Board Policy 3007: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Bay College provides opportunities for students to gain the knowledge, skills, judgment, and wisdom they need to function in society as responsible citizens. Plagiarism, falsifying data, and other forms of academic dishonesty are inconsistent with the college’s goals and mission. Students are expected to pursue their education at Bay College with honor and integrity.
Forms of Academic Dishonesty:
The following list contains definitions of the main categories of academic dishonesty. These categories also pertain to websites, apps, AI, or other technology applications that may not be used to generate assignments and less specifically allowed by the instructor. Students should work closely with individual instructors to keep informed about specific policies of a particular class.
Students may not present the ideas or written works of others or artificial intelligence as their own.
- Dishonesty in Class Work
• The work of another may not be submitted to meet the requirements of a course.
• An assignment may not be submitted to meet the requirements in two different courses without specific permission of both instructors.
• A laboratory experiment or the report of an experiment may not be falsified.
- Dishonesty in Examinations
• Notes, tests, websites, apps, AI or other memory aids may not be used during an examination; and students may not collaborate on examinations, unless specifically allowed by the instructor.
- Unauthorized Collaboration
• A student may not prepare a report, paper, take-home exam, or other course assignments with the help of others unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
- Hampering or discrediting the academic work of others including, but not limited to, the following:
• Misusing, mutilating, hiding, or stealing library materials;
• Altering or misusing computer programs or equipment;
• Interfering with the rightful computer access of others;
• Hiding or altering another student’s work.
- Falsifying records
• A student may not falsify any college records or forms or falsify signatures for the purpose of enhancing one’s position, academic standing, or for financial gain. Records and forms include, but are not limited to applications, computer records, and registration forms.
- Inappropriate or illegal usage of Bay College computers and network
• See the Acceptable Technology Use Policy for specifics.
Students assume full responsibility for the content and integrity of the coursework they submit. The following guidelines will assist students in practicing academic integrity:
- Students must do their own work and submit only their own work on examinations, reports, and projects, unless otherwise permitted by the instructor. Students are encouraged to contact their instructor about appropriate citation guidelines.
- Students may benefit from working in groups. They may collaborate or cooperate with other students on graded assignments or examinations as directed by the instructor.
- Students must follow all written and/or verbal instructions given by instructors or designated college representatives prior to taking examinations, placement assessments, tests, quizzes, or evaluations.
- Students are responsible for adhering to course requirements as specified by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Responsibilities and Rights of Students:
It is the responsibility of students to know the Academic Integrity Policy of Bay College and adhere to it. It is the responsibility of the student to be proactive in learning the academic policies associated with a specific course and a specific assignment. In the event of an interpersonal conflict with an instructor concerning the Academic Integrity Policy, students have the right of appeal to the Academic Affairs Office.
Responsibilities and Rights of Instructors:
Academic integrity violations should be reported when the instructor issues the sanction. Sanctions for violations of the Academic Integrity Policy may not be issued without being reported.
Upon discovery of a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the instructor should meet with the student to discuss the violation, issue an appropriate sanction, and complete the Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Report.
- admit responsibility and accept the sanction,
- admit responsibility, accept the sanction but request a hearing, or
- deny responsibility, reject the sanction, and request a hearing.
All Academic Integrity Violation and Sanction Reports are forwarded to the Academic Dean and the Vice President of Student Services for review. Requests for hearings should include all supporting documentation.
Students requesting a hearing will meet with the Academic Dean within ten (10) business days of completing the violation form. The Dean will determine whether academic sanctions are appropriate, and students will be notified of the Dean’s decision within ten (10) business days of the hearing.
Students not satisfied with the Dean’s decision may appeal that decision to the Academic Affairs Office within ten (10) business days of notification of the Dean’s decision. The Academic Affairs Office will review all available material, render a decision, and notify the student within ten (10) business days. The decision of the Academic Affairs Office is final.
In addition to academic sanctions, students who violate the Academic Integrity Policy may also be found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and face conduct sanctions through Student Services.
Disruptive conduct taints the educational atmosphere and may endanger the safety of students and staff. Accordingly, when student conduct on campus creates a serious enough disruption such that the only reasonable solution is removal of the student, a faculty/staff member may temporarily suspend or permanently expel that student from class/campus. Although student disruptiveness issues will generally initially be approached as informally as circumstances allow, the College reserves the right to take all actions necessary to protect its educational interests, and to protect the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, and property. Under circumstances where informal procedures have been unsuccessfully implemented, the College may in its discretion also implement the following formal procedures.
- The faculty or staff member will verbally warn the student when the student’s behavior is considered to be disruptive (describe the behavior to which the faculty/staff member is referring) and that if the student continues the behavior, s/he will be asked to leave the class/building.
