To be at home in all lands and all ages;. To count Nature a familiar acquaintance,. And Art an intimate friend;. To gain a standard for the.
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1THE OFFER OF THE COLLEGE To be at home in all lands and all ages; To count Nature a familiar acquaintance, And Art an intimate friend; To gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work And the criticism of your own; To carry the keys of the world’s library in your pocket, And feel its resources behind you in whatever task you undertake; To make hosts of friends Who are to be leaders in all walks of life; To lose yourself in generous enthusiasms And cooperate with others for common ends Ð This is the offer of the college for the best four years of your life.Adapted from the original ÒOffer of the CollegeÓ published in 1906 as a foreword to The College Man and the College Woman by William DeWitt Hyde, Seventh President of Bowdoin (1885-1917)
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of Safety and Security; and Human Re sourc es. The Trea sur er’s Of Þ ce is located in Ham House on Bath Road.Senior Vice President for Planning and Ad min – is tra tion and Chief Development OfÞ cer William A. Torrey has oversight for the of Þ ces relating to fund-raising, alumni affairs, and public relations and com mu ni ca tions. He also has responsibility for community relations and College relations with the state and federal governments. In addition, he oversees the Children’s Center. His of Þ ce is located at 85 Federal Street.Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid James Miller is re spon si ble for the re cruit ment and selection of new students including all Þ rst-year and transfer students. He oversees the staff of the Admissions OfÞ ce and the Student Aid Of Þ ce and works with the Faculty Committee on Ad mis sions and Financial Aid to develop ad mis sions and Þ nancial aid policies for the College. The Ad mis -sions OfÞ ce is located in Burton-Little House at the corner of Park Row and College Street.President of the College Barry Mills, the chief executive ofÞ cer of the college, is involved with all aspects of Bowdoin’s op er a tions and holds formal responsibility for in tel lec tu al leadership. He carries out the policies of the Board of Trustees, leads Bowdoin’s short- and long-term planning, operating and capital bud get ing, and establishes Þ scal and pro gram mat ic priorities. President Mills holds open ofÞ ce hours from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Morrell Lounge in David Saul Smith Union to meet and talk with students. The Pres i dent’s Of Þ ce is located on the second ß oor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall.Dean of Student Affairs Craig W. Bradley super- vises a wide variety of campus ofÞ ces that provide programs and services to Bowdoin students. He is a principal voice relaying student concerns to the president of the College and the Board of Trustees. He also chairs the Student Affairs Committee. The dean is re spon si ble for overseeing the College dis- cipline system in collaboration with the associate/ assistant deans, the director of residential life, the OfÞ ce of Safety and Security, and the Judicial Board. The Of Þ ce of the Dean of Student Affairs is located on the second ß oor of Moulton Union. Dean for Academic Affairs Craig A. McEwen is the chief academic ofÞ cer of the College. His of- Þ ce is responsible for matters of general academic policy and faculty personnel policy. The dean for academic affairs chairs the Curriculum and Ed u ca – tion al Policy Com mit tee, which oversees the de vel -op ment of the cur ric u lum. The dean is involved in the tenure review and promotion processes for faculty. The Of Þ ce of the Dean for Academic Af- fairs is located on the second ß oor of Hawthorne- Longfellow Hall.Senior Vice President for Finance and Ad min – is tra tion and Treasurer S. Catherine Longley oversees many areas of the College ad min is tra tion, including all aspects of the College’s budget from planning to im ple men ta tion; the ad min is tra tion of College in vest ments, cash management, real estate and prop er ties, and risk management; the Con- trol ler’s Of Þ ce including all accounting services; Dining Services and the Bookstore; Facilities Management, including the Events and Summer Programs OfÞ ce and Campus Services; the Of Þ ce ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION President Barry Mills
