Drug and Alcohol Policy
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol, narcotics, or illicit drugs is prohibited on the campus of Bucks County Community College. Any student or employee of the College discovered to be violating these rules is subject to immediate suspension or dismissal. Such action will be taken independently of any criminal action that may arise from a violation of civil law governing these areas.
Sexual Assault Policy
The Bucks County Community College Sexual Assault Policy has been developed to ensure that a consistent procedure and coordination of College and community resources is followed in the unfortunate event of having to investigate a sexual assault. Sexual assault is a fundamental violation of an individual. It threatens the person's safety, well-being, educational experience, and career. Our policy is intended to meet the medical, legal, safety, and psychological needs of the victim and to maintain confidentiality. This policy is applicable to both on- and off-campus students and College employees.
The policy also provides for measures and structures that will deal with the prevention of sexual assault through educational programming as well as a continuing institutional dialogue to assess services for victims.
Sexual assault violates the standards of conduct expected of every member of the College community and is strictly prohibited.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Bucks County Community College is committed to providing a place of work and study free of intimidation, exploitation, or discrimination. It is expected that students, faculty and staff will treat one another with respect.
Sexual harassment violates the College's long-standing policy, established at its founding, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex. Further, sexual harassment is a violation of state and federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. It will not be tolerated at Bucks County Community College.
This Harassment Policy applies to all persons who are enrolled, employed, or serve in any official capacity at the College while they are on College property or are participating in any College-sponsored activity off-campus. Individuals who violate this policy are subject to the full range of internal institutional disciplinary actions from reprimand up to and including separation from the College.
The College is also committed to broad dissemination of information to raise the level of understanding concerning the nature of harassment.
Harassment is a prohibited act of sexual discrimination and is unlawful. It is the creation of an environment in which verbal or physical conduct, due to its persistence and/or severity, interferes with the performance of students or employees. The two presently recognized elements of harassment are:
Quid Pro Quo Harassment
Quid pro quo ("something for something") harassment is sexual coercion perpetrated by someone who is in a College position of influence over the individual being harassed. It exists where sexual advances or requests are made under circumstances implying the submission or refusal might affect academic or employment decisions. For example, a supervisor who suggests that a subordinate employee could get a promotion or a professor who suggests that a student could get a higher grade by submitting to sexual advances is making a sexually discriminatory quid pro quo offer and is engaging in sexual harassment.
Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment exists where unwelcome sexual conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile or abusive atmosphere. A discriminatorily abusive work or educational environment can and often will detract from employees' or students' performance, discourage them from remaining at the College, or keep them from advancing in their careers. When the workplace or academic environment is permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to alter the conditions of the victim's employment or education and create an abusive working or educational environment, federal law and College policy are violated.
Sexual harassment can be verbal, visual, physical or communicated in writing or electronically. Continuous incidents of unwelcome sexual harassment such as sexual comments, gestures, sexual advances or touching constitute sexual harassment when they result in a pattern of behavior that creates a hostile environment which impairs an individual's ability to work, learn, or participate in any College function.
Not every act that might be offensive to an individual or a group necessarily will be considered as harassment and/or a violation of the College's standards of conduct. Whether an environment is "hostile" or "abusive" can be determined only by looking at all circumstances. These may include the frequency of the discriminatory conduct; its severity; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating, or a mere offensive utterance; and whether it unreasonably interferes with an employee's or student's performance.
A single egregious sexual incident such as coerced sexual intercourse or other physical assault is sufficient to constitute harassment.
Any member of the College community who believes that he or she has been the victim of sexual harassment is encouraged to take action by obtaining further information or initiating either informal or formal procedures to resolve a complaint by one or more of the following means:
- All College counselors are available to provide information and counseling, on a confidential basis, concerning incidents of sexual harassment.
- A concern or complaint that a College employee engaged in sexual harassment may be reported to the alleged offender's administrative supervisor.
- Employees working under a collective bargaining agreement may contact the appropriate union officer in regard to resolving a concern or complaint of violations of the nondiscrimination provision of their contract.
- A concern or complaint about a student may be reported to the Director for Student Life Programs.
- Information or assistance in filing a complaint is available from the Director of Human Resources, who is the BCCC Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer and College Coordinator for Sexual Harassment Policy compliance efforts (Room 130, Tyler Hall, 215-968-8090).
Firearms and other weapons are prohibted on all Bucks Campuses.
Animals on Campus
This College does not permit students, faculty, staff or visitors to bring pets or animals to campus. This includes all parking lots, buildings, classrooms, dining areas, walkways and grassy areas.
Guide dogs are the exception. All requests for additional exceptions should be directed to the Office of Security and Safety.
Buildings and Grounds
Skateboarding, roller blading, ice skating, skiing, sledding and snowmobiling are prohibited on the grounds and in the buildings of all campuses.
Buildings - Hours of Use
College buildings are closed from midnight to 6:00 a.m. Exceptions will be considered for special events. All requests for exceptions should be directed to the Office of Security and Safety at least three days in advance.
All children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a student, faculty, or staff member, who will stay with them, in order to utilize College facilities. Children are not permitted to attend class with a parent or guardian.
Community members or visitors will be asked to register with the Office of Security and Safety. Should these persons exhibit disruptive behavior, they will be asked to leave. If it becomes necessary, Security will be called.
Emergency telephone calls to students should be made only to the Office of Admissions, Records, and Registration, 215-968-8100. That office will try to contact students in their scheduled classes or, if possible, elsewhere on campus. The content of the emergency message will be given to students for their decision on any further action. Non-emergency calls are discouraged and may be refused by Admissions, Records, and Registration.
If you have lost something, please notify the Office of Security and Safety immediately. A lost and found drop is located at the Student Life Information Center in the Charles E. Rollins Student Center or the Office of Security and Safety, Cottage 4 (Newtown Campus).
Since the college does not provide insurance, students who do not have medical coverage/insurance are encouraged to purchase insurance through a medical provider identified by the college. For more information, contact the Student Life Programs Office at 215-968-8257. International students are required to have medical coverage while pursuing their studies at the college and must contact Adult and Multicultural Student Services at 215-968-8107.
Smoking on Campus
Bucks County Community College is a smoke-free environment. Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings.
Office telephones are for official use only. Students should not encourage friends and relatives to call them at the college except in case of emergency. Public telephones are not available.
For emergencies, call boxes are located in parking lots A, C, C, D-E, K, between Penn and Founders Halls, and the Accessible lot. These telephones are free of charge and give a direct line to the Security and Safety office.