- If the student persists with the disruptive behavior, the faculty/staff member can then ask the student to leave the class or campus. At this time the faculty/staff must warn the student that failure to leave may result in police intervention. The faculty/staff must indicate whether the suspension is just for that day or if the student must appeal to the appropriate Dean to reenter the class. In other words, clarify for the student whether the suspension is temporary or permanent.
- If after the previous verbal warnings the student continues to demonstrate disruptive behavior, the faculty/staff will summon the appropriate police agency that will have the option of arresting the student for criminal trespass, if necessary. The faculty/staff member’s request for the student to leave provides the police agency with sufficient probable cause to affect an arrest.
- If as a result of faculty/staff member’s request for expulsion the student leaves the classroom/campus, the faculty/staff will notify their Dean or immediate supervisor in writing within 24 hours of the incident. The written report must include the student’s identity and the behavior that was considered to be disruptive. Sufficient detail must be provided to allow the Dean/Supervisor to assess whether or not the policy was followed. Please note that the written report is only necessary when considering expulsion. The faculty/staff member handles temporary suspension informally.
- The Dean/Supervisor must immediately contact the student by phone, with a follow-up through registered mail, notifying them of the opportunity to explain the incident from the student’s point of view. In addition, this notice will include the date by which the student must respond back to the Dean/Supervisor (or designee) or else forfeit their right to appeal the expulsion. Generally, the student will be given three class* days to respond in person, by phone, or mail (postmarked). Within 24 hours of the conclusion of the meeting to review the suspension, the Dean/Supervisor will decide if the removal was justified or if the student should be reinstated. The Dean/Supervisor may find it necessary to consult with other College employees, students, or records for additional information upon which to base their decision. The Dean/Supervisor may support or deny the removal, or make other arrangements for the student.
- The decision of the Dean/Supervisor will be conveyed to the student and the faculty/staff member who caused the removal as soon as possible, either in person or by phone. A written confirmation of the decision will be sent to both the staff member and the student within three class days. Within three class days of the receipt of the written decision, the student or the staff member may appeal in person, by phone, or in writing the decision to the appropriate Dean/Supervisor (identified in the written decision by the Chair); whose decision will be final.
- It is important to emphasize that each step of the process should proceed as quickly as possible, while maintaining fairness and objectivity.
*For the purpose of this policy, class days include only Monday-Friday when Bay College classes are in session.
Information Technology Policies
Bay de Noc Community College students are required to read, understand, and accept three Board of Trustees policies:
- 1050.4 Internet and Computer Acceptable Use Policy
- 1050.6 Peer-to-Peer File Sharing Policy
- 1050.5 Password and Account Policy
These policies protect student electronic information, define access to resources, and guide student activity online in compliance with state and federal law, as well as Bay College guidelines and procedures and are located here: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Penalties for violation of any of the above policies will vary depending on the nature and severity of the violation. Penalties may include:
- Disciplinary action as outlined in the College catalog;
- Civil or criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal law(s).
Non-Discrimination & Anti-Harassment Policy
Board Policy 1060: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees is committed to providing an educational and employment environment free from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or other protected status. Accordingly, discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or other protected status is prohibited at Bay de Noc Community College.
This prohibition extends to the entire campus community, including but not limited to, the College’s administration of its admission, financial aid, employment, and academic policies, as well as the College’s athletic programs and other college administered programs, services and activities. This policy applies to all employment practices, including recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, and employee training and development. The College also does not permit any person or entity using its facilities for commercial purposes to engage in unlawful discrimination. This policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable state and federal laws and other College policies. All board members, officers, employees, and students are responsible for ensuring a work and educational environment are free from and prohibit discrimination and harassment. Board members, officers, employees, and students have an obligation to report violations of this Policy. Failure to report a violation of this policy could result in discipline; up to and including termination of employment or expulsion.
The Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees also expressly prohibits retaliation against any board member, officer, employee, or student who alleges that they were the victim of discrimination/harassment; provides information in the course of an investigation into claims of discrimination/harassment; or opposes a discriminatory practice which is prohibited by this policy. No board member, officer, employee, or student bringing a complaint, providing information for an investigation, or participating in any proceeding under this policy shall be subjected to adverse employment or educational consequences based upon such involvement or be the subject of other retaliation.
Questions concerning Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex/gender, should be directed to either the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
A complaint may also be filed electronically by going to the College website (www.baycollege.edu), selecting the “Campus Safety” link, and selecting the “Incident Report” link (https://publicdocs.maxient.com/incidentreport.php?BayCollege). Learn more about Bay College’s Title IX procedure and Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy here: https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/health-safety/title-ix.php
Student Complaint & Hearing Process
Where appropriate, every effort will be made to first resolve conflicts through informal discussions with the involved parties. If this fails, a written complaint may be filed as outlined below. In computing any time limit specified under this process, Saturdays, Sundays, official school closings, and holidays will be excluded. The Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, has the authority to adjust time lines as deemed necessary because of extraordinary circumstances.
