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Student Activities and Services


STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES

Bronx Community College (BCC) offers many services and activities designed to support your overall development and college success. Please read the following sections and contact the staff in these areas to learn more about the services available to you. Many graduates of BCC find that their engagement with the various services and activities enhanced their college experiences. We would like to support you as well – feel free to read below and contact us.

ATHLETICS

Director: Dionne DodsonAlumni Gym Building [AG], Room 403 | 718.289.5289
dionne.dodson@bcc.cuny.edu

Athletics at Bronx Community College competes regionally against some of the top competition among two-year colleges in the Northeast. Broncos men’s intercollegiate varsity teams include baseball, basketball and soccer. Women’s intercollegiate teams include basketball and volleyball. All teams play on campus in Alumni Gym or on Ohio Field.

Teams compete as members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA Region XV) and the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). In recent years, teams have won CUNYAC Championships including the 2019 CUNYAC baseball regular season and postseason titles and numerous student-athletes have continued their playing careers after BCC at the four-year level.

Participation on our teams fosters the values of discipline, teamwork, collaboration and an understanding of how to work with others for the achievement of individual and group success. Student-athletes develop confidence, leadership abilities and time management skills through team and individual achievements.

Recreation and Intramurals
Athletics also offers a variety of recreation and intramural opportunities for our students, faculty and staff. Recreation opportunities include the use of the cardio room, weight training areas, basketball gymnasium and pool. Available hours vary based on academic and athletics schedules. Additionally, co-ed club opportunities exist on campus in sports such as tennis, track and swimming.

For more information about our intercollegiate or intramural programming or to join a team, email Associate Athletic Director of athletics Michael Loeffler at michael.loeffler@bcc.cuny.edu.

BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTION TEAM (BIT)

Bronx Community College strives to maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students, faculty and staff. The Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) was established to identify, assess and monitor students who display moderate to elevated levels of distress, disruption and/or behavioral dysregulation.

Faculty, staff and fellow students are often among the first to notice when another member of the Bronx Community College community is overly stressed or behaving in a dangerous or disruptive manner. Disruption of academic progress, personal relationships and daily behavior may be signs that a person is in distress. To maintain safety and order on campus, the Bronx Community College BIT identifies, responds and ensures appropriate intervention when individual behavior causes concern to other members of the campus community.

To contact a BIT representative, email BIT@bcc.cuny.edu or call 718.289.5630

In case of an immediate emergency, at any time, contact the Department of Public Safety at once 718.289.5911.


COUNSELING AND RESOURCES FOR EMERGENCY SUPPORT (CARES )

Director: Dawn Daniels, LCSW
Loew Hall [LO], Room 436 | 718.289.5100, Ext. 5596

The CARES office provides comprehensive social services and mental health support that can assist BCC students in preventing or overcoming problems such as depression, anxiety, food insecurity, financial emergencies, limited access to health care, financial counseling, housing instability and food insecurity. CARES staff are compassionate professionals who will support your personal and academic success. CARES integrates services from both the BCC CARES Access Resource Center and the BCC CARES Office of Personal Counseling. To contact a CARES representative, email: bcc.arc@bcc.cuny.edu; personal.counseling@bcc.cuny. edu or call 718.289.5223.

CARES Access Resource Center (ARC)
Loew Hall [LO], Room 419 | 718.289.5179

The mission of Bronx Community College CARES Access Resource Center is to provide a human centered and holistic approach to social service and economic resources for students and their immediate family members. CARES ARC offers a suite of comprehensive non-academic related services that supports and promotes student success. CARES ARC provides services and resources to help students address barriers that prevent them from attending and completing school. CARES ARC provides these services in collaboration with both internal and external partners. All services offered at CARES ARC are FREE! Here are some of the services offered:

Food Pantry
The year round Food Pantry provides eligible CUNY students with free nutritious food for their households. The Food Pantry is funded in part by BCC’s Office of Advancement, Communications and External Relations in cooperation with Food Bank for New York City, The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation and the New York City Council Food Security Program. The Food Bank for New York City has partnered with The City University of New York to open similar pantries at other CUNY campuses.

