General Policies

Anti-Bullying Policy

Recognizing and addressing bullying is paramount to ensuring a safe and healthy campus environment that is conducive to learning and that protects the rights of individuals. Bossier Parish Community College defines “bullying” as severe or repeated use by one or more individuals of written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture or exclusion directed at another individual. Bullying may cause physical or emotional harm, may create a hostile environment, and may infringe on a person’s rights, and/ or may disrupt the campus environment.

Any individual who believes that he/she is the subject of bullying or who has knowledge of bullying behavior immediately should report such conduct to Student Services personnel, faculty, staff, or Campus Police personnel. Complaints of bullying will be investigated promptly and in as impartial and confidential manner as possible. Retaliation against any individual reporting such conduct will not be tolerated.

Any individual who is found, after appropriate investigation, to have participated in bullying is subject to disciplinary action per the institution’s current policies which govern faculty, staff, and students.

Complaints of bullying may be reported to the following:

  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services: 318-678-6276
  • Campus Police: 318-678-6013
  • Campus Deans
  • Any faculty or staff

Campus Safety and Hazing Policy

The Board of Supervisors of the Louisiana and Community Technical College System (LCTCS) and Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) are committed to providing a supportive educational environment free from hazing, one that promotes its studentsí mental and physical well-being, safety and respect for oneís self and others. In accordance with Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1801.1, 14:40.8, and 14.502, mandatory Acts 635, 637, and 640, as well as the Board of Regentsí Uniform Policy on Hazing Prevention and LCTCS Policy #2.003, BPCC shall prohibit hazing and take all reasonable measures to address hazing, including without limitation: adoption of an effective policy; clear communication to campus organizations, students, and other stakeholders of laws and policies; and education and training. BPCC shall take prompt and appropriate action to investigate and effectively discipline those accused of such conduct in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.

Definition of Hazing:

Any intentional, knowing, or reckless act by a person acting along or acting with others that is directed against another when all of the following apply:

  1. The person knew or should have known that such an act endangers the physical health or safety of the other person or causes severe emotional distress.
  2. The act was associated with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, participating in, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization.

Hazing includes but is not limited to any of the following acts associated with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, participating in, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization:

  1. Physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, paddling, striking, branding, electric shocking, placing of a harmful substance on the body or similar activity.
  2. Physical activity, such as sleep deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, or calisthenics, that subjects the other person to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual or causes severe emotional distress.
  3. Activity involving consumption of food, liquid, or any other substance, including but not limited to an alcoholic beverage or drug, that subjects the individual to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual or causes severe emotional distress.
  4. Activity that induces, causes, or requires an individual to perform a duty or task that involves the commission of a crime or an act of hazing.

Hazing shall not include a physical activity that is normal, customary, and necessary for a personís training and participation in an athletic, physical education, military training, or similar program sanctioned by the College.

Consent is not a defense.

A studentís request to join or become a member of an organization is not consent to any form of hazing. Further, a studentís acceptance to an invite or open enrollment to join is not consent to undergo hazing nor a defense for those accused of Hazing pursuant to this Policy.

Other Definitions:

Postsecondary education institution, education institution, or institution:

Any postsecondary education institution in the state of Louisiana supported wholly or in part by public funds.

Organization:

An association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, service group, social group, band, spirit group, athletic team, or similar group whose members are primarily students at, or former students of, a postsecondary education institution, including the national or parent organization of which any of the underlying entities provided for in this definition is a sanctioned or recognized member at the time of the hazing.

Pledging:

Any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization, including recruitment. Pledging is the broader term related to the admission, initiation, joining, or any other group-affiliation activity on the basis of actual or perceived membership; pledging is not reserved solely for Greek organizations but, rather, applies to any student organization.

Appropriate Authority:

Any state or local law enforcement agency

A 911 Public Safety Answering Point as defined in Title 33of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.

Emergency Medical Personnel.

Reckless Behavior

An activity or behavior in which a reasonable person knew or reasonably should have known that the activity or behavior may result in injury to another, including but not limited to excessive consumption of alcohol, binge drinking, drag racing, consumption of any controlled dangerous substance, acts of hazing, or other similar activity.

Serious Bodily injury

Bodily injury that involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain, or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of that function of a bodily member, organ, mental faculty, death, or substantial risk of death.

