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Student Services: Programs, Departments, and Policies

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, dance line, and athletic programs.
  • To take reasonable steps to provide a healthful, safe, and secure campus community environment.
  • To take reasonable steps to provide transparency, accountability, and education concerning domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking for our students, faculty, and staff in accordance with the Campus SaVE Act
  • 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, providing student services to assist and support students, and providing enrichment of their college experiences. 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. Please contact us at studentservices@bpcc.edu for information and assistance about Student Services.

Admissions/Registrar’s Office

(Building F-Room 124)
The Admissions/Registrar's Office strives to help students reach their educational goals as well as assisting the faculty with their needs. If we can help you in any way, please feel free to contact us at 318-678-6004 or visit our web page. Detailed information about Admissions requirements and procedures can also be found in the “General Admission Requirements” section in this catalog.

Financial Aid Office

(Building F-Room 235)
The Financial Aid Office provides assistance and counseling in completing the financial aid application, evaluation and determination of need. Front Counter Advisors and Verification Counselors are always available via email and phone. Verification counselors are also available on an appointment basis. Students can locate their Verification Counselor based on the last 4 digits of their SSN. (Each verification counselor is also assigned to a special program such as Institutional Waivers, Third Party Waivers, or Loans). For more information about Verification Counselors and Financial Aid Office, please visit our web page or call 318-678-6026.

Recruiting Office

(Building A-Room 133)
Welcome to Bossier Parish Community College. BPCC is a great place to be! Since the completion of our new campus, enrollment is growing. But there is always room for YOU.

BPCC is a two-year coeducational college that is state supported. Our goal is to recruit prospective students area wide through high school visits, career and college fairs, campus tours, and involvement within the community.

Besides academics, BPCC offers a variety of programs, intercollegiate teams, religious organizations, service groups, special interest groups, and student media groups for students to become involved in. We really do have something for everyone!

If you would like to visit our campus, please call 318-678-6033 and schedule a tour. Tour reservations are recommended. While on your tour, you will have the opportunity to experience the BPCC community. You will visit many service areas of the College and meet outstanding students as well as faculty and staff members who are always willing to serve our students.

The Recruiting Office is located in the Administration building – A133.
If you would like any other information, please contact the Recruiting Office at 318-678-6033.

Academic Advising Center

(Building F-Room 255, located directly across from Financial Aid)
The Academic Advising Center provides students with a wide range of services developed to ensure individual needs of the student are addressed in all aspects of the academic decision-making process. Students may call 318-678-6489 for information.

Comprehensive services include the following:

  • academic advising
  • transcript evaluation

In addition, the Academic Advising Center staff refers students to the appropriate college personnel to fully utilize available resources. Students are encouraged to view the Academic Advising Center web page.

Career Services

(Building F-Room 246, located in the Academic Advising area)
Students experience a positive atmosphere in which to explore career and employment options. The Office of Career Services seeks to empower students with the skills needed to excel at a four-year university or in entering the job market. Academic Advisors/Career Counselors assist students in developing career decision-making skills and in acquiring information about careers. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss career exploration and academic programs.

Current students and alumni are assisted in locating employment which is compatible with their job needs and educational objectives. Job opportunities include full-time, part-time, and temporary employment for both on and off campus. The use of electronic applications for students and employers and OPTIMAL RESUME enables Career Services to be of greater assistance in the registration and employment process for students, alumni, and employers. On campus job interviews with prospective employees are held throughout the year in addition to the annual Career Fairs held each fall and spring. The office provides resume and cover letter writing and interview skills workshops. Student may call 318-678-6084 for information and/or to schedule an appointment to talk with Career Services staff. Students are also encouraged to view the Career Services web page.

Disability Services

(Building F-Room 250, located directly across from Financial Aid)
Disability Services assists students throughout their college career at BPCC. Students may call 318-678-6020 for information and/or to schedule an appointment.

The Office of Disability Services coordinates campus-wide efforts to provide services and accommodations for students with disabilities. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the office ensures that eligible students receive proper classroom modification and serves as a liaison between faculty and students. Medical or psychological documentation is required to recognize a disability. Categories of disabilities include:

  • Physical impairment
  • Sensory impairment (hearing or vision impaired)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Psychiatric/addictive disorder

To begin services, a registered BPCC student must not only provide the Disability Services with proper documentation, but must request assistance. In order to receive special accommodations for standardized tests (ACT), students must make the request at least two weeks in advance of the test date.

Stop by Building F, Room 250, or call 318-678-6020 for an appointment.

Athletics

(Building I, the Gym)
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.

Crisis Intervention Services

(Building A – Office of Student Services)
The Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was established by the College to support and strengthen safety and security efforts across the campus. The CIT is made up of professional faculty and staff from various areas of the college. The following are represented areas on the team: Student Services, Security, Physical Plant, Risk Management, Human Resources, Disability Services, Workforce Development, and Behavioral-Social Sciences and College Transition Programs. The team is led by the campus Mental Health Coordinator. This position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of Student Services. The Office of Student Services has created the Referrals for Students—Resource Card/Sticker for faculty and staff to have points of contact on campus in the event an emergency arises with students.

The CIT is largely dependent on reports it receives from across campus to effectively do its work. The campus is encouraged to report any threats or other concerning behavior to the team. In the event someone reports a situation to a CIT member, the Mental Health Coordinator or other licensed professional on the team will evaluate the student for life-threatening or potentially life-threatening situation(s). Exceptions to confidentiality are guided by Louisiana state law, ethical standards, and professional practices. Students are informed about exceptions to confidentiality prior to the beginning of the evaluation and referral process.

During the course of the evaluation, it may be determined the student requires other mandated interventions. Interventions will be decided upon with recommendations from the Mental Health Coordinator and/or other licensed professionals on the CIT with final approval from the Vice Chancellor of Student Services. Interventions are determined on a case-by-case basis. The expense of using outside resources is borne by the student.

There are a number of community resources available to encourage students to explore and to access. Referral information to community agencies, programs, private practitioners for mental health and/or treatment is available in the Office of Students Services. The Office of Student Services is located on the second floor of Building A, 220.

Staff within the Office of Student Services can provide students with a list of referral resources outside the College. A range of local treatment services available will be provided to each student so he/she can decide which professional to contact. The expense of using outside resources is borne by the student. Local Community Resources for Students can also be found online.

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.

Student Publications

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.

Savoir Faire

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.