- A complaint alleging violations of a College rule and/or regulation may be filed in writing against any student. Complaints must be filed within a reasonable length of time. This report shall then be forwarded to the Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, for action.
- After consultation with the student involved and after undertaking other investigations that may be appropriate under the circumstances, the Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, shall take one of the following actions:
- Dismiss the complaint.
- Invoke a specific sanction.
The following sanctions for violations of the College’s policies, rules and regulations may be imposed at the College’s discretion, depending upon the infraction’s severity:
- Expulsion from Bay College (i.e., permanent removal of the privilege to attend Bay de Noc Community College); *
- Suspension from Bay College for a definite period of time and/or pending the satisfaction of conditions for readmission (i.e., suspension of the privilege to attend Bay College); *
- Removal from all class(es) for which the student is currently registered;
- Restitution for damages;
- A specified period of college and/or community service;
- Disciplinary probation with or without the loss of privileges for a definite period of time. The violation of the terms of the disciplinary probation or the breaking of any College rule during the probation period may be grounds for suspension or expulsion from the College;
- Disciplinary caution or warning;
- Any other sanction the college deems educationally appropriate.
* If the suspension or expulsion from the College is for a period greater than 10 days, the student has the right to initiate the Formal Hearing Procedures.
The action taken by the Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, will be communicated to the student in writing within five (5) working days. The student may do either of the following:
- Accept the decision.
- Notify the Vice President of Student Services within three (3) working days to initiate a formal hearing where suspension or expulsion is greater than 10 days.
- Student Formal Hearing Procedures
- The Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, shall convene the Committee to conduct a formal hearing within ten (10) working days of the receipt of a written request for a formal hearing. The student will be advised of the date, time, and place of the scheduled hearing.
- The hearing shall be governed by the following rules of procedure:
- The person charged shall have the right to have their defense conducted by an advisor of their choice, the right to hear and examine adverse witnesses, and the right to testify and present evidence and witnesses in their own behalf. If legal counsel represents the person charged, the committee may be supplied legal counsel by the College. (The student is responsible for all costs and expenses of legal counsel retained by him/her.) The Committee has the right to reasonably control the presentation of evidence and the examination and cross-examination of witnesses.
- The Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, has the burden of proving that each charge is true. The student shall be regarded as innocent of the charges until guilt is established by a preponderance of the evidence by the Committee. “Established by a preponderance of the evidence” means that the Vice President of Student Services must persuade the committee that it is more probable than not that the charges are true. The Vice President of Student Services has the initial burden of producing evidence to prove each charge. The Vice President of Student Services must present the evidence in support of the charges first, and then the student must present evidence to refute the Vice President of Student Services’ evidence.
- If the accused student shall fail to appear after due notice, or, if having appeared, shall make no response to the complaint, the Committee shall proceed with the hearing.
- Within ten (10) days of the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall file a report containing findings of facts and conclusions. If the person charged is found guilty, the committee shall impose appropriate sanctions. The Vice President of Student Services, or their designee, shall inform the individual charged in person or by registered mail of the committee’s decision. If the hearing was conducted in the absence of the individual charged, the report shall so indicate.
- The Vice President of Student Services, or his/her designee, shall keep a summary record of the proceedings in a confidential file. All applicable guidelines as specified by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1975 shall be followed regarding student record privacy.
- Sanctions may be appealed in writing to the President. An appeal must be made within five (5) school days after the student has received the committee’s decision.
- Student Formal Hearing Committee: This committee shall be composed of two faculty members selected by the full-time or part-time Faculty Association and two students selected by the Student Government.
Student Conduct & Discipline
Board Policy 4010: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Students at Bay College have rights and protections under the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Michigan. These rights include freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly. Any student accused of violating college policies, rules, and/or regulations is entitled to whatever procedural due process is required by law. When students are admitted to Bay College, they accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the college’s academic and social community. Honesty is expected of each student at Bay College. Each student is expected to respect the rights of others and to work to create an open, caring and intellectually stimulating environment where diversity of ideas is valued and every person’s dignity and autonomy are respected. Students at Bay College are expected to be responsible for their actions and to respect the rights of others.
Students committing misconduct, including but not limited to the following infractions, on Bay College property or official College functions is prohibited. Students may also be subject to discipline for engaging in misconduct even though it does not occur on Bay College property or at official College functions if there is sufficient connection between the conduct and the College to warrant discipline.
- Interference and/or disruption with the teaching and learning process including the use of profanity toward another student or faculty/staff member.
- Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, coercion and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person, including: sexual assault against any student, faculty, staff or guest of the college.
- Discrimination in regard to age, color, disability/handicap, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, or weight.
- Interference by force, threat, harassment or duress with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in college-sponsored activities and/or creating a reasonable apprehension that such interference is about to occur. This would include stalking.
- Disruption of college activities and college business, including but not limited to classes, convocations, and student services.