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Emergency Grant
The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been awarded to BCC for the purpose of providing quick-response emergency grants to matriculated students in good academic standing who are facing short-term financial emergencies.

Financial Counseling
Meet with a financial expert and learn lifelong strategies that will help you save money, build assets, and manage debt. We can also help you get your free credit report, establish credit if you have none, and improve your credit scores. Financial counseling will help you establish and achieve your financial goals. Financial counseling is available Monday-Friday.

Tax Preparation
Get free tax preparation assistance and e-file your forms utilizing our special IRS approved program. Certified tax preparers are available to assist you from February through the second week of April. If you have questions outside of tax season and need assistance we have certified tax preparers available to answer your questions.

Legal Aid
If you have questions about divorce, child support, employment, housing, debt collection, public assistance or any other non-criminal or civil legal questions you can be connected to a lawyer at no cost to you.

You can learn more about all the services we offer by emailing bcc.arc@bcc.cuny.edu or calling 718.289.5179.

CARES Office of Personal Counseling (OPC)
http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/Personal-Counseling
Loew Hall [LO], Room 430 | 718.289.5223

The mission of the CARES Office of Personal Counseling is to assist students with emotional, developmental or psychological concerns that may be interfering with their personal and academic growth. We provide free, confidential, short-term counseling to help students find healthy ways to cope with college and life stressors in order to enhance their personal growth and support their academic focus at Bronx Community College. All students are treated with respect and are seen as individuals with unique strengths. Our services are free and confidential. We are also a liaison to the community, linking appropriate students to more intensive and longer term services as needed. We are committed to supporting the faculty and staff in the identification of students who may benefit from our services and then providing support to those students in need. We provide educational programming to the campus community and work to emphasize wellness and prevention in our outreach efforts including:

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Group Therapy and Workshops

  • Substance Misuse-Addiction

  • Suicidal Thoughts/Attempts


DISABILITY SERVICES

Maria J. Pantoja
Loew Hall [LO], Room 215 | 718.289.5880
http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/Disability-Services

Our mission is to provide access and equal educational opportunity to students with disabilities, as mandated by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990), Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments (ADAA, 2008), and Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973). Services are not automatically guaranteed; if a student wants services, he/she must come to the office, self-identify, apply for services, and provide documentation (e.g., IEP, letter for a Psychologist/ Psychiatrist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychoeducational Evaluation, 504 Plan). A counselor will then meet with the student to determine reasonable accommodations and appropriate academic adjustments. Disability Services will act as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff to ensure accommodations and adjustments are implemented in a timely and proper manner.

Accommodations may include:

  • Exams administered and proctored in a less distractive environment

  • Extended time on exams

  • Use of assistive technology, (e.g., Smart Pen or Recording Device for class notes, Screen Reading software to have exam questions read aloud, Portable Magnifiers for students with low vision)

  • Alternative Format for course materials and exams (e.g., Enlarged Print or Braille for students with visual disabilities)

  • Assistance with securing and coordinating supplemental staff (e.g., Sign Language Interpreters for deaf/hard of hearing students)

Students who register with Disability Services automatically qualify for CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services). CUNY LEADS is a unique, individualized program established to facilitate successful academic and career outcomes for students with disabilities. CUNY LEADS is free of charge and available across all 18 CUNY campuses. For more information, visit: https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/disability/cuny-leads/

Tutoring is available to students struggling with remedial math and with writing-intensive courses.

Disability Services is an official New York State Voter Registration site. Individuals who visit our office are given the opportunity to register as New York State voters. Assistance is available to complete Voter Registration.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER

Director: Jitinder Walia
The Children’s Center [CC], Room 221 | 718.289.5461

The mission of the ECC is to provide and promote the delivery of developmentally appropriate, quality early care and education for the children of Bronx Community College students in a safe and nurturing environment. The Center provides a multicultural, educational, social, recreational and nutritional program to children between 2 years to 12 years of age. One of the first childcare centers within The City University of New York, it has been committed to offering excellent childcare since its founding in 1972. The Center offers affordable service to children of BCC students only. With such services, students can continue their studies with peace of mind, knowing their young ones are in a safe and secure environment.