Prohibition:

No student organization, athletic team, or individual shall employ a program of student initiation/pledge education or social events which includes hazing. BPCC operates with a zero tolerance, and all alleged cases will be investigated.

Duty to Report:

It is the duty of all current or potential student organization members and any faculty or staff member to report any violation of this policy to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services or designee in the case of students and to the Director of Human Resources in the case of employees. If an organization has taken disciplinary action against one of its members for hazing or has reason to believe that any member of the organization has participated in an incident of hazing, the organization shall report the incident to the College. If an organization or any of its members has been disciplined by a parent organization for hazing, the organization shall report the hazing for which the organization was disciplined to the College.

Expectations for Violations:

In addition to potential criminal penalties related to hazing, any violation of this policy, including knowledge of and failure to report hazing activity, will result in expulsion, suspension, or dismissal, in the case of students, and may result in termination in the case of employees. Students will not be permitted to return for at least one semester. In addition, there will be a suspension of activities for a minimum of one academic year of any student organization that participates in hazing. Individuals accused of violations of this policy will be adjudicated through the Collegeís codified student and/or employee judicial process and may be subject to criminal penalties as outlined in Act 635.

If any person serving as a representative or officer of an organization, including any representative, director, trustee, or officer of any national or parent organization of which any of the underlying entities as recognized in this Policy is a sanctioned or recognized member at the time of hazing, knew and failed to report to law enforcement that one or more of the organizationís members were hazing another person, the organization may be subject to penalties under R.S. 14:40.8.

Publication and Dissemination:

College policies on hazing shall be published on college and student organization websites and included in the Student Handbook and Code of Student Conduct. http://www.bpcc.edu/studenthandbook/index.html

Duty to Seek Assistance:

In accordance with Act 637 of 2018, codified as R.S. 14:502, all members of the campus community who are at the scene of an emergency and who know that another person has suffered bodily injury caused by an act of hazing shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to self or others, give reasonable assistance to the injured person. In addition, any person who engages in reckless behavior that results in the serious bodily injury of any person shall, to the extent that the person can do so without danger or peril to self or others, give reasonable assistance to the person. Reasonable assistance includes immediately seeking or reporting the need for medical assistance from an appropriate authority as defined above.

Criminal Penalties Applicable to Failure to Seek Assistance:

Any person who violates R.S. 14:502, shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars, imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than one year or both.

Any person who violates R.S. 14:502, and the serious bodily injury results in the death of the person shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars, imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than five years, or both.

Education, Awareness, and Prevention:

BPCC provides education, awareness, and prevention activities for hazing that include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Awareness seminars with organization advisors and student organization members.
  2. Awareness seminars with athletic coaching staff and student-athletes.
  3. Participation in National Hazing Prevention Week each September.
  4. Inclusion in new faculty/staff orientation.
  5. Policy posting on Canvas for students and employees.

Discriminatory and Derogatory Acts

Acts of discriminatory or derogatory nature in relation to race, sex, ethnic background, religious beliefs, age, and physical condition will not be tolerated. Students who believe that they have been subjected to discriminatory and/or derogatory acts may report the incidents to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.

Dress Code

Although Bossier Parish Community College does not have an official policy concerning dress code, the students, faculty, and staff of the College take pride in exhibiting an appropriate and professional appearance while on campus and while representing the College. Therefore, all BPCC students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on campus, while in the classroom, and while representing the College within the community.

Food and Drink in the Academic Areas

Food and/or drinks are not allowed in the theater, classrooms, laboratories, library, and other instructional support areas. Events requiring refreshments in these areas require prior approval from the director of the designated area.

Cell Phone and Pager Policy

Cell phones and other electronic devices are not to be used in the classroom without the instructorís permission. Refer to the course Section Information Sheet for specific guidelines.