- The continued occupation of a college facility after being requested to leave by any person acting as an agent of the college.
- Defacement, damage to, or theft of college property and/or that of another student, faculty, staff, or guest of the college.
- Tampering with fire alarms, safety systems or unauthorized setting of fires.
- Photographing, videotaping, audio recording, and/or posting/sharing images/videos/audio recordings, without permission or consent of those involved.
- Furnishing false information to the college (such as residency status), forgery, misuse or alteration of any college document or misuse of the college computer system.
- Academic cheating or plagiarism or aiding or abetting cheating or plagiarism, that may also result in academic penalties under the College’s Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure #3018.
- Making a false report concerning a fire, bomb, or other alleged emergency.
- Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances, marijuana and/or its derivatives, and look-a-like drugs. The use of alcoholic beverages as prohibited by Bay College policies and/or state law.
- Possession, while on campus or at a college-sponsored function, of any weapons, including but not limited to, firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, dagger, dirk, stiletto, or knife with a blade over three inches in length, brass knuckles, licensed weapons or objects or instruments possessed for use as a weapon or for direct or indirect delivery to another person for use as a weapon.
- Willful disobedience of college officials or designated agents acting in the performance of their duties.
- Willful violation of college rules, regulations, procedures and policies as promulgated in college policy statements.
- Violation of state or federal law, including copyright laws.
- Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys to any college premises or unauthorized entry to or use of any college premises.
- Conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent; breach of peace, or aiding, abetting, or procuring another person to breach the peace on college premises or at functions sponsored by, or participated in by, the college.
- Theft or other abuse of technology resources, including but not limited to: (See the Acceptable Technology Use Policy for specifics.
- Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose.
- Unauthorized transfer of file.
- Unauthorized use of another individual’s identification and password.
- Use of technology resources to interfere with the work of another student, faculty member or college official.
- Use of technology resources to send or publish threatening, obscene or abusive messages.
- The use of technology resources to view obscene or offensive images, or those prohibited by law.
- Use of technology resources to interfere with the normal college operations
Student Disability Discrimination/Harassment
Board Policy 1061: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Any student who believes that they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment by the College, or one of its employees, on the basis of a disability, as specified in Board Policy 1061.3, shall promptly report the matter to the Director of the Office of Accessibility at firstname.lastname@example.org. All complaints of discrimination or harassment on the basis of a disability made to the Director of the Office of Accessibility shall be handled in accordance with the Grievance and Appeal Procedure outlined in Policy 1061.3. Any student who believes that they have been subjected to discrimination or harassment, other than on the basis of a disability, as specified above, shall promptly report the matter to the Title IX Coordinator:
Escanaba Campus, Room 503
More information on the procedure regarding discrimination and harassment not based on disability is found in Board Policy 1060, specifically section 1060.7.
Board Policy 1060: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Community/Board_of_Trustees_Policies.jnz
Substance Abuse Policy & Procedure
The following information is presented in accordance with the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.
Standards of Conduct
It is the policy of Bay College that the transportation, possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage or a controlled substance on college property is prohibited.
Students who illegally use alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on college property face disciplinary action, suspension from the college, and/or prosecution under the law. Any person who illegally sells, provides, transports, possesses or consumes alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on college property may face immediate arrest and prosecution under applicable federal, state and local laws. Penalties under these laws may include fines, imprisonment or both.
Illegal use of alcohol or controlled substances can result in illness, injury or death.
Available Counseling and Treatment Programs
All students and employees will have access to substance awareness workshops, seminars, and classes offered at the college. A student or employee who voluntarily seeks assistance to overcome substance abuse problems will receive counseling services on a confidential and non-punitive basis. When necessary, referral will be made to a community agency for assessment, prescribed treatment, and follow-up. Students and employees participating in counseling or a program are not exempt from college policies, procedures or rules.
Treatment programs are available at the following agencies:
|Delta and Menominee County Public Health
|Dickinson-Iron Health Department
|UP Health System - Marquette
Students and employees who illegally use alcoholic beverages or controlled substances on college property face disciplinary action, suspension from the college, and/or prosecution under the law.
United States Copyright Law
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including text and content, images, computer software, motion pictures, and music. Unauthorized copying or downloading of copyrighted material is in violation of U.S. copyright laws. You may not copy or redistribute copyrighted software, music, or other information and you may not attempt to override copy protection on commercial software. For more information on copyright and fair use provisions, go to the U.S. Copyright website (https://copyright.gov) or contact the Bay College Library (email@example.com).
Cafe’ Bay & Catering
Students, faculty and staff may purchase healthy meals and snacks at Cafe’ Bay located in the Student Center building on the Escanaba Campus. Meal plans, weekly specials and catering services are also available. https://www.baycollege.edu/on-campus/event-services.php
Updated menus and pricing may be viewed at www.wilesfoodservices.com.