The Early Childhood Program is licensed to service 114 preschool children between the ages of two and five years. We offer 4K (UPK) and 3K, funded by the NYC Department of Education, for 6-1/2 hours a day as well as extended day 2K .

We offer evening childcare for preschool and school age children during the Spring and Fall semester for Monday- Thursday from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

HEALTH SERVICES

Director: Alex Aboagye
Community Hall [CH], Main Floor – Room 2020 | 718.289.5858

It is the mission of the Office of Health Services at Bronx Community College of The City University of New York to identify, address and provide accessible health care to BCC’s underserved students and to improve the health care status of the student body, as well as the surrounding community. This will support the college’s mission and improve academic outcomes and subsequent professional outcomes.

The Office of Health Services provides health education and wellness activities to BCC’s diverse campus community. Services for BCC students are provided on a walk-in basis and include: physical assessments, treatment of minor injuries and illnesses along with referrals or emergency triage, as well as referrals to community-based healthcare providers. Over-thecounter medications are available upon request.

Measles, Mumps, Rubella/ Meningitis

All Bronx Community College students must comply with New York State Public Health Law requirements regarding immunizations. Students taking six credits (or its equivalent) or more regardless of degree or nondegree status are required to submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Also, all students must complete the on-line Meningitis Acknowledgment Form. Note: The final grade of WA (administrative withdrawal) is the administrative action taken due to non-compliance with State and University immunization or vaccination requirements. Students are financially liable for courses in which they receive a grade of WA.

IT SERVICE DESK

Technology support services to students, faculty and staff are provided through the IT Service Desk unit. This support unit is committed to delivering quality customer service and technical solutions in support of campus-wide technology. Support includes, but is not limited to: email setup, WiFi access, technical support for hardware or software incidents, service requests such as password resets (including CUNYfirst or OSSES issues), change requests such as having new software installed, advice on buying new hardware, advice on choosing software for a new task, telecoms issues such as phone movements and voicemail questions. The IT Service Desk is located in The Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 308 and its staff may be reached at ext. 5970 or by email at tsc@bcc.cuny.edu. 

LGBTQI+ RESOURCE ROOM

Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Emalinda McSpadden
Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 312 | 718.289.5713
http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/campus-life/student-life/campus-diversity/lgbtqi-resource-room/

The LGBTQI+ Resource Room at Bronx Community College works to foster an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for students, faculty, and staff of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. The Resource Room aims to sustain visibility and a sense of community by providing LGBTQI+ education, programming, and support services on campus.

The LGBTQI+ Resource Room fulfills its mission through varied programming that includes the Safe Space Program, the LGBTQI+ Support Group, as well as the Loud! newsletter.

SHUTTLE BUS

A free shuttle bus service provides evening students with transportation from campus to several subway and bus lines. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in session. The shuttle bus picks up passengers in front of Meister Hall [ME], every 30 minutes. Please be prepared to show your BCC identification card upon entering the shuttle.

NOTE: The BCC Shuttle Bus may run on a reduced schedule or may be canceled during the fall term pending modality of course delivery.

SEXUAL & INTER-PERSONAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND RESPONSE COURSE (SPARC)

All students are required to complete the free online SPARC course one time at the beginning of their tenure at CUNY/BCC. However, if you are a BCC athlete, student leader (SGA and IOC members), doing a study abroad program and/or participating in overnight travel, you must complete SPARC every year. The purpose of SPARC is to educate CUNY and BCC’s community on policies pertaining to sexual misconduct, how to report incidents and provide available resources.

