of waiver form for all
students living in University-sponsored housing
• In addition, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing also
requires the positive blood titers showing proof of immunity for
measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella
If proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and/or rubella is
not available for students enrolled in any graduate program, a blood
Titer showing immunity will be accepted.
Failure to show proof of immunizations within 30 days from the
start of classes will result in a block on your registration, and an administrative fee of $65 will be charged to your student account.
The only exceptions permitted are conflicts with personal religious belief or documentation by a physician that immunizations
should not be given due to pre-existing medical problems.
University Counseling Services (UCS)
University Counseling Services (UCS) provides counseling, psychological, and psychiatric services to the students of Boston College.
The goal of UCS is to assist students in understanding and solving
problems that interfere with their personal development and success
as students. Services available include individual counseling and psychotherapy, psychiatric services, consultation, evaluation, and referral.
Students wishing to make an appointment should call 617-552-3310.
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Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC)
The mission of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center is to
support students who seek opportunities to serve others. We do this by
communicating volunteer needs, offering advisement and resources for
service initiatives, providing educational opportunities, and collaborating
with other University departments who engage with students in service.
The Center supports the education and formation of our students by
promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teaching and contemporary Jesuit education. Services include:
• An online volunteer database available for students to find service placements in the Greater Boston area that fit their interests
and schedules
• Community partnerships in the Greater Boston area
• Annual volunteer fairs
• An English Language Learners program for BC employees who
practice their language skills with BC student tutors
• Post-graduate volunteer programming, including an annual fair,
discernment retreat, and student advisement for those considering full-time volunteer work after leaving Boston College
• Advisement for domestic service projects
• Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay
• Support and training for University departments and student
groups on volunteer projects
• Annual programs including the Welles R. Crowther Red
Bandanna 5k Run, the Fair Trade Holiday Sale, Hoops for
Hope, Jemez Pueblo Service Program, Nicaragua Faculty/Staff
Immersion Trip
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/service.
Annual Notification of Rights
The Executive Director of Student Services and the Vice President
for Student Affairs are responsible for notifying students annually of
their rights under FERPA. The annual notice is to appear in the Boston
College Bulletin and in the Boston College Student Guide.
All non-directory information is considered confidential and will
not be released to outside inquiries without the express written consent
of the student.
Student Rights Under FERPA
Boston College maintains a large number of records regarding
its students in the administration of its educational programs, as well
as its housing, athletics, and extracurricular programs. The University
also maintains employment and financial records for its own use and to
comply with state and federal regulations. Boston College is committed
to protecting the privacy interests of its students and to maintaining
the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
These rights are as follows:
• The right to inspect and review the student’s education record
within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for
Any student who wishes to inspect and review information contained in an education record maintained by any office of the
University may, with proper identification, request access to the
record from the office responsible for maintaining that record.
In general, and absent an exception under FERPA, the student is
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to be granted access to the record as soon as possible and, unless
the circumstances require the existence of a formal request, an
oral request may be honored.
Whenever an office responsible for maintaining education
records is unable to respond at once, the student may submit to
the Office of Student Services, dean, academic department head,
or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the
record he or she wishes to inspect. The University official is to
make arrangements for access, and is to notify the student of
the time and place the record may be inspected. If the record is
not maintained by the University official to whom the request
is submitted, that official is to advise the student of the correct
official to whom the request is to be addressed.
The right to request the amendment of the student’s education
record if the student believes that information contained in his
or her record is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his or
her rights of privacy.
Any student who believes that information contained in his or
her education record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of
his or her rights of privacy is to write to the University official
responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the
record he or she wants changed, and specifying why the record
should be amended.
If the University concludes that the record should not be amended as requested, the University will notify the student, advise the
student of his or her right to a hearing and provide information
about the hearing process.
The right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable
information contained in the student’s education record, except
to the extent permitted under FERPA. One exception that
permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to University
officials with legitimate educational interests, which may include
employees in administrative, supervisory, academic or research,
or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); members of the Board of Trustees; and
students serving on an official committees, such as a disciplinary
or grievance committees, or assisting another University officials
in performing their tasks. University officials may also be contractors, consultants, volunteers or other outside parties to whom
the University has outsourced institutional services or functions
that would ordinarily be performed by University employees.
The University may disclose education records without consent
to officials of other educational institutions that have requested
the records and in which a student seeks or intends to enroll
or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes
related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by the University to
comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints
may be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C., 20202-4605.
Confidentiality of Student Records
Certain personally identifiable information from a student’s education record, designated by Boston College as directory information,
may be released without the student’s prior consent. This information
includes name; term, home, local, and electronic mail addresses; telephone listing; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study;
enrollment status; grade level; participation in officially recognized
activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams;
dates of attendance; school/college of enrollment; anticipated date of
graduation; degrees and awards received; the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended; and other similar information.
Electronic access to selected directory information is available
to both the Boston College community and the general public. A
student who so wishes has the right to prevent the release of all directory information including verification of enrollment, or to suppress
selected directory information in their Agora Portal account under
“Privacy Preferences.” This must be done by the end of the first week
of enrollment.
Disclosures to Parents of Students
When a student reaches the age of 18, or attends a postsecondary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student.
Guidelines for the disclosure of information to parents are as follows:
• Parents may obtain directory information at the discretion of the
• Parents may obtain nondirectory information (e.g., grades, GPA)
at the discretion of the institution and after it is determined that
the student is legally dependent on either parent.
• Parents may also obtain nondirectory information if they have a
signed consent from the student.
Consumer Notices and Disclosures
The university provides access to all the annual consumer notices
and disclosures required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act
(“HEOA”), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, at
the following url: www.bc.edu/offices/evp/noticesanddisclosures.html.
Each linked disclosure web page explains how to request a paper copy
of that disclosure.
• Institutional and Student Information, including information
regarding the University’s academic programs, facilities, faculty,
academic improvement plans, accreditation, student rights with
respect to the privacy of student records, transfer of credit policies, resources for students with disabilities, the diversity of the
student body, voter registration, copyright and file-sharing, and
how to reach the Office of Student Services, which maintains a
wealth of resources and information for students and prospective
• Financial Information, including the cost of attendance, withdrawal and refund policies, information regarding financial aid
programs (including information about eligibility requirements
and criteria, forms, policies, procedures, standards for maintaining aid, disbursements and repayment), student employment
information and exit counseling information, and how to reach
Office of Financial Aid;
• Student Outcomes, including information regarding retention rates, graduation rates, and placement and education of
• Vaccination Policy, including the University’s policies with
respect to immunizations required under Massachusetts law;
• Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, including
statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes
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It is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with all
requirements and regulations of the financial aid programs in which
they participate. Financial aid awards may be reduced or cancelled
if the requirements of the award are not met. Students receiving any
Federal Loans are expected to accept responsibility for the promissory
note and all other agreements that they sign. Students must comply
with all Federal Work-Study dates and deadlines.
All financial aid awards are made under the assumption that the
student status (full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time) has not
changed. Any change in the student’s status must be reported, in writing, to the Office of Student Services as it can affect the financial aid
A student’s enrollment in a study abroad program approved for
credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the
home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the
Title IV, HEOA programs.
Students receiving Federal Title IV funds are subject to the following withdrawal/refund process for those funds: The University
is required to return to the federal aid programs the amount of aid
received that was in excess of the aid “earned” for the time period the
student remained enrolled. Students who remain enrolled through at
least 60% of the payment period (semester) are considered to have
earned 100% of the aid received. If the University is required to return
funds to Title IV aid programs, those funds must be returned in the
following order: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal
Subsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal
Direct PLUS, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational
Opportunity Grants, and Federal TEACH Grants. Returning funds to
these programs could result in a balance coming due to the University
on the student’s account.
In addition, federal regulations require that schools monitor the
academic progress of each applicant for federal financial assistance and
that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory academic progress toward earning his/her degree.
Financial aid recipients have the right to appeal their financial aid
award. However, the student should understand that Boston College
has already awarded the best financial aid package possible based on
the information supplied. Therefore, any appeal made should be based
on new, additional information not already included in the student’s
original application material. An appeal should be made by letter to the
student’s Financial Aid Associate.
When applying for financial aid, the student has the right to ask
the following:
• what the cost of attending is, and what the policies are on
refunds to students who drop out.
• what financial assistance is available, including information on
all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid
• what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
• what criteria the institution uses to select financial aid recipients.
• how the institution determines financial need. This process
includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel,
books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc.,
are considered in the student’s budget. It also includes what
resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, student assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of need.
• how much of the student’s financial need, as determined by the
institution, has been met. Students also have the right to request
an explanation of each type of aid, and the amount of each, in
their financial aid award package.
• students receiving loans have the right to know what the interest rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of
time given to repay the loan, when repayment must start, and
any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply. Students
offered a Work-Study job have the right to know what kind of
job it is, what hours are expected, what the duties will be, what
the rate of pay will be, and how and when they will be paid.
A student also has the responsibility to:
• pay special attention to his or her application for student
financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to
the right place. Errors can delay the receipt of the financial
aid package.
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that occurred on campus and on public property immediately
adjacent to and accessible from the campus and fires that
occurred in on-campus housing facilities, and descriptions of the
campus safety programs and policies, including information
regarding safety notification and emergency response procedures,
missing student notification procedures, campus law enforcement, sexual assault programs, and fire safety programs;
Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Program, including Boston
College’s standards of conduct and legal sanctions with respect
to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs
and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, including sanctions
with respect to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of
illegal drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, some of
the health risks and consequences of substance abuse, Boston
College’s continuing obligation to provide a drug-free workplace
under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the obligation
of all individual federal contract and grant recipients to certify
that grant activity will be drug-free; and
Athletic Program Information, describing how to request a
report about the University’s athletic programs that includes
participation rates, financial support, and other information on
men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs from the
Office of the Financial Vice President and Treasurer.