The Career Closet supplies interview and career wear for both men and women who need appropriate clothing at no cost. Escanaba: During Food Pantry hours or by appointment. Visit www.facebook.com/careercloset for more information, including contact information. Iron Mountain: Monday through Friday 9am-4pm CST in Student Services.
Bay College offers a food pantry open for all students on both Main campus and West campus. More information can be found on myBay after you log in here: https://mybay.baycollege.edu/ICS/Current_Students/Academic_Support/Food_Pantry/
The Student Activities program at Bay College is a very important part of college life. Activities and events planned by the various College clubs and organizations do much to supplement academic activities. Through involvement in the Student Activities program, students are provided with opportunities for vocational growth, leadership training, community service, and personal development. The College Student Activities program, Academic Support Services and Commencement are funded through collection of the student development and success fee. More information and a list of clubs and activities can be found here: https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/clubs-activities.php. Students interested in being a part of any of these student activity programs or in starting new organizations should contact the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security in Student Services. Most student activities take place during the fall and winter semesters.
Campus Activities Board
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans a wide variety of activities for both the campus and the community. These include comedians, speakers, concerts, and special events. CAB is student run and advised by the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security in Student Services. Students interested in joining CAB should contact the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security in Student Services. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/baycab.
Student ID Cards
With your Bay Student ID Card, you can log into campus copy machines, get discount prices for tickets to campus events, get free admission to campus movies and sporting events, and check out materials from the library. Students taking six (6) credits or more may also use their Bay ID at the Delta County or Dickinson County YMCA.
To get a Student ID, bring your driver’s license or other picture ID to the Bay College Library (on Main Campus) or the Computer Lab (on West Campus). Staff will take your picture and print your card. Your first card is free; replacement cards cost $10.
YMCA Membership for Bay College Students
Bay College students enrolled in six contact hours or more are given access to the YMCA. Hours may change depending on the season, please visit nlymca.com/delta/ for updated information. Students must present their Bay I.D. card in order to be admitted to the YMCA. If a student does not have a Bay College ID, one can be acquired at the Bay College Library.
Please note that access privileges extend to currently enrolled students during the semester they are enrolled. Between semesters, students may purchase short term memberships from the YMCA. For more general information please contact the YMCA at 906-789-0005 or at www.nlymca.com.
Bay College Athletics
Bay College provides opportunities for its students to participate in intercollegiate athletics. The Bay College Norse are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and participates in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), Region XII competition. Bay College sponsors Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Softball, Baseball and Volleyball. The athletic experience is a wonderful complement to students’ academic experience. Bay supports students in their efforts to reach high levels of performance by providing them with first-class coaching, superior facilities, and appropriate competitive opportunities with students from within the MCCAA and Region XII of the NJCAA.
All student athletes must be registered as a full-time student (12 credits or more) to maintain athletic eligibility. Student athletes should visit the Athletic Department for further clarification on transfer status, Grade Point Average, and other eligibility matters. For more information, visit www.baynorse.com.
Bay College has a proud history of providing a safe learning environment for its students and employees. A wide variety of policies and procedures have been developed over the years to ensure the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors to the campuses. However, crime can happen anywhere. Protect yourself, others, and property by staying alert, safety-conscious and informed.
Reporting a Crime or Other Emergency
Bay College does not have a Campus Security or Police Department and therefore cooperates with Escanaba Public Safety, the Michigan State Police, and other local law enforcement agencies for campus safety and security. Additional security may be retained to monitor special events occurring on campus. In the event of an emergency, all students, employees, and guests should promptly call 911 to report incidents to Public Safety. Non-emergencies require reporting as well, through the Bay College incident report system that can be found on the Bay College website. The direct link is www.baycollege.edu/reporting. Please complete the report to the best of your knowledge, ensuring you leave appropriate contact information. A campus representative will be in touch with you regarding the incident.
If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the College system or the criminal justice system, please consider making a confidential report. You can file a report without revealing your identity. Use the Bay College incident report and list your identity as Anonymous. If you report the incident to a Campus Security Authority (CSA) on campus be aware that the CSA may need to report the incident, they can keep your identity private. The CSA can also help you navigate to the online reporting tool where you can report anonymously and they can provide you with counseling information. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the College can keep an accurate record of the number and types of incidents and determine where there may be a pattern. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.
Campus Security Authorities
Bay College complies with the Department of Education and the Clery Act which requires the institution to assign Campus Security Authorities (CSA). A CSA is a resource if you are unable to report a crime or incident yourself, please contact one of the CSA’s listed in the Annual Security Report (ASR) to assist in reporting the incident. The list is located here: https://www.baycollege.edu/_resources/pdf/student-life/health-safety/campus-safety/annual-security-report.pdf.