Crisis Intervention and Referral Policy

The Personal Crisis Intervention Team (PCIT) was established by the College to support and strengthen safety and security efforts across the campus. The PCIT is made up of the Personal Crisis Intervention Team Liaison, one licensed counselor, a Life Coach, BPCC Confidential Advisors, and a representative from the BPCC Police Department. The Liaison leads the team and reports directly to the Vice Chancellor for Student Services. The purpose of the PCIT is to provide immediate crisis intervention for faculty, staff, and students if needed and to serve as the referral team for counseling services, emergency basic needs, psychiatric and dependency assistance, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and other crisis situations.
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Student Crisis Intervention Referral FormPDF File

Parking Regulations

  1. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR VEHICLE REGISTRATION TO OBTAIN THE PERMIT.
  2. STUDENT PARKING IS ALLOWED ONLY IN THE WHITE STRIPED AREAS. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PARK IN VISITOR PARKING FOR ANY REASON.
  3. FACULTY AND STAFF PARKING IS DESIGNATED BY YELLOW STRIPED AREAS.
  4. All vehicles parked on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College must have a parking permit. Parking permits must be obtained EACH semester. Please refer to Parking web page for parking permit prices. These fees are payable at the Business Office or online.
  5. Campus Police Department is located in Building F, Room 104. The office is open during school hours.
  6. Parking permits are to be displayed on the bottom corner of the back glass on the driver's side. If there is no back glass, place the permit on the rear bumper, driver's side. STICKERS MUST BE AFFIXED ON THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR VEHICLE.
  7. Parking violation fines may be paid at the Business Office, Building F, 1st floor. Fines may also be paid online. Fines are listed on the violation citation.
  8. If a student does not have a BPCC parking permit, a vehicle registration check will be conducted through the State of Louisiana or officers will identify the student through other means.
  9. In the event that a person locks his/her keys in a vehicle, only a licensed locksmith may unlock the vehicle. No police officer or fire personnel can unlock a vehicle unless it is an emergency or there is no licensed locksmith within that city. (R. S. 36:409C (8) subsection F)
  10. Students indebted to the College will not receive official transcripts and will not be able to register for school until all fines are paid.

»Parking violation fines are found on the BPCC Parking web page.

Identification Cards

All students must have a valid student identification card. Student ID cards may be obtained during general registration hours and during times scheduled by the Office of Student Life (F-220). Student ID cards are used for admittance to various BPCC functions, are recognized by cooperating community businesses for student discount privileges, and are mandatory in order to use the BPCC Library and the Learning Commons.

To ensure the safety and security of all of our students, all BPCC students are required to have their student ID in their possession at all times while on campus. Campus Police and College Administrative personnel have direct authority to request a student to produce a student ID. Failure or resistance on the part of the student to produce a valid student ID may result in disciplinary action. Student IDs are the property of BPCC. Lending an ID to anyone or failure to show a student ID to any College representative upon request is a violation of College regulations.

Students must be currently enrolled in classes to receive a student ID card and must be able to present either a printed schedule or a government-issued ID card (i.e. Driverís license, military ID, etc.) A replacement fee will not be charged for student ID card re-prints; however, students do not have to get a new ID card every semester.

Student ID Card Schedule

Registration Week
During posted on-site general and late registration hours
 
First Week of Classes
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
 
Normal Daily Schedule
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. Ė 4:30 p.m.

Student ID cards made in the Office of Student Life (F-220).

Misuse or Abuse of Computer Equipment, Programs, or Data

Unauthorized use of computing resources is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, using the College's computing resources for personal or financial gain; allowing unauthorized non-College personnel access to computing resources on campus; displaying obscene, lewd, or sexually harassing images or text in use of the College's computers; or modifying or copying records or data belonging to the College.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with the lab instructor for policies concerning the specific lab that the student is using. Lab Managers may adopt a more restrictive policy for their areas but may not adopt a policy that is less restrictive. The computers are property of Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) and are operated under BPCC supervision. Therefore, the student should have no expectations of privacy. BPCC Computer Services has the ability to monitor activity on all aspects of its computers, and students need to be aware that the network administrators record the students' activities on the computers. Use of the BPCC computers MUST be related to approved course work or other instructor authorized tasks.

Unauthorized tasks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Making changes to the configuration of the computer including desktop backgrounds, screensavers; installing or uninstalling software unless authorized and supervised by an instructor in a classroom activity.
  • Attempting to counter security measures for any purpose or to hack passwords to gain unauthorized access to a device or to data resources.
  • Installing or using a peer-to-peer file sharing software. Examples include but are not limited to the following: KaZaa, Napster, iMesh, BearShare, Streaming Video, and Internet Radio.

Bossier Parish Community College Library/Learning Commons provides connectivity to LOUIS (the Louisiana Library Network) and the Internet. All use of the Learning Commons is subject to federal, state, and local law, and BPCC regulations. All students using the Learning Commons must have a valid BPCC ID. An acceptable use policy is posted in the Learning Commons.