Financial Aid
Boston College offers a variety of assistance programs to help students finance their education. The Office of Student Services administers federal Title IV financial aid programs that include Federal Pell
Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Teach
Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS), Federal Perkins
Loans, and Federal Work-Study, as well as Nursing Loans.
Financial aid application materials generally become available
on the Student Services website (www.bc.edu/finaid) each January for
the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for
assistance from federal, state, or institutional sources must complete
all required forms.
For more complete information on financial aid at Boston
College, visit the Student Services website at www.bc.edu/finaid.
Graduate and professional students should consult their school or
department for specific policies regarding financial aid.
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provide all additional information requested by either the Office
of Student Services or the agency to which the application was
read and understand all forms he or she is asked to sign, and
keep copies of them.
perform in a satisfactory manner, as determined by the employer, the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal WorkStudy job.
know and comply with the deadlines for applications or reapplications for financial aid.
know and comply with the College’s refund procedures.
notify the Office of Student Services and the lender of a loan
(e.g., Federal Direct Loan (Stafford)) of any change in name,
address, or school status.
complete the Entrance Interview process if he or she is a new
loan borrower.
complete the Exit Interview process prior to withdrawal or
Notice of Non-Discrimination
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is
dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage.
Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its
goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for
the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College
commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people
and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable
to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex,
religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation,
military status, or other legally protected status.
Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment,
wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to
respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance.
Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful
rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit,
Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply
with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs on the basis of a person’s race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental
status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status,
and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of
a person’s sexual orientation.
To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director
for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and
carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504
and the ADA. Any applicant for admission or employment, and all
students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise
any questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for
Institutional Diversity:
Boston College Office for Institutional Diversity (OID)
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone: 617-552-2323
Email: [email protected]
The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees
the efforts of the following additional Title IX coordinators: (i)
Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment
complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable
at 617-552-3482 or ([email protected]); (ii) University Harassment
Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii)
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women’s Administrator,
310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-5524801 or ([email protected]).
In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful
discrimination has occurred at Boston College may raise this issue
with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States
Department of Education.
Off-Campus Housing
The University operates an Off-Campus Housing office located
in Maloney Hall for the convenience of those seeking referrals for
off-campus housing. The office maintains updated listings of apartments and rooms available for rent in areas surrounding the campus.
Interested students should visit the office Monday through Friday, 9:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Listings are available on the Residential Life website.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for the Graduate Schools of Management, Arts
and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and School of Theology
and Ministry are billed on or about July 15 and August 15 for the fall
and December 15 for the spring. Payment is due by September 15 and
January 11, respectively. All students should be registered by August 15
for the fall and December 15 for the spring.
The tuition in the Law School is due semi-annually by August 10
and by December 10.
There is a $150 late payment fee for payments received after the
due dates listed above. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not
resolved by the due dates may be withdrawn from the University.
Tuition in the Woods College of Advancing Studies is due upon
registration. All billing statements are sent electronically. Visit www.
bc.edu/mybill for more information.
Graduate Tuition
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,292
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................646
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,166
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................583
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,372
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................686
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs**
Tuition per credit hour:..................................................1,120
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................560
Graduate School of Social Work**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................992
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................496
Law School**
Tuition per semester:....................................................21,585
Tuition per credit hour (AY):..........................................1,881
Tuition per credit hour (Summer):.................................1,660
School of Theology and Ministry**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................882
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................441
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Summer tuition per credit hour:........................................694
Summer auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:........................347
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................686
Summer Session**
Tuition per credit hour:.....................................................686
Auditor’s fee***—per credit hour:......................................343
**Students cross-registering in graduate programs pay tuition rates
of the school in which they are enrolled.
***Audits are considered fees and are not refundable. Students
changing from credit to audit receive no refund.
Graduate General Fees*
Acceptance Deposit
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:...............275
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:...............400
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs—part-time:.........................................200
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs—full-time:.......................................1,500
Law School—J.D. Program***:..........................................500
Law School—LL.M. Program:...........................................500
Graduate School of Social Work........................................200
***Initial deposit due by April 15 with an additional $500 due
by June 1.
Activity Fee—Per Semester***
(GSAS; LSOE, Graduate Programs; CSON, Graduate Programs;
7 credits or more per semester:.............................................45
Fewer than 7 credits per semester:........................................30
Activity Fee—Per Semester***
(CSOM, Graduate Programs)
7 credits or more per semester:.............................................55
Fewer than 7 credits per semester:........................................30
Activity Fee (Law School).........................................................136
Application Fee (Non-Refundable)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:.................................70
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:.................65
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:.........100
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:.................50
Graduate School of Social Work:.........................................40
Law School:.........................................................................75
School of Theology and Ministry:........................................70
Doctoral Comprehensive/Continuation Fee (Ph.D. Candidate) and
Master’s Thesis Direction (Per Semester)
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:............................1,242
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs:............1,122
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs:......1,320
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs:............1,092
Graduate School of Social Work:.......................................972
Interim Study:............................................................................30
Laboratory Fee (Per Semester):...................................... up to 930
Late Payment Fee:....................................................................150
Massachusetts Medical Insurance (Per Year):........................2,108
(966 fall semester; 1,142 spring semester)
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Doctoral Dissertation:........................................................125
Master’s Thesis:....................................................................90
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Copyright Fee (Optional):...................................................45
Student Identification Card:......................................................30
(mandatory for all new students)
*All fees are proposed and subject to change.
***Students who are in off-campus satellite programs in the
School of Social Work are exempt from the activity fee.
Collection Cost and Fees: The student is responsible for any collection costs should his or her account be turned over to a collection
agency as well as any court costs or fees should the account be turned
over to an attorney.
The Trustees of Boston College reserve the right to change the
tuition rates and to make additional charges within the University
whenever such action is deemed necessary.
Massachusetts Medical Insurance
In accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ law
and the policies of Boston College, all students who are registered in
a degree program and all international students will automatically be
charged by Boston College for medical insurance.
Non-degree students who are registered at least 75 percent of the
full-time credit load (see chart below) will also be charged unless waiver
information is submitted. Failure to maintain these credit levels will
result in the termination of the medical insurance. It is the student’s
responsibility to monitor their eligibility status.
• Graduate Woods College of Advancing Studies—7 or more
• Graduate Arts and Sciences—7 or more
• Graduate Education—7 or more
• Graduate Management—7 or more
• Graduate Nursing—7 or more
• Graduate Social Work—7 or more
• Law School—12 or more
• School of Theology and Ministry—7 or more
Boston College will offer all students who are required to enroll in
the BC insurance plan the option of participating in the plan offered
at the University or submitting a waiver if they have other comparable
insurance. The details of the University’s insurance plan are available
at www.bc.edu/medinsurance.
Students may waive the BC insurance plan by completing the
electronic waiver form through their Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu.
Students under the age of 18 are required to submit a written waiver
form with the signature of their parent/guardian. This form is available
for download at www.bc.edu/ssforms. The waiver must be completed
and submitted by September 14, 2012, for the fall semester and by
January 25, 2013, for spring semester. Students who do not complete
a waiver by the due dates will be enrolled and billed for the BC plan.
Returned Checks
Returned checks will be fined in the following manner:
First three checks returned: $25 per check
All additional checks: $40 per check
Any check in excess of $2,000: $65 per check
Withdrawals and Refunds
Fees are not refundable.
Tuition is cancelled subject to the following conditions:
Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the dean of the
student’s school.
The date of receipt of written notice of withdrawal by the
Dean’s Office determines the amount of tuition cancelled.
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The cancellation schedule that follows will apply to students withdrawing voluntarily, as well as to students who are dismissed from the
University for academic or disciplinary reasons.
overpayment that must be repaid to the Title IV program. University
policy developed to comply with the regulations at Boston College will
be available upon request from the Office of Student Services.
Graduate Refund Schedule (Excluding Law)
National Student Clearinghouse
Graduate students (except Law students) withdrawing by the following dates will receive the tuition refund indicated below.
First Semester
• by Sept. 12, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 14, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 21, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 28, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Oct. 5, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Second Semester
• by Jan. 23, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 25, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 1, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 8, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 15, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
No cancellations are made after the fifth week of classes.
Boston College is a member of the National Student Clearinghouse.
The National Student Clearinghouse is responsible for the processing
of Student Loan Deferment forms for Direct Subsidized and Direct
Unsubsidized, PLUS, and Perkins loans.
Student deferment forms will be sent to the Clearinghouse by the
Office of Student Services. Students wishing to defer their loans should
request a deferment form from their lender, fill out the student portion,
list the semester for which they are deferring, and then turn it into the
Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall.
Boston College has also authorized the National Student
Clearinghouse to provide degree and enrollment verifications.
Contact the Clearinghouse at 703-742-4200 with questions.
They are on the web at www.studentclearinghouse.org.
Law Refund Schedule
Law students are subject to the refund schedule outlined below.
First Semester
• by Aug. 24, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 7, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 14, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 21, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Sept. 28, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Second Semester
• by Jan. 4, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 18, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Jan. 25, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 1, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled
• by Feb. 8, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled
Summer Sessions Refund Schedule: All Schools
By the second day of class, 100% of tuition charged is cancelled.
No cancellation of tuition is made after the second day of class.
Federal Regulations Governing Refunds
If a student does not wish to leave any resulting credit balance on
his or her account for subsequent use, he or she should request a refund
through his/her Agora Portal account at portal.bc.edu. If a student has
a credit balance as a result of Federal Aid and he or she does not request
a refund, the University will, within two weeks, send the credit balance
to his/her local address.
Federal regulations establish procedural guidelines applicable to
the treatment of refunds whenever the student has been the recipient
of financial assistance through any program authorized under Title IV
of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These guidelines pertain to the
Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal College Work-Study,
and the Federal Stafford and PLUS Loan. In such cases, the regulations require that a portion of any refund be returned according to
federal guidelines. Further, if a student withdraws, the institution must
determine if any cash disbursement of Title IV funds, made directly to
the student by the institution for non-instructional purposes, is an
Boston College Graduate Degree Programs
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biology: M.S.T., Ph.D.