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1 THE OFFER OF THE COLLEGE 2 ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION 4 CALENDAR 6 LETTER FROM THE DEAN 7 OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY 9 ACADEMIC LIFE 9 The Academic Program 9 Advising 10 Academic Regulations 11 Academic Skills Programs 12 The Library 16 Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities 18 Information Technology 20 CAMPUS LIFE / STUDENT SERVICES 20 OfÞ ce of the Dean of Student Affairs 21 Residential Life 22 House System 23 Noise Ordinance 24 Dining Services 26 Safety and Security 28 Cars and Parking 29 Facilities Management 31 Career Planning Center 32 OfÞ ce of Health Professions Advising 33 Counseling Service 34 Health Center 35 Queer-Trans Resource Center 35 Women’s Resource Center 35 OfÞ ce of Student Records 36 Bursar’s OfÞ ce 36 Student Aid 37 Student Employment 37 Athletics 40 Outing Club 41 Community Service Resource Center 42 Student Government 42 David Saul Smith Union 45 Student Organizations 52 Community Service Council 54 Scheduling a Campus Event 55 Area Transportation 56 COLLEGE POLICIES 56 Honor Code and Social Code 58 Judicial Authority 64 Sexual Misconduct Policy 65 Anonymous Report Form 74 Drug and Alcohol Policies 79 Smoking Policy 81 Miscellaneous Policies 82 Information Technology Use Policy Copyright Policies 88 Environmental Mission Statement 89 COLLEGE GOVERNANCE 89 Committees of the Trustees 90 Faculty Committees 91 General College Committees92 APPENDICES 93 A: Family Education Rights and Privacy Acts of 1974 96 B: Higher Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) 98 C: Residential Life Policies and Procedures 102 D: Student Government Constitution113 COLLEGE AND AREA PHONE NUMBERS 117 INDEX TABLE OF CONTENTS
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CALENDARFALL SEMESTER 2004 (203 RD ACADEMIC YEAR)August 24-28, Tues.-Sat. Pre-Orientation Trips August 28, Saturday College housing ready for occupancy for Þ rst-year stu dents only, 8:00 a.m.August 28-Sept. 1, Sat.-Wed. Orientation August 31, Tuesday College housing ready for occupancy for upperclass students, 8:00 a.m. August 31, Tuesday Advising and course registration for Þ rst year students August 31, Tuesday Registration Cards and Enrollment Forms due from new students by 1:00 p.m.September 1, Wednesday Phase II course registration for Þ rst-year students who did not get into four courses, noon-3:00 p.m.September 1, Wednesday Opening of the College–Convocation, 3:30 p.m. September 2, Thursday Fall semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m. September 2, Thursday Drop/Add begins for students who wish to adjust their courses September 6, Wednesday Labor Day September 8, Wednesday Last day to initially register for courses without a Þ ne; last day to return Enrollment Form without a Þ ne September 9-11, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors, and BASIC Ad vi so ry Board meetingsSeptember 15, Wednesday Last day to add courses; last day for returning students to drop courses September 16-17, Thurs.-Fri. Rosh Hashanah* September 18, Saturday Common Good Day September 25, Saturday Yom Kippur* October 1, Friday Sarah and James Bowdoin Day October 1-3, Fri.-Sun. Parents Weekend October 8, Friday Fall vacation begins after last class October 13, Wednesday Fall vacation ends, 8:00 a.m. October 13, Wednesday Last day to change Credit/D/F option, last day for new students to drop a courseOctober 14, Thursday Ramadan begins at Þ rst light October 21-23, Thurs.-Sat. Meeting of the Board of Trustees Oct. 22-24, Fri.-Sun. Homecoming Weekend November 11-18, Thurs.-Thurs. Advising and Course registration for 2005 spring semester; dead- line to return cards 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 November 13, Saturday Ramadan ends at last light November 24, Wednesday Thanksgiving vacation begins, 8:00 a.m.** November 29, Monday Thanksgiving vacation ends, 8:00 a.m. November 29- Dec. 1, Phase II registration for spring semester Mon.-Wed. December 1, Wednesday Student Aid Applications for 2005-2006 academic year available on line at www.bowdoin.edu/studentaid/myaid December 6, Monday Second semester bill is mailed by the bursar’s ofÞ ce December 16-21, Tues.-Sun. Fall semester examinations December 10, Friday Last Day of classes December 11-14, Sat.-Tues. Reading Period December 15-20, Wed.-Mon. Fall semester examinations December 21, Tuesday College housing closes for winter break, noon
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SPRING SEMESTER 2005January 3, Monday Grades available on Bearings January 7, Thursday Second semester bill is due to the Bursar’s of Þ ce January 17, Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 22, Saturday College housing available for occupancy, 8:00 a.m. January 24, Monday Spring semester classes begin, 8:00 a.m. January 28, Friday Last day to initially register for courses without a Þ ne; last day to return Enrollment Form without a Þ ne February 4, Friday Last day to add courses; last day for returning students to drop courses (Note: First-years who begin in the fall are considered returning students for spring semester.) February 10-12, Thurs.-Sat. Meetings of the Board of Trustees March 4, Friday Last day to change Credit/D/F option, last day for new students to drop a class (Note: Only students who started in spring semester ’05 are considered new students) March 11, Friday Spring vacation begins after last class March 11, Friday Major/Minor Declaration Forms due to the Student Records OfÞ ce March 12, Saturday College housing closes for spring vacation, noon March 25, Friday Good Friday March 26, Saturday College housing available for occupancy March 27, Sunday Easter March 28, Monday Spring vacation ends, 8:00 a.m. April 1, Friday Re-enrollment deposit due to the Bursar’s Of Þ ceApril 7-9, Thurs.