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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Student publications at Bossier Parish Community College serve a valuable and necessary function. One of the primary reasons for their existence rests in the educational value for editors, staff, and the student body at large. Publications should be used as tools for the establishment and maintenance of free, responsible discussion and intellectual exploration. As vehicles for free expression in an academic community, student publications must be guaranteed sufficient editorial freedom.
At the same time, since the entire academic community is represented in part by student publications, the editors of such publications must recognize their commitment to responsible journalism in the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations or personal attacks, and in fair representation of the student body and the College. In an attempt to ensure responsible journalism, all copy must be previewed by the advisor prior to publication.
All students scheduling JRNL 101, JRNL 102, JRNL 211, or JRNL 212 must have taken or be currently enrolled in ENGL 101 and TLCM 211 Newswriting or TLCM 209 Scriptwriting. Students work under the direction of a faculty advisor. Scholarships are available for full time students. Kaleidoscope web site.
The BPCC literary arts magazine is published once each semester. The magazine features original art, poetry, essays, short stories, one-act plays, and photographs by students. All contributions are welcome and encouraged. For information contact the Office of Student Life (F-220). Savoir Faire web site.