Chemistry:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Classics: M.A.
Economics: M.A., Ph.D.
English: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
French: M.A., M.A.T.
Geology: M.S., M.S.T.
Geophysics: M.S., M.S.T.
Greek: M.A.
Hispanic Studies: M.A.
History: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D.
Irish Literature and Culture: English, M.A.
Italian: M.A., M.A.T.
Latin: M.A.
Latin and Classical Humanities: M.A.T.
Linguistics: M.A., M.A.T.
Mathematics: M.A., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Philosophy: M.A., Ph.D.
Physics:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D.
Political Science: M.A., Ph.D.
Psychology: M.A., Ph.D.
Russian: M.A., M.A.T.
Slavic Studies: M.A., M.A.T.
Sociology: M.A., Ph.D.
Spanish: M.A.T.
Theology: Ph.D.
*Ph.D. programs in accordance with departmental policy may
grant Master’s degrees.
Fifth Year Programs—Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Linguistics: B.A./M.A.
Philosophy: B.A./M.A.
Psychology: B.A./M.A.
Psychology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W.
(B.A. Psychology majors only)
Russian: B.A./M.A.
Slavic Studies: B.A./M.A.
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Sociology: B.A./M.A.
Sociology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W.
Theology: B.A./M.A.
Theology/Pastoral Ministry: B.A./M.A.
Theology/Religious Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Dual Degree Programs—Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Biology/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
French/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Geology/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Geophysics/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Hispanic Studies/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Italian/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Linguistics/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Mathematics/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Philosophy: M.A./J.D., Ph.D./J.D.
Political Science/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Russian/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures: M.A./J.D.
Slavic Studies/Management: M.B.A./M.A.
Sociology/Management: M.A./M.B.A., Ph.D./M.B.A.
School of Theology and Ministry
Theology and Ministry: M.Div., M.A., M.T.S., Th.M.
Sacred Theology: S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D.
Religious Education: M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Theology and Education: Ph.D.
Fifth Year Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Theology: B.A./M.T.S.
Theology and Ministry: B.A./M.A.
Dual Degree Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Pastoral Ministry/Counseling Psychology: M.A./M.A.
Pastoral Ministry/Nursing: M.A./M.S.
Pastoral Ministry/Social Work: M.A./M.S.W.
Pastoral Ministry/Business Administration: M.A./M.B.A.
Joint Degree Programs—School of Theology and Ministry
Catholic Educational Leadership:
M.Ed. in Religious Education, Catholic School Leadership
concentration (with LSOE)
M.A. in Higher Education, Catholic University Leadership
concentration (with LSOE)
M.Ed. Educational Administration and Catholic School
Leadership (with LSOE)
Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: M.A.,
Educational Leadership: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ed.D.
Counseling Psychology: M.A., Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ph.D.
Early Childhood Education: M.Ed.
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: M.Ed.,
Elementary Education: M.Ed.
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Higher Education: M.A., Ph.D.
Professional Licensure in English, History, Earth Science
Biology, Mathematics, Elementary Education, and Reading:
M.A.T., M.S.T.
Reading/Literacy Teaching: M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Secondary Education: M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T.
Special Education (Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K-9 and
Grades 5-12): M.Ed., C.A.E.S.
Special Education (Students with Severe Special Needs): M.Ed.,
Fifth Year Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: B.A./M.A.
Curriculum and Instruction: B.A./M.Ed.
Early Childhood Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: B.A./M.Ed.
Elementary Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Higher Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Moderate Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed.
Secondary Education: B.A./M.Ed.
Severe Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed.
Dual Degree Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Counseling/Pastoral Ministry: M.A./M.A.
Curriculum and Instruction/Law: M.Ed./J.D.
Higher Education/Law: M.A./J.D.
Higher Education/Management: M.A./M.B.A.
Early Admit Programs—Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs
Mental Health Counseling: B.A./M.A.
School Counseling: B.A./M.A.
Law School
Law: J.D.
Law: LL.M.
Dual Degree Programs—Law School
Law/Education: J.D./M.Ed., J.D./M.A.
Law/Management: J.D./M.B.A.
Law/Philosophy: J.D./M.A., J.D./Ph.D.
Law/Social Work: J.D./M.S.W.
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs
Accounting: M.S.
Business Administration: M.B.A.
Finance: M.S., Ph.D.
Management and Organization: Ph.D.
Dual Degree Programs—Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs
Accounting: M.B.A./M.S.
Finance: M.B.A./M.S.
Management/French: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Geology and Geophysics: M.B.A./M.S.
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Management/Higher Education: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Hispanic Studies: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Italian: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Law: M.B.A./J.D.
Management/Linguistics: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Mathematics: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Nursing: M.B.A./M.S.
Management/Pastoral Ministry: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Political Science: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Russian: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Slavic Studies: M.B.A./M.A.
Management/Social Work: M.B.A./M.S.W.
Management/Sociology: M.B.A./M.A./Ph.D.
Management/Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning:
M.B.A/M.A.U.E.P.P. (in conjunction with Tufts University)
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs
Nursing: B.S./M.S., M.S., Ph.D.
Dual Degree Programs—Connell School of Nursing,
Graduate Programs
Nursing/Management: M.S./M.B.A.
Nursing/Pastoral Ministry: M.S./M.A.
Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work: M.S.W., Ph.D., M.S.W./Ph.D.
Fifth Year Programs—Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work/Applied Psychology and Human Development:
Social Work/Psychology: B.A./M.S.W.
Social Work/Sociology: B.A./M.S.W.
Dual Degree Programs—Graduate School of Social Work
Social Work/Law: M.S.W./J.D.
Social Work/Management: M.S.W./M.B.A.
Social Work/Pastoral Ministry: M.S.W./M.A.
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies
Administrative Studies: M.S.
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Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity
Policy and Procedures
The pursuit of knowledge can proceed only when scholars take
responsibility and receive credit for their work. Recognition of individual contributions to knowledge and of the intellectual property of others
builds trust within the University and encourages the sharing of ideas
that is essential to scholarship. Similarly, the educational process requires
that individuals present their own ideas and insights for evaluation,
critique, and eventual reformulation. Presentation of others’ work as
one’s own is not only intellectual dishonesty, but it also undermines
the educational process.
Academic integrity is violated by any dishonest act which is
committed in an academic context including, but not restricted to the
Cheating is the fraudulent or dishonest presentation of work.
Cheating includes but is not limited to:
• the use or attempted use of unauthorized aids in examinations or
other academic exercises submitted for evaluation;
• fabrication, falsification, or misrepresenta­­tion of data, results,
sources for papers or reports, or in clinical practice, as in reporting experiments, measurements, statistical analyses, tests, or
other studies never performed; manipulating or altering data or
other manifestations of research to achieve a desired result; selective reporting, including the deliberate suppression of conflicting
or unwanted data;
• falsification of papers, official records, or reports;
• copying from another student’s work;
• actions that destroy or alter the work of another student;
• unauthorized cooperation in completing assignments or during
an examination;
• the use of purchased essays or term papers, or of purchased
preparatory research for such papers;
• submission of the same written work in more than one course
without prior written approval from the instructors involved;
• dishonesty in requests for make-up exams, for extensions of
deadlines for submitting papers, and in any other matter relating
to a course.
Plagiarism is the act of taking the words, ideas, data, illustrations,
or statements of another person or source, and presenting them as one’s
own. Each student is responsible for learning and using proper methods
of paraphrasing and footnoting, quotation, and other forms of citation,
to ensure that the original author, speaker, illustrator, or source of the
material used is clearly acknowledged.
Other breaches of academic integrity include:
• the misrepresentation of one’s own or another’s identity for
academic purposes;
• the misrepresentation of material facts or circumstances in
relation to examinations, papers, or other evaluative activities;
• the sale of papers, essays, or research for fraudulent use;
• the alteration or falsification of official University records;
• the unauthorized use of University academic facilities or
equipment, including computer accounts and files;
• the unauthorized recording, sale, purchase, or use of academic
lectures, academic computer software, or other instructional
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t he expropriation or abuse of ideas and preliminary data
obtained during the process of editorial or peer review of work
submitted to journals, or in proposals for funding by agency
panels or by internal University committees;
• the expropriation and/or inappropriate dissemination of personally-identifying human subject data;
• the unauthorized removal, mutilation, or deliberate concealment
of materials in University libraries, media, or academic resource
Collusion is defined as assistance or an attempt to assist another
student in an act of academic dishonesty. Collusion is distinct from
collaborative learning, which may be a valuable component of students’
scholarly development. Acceptable levels of collaboration vary in different courses, and students are expected to consult with their instructor
if they are uncertain whether their cooperative activities are acceptable.
Promoting Academic Integrity: Roles of Community
Student Roles in Maintaining Academic Integrity
Law students have a responsibility to maintain high standards of academic integrity in their own work, and thereby
to maintain the integrity of their degree. It is their responsibility to
be familiar with, and understand, the University policy on academic
Students who become aware of a violation of academic integrity
by a fellow student should respond in one of the following ways:
• Students may discuss their concerns with the student whom they
suspect of a violation. Direct contact by another student may be
the best means of resolving the problem. Repeated demonstration of student concern for academic integrity will in the long
run build a peer-regulated community.
• If the incident is a major violation or part of a repeated pattern
of violations, students should bring their concerns to the
attention of the instructor or to the appropriate department
chairperson or associate dean. Suspected violations by students
reported to members of the faculty or to an associate dean will
be handled according to the procedures set forth below.
Students who have serious concern that a faculty member is not
living up to his or her responsibility to safeguard and promote academic
integrity should speak with the faculty member directly, or should
bring their concern to the attention of the department chairperson or
associate dean.
Faculty Roles in Fostering Academic Integrity
Faculty members should provide students with a positive environment for learning and intellectual growth and, by their words and
actions, promote conditions that foster academic integrity.
