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Bossier Parish Community College
2011 - 2012 General Catalog

 

 

Student Services: Student Life

In keeping with the mission of Bossier Parish Community College to provide instruction and service to its community, the Division of Student Services has adopted the following mission statement: To maximize student success in achieving a well-rounded education. The Student Services Division coordinates its services with all the other divisions within the College to enhance the educational experiences of the students and to support the mission of Bossier Parish Community College. To achieve this mission, the Division has established the following goals:

  • To provide convenient access to appropriate educational opportunities to all.
  • To maintain an effective student financial aid program.
  • To increase student awareness and stimulate participation by students in seminars, programs, organizations, and activities offered on campus and in the community.
  • To promote a well-rounded educational experience through participation in extracurricular activities including cheerleading, danceline, and athletic programs.
  • To take reasonable steps to provide a healthful, safe, and secure campus community environment.
  • To promote appreciation for and understanding of the cultural, economic, and educational diversities among students, faculty, and staff.
  • To expand community outreach efforts to recruit minority, under-represented, and diverse students.

BPCC is committed to the active involvement of students in all phases of College life. The College has established procedures and policies to regulate student life, organizations, and activities. The responsibility for interpreting and enforcing these policies and procedures lies primarily with the Vice Chancellor for Student Services and the Student Life Committee. The College regulates the campus activities insofar as these activities relate to the educational or service objectives of the College.

Athletics

Bossier Parish Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The athletic program at BPCC, which is an integral part of the institution, fosters the College's mission of instruction and service. BPCC competes in three collegiate sports: men's baseball, men's basketball, and women's softball. BPCC also has one intramural sport: women's basketball. For more information about intercollegiate sports, students should contact the Athletic Department.

Student Activities and Organizations

Since a well-rounded education involves more than attending classes, Bossier Parish Community College offers extra-curricular activities to satisfy student's needs. The College encourages the student body to become involved in any of the organizations and activities on campus. Offering something for everyone, these organizations give students ample opportunity to become involved in planning activities, making new friends, developing leadership qualities, and receiving recognition for a job well done.

A number of chartered student organizations are available to students. All College policies and the Code of Student Conduct will be adhered to while participating in any student activity or organization. Students will be allowed freedom of association with organizations, which promote the interests of the academic community or College. The membership policies and actions of a student organization will be determined by vote of only those persons who hold bona fide membership in the College community. Each student organization must have a faculty/unclassified staff advisor. Faculty/unclassified staff advisor will not have the authority to control the policies of organizations.

Student organizations are open to all students without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Students and student organizations are free to examine and discuss all questions of interest to them and are free to express opinions publicly and privately. Organizations are allowed to invite and hear any person of its choosing, in keeping with educational objectives of the College. As members of the academic community, students are free to express their views on issues of institutional policy and on matters of general interest to the student body.

Student organizations may be chartered based upon the recommendations of the Student Government Association and approval by the Student Life Committee. Applications for chartering a new student organization and a list of current organizations may be obtained from the Office of Student Life.

Student Lounges

BPCC provides a student lounge area in Building F on the first floor. The student lounge is open each school day from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., except during special times. Vending machines and pay phones are located in this area.

Student Representation in College Governance

The Student Government Association (SGA) is elected to represent and execute the student will and to promote the general welfare of all students. Through the SGA, students are encouraged to provide input into the decision-making process of the College. The SGA office is located in the Office of Student Life (F220).

Students also have a voice in College governance through representation on the Academic Honesty Appeals Committee, the Athletic Council, the Planning Council, the Disciplinary Hearing Committee, the Safety Committee, the Student Self-Assessed Fee Oversight Committee, and the Technology Committee. The open-door policy of campus administrators allows for student input.

Student opinion surveys and event evaluations following activities/events on campus provide students the opportunity to make recommendations concerning policies and procedures at BPCC.