Campus Safety Alerts
In the event of a situation on campus, that the institution considers to represent a serious or continuing threat to the safety of students, employees or guests, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued through the college’s emergency communication system. This may be done by e-mail, text, or a combination of notifications. Students are automatically registered to receive a BayAlert message regarding campus closures due to an emergency, severe weather or mechanical failure. More information on BayAlert can be found on the college’s website: https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/health-safety/bay-alert.php.
Depending on the particular circumstances, especially in situations that could pose an immediate threat to the campus community and individuals, the College ALERTUS system may also be activated. ALERTUS is integrated to the BayAlert system and can include e-mail, text messaging, messages displayed over computer and television screens, automated voice message over loud speakers and internal and external alarms. The College may also post an electronic notice on the College website and on the myBay portal as well as notify local media, providing the campus community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice is also distributed to each campus student apartment.
Sex Offender Registry
In accordance with Federal law, Bay College provides a hyperlink on the College’s website to the Michigan State Police Sex Offender Registry. The purpose of this link is to advise the campus community where law enforcement information provided by the State of Michigan concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registry. The Michigan State Police is responsible for maintaining this registry. The direct link is http://www.communitynotification.com/cap_main.php?office=55242/.
Annual Security Report
The College prepares an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report contains information regarding reporting of Clery crimes occurring on campus, fires occuring on the college campus, including student housing, the college’s security policies, and the crime arrest and referral statistics reported to designated campus officials and local law enforcement agencies. A copy of the report may be obtained at the office of the Campus Compliance and Safety Coordinator located in the Catherine Bonifas building room 202 or by calling (906) 217-4300. At West Campus a copy may be obtained at the office of the Visiting Administrator, room 215. The direct link to the report on the college website is https://www.baycollege.edu/reporting.
Bay College has apartment facilities, at the Escanaba campus, for 100 students. The college apartments are located on the north end of the campus near the College Avenue entrance.
There are 21 four-person apartments and 8 two-person apartments. The four-person apartments are townhouses with two bedrooms and a bath upstairs, and kitchenette and living/dining area on the first floor. These apartments have a total of 814 square feet of living space. The two-person apartments have one bedroom, a bath, and a kitchenette/dining area. These apartments have 436 square feet of living space. Availability of two-person apartments is limited. Additional overflow housing may be available. More Student Housing information is found here: https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/student-housing.php
A housing deposit is required with your application. The housing office is located in Student Services.
Student Housing Accommodations
Student Housing accommodations will be provided to afford equal access for qualified students with documented disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws, and consistent with Bay College’s Assistance Animal Policy. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the College that they have a disability and that they are requesting a Student Housing accommodation. A student seeking a Student Housing accommodation must submit a written request for the accommodation along with diagnostic documentation to the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security at the same time the student submits a Housing application. Students may request additional accommodation by submitting a written request for the additional accommodation to the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security along with the additional diagnostic documentation to the Office of Accessibility.
The written request for a Student Housing accommodation should include:
- The student’s name, student ID number, current address and telephone number;
- A description of the disability for which an accommodation is requested;
- An explanation of how the disability impacts the student’s housing needs; and
- A written description of the accommodation requested.
The diagnostic documentation submitted must verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must substantiate the need for all of the student’s specific accommodation requests. All documentation must be submitted on the official letterhead of the professional describing the disability. The report should be dated and signed and include the name, title and professional credentials of the evaluator, including information about license or certification. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodation, additional documentation may be required. Any cost incurred in obtaining additional documentation when the original records are inadequate is borne by the student. If the documentation is complete but the College desires a second professional opinion, the College bears the latter cost. In general, it is not acceptable for such documentation to include a diagnosis or testing performed by a member of the student’s family.
A request for Student Housing accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. Prior to making a determination of whether to grant the accommodation, the Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security may consider all of the following: the relationship between the accommodation requested and the documented disability; the objectives of the Student Housing community in which the student is eligible to live; what accommodations would effectively facilitate the student’s participation in the Student Housing program and community; and the extent to which the student’s condition limit their opportunity to participate in other college activities. The Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security will consult with the student, and anyone else the Executive Director believes may have information that assists with making a determination. The Executive Director of Student Life & Campus Security shall inform the student in writing of the decision, as well as the information upon which the decision was based. Students who are not granted their requested accommodations through this process have the opportunity to appeal the decision. The appeals procedure is available on the Bay College website.
FACULTY ADVISING: Faculty advisors will help students to schedule classes each semester, review and discuss academic program requirements, and provide information concerning transferring to other colleges and universities.
CO-ADVISORS: Every student has a co-advisor in addition to their faculty advisor. They are available to assure your academic success. Co-advisors can assist with any academic question you may have. This would include academic advising, tutoring services, personal concerns, financial questions, non-academic needs, etc.