Faculty should be concerned about the impact of their behavior on
students. Students are sensitive to messages communicated in informal
discussions and in casual faculty remarks about personal decisions and
value judgments. Students are perhaps most sensitive to how responsibly
faculty members fulfill their obligations to them in the careful preparation of classes, in the serious evaluation of student achievement, and in
their genuine interest in and availability to students.
Policies and Procedures
Faculty should promote academic integrity in the following specific
• At the beginning of each course, instructors should discuss academic integrity in order to promote an ongoing dialogue about
academic integrity and to set the tone and establish guidelines
for academic integrity within the context of the course, e.g., the
extent to which collaborative work is appropriate.
• Instructors should discuss why, when, and how students must
cite sources in their written work.
• Instructors should provide students with a written syllabus or
other documents prepared for the academic experience that
states course requirements and, when available, examination
dates and times.
• Instructors are encouraged to prepare new examinations and
assignments where appropriate each semester in order to ensure
that no student obtains an unfair advantage over his or her classmates by reviewing exams or assignments from prior semesters.
If previous examinations are available to some students, faculty
members should insure that all students in the course have similar access. Course examinations should be designed to minimize
the possibility of cheating, and course paper assignments should
be designed to minimize the possibility of plagiarism.
• Proctors should be present at all examinations, including the
final examination, and should provide students with an environment that encourages honesty and prevents dishonesty.
• Faculty should be careful to respect students’ intellectual property and the confidentiality of student academic information.
• Assignment of grades, which is the sole responsibility of the
instructor, should be awarded in a manner fair to all students.
Academic Deans
The academic deans have overall responsibility for academic
integrity within their schools which includes the following:
• promoting an environment where academic integrity is a priority
for both students and faculty,
• ensuring that students who are honest are not placed at an unfair
disadvantage, and
• establishing procedures to adjudicate charges of academic
dishonesty and to protect the rights of all parties.
Law students should refer to their department or school for procedures for adjudicating alleged violations of academic integrity. Penalties
for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation
invoved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of
decision may be made to the representative of the department or school
whose decision will be final.
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Master’s Students: www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
Doctoral Students: www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/lsoe/
Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs
Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs
Graduate School of Social Work
Law School
School of Theology and Ministry
Woods College of Advancing Studies
Academic Regulations are effective from September of the current
academic year (2012–2013) except where a different date is explicitly
stated. If there have been changes in the Academic Regulations since
a readmitted student was last enrolled, the Academic Regulations in
effect at the time of the student’s readmission will apply unless the dean
or designee decide differently.
Academic Grievances
Any law student who believes he or she has been treated unfairly in
academic matters should consult with the faculty member or administrator designated by his/her school to discuss the situation and to obtain
information about relevant grievance policies and procedures.
Academic Record
A record of each law student’s academic work is prepared and
maintained permanently by the Office of Student Services. Student
academic records are sealed at the time the degree is conferred. After
this date changes may not be made, with the exception of errors or
University-wide academic regulations that pertain to all graduate
and professional students are presented below. Students are expected to
become familiar with the regulations that are specific to their school.
To learn about each school’s academic regulations, please refer to
the following sites:
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Law students are expected to meet course requirements in classes,
internships, and practica as specified in the syllabus or document prepared explicitly for the academic experience. A student who is absent
repeatedly from these academic experiences will be evaluated by the
responsible faculty member and/or designated supervisor(s) to ascertain
the student’s ability to continue in the course and to achieve course
Professors may include, as part of the semester’s grades, marks for
the quality and quantity of the student’s participation in the course.
Professors will announce, reasonably well in advance, tests, examinations and other forms of assessment based on the material covered in
the course, as well as other assigned material. A student who is absent
from a course is responsible for obtaining knowledge of what happened
in the course, especially information about announced tests, papers, or
other assignments.
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Policies and Procedures
A student who is absent from a course on the day of a previously
announced examination, including the final examination, is not entitled, as a matter of right, to make up what was missed. The professor
involved is free to decide whether a makeup will be allowed.
In cases of prolonged absence the student or his or her representative should communicate with the student’s graduate associate dean as
soon as the prospect of extended absence becomes clear. The academic
arrangements for the student’s return to the course should be made
with the Graduate Associate Dean’s Office as soon as the student’s
health and other circumstances permit.
Absences for Religious Reasons
Any law student who is unable, because of his or her religious
beliefs, to attend classes, internships, or practica, or to participate in
any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall
be excused from any such examination, or study or work requirement,
and shall be provided with an opportunity to makeup such examination, study or work requirement that may have been missed because of
such absence on any particular day. However, students should notify
professors and supervisors at the end of the first course meeting or at
least two weeks in advance of any such planned observances, and such
makeup examination or work shall not create an unreasonable burden
upon the University. No fees will be charged and no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who is absent for religious reasons.
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding audits.
Comprehensive Examination or Qualifying Papers:
Doctoral Students
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding comprehensive examinations or qualifying
papers for doctoral students.
Comprehensive Examination: Master’s Students
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding comprehensive examinations for master’s
Continuation: Doctoral Candidacy
Law students who have completed all required coursework and
who have successfully completed the comprehensive examination
or the oral defense of a publishable paper are admitted to doctoral
candidacy. Doctoral candidates are required to register and pay for
Doctoral Continuation (999) during each semester of their candidacy
or its equivalent.
Please refer to your school’s regulation for additional information
on doctoral candidacy.
Cross Registration
Boston Theological Institute
The Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a consortium of theology faculty primarily in the Boston-Newton-Cambridge area, has as its
constituent members the following institutions. Law students should
consult with their academic dean’s office for specific policies regarding
cross-registration in the BTI.
• Andover Newton School of Theology
• Boston College’s Department of Theology
• Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry
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Boston University School of Theology
Episcopal Divinity School
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Harvard Divinity School
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary
St. John’s Seminary
The Consortium
Law students should consult the Associate Dean for Academic,
Career, and Student Services.
Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies
Law students should consult the Associate Dean for Academic,
Career, and Student Services.
Full-Time Enrollment Status
Full-time enrollment is as follows:
Law School--12 or more credits
All students are considered half-time with six credits.
Students completing degree requirements in their final semester
may be given exceptions to the school’s minimum credit standard for
full-time status by their academic dean.
The credits amounts listed above are used to determine a student’s
enrollment status for loan deferments, immunizations, medical insurance requirements, and verifications requested by other organizations.
• Students in the Law School may, in extraordinary circumstances
and with the permission of the Dean for Students, enroll in as
few as 9 credits in a semester and be considered full-time.
Final Examinations
For graduate level courses that have final examinations, professors
may use the University’s final examination schedule, which is public
and set before classes begin, or they may set the day and time of their
final examination in the syllabus or document prepared explicitly for
the academic experience. All students are responsible for knowing when
their final examinations will take place and for taking examinations
at the scheduled time. Students who miss a final examination are not
entitled, as a matter of right, to a makeup examination except for serious illness and/or family emergency. Students who are not able to take
a final examination during its scheduled time should contact the person
designated by the department or school, preferably prior to the examination date, to inform them of their situation and to make alternative
arrangements if granted permission to do so.
Foreign Language Requirement
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding foreign language requirements.
In each graduate course, in which a graduate or professional student is registered for graduate credit, the student will receive one of the
following grades at the end of the semester: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, W,
J, U, P, or I. The high passing grade of A is awarded for superior work.
The passing grade of B is awarded for work that clearly is satisfactory
at the graduate level. The low passing grade of C is awarded for work
that is minimally acceptable at the graduate level. The failing grade of
F is awarded for work that is unsatisfactory.
A pass/fail option is available for a limited number of courses. A
U grade is recorded for ungraded courses such as doctoral continuation.
Please refer to your school’s regulation for additional information
on grading.
Policies and Procedures
Grading Scale
In computing averages, the following numerical equivalents are
used. The entire grading scale is not used by all schools.
• A 4.00
• A- 3.67
• B+ 3.33
• B 3.00
• B- 2.67
• C+ 2.33
• C 2.00
• C- 1.67
• D+ 1.33
• D 1.00
• D- .67
• F .00
• P No effect on GPA
• U No effect on GPA
Grade Changes
Grade changes should be made only for exceptional reasons. The
grades submitted by faculty at the end of each semester are considered
final unless the faculty member has granted the student an Incomplete.
Incompletes may be granted to provide a student time to finish his or
her course work after the date set for the course examination or in the
course syllabus. Incompletes should only be granted for serious reasons,
e.g., illness, and only when the student has been able to complete most
of the course work but is missing a specific assignment, e.g., a final
paper, an examination, etc. Incompletes are not to be granted to allow
the student to complete a major portion of the course work after the
end of the semester.
All I grades will automatically be changed to F on March 1 for the
fall, August 1 for the spring, and October 1 for the summer except for
students in the Graduate School of Social Work and the Law School.
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
more information on grade changes.
In order to ensure timely clearance, all students who plan to
graduate should confirm their diploma names online through their
Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu by the following dates:
• Last day of drop/add in January for May graduation
• May 1 for August graduation
• Last day of drop/add in September for December graduation
Leave of Absence
Voluntary Leave of Absence
Graduate students who do not register for course work, Thesis or
Dissertation Direction, or Interim Study in any given semester must
request a leave of absence for that semester. Leaves of absence are not
usually granted for more than two semesters at a time, and are rarely
granted for students on Doctoral Continuation. Students may apply
for a personal or medical leave of absence. As described below, appropriate documentation is required for a medical leave of absence.
Students may obtain a personal or medical leave of absence form
online at www.bc.edu/studentservices and submit it for their school’s
Associate Dean’s approval.
Leave time for either a personal or medical leave of absence will
normally be considered a portion of the total time limit for the degree
unless the contrary is decided upon initially between the student and
the Associate Dean.
Personal Leave of Absence
Students on an approved personal leave of absence should contact
the Associate Dean’s Office at least six weeks prior to the semester in
which they expect to re-enroll. The appropriate Associate Dean will
make the decision on the readmission request.