STUDENT LIFE OFFICE

Associate Director: Tiffany Dubon-Yard
Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 302
718.289.5194

The Office of Student Life includes a variety of activities, special programs, college-wide organizations and clubs that are an integral part of college life. The purpose of this office is to engage students as active members of the college community and to enhance the overall student experience through exposure to diverse perspectives, leadership development, service learning, co-curricular programming and volunteer service. Student Life, the Student Government Association (SGA), the Inter-Organizational Council (IOC) and the Leadership and Success Office work collaboratively for the benefit of students and the campus community.

The Student Activities Committee, a Senate subcommittee, is comprised of students, faculty and administrators. This body serves in an Advisory capacity to the Office of Student Life. They review and approve clubs and college-wide organizations and provide direction for campus-wide programs and activities. Visit http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/Student-Life/ for more information.

Clubs and Organizations
The Inter-Organizational Council (IOC) is the representative body that deals with the welfare and governance of all student clubs and college-wide organizations, except the Student Government Association. The IOC is comprised of one student from each chartered club, organization and honor society at Bronx Community College.

There are over 30 student clubs and organizations at BCC with academic, cultural and social themes. BCC students can join an existing club or start a new club with other BCC students of similar interests. Joining a BCC club is an excellent way to enhance the academic experience at BCC. Students who participate in BCC clubs can explore academic programs and majors, develop leadership skills, practice teamwork, build cross-cultural appreciation and provide community service.

For more information, visit the IOC Office in Roscoe C. Brown Student Center [BC], Room 309; call 718.289.5201; or visit our website at http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/Student-Life/

Commencement Ceremony
The BCC Commencement Ceremony is an annual event at Bronx Community College when graduates, faculty, employees and loved ones celebrate graduates academic success. Students must be eligible to graduate to participate in the commencement ceremony. Commencement ceremonies generally are held at BCC’s beautiful landmark campus.

M.E.N. - Male Empowerment Network Program
Manager: Clifford L. Marshall, II
Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 101, 102 & 103
718.289.5713

M.E.N. is part of CUNY’s BMI (Black Male Initiative). As a university-wide initiative, CUNY BMI’s mission is to encourage, increase and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, in particular African, African-American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males. CUNY BMI projects are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard for race, gender or national origin. BCC’s M.E.N. is one of more than 30 projects funded by CUNY BMI.

Goals
M.E.N. at BCC seeks to:

  • Recruit, enroll, retain and improve the degree completion/transfer rates of Black and Latino male students from various social and economic backgrounds

  • Provide a support structure that encourages Black and Latino male students to take advantage of our academic services, student services, career and transfer services and other resources that can enhance their educational experience

  • Provide mentoring opportunities that teach leadership skills though positive faculty, staff and peer mentoring relationships

  • Encourage Black and Latino male students to become MEN of IMPACT by providing them with Information, Motivation, Preparation, Affirmation, Cultivation, which should lead to their Transformation

  • Foster a college environment and culture of success where all of our male students can celebrate who they are and develop a true sense of belonging and connection to the college community at large

New Student and Transfer Orientation
Make a smooth transition into college life at Bronx Community College (BCC) by participating in New Student Orientation! The goal of our NSO program is to provide you with all of our essential college information to provide you with the tools that you need to be successful at Bronx Community College.

Through New Student Orientation you will discover new opportunities and gain insight on:

  • Financial Aid and Paying for College

  • Our Student Life and Engagement Opportunities

  • Understand BCC’s Community Standards

  • Gain insight on BCC’s Technology

  • Get tips and strategies on Becoming an Effective College Student and more!

Roscoe C. Brown Student Center
The Roscoe C. Brown Student Center is dedicated to serving the social, cultural and recreational needs of Bronx Community College students and provides a variety of services and educational experiences. The facility includes a cafeteria, theatre, club programming space, meeting rooms and the Campus Service Center. For information regarding use of the facilities for programs, meetings or conferences, contact the Events Management office at 718.289.5942.

Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association is comprised of 15 senators elected by the student body each spring semester. An internal election is conducted for executive positions. As a body, SGA provides direction and guidance on all student-related matters, including student activities and campus programming. SGA members participate fully in the College Senate and its many sub-committees

VETERAN AND MILITARY RESOURCES

Coordinator: John Rosa
Loew Hall [LO], Room 328 | 718.289.5447

The Office of Veteran and Military Resources provides services to veterans, current service members and dependents enrolled at Bronx Community College. From application to graduation, the Office of Veteran and Military Resources takes a proactive approach to the educational process and helps students connect with the necessary resources on and off-campus. This Office assists veterans, service members and dependents with Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits, academic advisement, and withdrawals due to active duty recalls.

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e), this school adopts the following additional provisions for any students using U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Post 9/11 G.I. Bill® (Ch. 33) or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Ch. 31) benefits, while payment to the institution is pending from the VA. This school will not:

  • Prevent nor delay the student’s enrollment;

  • Assess a late penalty fee to the student;

  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding;

  • Deny the student access to any resources available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills to the institution, including but not limited to access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities.

However, to qualify for this provision, such students may be required to:

  • Produce the Certificate of Eligibility by the first day of class;

  • Provide written request to be certified; Provide additional information needed to properly certify the enrollment as described in other institutional policies.

Bronx Community College Reimbursement schedule for Military Tuition Assistance (TA):

For 15-week courses (fall and spring semesters) the return of unearned TA funds to the government is as follows:

15 week Course Withdraw submitted
Before week 1 100% return to the government

During week 1 and before week 2 100% return to the government. During week 3 and before week 4 100% return to the government During week 4 and before week 5 100% return to the government. During weeks 5-8 100% return to the government

During week 9 (60% of course completed) 100% return to the government

During weeks 10 to Course completion at week 15 (Greater than 60% of course completion) 0% return to the government

For 4-week courses (winter and Summer 1 semesters)
the return of unearned TA funds to the government is as follows:

4-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 2.4 weeks (Total of 28 days) Before week 1 100% return to the government

Day 1 of course 100% return to the government
Day 4 of course 100% return to the government
Day 8 (30% of course completed) 100% return to the government
Day 16 (60% of course completed) 100% return to the government

Day 17 to the end of course (Greater than 60% of course completed) 0% return to the government

For 5-week courses (Summer II semester) the return of unearned TA funds to the government is as follows:

5-week Course Withdraw submitted, the 60% of course completed at 3 weeks (Total of 35 days) Before week 1 100% return to the government

Before day 5 of course 100% return to the government
Before day 8 of course 100% return to the government
Day 10 (30% of course completed) 100% return to the government
Day 21 (60% of course completed) 100% return to the
government
Day 22 to the end of course (Greater than 60% of course completed) 0% return to the government

Bronx Community College Tuition Assistance Policy:

Return of Tuition Assistance: Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is awarded to a student under the assumption the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is rewarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of TA funds originally awarded.

To comply with the new Department of Defense policy, CUNY/Bronx Community College will return any unearned TA funds on a prorate basis through at least the 60% portion of the period for which the funds are provided. TA funds are earned proportionally during enrollment period, with unearned funds returned based upon when a student stopped attending. These funds are returned to the military service branch.

Instances when a service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that will not result in student debt for the returned portion.

WOMXN UP!

Faculty Coordinator: Professor Gloria Rodriguez
Roscoe Brown Student Center [BC], Room 302B
718.289.5266

Womxn Up! A space to ReSource – Bronx Community College (cuny.edu)

Womxn Up! is a welcoming, safe, supportive and inclusive space that serves the needs of Womxn in the BCC Community. We are a home for connection, community, reflection, relaxation, creativity and sisterhood (not just Cisterhood).

We offer:

  • Empowerment Program

  • Mental Health & Wellness Workshops

  • Women’s Health Programs

  • Sister Support Groups

  • Feminist Leadership Development & Certification

  • Campus Coalitions/Collaborations to end Domestic & Sexual Violence