Sales, Solicitation, Promotion, and Advertising

Sales/solicitation, promotion, and/or advertising of a commercial nature on campus, whether by non-students or students, is strictly prohibited on the campus.

The College allows the posting of official College notices in buildings on designated bulletin boards. No notices may be affixed to glass doors or windows or on painted walls. Placing advertisements on vehicles is prohibited.

Political announcements, campaign literature, signs, handbills, banners, and other promotional materials may only be posted in the designated open announcement areas. Bossier Parish Community College encourages all students to register to vote. The Student Government Association hosts voter registration drives annually.

No commercial or non-commercial materials that are not official College notices shall be posted on walls, doors, in the foyers, on cars, or non-designated areas. Persons distributing materials must not block the doorways, passage ways, nor be in the buildings, or create a public nuisance.

Skateboards, Roller Blades, etc.

For the safety of users and pedestrians on BPCCís campus, skateboards, roller blades, hoverboards, unmanned aircraft systems, etc. are prohibited on campus. Bicycles may be parked in appropriate areas in the parking lot, but may not be ridden on the sidewalks, in the buildings, or other areas on campus.

Gaming on Campus

It shall be the policy of BPCC to forbid gaming of any nature on campus. Gaming includes the playing of dominoes, cards, dice or any other game of chance.

Students who think they may have a gambling problem can call the following numbers for help:

  • The Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling in Shreveport: 222-7657
  • Statewide Hot Line: (800)749-COPE (2673)
  • Nationwide Help Line: (800)522-4700

BPCC Smoke-Free Campus Policy

Policy
Bossier Parish Community College seeks to provide a safe, healthy, pleasant environment for its faculty, staff, and students. To this end, the use of smoke-producing tobacco products and the advertising, sale, free distribution, and discarding of such tobacco products shall be prohibited in all indoor and outdoor facilities and in all state-owned vehicles. The policy extends to faculty, staff, students, vendors, guests, and visitors.

Specifications
Smoke-producing tobacco products are defined as products including, but not limited to, cigarettes (clove, bidis, kreteks), cigars and cigarillos, pipe, hookah-smoked products, and electronic or e-cigarettes. See more.

"Use of tobacco products" shall include:

  • Use or possession of a lighted tobacco product
  • Use of Electronic Cigarettes

"Indoor and outdoor facilities and state-owned vehicles" shall include:

  • All buildings and facilities owned or leased by Bossier Parish Community College
  • All outdoor areas owned or leased by Bossier Parish Community College, including the grounds of all campuses
  • All state-owned or leased vehicles, including cars and vans

Exceptions:

  • None

Compliance
Non-compliance with this policy will be handled in the same manner as any other policy violation and is subject to disciplinary process.

Enforcement and Penalties
Enforcement of this policy will be made by the Campus Police Department.

Students

  • 1st offense – written warning that BPCC is a smoke-free campus
  • 2nd offense – student is required to meet with Vice Chancellor for Student Services or her designee

Staff and Faculty

  • Any faculty or staff members who violate the Smoke-Free Campus policy will be referred to their immediate supervisor and/or Human Resources.

Visitors to Academic Classes

In order to maintain an academic environment conducive to the well-being of all students, Bossier Parish Community College prohibits visitors to the academic classroom, the student lounges, the Library, the Learning Commons (Library and Tutoring Center) without prior approval from the instructor, or director of the service area, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and/or the Vice Chancellor for Student Services.

This policy applies to the presence of children or pets (with the exception of service animals)of enrolled students. Such a policy protects the children and eliminates distractions for other students.

Policy violations may result in class dismissal or College suspension.

All visitors to the campus must check in at the office of the Campus Police Department located in Building F.

Weapons Policy

BPCC does not permit the unauthorized possession of, display of, or attempt or threat to use firearms, ammunition, fireworks, or other dangerous weapons on the College facilities property or at any College activity. Students found in violation of the Weapons Policy will be brought before the Disciplinary Hearing Committee for sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Military Mobilization

In compliance with the Louisiana Board of Regentsí Uniformed Service Mobilization Policy (BoR Academic Affairs Policy 2.21), BPCC is committed to help any military student who has received military mobilization orders. Students should contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Services at 318-678-6276 to begin the mobilization process at the College.

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For further information you may contact us at studentservices@bpcc.edu.