Medical Leave of Absence
The University awards degrees in May, August, and December
of each year except to students in the Law School where degrees are
conferred in May and December. Commencement ceremonies are
held only in May. Students who have completed all requirements for
the degree before a specific graduation date are eligible to receive the
degree as of the university’s next official graduation date. A diploma
will not be dated before all work is completed. Students who graduate
in December or August may participate in commencement exercises
the following May.
If a student is unable to complete the coursework or other course
of study for a semester due to medical reasons, the student may request
a medical leave of absence. Medical leave, whether requested for mental
health or physical health reasons, must be supported by appropriate documentation from a licensed care provider. The student must
submit this documentation to Counseling Services or Health Services
as applicable, who will review it in confidence and make a recommendation to the student’s Associate Dean, who must approve the leave.
The University reserves the right to impose conditions on readmission
from a medical leave, which may include the submission of documentation from the student’s health care provider, the student’s consent
for the provider to discuss the student’s condition with University
clinicians, and/or an independent evaluation of the student’s condition by University clinicians. Students seeking to return from leave are
encouraged to contact the Associate Dean as soon as possible prior to
seeking readmission, but in no event later than eight (8) weeks prior to
the desired admission date. Students seeking to return to a practicum,
clinical, or field education placement must contact the Associate Dean
expressing the intent to seek readmission at least a full semester before
the desired return.
At the time of requesting a medical leave, please consult the
academic dean with regard to school policy concerning funding upon
Students on Boston College’s medical insurance policy may be
eligible to continue their health insurance the semester in which they
take a medical leave of absence and the following semester. Please consult with the Office of Student Services to learn more about this policy,
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Pass/Fail Electives
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding pass/fail electives.
Good Standing
Grades, satisfactory performance in internships and practica, and
timely completion of degree requirements determine a student’s good
standing in his or her program. Students should be informed in a timely
manner if their good standing is in jeopardy and the conditions needed
to maintain or establish good standing.
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding academic good standing.
Policies and Procedures
or visit www.bc.edu/medinsurance. Students granted a medical leave
because of a severe medical situation may be entitled to a semester’s
tuition credit to be provided upon readmission.
Involuntary Leave of Absence
Students may be separated from the University for academic
reasons (please refer to specific school or department policies for more
information) or for reasons of health, safety, or when a student’s
continuance at Boston College poses significant risk to the student
or others. For additional information, visit www.bc.edu/publications/
Students should consult with the academic dean or designee of
their school for information about school-specific policies and procedures related to readmission.
In instances where a sustained period of time has elapsed since a
student was last enrolled, the academic dean or designee of the school,
in consultation with the school’s Academic Standards Committee
and/or the appropriate representative of the student’s department will
decide the status of student seeking readmission. In determining which,
if any academic requirements remain to be completed after readmission
and before awarding the degree, the factors that will be considered
include but are not limited to:
1. Currency of the student’s knowledge in select content areas;
2. Relevancy of courses completed at Boston College to current
degree requirements;
3. Rigor of courses completed at Boston College to current degree
4. Academic work completed elsewhere that is relevant to degree
5. Length of absence.
In all readmission cases, the decision to re-admit a student will be
based on a consideration of the best interests of both the student and
the University.
Summer Courses
In graduate programs, summer courses may be an integral part
of the curriculum. Law students should consult with their academic
dean’s office for specific policies regarding summer courses.
Law students should consult with their academic dean’s office for
specific policies regarding time-to-degree.
All current law students submit requests for academic transcripts
through their Agora Portal at portal.bc.edu. Requests for academic
transcripts may also be submitted in writing to the following address:
Transcript Requests, Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, Boston
College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or faxed to 617-552-4975.
Requests are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours of receipt.
For more information, visit www.bc.edu/transcripts.
Transfer of Credit
In the Law School, no credits are granted for any graduate work
taken prior to a student’s matriculation at the Law School as a first year
student. Students applying for advanced standing in the J.D. program
may have up to 33 credits transferred from another ABA-approved law
school program.
For dual degree programs, both within BC and outside, we accept
up to 12 credits from the corresponding graduate program. Those credits must be earned after the completion of the first year of law school.
University Communication Policies and Student
Official communications of the University with its currently
enrolled law students, including notices of academic and administrative matters and communications from faculty and administrative staff,
may be sent via postal service, campus mail, or email. To assure that
these communications arrive in a timely manner, all enrolled students
have the following responsibilities:
Postal service and Campus mail: For purposes of written communication, the student’s local and permanent addresses on record at
the Office of Student Services will be regarded as the student’s official
local and permanent residences. All students have a responsibility to
provide both local and permanent mailing addresses and to enter corrections through their Agora Portal if the addresses are not accurate
in University records. Students should review their address record for
accuracy at the beginning of each semester and again soon after submitting any corrections.
Email: The University recognizes and uses electronic mail as an
appropriate medium for official communication. The University provides all enrolled students with email accounts as well as access to email
services from computer stations at various locations on campus. All
students are expected to access their email accounts regularly, to check
for official University communications, and to respond as necessary to
such communications.
Students may forward their email messages from their University
email accounts to non-university email systems. In such cases, students
shall be solely responsible for all consequences arising from such forwarding arrangements, including any failure by the non-university system to
deliver or retain official University communications. Students should
send test messages to and from their University email account on a
regular basis, to confirm that their email service is functioning reliably.
All student responses to official email communications from the
University must contain the student’s University email address in the
“From:” and “Reply To:” lines and should originate from the student’s
University email account, to assure that the response can be recognized
as a message from a member of the University community.
Withdrawal from a Course
The University will not issue diplomas or release transcripts for
any graduate or professional student with an outstanding financial
obligation to the University, which includes failure to complete a mandatory loan exit interview.
Law students who withdraw from a course after the drop/add
period will have a “W” recorded in the grade column of their academic
record. To withdraw from a course all students must go to the Forms
page of the Office of Student Services website, print the withdrawal
form, and then go to the Office of the Associate Dean for their school.
Students will not be permitted to withdraw from courses after the
published deadline. Students who are still registered at this point will
receive a final grade for the semester.
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Transcript/Diploma Holds
Policies and Procedures
Withdrawal from Boston College
Law students who wish to withdraw from Boston College in
good standing are required to file a Withdrawal Form in the Associate
Dean’s Office. In the case of students who are dismissed for academic
or disciplinary reasons, the Associate Dean will process the withdrawal.
University Awards and Honors
Please refer to your school or department website for information
about awards and honors.
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The Boston College Law School
Established in 1929, Boston College Law School is dedicated to
the highest standards of academic, ethical, and professional development while fostering a unique spirit of community among its students,
faculty, and staff. Boston College Law School is accredited by the
American Bar Association, is a member of the Association of American
Law Schools, and has a chapter of the Order of the Coif.
The Law School offers two degrees—the three-year Juris Doctor
(J.D.) degree, which is the school’s primary degree, and the one-year
Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, which is designed for students who
already hold a law degree from another school.
Registration for Bar Examination
Upon entering law school, some students know the state(s) they
intend to practice in after graduation. Some states require students
to register with the Board of Bar Examiners prior to, or shortly after,
beginning law school. For further information, contact the secretary
of the state’s Board of Bar Examiners for the state where you intend
to practice to determine the standards and requirements for admission
to practice.
A limited number of applicants, usually members of the bar, who
do not wish to study for a degree but who desire to enroll in specific
courses may be admitted as auditors. Auditors must prepare regular
assignments and participate in classroom discussions. They are not
required to take examinations but may elect to do so. Normally, credit
will not be certified for auditing. Auditors are charged tuition at the
per credit hour rate.
Advanced Standing
An applicant who qualifies for admission and who has satisfactorily completed part of his or her legal education in another ABAapproved law school may be admitted to an upper class with advanced
standing. Four completed semesters in residence at Boston College
that immediately precede the awarding of the degree will be required.
Transfer applicants must submit the application form and fee, the
LSDAS report, a law school transcript, a letter of good standing from
his or her law school dean, and a recommendation from a law school
professor. Applications are due by July 1 from those wishing to enroll
for the fall semester.
Dual Degree Program in Law and Business
Boston College Law School and the Carroll School of Management
offer a dual J.D./M.B.A. program. Students in the program are required
to be admitted independently to both schools. Credit for one semester’s
courses in the M.B.A. program is given towards the J.D. degree, and,
similarly, credit for one semester’s courses in the Law School is given
towards the M.B.A. degree. Both degrees can thus be obtained within
four academic years, rather than the five required for completing the
two degrees separately. Interested students can obtain detailed information from the Admission Offices of both schools.
Dual Degree Program in Law and Social
The Graduate School of Social Work and the Law School at
Boston College offer a dual J.D./M.S.W. program designed for students interested in serving the combined legal and social welfare needs
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of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Students may obtain
the two degrees in four years, rather than the usual five years. Dual
degree candidates must apply to, and be accepted by, both schools.
Interested students can obtain more information from the Admission
Offices of both schools.
Dual Degree Program in Law and
The dual degree program in Law and Education is designed for
students who are interested in serving the combined legal and educational needs of students, families, and communities in our nation. The
program reflects the University’s mission to promote social justice and
to prepare men and women for service to others. The program is particularly designed to prepare students to meet the needs of individuals
who have traditionally not been well-served by the nation’s schools.
The program is designed to serve the needs of persons who wish to
combine knowledge about education and applied psychology with legal
knowledge and skills to better serve their clients and constituencies.
The program offers an opportunity to further the University’s goals in
promoting interdisciplinary inquiry and integrating the work of service
Students admitted to the program may expect to receive both a
master’s degree in Education (M.Ed. or M.A.) and the Juris Doctor
(J.D.) degree in approximately three and a half years, rather than the four
or more years such degrees would normally entail if taken separately.
Students seeking to pursue the J.D./M.Ed. or M.A. dual degree
must be duly admitted to their intended Education program and to the
Law School. Any student seeking certification, or education or human
services licensure must meet all of the requirements in the Lynch
School of Education for that certification/licensure.