Bay College provides bookstore services for students, faculty and staff. The college bookstore is located in the Student Center on the Escanaba campus. The college bookstore strives to keep costs down by offering used textbooks, rental textbooks, and digital textbooks. Students may purchase textbooks, study aids, reference materials, educational supplies, backpacks and emblematic shirts and other Bay College clothing at the college bookstore. Textbooks may be purchased at the college bookstore in Escanaba or ordered online at www.baycollegeshop.com. Books ordered online may be shipped or reserved for pick-up at the bookstore in Escanaba
Students with financial aid in excess of tuition and fee charges may use this excess aid to purchase books.
Escanaba bookstore hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm EST. Store hours are extended during the book rush period (week before classes and first week of classes). Hours during this time at Escanaba are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.
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Emergency Messages to Students
Relaying messages to students on campus is very difficult because of the size of the campus, the number of buildings, and the lack of an intercom system or personnel to deliver messages. Bay College will do its best to deliver EMERGENCY messages ONLY. Contact the Escanaba switchboard for help at 906-786-5802 or the Iron Mountain switchboard at 906-774-8547.
The Bay College Library contains resources to enhance and expand your learning journey, study rooms for quiet or collaborative space, and friendly staff who are here to help you find what you need. The library is located on the Main Campus in the HUB and provides materials and services to students on the West Campus online and through the Student Success Center. The library’s catalog and online resources are available on campus and anywhere you access the Internet. Search the library’s online catalog to find print materials, reserve books, and check your library account. Search the library’s databases to find peer-reviewed journal articles, streaming movies, and other online tools. Use your Bay ID to check out library materials and your Bay Username and Password to access online resources. In addition to traditional print and online resources, the library loans calculators, charging cords, laptops, graphic novels, DVDs, vinyl records, magazines, and children’s books. Find us online at library.baycollege.edu. Need help? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of Accessibility
The Office of Accessibility (OOA) is the first stop for information and assistance to support students with disabilities. The office is located in HUB 811 on the Escanaba campus and provides services to all Bay students anywhere they are taking classes. More information can be found here: https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/student-support/accommodations.php
Students with Disabilities
It is the policy of Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, as well as other applicable federal and state laws and regulations that promote the full participation of individuals with disabilities. No otherwise qualified individual with a disability, including students, employees, and other program participants, shall be excluded from or denied access to participation in, or the benefits of, any program, activity, employment or service offered by the College, or otherwise subjected to discrimination, by reason of disability.
- Disabled: means having a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities; a record of such an impairment; or being regarded as having such an impairment.
- Functional limitation: means the functions or acts a person cannot do, resulting from a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
- Fundamental alteration: means a significant modification that alters the essential nature of the services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or courses offered.
- Grievance: means a complaint alleging a violation of any policy, procedure, or practice prohibited by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or Bay College’s Disability and Discrimination Policies, as well as other applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
- Major life activities: means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, mental and emotional processes, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, interacting with others, and working.
- Modifications: means modification or changes to the course, program or educational requirements as are necessary and appropriate, so that such requirements do not discriminate or have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability. Academic requirements that are essential to the course, or to the program of instruction being pursued by the student, or which relate directly to licensing requirements will not be regarded as discriminatory within the meaning of this section. Potential modifications that may be considered include, but are not limited to, changes in the length of time permitted for completion of a degree, substitutions of specific courses required for the completion of degree requirements, extended time on an examination or paper, and other appropriate accommodations which do not unduly burden or fundamentally alter the essential nature of a course or instructional program.
- Qualified student with documented disability: means a disabled person who meets the standards required for admission and participation in the educational program or activity.
- Undue burden: means a significant difficulty, financial or administrative burden, or expense.
Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation
Academic Accommodations will be provided to afford equal access for qualified students with documented disabilities in compliance with state and federal laws. For each student, these accommodations will address those functional limitations of the disability which adversely affect equal educational opportunity. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the College that they have a disability and that they are requesting an accommodation. Students must contact the Director of the Office of Accessibility (OOA) to request an accommodation here: email@example.com
Students seeking an accommodation must also complete the online form that can be found in myBay once they have logged into the portal. The form is under the “Current Students” tab, and then “Academic Support.” Appropriate documentation of the history and functional implications of the impairment may be requested from the student after the request form has been received and reviewed. This form can also be accessed here: https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/student-support/accommodations.php
If further documentation is requested, the diagnostic documentation submitted must adequately verify the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with current professional standards and techniques, and it must clearly substantiate the need for all of the student’s specific accommodation requests. The Director of Accessibility will communicate with the student if further documentation is needed to verify the need for reasonable accommodation. An academic accommodation is any reasonable modification or adjustment to the learning environment that makes it possible for a qualified student with a disability to enjoy an equal learning opportunity. The College is not required to make an accommodation that constitutes an undue hardship. The College is also not required to, and cannot, make accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic requirements for the degree, course requirements, or basic pedagogy.
The College also does not guarantee success or bear responsibility for making students succeed in their courses. The College also does not pay for or provide items or services of a personal nature such as personal care assistance, personal purchases, personal medical equipment, private transportation, or educational supplies used by all students (pens, paper, computer supplies, etc.). These are the responsibility of the student.