-Sat. Alumni Council, Alumni Fund Directors and BASIC Advisory Board meetings April 15, Friday 2005-2006 deadline for receipt of applications and electronic data in the Student Aid Of Þ ce April 21-28, Thurs.-Thurs. Advising and course registration for the 2005 fall semester; Deadline Thurs. April 28, 5:00 p.m. April 24- May 1, Sun.-Sun. Passover May 4-6, Wed.-Fri. Phase II registration for Fall Semester 2005 May 11, Wednesday Last day of classes; Honors Day May 11, Wednesday Final date to apply for 2004-2005 Stafford Loan with the Student Aid OfÞ ce May 12-15, Thurs.-Sun. Reading Period May 12-14, Thurs.-Sat.. Meetings of the Board of Trustees May 16-21, Mon.-Sat. Spring semester examinations May 22, Sunday College housing closes for non-graduating stu dents, noonMay 27, Friday Baccalaureate May 28, Saturday The 200 th Commencement ExercisesMay 28, Saturday College housing closes for graduating students, 6:00 p.m. May 30, Monday Memorial Day May 31, Tuesday Grades available on Bearings June 2-5, Thurs.-Sun. Reunion Weekend Unless otherwise indicated, regular class schedules are in effect on holidays listed. *The holiday begins at sunset the evening before**Wednesday, November 24 classes will be rescheduled on a class-by-class basis by the course instructor. Many College ofÞ ces are closed on Labor Day (9/6), Veteran’s Day (11/11), and President’s Day (2/21). CALENDAR
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7OUR LEARNING COMMUNITYA residential college adds signi Þ cantly to the edu- cation of students when it provides the opportunity for a distinctive and dynamic learning community to develop. In such a community, Bowdoin stu- dents are encouraged, both directly and indirectly, to engage actively in a quest for knowledge both inside and outside the classroom, and to take responsibility for themselves, for others, and for their community. They are chal lenged to grow personally by constant contact with new experi- ences and different ways of viewing the world. Simultaneously, they are supported and encouraged by friends, faculty, staff, and other community members and Þ nd op por tu ni ties for spontaneous as well as structured activities. Such a community promotes the intellectual and personal growth of individuals and encourages mutual understanding and respect in the context of diversity. A learning community has a distinctive set of val- ues and qualities which support individual growth and de vel op ment. These values emerge from and reinforce the Þ nest traditions and heritage of the College. By creating and maintaining rich relation- ships with the world beyond, the College prepares students for engagement in the local, national, and international communities and connects them with the larger Bowdoin family. VALUES OF OUR LEARNING COMMUNITY Engagement in active learning and inquiry Ñ Such a community is characterized by a lively intellectual life of inquiry, discussion, debate, and respectful disagreement; vigorous pursuit of knowledge and understanding both independently and collaboratively; the highest standards of academic and intellectual honesty; and celebra- tion of the arts through creation, per for mance, and appreciation.Challenge and growth Ñ A residential com- mu ni ty brings together people of varying experi- ences, values, beliefs, and interests in the recogni- tion that much learning and personal growth come through the creative friction created in contact with difference. Such a community also encourages its members to develop their own interests and talents as individuals and together in groups and provides opportunities for leadership and col lab o ra tion.Freedom of inquiry and expression Ñ A learning community encourages free expression of widely varying views; it challenges assumptions and values.Mutual respect and civility of discourse Ñ In a learning community, differences are prized and respected and disagreement is not meant or under- stood as personal an i mos i ty. Concern for others Ñ In a learning com mu ni ty, members care about their neighbors, encourage their achieve ments, and support them when they need assistance.Shared responsibility for the community Ñ A learning community requires honesty, high integ- rity, and personal responsibility of its members and expects that they will hold one another ac count able for living up to these values. Members of such a com mu ni ty learn to collaborate with one another in solving community problems.Friendship and fun Ñ In a learning community, members Þ nd close and life-long friends, relax together, meet new peo- ple, and enjoy life. Active and varied athletic, rec re ation al, and social activities provide a context for healthy fun, as do the spontaneous activities of students.