J.D./M.A. or J.D./Ph.D. Philosophy
These programs are designed for students who have an interest in
legal theory and jurisprudence, and who may eventually wish to go into
law teaching in those fields. Students may complete their law degree
and master’s in philosophy in four years of joint study, or law and
Ph.D. in six. Students must apply to both the Law School and master’s
or Ph.D. program in the Philosophy Department of Boston College.
Other Dual Study Programs
Law students are permitted to take a maximum of four graduate
level courses (12 credits) in other departments during their final two
years with the consent of the Associate Dean. Also, students may crossregister for certain courses at Boston University School of Law. A list of
courses is made available prior to confirmation of registration. Tuition
for dual programs is separately arranged. From time to time individual
students have also made special arrangements, with the approval of the
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, for dual study programs with
other schools and departments at Boston College or, in some instances,
with other universities in the Boston area.
London Program
The Law School has a semester-abroad program with Kings
College at the University of London. Students in the London Program
have the opportunity to enroll in courses taught in the LL.M. curriculum at Kings College and participate in a clinical European Law and
Practice externship as well. Student placements have included positions
with the court system as well as governmental and non-governmental
law offices and are supervised by a full-time member of the Boston
College Law School faculty.
Master of Laws (LL.M.) Degree
The LL.M. degree program is designed to expose legal professionals and recent graduates with a first degree in law, primarily but
not necessarily of foreign origin, to the fundamentals of the U.S.
legal system. The program enables students to explore American legal
issues and methodology. Students may choose from among most of
the courses in the Law School’s extensive curriculum, including both
introductory and more advanced courses in their particular fields of
interest. The program is intended for students from a variety of legal
systems and backgrounds. We are equally interested in applicants
pursuing careers in private practice, government service, the judiciary,
international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and legal
scholarship. We are most interested in applicants who have completed
their prior legal studies with high rank and who intend to return to
their home countries to contribute to the legal profession.
Further information is available on the program’s website at www.
bc.edu/llm or from the LL.M. Office, Boston College Law School, 885
Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459. Our email address is [email protected]
For more detailed information regarding course offerings, applicants should consult the Boston College Law School Bulletin that may
be obtained by writing to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid,
Boston College Law School, 885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459,
or by emailing the office at [email protected]
Course descriptions and scheduling information are also available
on the BCLS website at www.bc.edu/law.
Hugh J. Ault, Professor Emeritus; A.B., LL.B., Harvard University
Charles H. Baron, Professor Emeritus; A.B., Ph.D., University of
Pennsylvania; LL.B., Harvard University
Arthur L. Berney, Professor Emeritus; A.B., LL.B., University of
Peter A. Donovan, Professor Emeritus; A.B., J.D., Boston College;
LL.M., Georgetown University; LL.M., Harvard University
John M. Flackett, Professor Emeritus; LL.B., University of
Birmingham, England; LL.B., St. John’s College, Cambridge
University; LL.M., University of Pennsylvania
Ruth-Arlene Howe, Professor Emerita; A.B., Wellesley College;
M.S.W., Simmons College; J.D., Boston College
Cynthia C. Lichtenstein, Professor Emerita; A.B., Radcliffe College;
LL.B., Yale University; M.C.L., University of Chicago
Sharon Hamby O’Connor, Associate Professor Emerita; B.A.,
Southern Methodist University; M.S.L.S., Columbia University; J.D.,
Harvard University; M.E.S., Yale University
Filippa Anzalone, Professor and Associate Dean for Library and
Computing Services; B.A., Smith College; M.S., Simmons College
Graduate School of Library and Information Science; J.D., Suffolk
University Law School
Mary S. Bilder, Professor; B.A., University of Wisconsin at Madison;
A.M., J.D., Ph.D., Harvard University
Robert M. Bloom, Professor; B.S., Northeastern University; J.D.,
Boston College
Mark S. Brodin, Professor; B.A., J.D., Columbia University
George D. Brown, Drinan Professor; A.B., J.D., Harvard University
R. Michael Cassidy, Professor; B.A., University of Notre Dame; J.D.,
Harvard University
Mary Ann Chirba, Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and Writing;
B.A., Colgate University; J.D., Boston College; M.P.H., Harvard
School of Public Health
Daniel R. Coquillette, Professor; A.B., Williams College; M.A.,
Oxford University; J.D., Harvard University
Scott T. FitzGibbon, Professor; A.B., Antioch College; J.D., Harvard
University; B.C.L., Oxford University
Frank Garcia, Professor; B.A., Reed College; J.D., University of
Jane K. Gionfriddo, Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and
Writing; B.A., Wesleyan University; J.D., Boston University
H. Kent Greenfield, Professor; A.B., Brown University; J.D.,
University of Chicago
Ingrid Michelsen Hillinger, Professor; A.B., Barnard College; J.D.,
College of William & Mary
Daniel Kanstroom, Professor; B.A., State University of New York
at Binghampton; J.D., Northeastern University; LL.M., Harvard
Sanford N. Katz, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor; A.B., Boston
University; J.D., University of Chicago; Sterling Fellow, Yale Law
Thomas C. Kohler, Professor; B.A., Michigan State University; J.D.,
Wayne State University; LL.M., Yale University
Joseph P. Liu, Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty; B.A., Yale
University; J.D., Columbia University; L.L.M., Harvard University
Ray Madoff, Professor; A.B. Brown University; J.D., LL.M., New
York University
Judith A. McMorrow, Professor; B.A., B.S., Nazareth College; J.D.,
University of Notre Dame
Zygmunt J.B. Plater, Professor; A.B., Princeton University; J.D., Yale
University; LL.M., S.J.D., University of Michigan
James R. Repetti, William J. Kenealy, S.J., Professor; B.A., Harvard
University; M.B.A., J.D., Boston College
Diane M. Ring, Professor; A.B., J.D., Harvard University
James S. Rogers, Professor; A.B., University of Pennsylvania; J.D.,
Harvard University
Vincent D. Rougeau, Professor and Dean; A.B., Brown University;
J.D., Harvard University
Mark R. Spiegel, Professor; A.B., University of Michigan; J.D.,
University of Chicago
Catherine Wells, Professor; B.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D.,
University of California at Berkeley; J.D., Harvard University
Hon. Herbert P. Wilkins, Huber Distinguished Visiting Professor;
A.B., LL.B., Harvard Law School
David A. Wirth, Professor and Director of International Programs;
A.B., Princeton University; A.M., Harvard University; J.D., Yale
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Alfred C. Yen, Professor and Director of Emerging Enterprises and
Business Law; B.S., M.S., Stanford University; J.D., Harvard
Joan Blum, Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and
Writing; A.B., Harvard College; J.D., Columbia Law School
Brian Galle, Associate Professor; LL.M., Georgetown University Law
Center; J.D., Columbia University School of Law; A.B., Harvard
Dean M. Hashimoto, Associate Professor; A.B., Stanford University;
M.S., University of California at Berkeley; M.O.H., Harvard
University; M.D., University of California at San Francisco; J.D.,
Yale University
Frank R. Herrmann, S.J., Associate Professor; A.B., Fordham
University; M.Div., Woodstock College; J.D., Boston College
Renee M. Jones, Associate Professor; A.B., Princeton University; J.D.,
Harvard University
Gregory Kalscheur, S.J., Associate Professor; B.A., Georgetown; J.D.,
University of Michigan; M.Div., S.T.L., Weston Jesuit School of
Theology; LL.M., Columbia University
Elisabeth Keller, Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and
Writing; B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., J.D., Ohio State University
Mary-Rose Papandrea, Associate Professor; B.A., Yale University; J.D.
University of Chicago
Vlad Perju, Associate Professor; LL.B., University of Bucharest; S.J.D.,
LL.M. Program, Harvard University; LL.M., European Academy of
Legal Theory; Maitrise, University of Paris (Sorbonne)
Judith B. Tracy, Associate Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research, and
Writing; B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., University of Chicago
Richard Albert, Assistant Professor; B.A., J.D. Yale University; B.C.L.,
Oxford University; LL.M., Harvard University
Paulo Barrozo, Assistant Professor; S.J.D., Harvard Law School;
Ph.D., Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ); M.Jur., Rio de Janeiro (PUC);
LL.B., Rio de Janeiro (UREJ)
Kari E. Hong, Assistant Professor; B.A., Swarthmore College; J.D.,
Columbia University
Daniel Lyons, Assistant Professor; A.B., Harvard College; J.D.,
Harvard Law School
David Olson, Assistant Professor; B.A., University of Kansas; J.D.,
Harvard Law School
Brian J.M. Quinn, Assistant Professor; B.A., Georgetown University;
M.P.P., Harvard University; J.D., Stanford University
Norah Wylie, Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Reasoning, Research,
and Writing; B.A. State University of New York, Albany; J.D., Boston
Paul Tremblay, Clinical Professor; B.A., Boston College; J.D.,
University of California, Los Angeles
Laura Murray-Tjan, Visiting Clinical Professor from Practice; A.B.,
Harvard University; J.D., Yale University
Alexis Anderson, Clinical Associate Professor; B.A., Wake Forest; J.D.,
University of Virginia
Sharon Beckman, Clinical Associate Professor; B.A. Harvard College;
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
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Alan Minuskin, Clinical Associate Professor; B.A., University of
Miami; J.D., New England School of Law
Evangeline Sarda, Clinical Associate Professor; B.A., Yale University;
J.D., Columbia University
Francine T. Sherman, Clinical Associate Professor; B.A., University of
Missouri; J.D., Boston College
Administration and Faculty
the board of trustees
the officers of the university
William P. Leahy, S.J., Ph.D., Stanford University
J. Donald Monan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Louvain
University Chancellor
Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor University/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Provost and Dean of Faculties
Patrick J. Keating, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Executive Vice President
Daniel Bourque, M.S., Northeastern University
Vice President for Facilities Management
Michael Bourque, B.S., University of Iowa
Vice President, Information Technology
John T. Butler, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland
Vice President for University Mission and Ministry
Mary Lou DeLong, B.A., Newton College of the Sacred Heart Vice President and University Secretary
James J. Husson, M.B.A., University of Rochester
Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Thomas J. Keady, B.A., University of Massachusetts–Boston
Vice President for Governmental & Community Affairs
Thomas P. Lockerby, B.A., Harvard University
Vice President, Development
James P. McIntyre, Ed.D., Boston College
Senior Vice President
Peter C. McKenzie, M.B.A., Babson College
Financial Vice President and Treasurer
William B. Neenan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Vice President and Special Assistant to the President
Patrick H. Rombalski, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Vice President for Student Affairs
Leo V. Sullivan, M.Ed., Boston College
Vice President, Human Resources
Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, Chair
John F. Fish, Vice Chair
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Secretary
Drake G. Behrakis
Patricia L. Bonan
Matthew J. Botica
Cathy M. Brienza
Karen Izzi Bristing
John E. Buehler, Jr.