If it is determined by the Director of the Office of Accessibility that a student may be denied a modification to an academic requirement (except as permitted by the Section 504 regulation at 34 C.F.R. § 104.44, for the reason that the requested modification would fundamentally alter the nature of the program at issue or lower or waive essential program requirements), then prior to refusing any requested academic adjustment on that basis, the Director of the OOA shall convene, and chair, a committee, which shall be known as the Student Accommodation Committee, which shall be comprised of persons knowledgeable about the student’s disability, and about the program, such as faculty and department chairs. The Student Accommodation Committee shall engage in a careful, thoughtful deliberation of the program/course requirements at issue; whether such requirements are essential; the feasibility, cost, and effect on the program of the requested academic adjustments; and any available alternatives. The Student Accommodation Committee, only after engaging in the above deliberative process, will make a determination of whether the requested academic adjustment would fundamentally alter the program or lower essential academic standards. The Student Accommodation Committee’s decision will be communicated to the student in writing. The student may request an alternative accommodation, which is subject to the review described above. The student may also appeal the Student Accommodation Committee’s decision in accordance with the procedure outlines on the College’s website. More information can be found here: www.baycollege.edu/accommodations.
Free Personal counseling is also available to students. A licensed counselor is available on a limited basis to work with students on a variety of concerns. All services are provided on a confidential basis. Contact information is available here: https://www.baycollege.edu/student-life/health-safety/counseling-services.php
Student Computing Services
Computers are available for use throughout the HUB (800) building, including in the Library, during operational hours. Technology Classrooms are located in the Joseph Heirman University Center 908 area. Students and faculty are provided access to an eight-room, centralized environment which houses over 150 computer work stations in classroom environments. Testing Services is available by checking in at HUB 876. Testing Services consists of 27 Computers. Proctoring services are available for Course/Makeup Tests, Placement Tests, Computerized and Paper Based Testing, Bay College campuses and other distance learning institutions; also for certification testing. A Picture ID (Bay College ID or driver’s license, other government issued ids) is needed to use Testing Services.
Bay College West Student Computing Center (SCC) houses 25 workstations for general use. The SCC includes a testing center for select on-campus courses, IT web courses, and for courses offered through the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO). The Center provides overflow administration of placement test and exams requiring proctoring.
Student Health & Accident Insurance
Group health and accident insurance programs are recommended for all students. The coverage should be designed to protect students from medical expense for accidents and illness, including those which occur off campus and during semester breaks or authorized absences, and 24-hour protection for 12 months should be available. Students are encouraged to contact their family insurance carrier. Bay College follows federal immigration insurance requirements. International Students and their dependents are required to have medical insurance coverage with specific minimum benefits as identified in United States Federal Policy 22 CFR 62.14.
Student Success Center
The Student Success Center (SSC) is home to the Bay College Academic Support Department working within multiple programs to provide diverse and robust support services to students. The SSC houses the TRIO program, the Office of Accessibility, the Supplemental Instruction Program, academic success coaching, tutoring and study groups. In addition to these formal support services, the SSC provides study tools, resources, computers and printers for student use, social areas and study rooms, in addition to several amenities in the SSC student hospitality room. The Student Success Center exists at both campuses. More information can be found here: https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/academic-support/index.php
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that supports students enrolled in some of Bay’s most difficult courses. In SI, students come together in regularly scheduled study sessions to review course content, prepare for exams, and develop study tools. These sessions are facilitated by trained SI Leaders. For more information, call 906-217-4230 or visit: https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/student-support/supplemental-instruction.php
The TRIO Student Support Services goal is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants, and to facilitate the transfer of its participants to four-year colleges and universities. To do that, TRIO SSS provides the following services to students: tutoring, mentoring, career exploration, academic planning, workshops, additional scholarships, social activities, transfer assistance, transfer college visits, and cultural trips. The program is designed to assist students who are first-generation (neither parent has a four-year degree), and/or of limited income, and/or physically or learning disabled. Interested students can call 906-217-4209, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.baycollege.edu/academics/academic-support/trio.php
Since concerns for the safety of students and staff is of paramount importance, extreme weather or campus mechanical failure may be sufficient reason for the cancellation or the postponement of classes. When, in the President’s judgment, extreme conditions affect the majority of currently enrolled students, classes may be postponed or cancelled. In such an event, students will be notified of the campus closure or postponement via the BayAlert System, local radio and television stations, announcement on the College’s phone system greeting, an e-mail to Bay College e-mail accounts, and a message posted on the College’s webpage and myBay portal.
Students are not expected to jeopardize their safety in traveling to classes. A reasonable effort to be present is expected. Faculty members can best determine how lost time from classes must be accommodated to ensure completion of the course objectives. Each course syllabus should include a procedure in the event classes are cancelled due to weather or other conditions.