Darcel D. Clark
Charles I. Clough, Jr.
Juan A. Concepcion
Margot C. Connell
John M. Connors, Jr.
Robert J. Cooney
Kathleen A. Corbet
Leo J. Corcoran
Robert F. Cotter
Claudia Henao de la Cruz
John R. Egan
William J. Geary
Susan McManama Gianinno
Janice Gipson
Kathleen Powers Haley
Christian W.E. Haub
Michaela Murphy Hoag
John L. LaMattina
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.
William P. Leahy, S.J.
Peter S. Lynch
T.J. Maloney
Douglas W. Marcouiller, S.J.
Peter K. Markell
David M. McAuliffe
William S. McKiernan
Robert J. Morrissey
John V. Murphy
R. Michael Murray, Jr.
Stephen P. Murray
Brien M. O’Brien
David P. O’Connor
Brian G. Paulson, S.J.
Richard F. Powers III
Thomas F. Ryan, Jr.
Rev. Nicholas A. Sannella
Philip W. Schiller
Susan Martinelli Shea
Marianne D. Short
Pat T. Stokes
Richard F. Syron
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice
David C. Weinstein
The Corporate Title of Boston College is Trustees of Boston College.
chief academic officers
Andrew Boynton, M.B.A., Kenan-Flager Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dean, Carroll School of Management
Rev. James P. Burns, Ph.D., Northeastern University
Interim Dean, The Woods College of Advancing Studies;
Interim Dean, The Summer Session
Patricia DeLeeuw, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Vice Provost for Faculties
Susan Gennaro, R.N., D.S.N., FAAN,
University of Alabama at Birmingham Dean, Connell School of Nursing
Alberto Godenzi, Ph.D., University of Zurich
Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
Donald Hafner, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Maureen Kenny, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Interim Dean, Lynch School of Education
Robert S. Lay, M.S., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Dean of Enrollment Management
Mark S. Massa, S.J., Ph.D., Harvard University
Dean, School of Theology and Ministry
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Administration and Faculty
Larry W. McLaughlin, Ph.D., University of Alberta
Vice Provost for Research
David Quigley, Ph.D., New York University
Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vincent Rougeau, J.D., Harvard University
Dean, Boston College Law School
Thomas Wall, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
University Librarian
assistant and associate deans
Filippa Anzalone, J.D., Suffolk University Law School
Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services,
Boston College Law School
John J. Burns, Ph.D., Yale University
Associate Vice P
rovost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Joseph Carroll, M.B.A., Suffolk University
Associate Dean for Finance and Administration,
College of Arts and Sciences
Clare Dunsford, Ph.D., Boston University
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Sveta Emery, M.B.A., Manchester Business School, England Associate Dean, Finance, Research, and Administration,
Graduate School of Social Work
Mary Fulton, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Finance, Research, and Administration,
Lynch School of Education
Candace Hetzner, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Robert Howe, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Admission and Administration,
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
M. Katherine Hutchinson, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Associate Dean, Connell Graduate School of Nursing
Richard Keeley, M.A., Boston College
Associate Dean, Carroll School of Management
Gene McMahon, M.B.A., Boston College
Associate Dean for Administration, Carroll School of Management
William Petri, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Catherine Read, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell Associate Dean, Connell School of Nursing
Jeffrey Ringuest, Ph.D., Clemson University
Associate Dean, Carroll Graduate School of Management
Elizabeth A. Rosselot, M.S., American University
Registrar and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs,
Boston College Law School
Teresa Schirmer, M.S.W., Boston University
Associate Dean, Academic and Student Services, Graduate School of Social Work
Anne Severo, B.S., University of California, Fresno
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration,
Connell School of Nursing
Elizabeth Sparks, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid,
Lynch School of Education
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John Stachniewicz, M.A., Tufts University
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration,
School of Theology and Ministry
Thomas Walsh, Ph.D., Boston College
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Work
directors in academic areas
Maris Abbene, J.D., Boston College
Assistant Dean, Career Services, Boston College Law School
Suzanne Barrett, Ph.D., Brown University
Director, Connors Family Learning Center
Susan Coleman, M.S.W., Boston College
Director, Field Education, Graduate School of Social Work
Sharon Comvalius-Goddard, M.P.H., Hunter College
Director, Pre-Award, Office for Sponsored Programs
Paulette Durrett, M.S.W., LCSW, Boston College
Assistant Dean, Students with Disabilities,
Office of Student Development
John E. Ebel, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Director, Weston Observatory
Stephen Erickson, Ph.D., Tufts University
Director of Research Integrity and Compliance
Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., St. John’s University
Executive Director of Irish Programs
David E. Horn, M.S., University of Oregon
Head Librarian, Archives and Manuscripts, Burns Library
William C. Howard, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions,
Graduate School of Social Work
Louise Lonabocker, Ph.D., Boston College
Executive Director of Student Services
Rita R. Long Owens, M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University
Executive Director of Academic Technology
Vincent J. Lynch, D.S.W., Boston College
Director of Continuing Education, Graduate School of Social Work
John L. Mahoney, Jr., M.A.T., Boston College
Director of Undergraduate Admission
David J. McMenamin, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of PULSE Program
Vickie R. Monta, M.B.A., Regis University
Executive Director, Academic Budget, Policy and Planning
Nancy Netzer, Ph.D., Harvard University
Director of McMullen Museum of Art
Donald Ricciato, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of the Campus School
Akua Sarr, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Director, Academic Advising Center
Paul G. Schervish, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison
Director of Center for Wealth and Philanthropy
Tracey West, J.D., Georgetown University
Assistant Dean for Students, Boston College Law School
W. Jean Weyman, Ph.D., Boston College
Director of Continuing Education, Connell School of Nursing
Alan Wolfe, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Director of the Center for Religion and American Public Life
Administration and Faculty
Cynthia Young, Ph.D., Yale University
Director, African and African Diaspora Studies Program
Susan Zipkin, M.B.A., Boston University
Director, Post Award Administration, Office for Sponsored Programs
directors in university areas­
George A. Arey, M.A.
Director, Residential Life
Kelli J. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Institutional Research,
Planning and Assessment
Patricia A. Bando, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services
John A. Berardi, B.S.
Technology Director for Applications and Architecture Services,
Information Technology Services
Ben Birnbaum, M.Ed.
Executive Director for Office of Marketing Communications and
Special Assistant to the President
John Bogdan, M.B.A.
Director, Employment
Michael G. Boughton, S.J., M.A.
Director of Center for Ignatian Spirituality
John D. Burke, M.B.A.
Director of Budget
John R. Burke, B.A.
Director of Benefits
Leo K. Chaharyn, B.A.
Technology Director for Systems and Operations Management,
Information Technology Services
Paul J. Chebator, Ph.D.
Dean, Student Development
Mary C. Corcoran, M.Ed.
Associate Vice President, Information Technology Assurance,
Information Technology Services
Eugene B. DeFilippo, Jr., M.Ed.
Director of Athletics
Terrence P. Devino, S.J., M.Div.
Director of Manresa House and Special Assistant to the President
Maria S. DiChiappari, B.A.
Director of the Boston College Neighborhood Center
Michael J. Driscoll, M.B.A.
John B. Dunn, M.S.
Director for Office of News & Public Affairs
Howard Enoch, Ph.D.
Director of Robsham Theatre Arts Center
Matthew Eynon, B.A.
Associate Vice President for Capital Giving
John A. Feudo, M.A.
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations
Erik P. Goldshmidt, Ph.D.
Director, Church in the 21st Century Center
Jessica Greene, Ph.D.
Director of Institutional Research
N. Gail Hall, M.S.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Theresa A. Harrigan, Ed.D.
Director of the Career Center
Joseph E. Harrington
Director of Network Services
Ann Harte, Ed.M.
Director, Internal Audit
Gina M. Harvey, B.F.A.
Director of Space Planning
Joseph Herlihy, J.D.
University General Counsel
Burton Howell, M.Ed.
Director, Intersections Office
Carole Hughes, M.Ed.
Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Student Life
P. Michael Jednak, B.A.
Director of Facilities Services
Richard P. Jefferson, J.D.
Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Diversity
John M. King, M.P.A.
Director of Public Safety and Chief of Boston College Police
Barbara A. Krakowsky, M.Ed.
Director of The Children’s Center
Terrence P. Leahy, M.S.
Director of Engineering and Energy Management
Theresa J. Lee, M.A.
Executive Director, Annual Giving
Jeanne Levesque, J.D.
Director of Governmental Relations
Robert J. Lewis, J.D.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources
Joseph P. Marchese, M.A.
Director, First Year Experience
Linda McCarthy, M.B.A.
Technology Director for Student and Academic Systems,
Information Technology Services
Paul McGowan, M.B.A.
Director of Procurement Services
Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of University Counseling Services
Halley McLain, B.A.
Director of Compensation
William R. Mills, Jr., B.S.
Director of Community Affairs
Mary S. Nardone, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Long-Range Capital Projects
Thomas I. Nary, M.D.
Director of Health Services
Katherine O’Dair, M.Ed.
Director of Assessment and Staff Development, Student Affairs
Sally Keeler O’Hare, B.A.
Director of Annual Capital Projects
Bernard R. O’Kane, M.Ed.
Director of Employee Development
Anthony Penna, M.Ed., M.Div.
Director of Campus Ministry
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Administration and Faculty
Henry A. Perry, B.S.
Director for Office of Project Management,
Information Technology Services
Darrell Peterson, Ph.D.
Director of Student Programs Office
Elise T. Phillips, M.Ed.
Director of Health Promotion
Michael V. Pimental, M.B.A.
Director of Administrative Program Review &
Strategic Planning Services
Daniel Ponsetto, M.Div.
Director of Volunteer and Service Learning Center
Thomas Rezendes, M.B.A.
Director of Business, Planning and Project Services,
Information Technology Services
Brenda S. Ricard, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations and Planning
Linda J. Riley, B.S.
Executive Director of Auxiliary Operations
Michael A. Sacco, M.S.
Director of the Center for Student Formation
Ines M. Maturana Sendoya, M.Ed.
Director of AHANA Student Programs
John O. Tommaney, B.A.
Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness
Patricia A. Touzin, M.S.W.
Director of Faculty/Staff Assistance Program
Helen S. Wechsler, B.A.
Director of Dining Services
Richard M. Young, B.S.
Director of Human Resources Service Center
John J. Zona, Ph.D.
Chief Investment Officer and Associate Treasurer
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Academic Calendar 2012–2013
Fall Semester 2012
August 1
Spring Semester 2013
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for August 2012
August 27 Monday Classes begin for all Law students
August 27 Monday Classes begin for first-year, full-time
M.B.A. students only
September 3 Monday Labor Day—No classes
September 4 Tuesday Classes begin
September 12 Wednesday Last date for graduate students to
drop/add online
September 12 Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to graduate in December 2012 to verify their diploma names online
January 14 Monday Classes begin
January 21 Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
—No classes
January 23 Wednesday Last date for graduate students to
drop/add online
January 23 Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to graduate in May 2013 to verify
their diploma names online
March 4 Monday
March 8 Friday Spring Vacation
March 28 to
April 1 Thursday
Easter Weekend—No classes on Holy
Thursday and Good Friday. No classes
on Easter Monday except for those
beginning at 4:00 p.m. and later.
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for May 2013
September 15 Saturday Mass at Fenway Park for the
Sesquicentennial Year celebration.
(This will substitute for the Mass of
the Holy Spirit originally scheduled for
September 13.)
April 2
October 8 Columbus Day—No classes
April 10 Wednesday Graduate/CASU registration period for
fall and summer 2013 begins
November 8 Thursday Graduate/CASU registration period for
spring 2013 begins
April 15 Monday Patriot’s Day—No classes
November 21 Wednesday
November 23 Friday
Thanksgiving Holidays
April 16 Tuesday Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the University
May 1 November 26 Monday Last date for official withdrawal from a course or from the University
Wednesday Last date for all students who plan to
graduate in August 2013 to verify their
diploma names online­­
December 3
Last date for master’s and doctoral
candidates to submit signed and
approved copies of theses and
dissertations for December 2012
May 7 to
May 14 Tuesday
Tuesday Term Examinations—Posted grades
(non-Law) available online
May 20 Monday Commencement
May 24
Law School Commencement
Monday Monday
December 13 Thursday
December 20 Thursday
Term Examinations—Posted grades
(non-Law) available online
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Directory and Office Locations
Academic Advising Center Akua Sarr, Director...................Bourneuf House, 84 College Road
Accounting Billy Soo, Chairperson........................................... Fulton 520
Admission Undergraduate: John L. Mahoney, Jr., Director..... Devlin 208
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences................... Gasson 108
Carroll School of Management,
Graduate Programs................................................ Fulton 315
Connell School of Nursing,
Graduate Programs............................................. Cushing 202
Graduate School of Social Work.......................McGuinn 221
Law School......................................................... Stuart M302
Lynch School of Education,
Graduate Programs............................................Campion 135
School of Theology and Ministry........................ 9 Lake Street
Woods College of Advancing Studies
—Undergraduate and Graduate........................McGuinn 100
Advancing Studies Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean................... McGuinn 100
African and African Diaspora Studies Cynthia Young, Director......................................... Lyons 301
AHANA Ines Maturana Sendoya, Director........................72 College Road
American Studies Carlo Rotella......................................................... Carney 451
Arts and Sciences David Quigley, Dean............................................ Gasson 103
William Petri, Associate Dean—Seniors................ Gasson 109
Michael Martin,
Acting Associate Dean—Juniors............................ Gasson 109
Clare Dunsford, Associate Dean—Sophomores.... Gasson 109
Akua Sarr, Associate Dean—Freshmen.................. Gasson 109
Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean
—Graduate Arts and Sciences................................ Gasson 108
Biology Thomas Chiles, Chairperson................................ Higgins 355
Business Law Christine O’Brien, Chairperson............................. Fulton 420
Campus Ministry Fr. Tony Penna, Director.................................... McElroy 233
Career Center Theresa Harrigan, Director............................. Southwell Hall,
38 Commonwealth Avenue
Chemistry Amir Hoveyda, Chairperson.................................Merkert 125
Classical Studies Charles F. Ahern, Jr., Chairperson........................ Carney 123
Communication Lisa M. Cuklanz, Chairperson.................Maloney, Fifth Floor
Computer Science
Edward Sciore, Chairperson................................Maloney 559
Connors Family Learning Center Suzanne Barrett, Director......................................O’Neill 200
Counseling Services
Thomas P. McGuinness,
Associate Vice President........................................ Gasson 001
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Earth and Environmental Sciences Gail Kineke, Chairperson.....................................Devlin 322A
Economics Donald Cox, Chairperson...................................Maloney 489
Education, Lynch School of
Maureen Kenny, Interim Dean..........................Campion 101
Audrey Friedman, Assistant Dean,
Undergraduate Students.....................................Campion 118
Mary Ellen Fulton, Associate Dean for Finance,
Research, and Administration.............................Campion 101
Elizabeth Sparks, Associate Dean,
Graduate Admission and Financial Aid..............Campion 135
Office of Undergraduate Student Services..........Campion 104
Office of Graduate Student Services...................Campion 135
ERME (Educational Research, Measurement, and
Evaluation) Larry Ludlow, Chairperson.........................Campion 336C
CDEP (Counseling, Developmental, & Educational
Brinton Lykes, Chairperson...........................Campion 308
ELHE (Educational Leadership and Higher Education)
Ana Martinez-Aleman, Chairperson..............Campion 222
TESECI (Teacher Education, Special Education, and
Curriculum & Instruction)
Alec Peck, Chairperson...................................Campion 101
English Suzanne Matson, Chairperson............................... Carney 450
Finance Hassan Tehranian, Chairperson.......................... Fulton 324C
Fine Arts Jeffery W. Howe, Chairperson............................... Devlin 430
First Year Experience Programs
Rev. Joseph P. Marchese,
Director.................................. Brock House, 78 College Road
German Studies Michael Resler, Chairperson.................................... Lyons 201
History Robin Fleming, Chairperson...............................Maloney 445
Information Systems Robert G. Fichman, Chairperson.........................Fulton 410A
International Programs Richard Keeley, Interim Director............... Hovey House 106,
258 Hammond Street
International Studies Robert G. Murphy, Director................................. Gasson 109
Islamic Civilization and Societies Kathleen Bailey, Associate Director................... McGuinn 528
Law School Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean................................. Stuart M307
Learning Resources for Student Athletes Dard Miller, Director...................Yawkey Athletic Center 409
Management, Carroll School of Andrew Boynton, Dean......................................... Fulton 510
Richard Keeley, Undergraduate Associate Dean...Fulton 360A
Jeffrey Ringuest, Graduate Associate Dean...........Fulton 320B
Management and Organization
Judith Gordon, Chairperson.................................. Fulton 430
Directory and Office Locations
Marketing Katherine Lemon, Chairperson.............................. Fulton 444
Mathematics Solomon Friedberg, Chairperson........................... Carney 317
Music Michael Noone, Chairperson.................................. Lyons 416
Nursing, Connell School of Susan Gennaro, Dean......................................... Cushing 203
M. Katherine Hutchinson,
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs.................... Cushing 202
Catherine Read,
Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs........... Cushing 202
Operations Management Samuel Graves, Chairperson................................... Fulton 354
Philosophy Arthur Madigan,
Chairperson.......................................... Maloney, Third Floor
Physics Michael Naughton, Chairperson.......................... Higgins 335
Political Science Susan Shell, Chairperson................................... McGuinn 231
Psychology Ellen Winner, Chairperson............................... McGuinn 343
Residential Life George Arey, Director......................... Maloney, Second Floor
Romance Languages and Literatures Ourida Mostefai, Chairperson.............................. Lyons 302C
School of Theology and Ministry Mark Massa, S.J., Dean....................................... 9 Lake Street
Jennifer Bader, Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs................................................. 9 Lake Street
Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures Michael J. Connolly, Chairperson........................... Lyons 210
Social Work, Graduate School Alberto Godenzi, Dean..................................... McGuinn 132
Sociology Department Sarah Babb, Chairperson................................... McGuinn 426
Student Development Paul Chebator, Dean...........................................Maloney 212
Student Programs Jean Yoder,
Associate Dean/Director...................... Maloney, Second Floor
Student Services Louise Lonabocker, Executive Director................... Lyons 101
Summer Session Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean................... McGuinn 100
Theatre Scott Cummings, Chairperson.....................Robsham Theater
Theology Catherine Cornille,
Chairperson.......................................... Maloney, Third Floor
University Librarian Thomas Wall........................................... O’Neill Library 410
Volunteer and Service Learning Center Daniel Ponsetto, Director..................McElroy Commons 114
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