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8AfÞ rmation of Bowdoin’s history and its Þ nest traditions Ñ In a learning community at Bowdoin, members join together in solemn ceremonies such as Convocation and Commencement; at celebra- tory events such as Home com ing and Reunion- Weekend; and in myriad other recurrent events that remind the community members of their con nec -tions to one another and to the past and future of their College.Excerpted from Building Community at Bowdoin College, An Interim Report of The Commission on Residential Life to The Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College, February 22, 1997OUR LEARNING COMMUNITYConnection to the larger community Ñ A learn- ing community thrives in its relative isolation from the immediate demands and commitments of the world, but cannot accomplish its mission without meaningful connections that link it to that world outside. Learning is enriched through bonds between alumni, parents, and the College; through voluntary social service and political and social action that teach students by engaging them in the world; through appropriate opportunities to study in other settings; and through a lively parade of visitors to campus to share talents, views, and experiences.Commitment to serving the common good out-side as well as within the College Ñ The learning community to which we aspire at Bowdoin values and supports the activities of its members which contribute to the quality of life at the College, in Brunswick, in Maine, and in the world beyond. The community offers op por tu ni ties to serve and celebrates the work of those who do so.
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9A C A D E M I C L I F EThe Bowdoin College Catalogue for 2004-2005 provides a comprehensive explanation of the cur- riculum and its associated academic standards and regulations. Just as students are responsible for the content of the Student Handbook, so too are they responsible for reading and following the academic policies and regulations of the College presented in the Bowdoin College Catalogue. The Student Hand book supplements the catalogue and ref er -enc es those topics/issues which most frequently concern students. When students have questions about the academic program, they should turn Þ rst to the catalogue for an explanation and second to a member of the Dean’s OfÞ ce or an advisor for interpretations or answers to speciÞ c questions. You will Þ nd information on these and other poli- cies and regulations in the catalogue: ¥ Course Load ¥ Attendance and Examinations ¥ Incompletes ¥ De Þ ciency in Scholarship ¥ Leave of Absence ¥ Medical Leave of Absence ¥ Transfer of Credit ¥ Recording Committee THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMThe ability to read critically, think coherently, write effectively, speak with force and clarity, and to act constructively are central features of a liberal arts learning ex pe ri ence. Moreover, a serious liberal arts education promotes in de pen dent learning, ap- pre ci a tion and respect for diversity of thought, intellectual breadth, and com pas sion ate behavior. Bowdoin College is Þ rmly com- mitted to fostering these values within the context of a residential com mu ni ty ex pe ri ence. Bowdoin does not prescribe speciÞ c courses for all students. Instead, with the help of an academic advisor, each student de ter mines an ap pro pri ate selec- tion of courses. To ensure that students explore the breadth of the cur ric u lum before settling upon a major, they are expected to complete modest dis tri bu tion re quire ments. It is expected that dis tri bu tion courses will not lead simply to other courses in the same subject; they should raise questions and evoke curiosity about other dis ci plines. The College also recognizes through its course offerings the importance of relating a liberal arts education to a society whose problems and needs are continually changing. Bowdoin en cour ag es students to extend their concerns and awareness beyond the personal. At the same time, the College helps students integrate curricular choices in ac- cord with individual intellectual needs. In ter ac tion between students and their academic advisors is a vital part of this educational ex pe ri ence. A D V I S I N GPRE-MAJOR ACADEMIC ADVISINGThe OfÞ ce of the Dean of Student Affairs co or – di nates the academic advising system. Incoming students are matched with a pre-major academic advisor by the dean of Þ rst-year students. A number of factors are considered when making advisor/advisee matches including academic inter- est, research interest, co-curricular interest, special need(s), residential afÞ liation, advising ex pec ta – tions, etc. The pre-major academic advising model is a generalist model: students and advisors are not matched according to a student’s an tic i pat ed major. All pre-major academic advisors are familiar with the curriculum and the distribution requirements and are able to help students complete the require- ments of the general program before declaring a major. ACADEMIC LIFE
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10In unusual situations, students will be able to switch advisors. Students wishing to do so should consult with their current advisor or the dean of Þ rst-year students and then identify another advi- sor. Once a new advisor has been identi Þ ed, the student should stop by the OfÞ ce of the Dean of Student Affairs on the second ß oor of Moulton Union and complete an advisor change card. The Dean’s OfÞ ce will then record the change, collect the Þ le from the current advisor, and forward it to the new advisor. During Orientation, new students have the opportu-nity to meet with their pre-major academic advisors and discuss the range of courses and departments at Bowdoin. Advisors and students work together to consider academic goals and personal interests and to plan a course of study. The Academic Fair during Orientation provides students with a chance to ask faculty and students questions about speciÞ c course offerings or about a department’s program in general. Advisors’ signatures on required material should indicate that the advisor and student have discussed the course selections. The advisor’s signature is required for formal registration at Bowdoin. Individuals who misrepresent or forge advisors Õ signatures on registration cards violate the Social Code regarding honesty. MAJOR ACADEMIC ADVISINGBowdoin students retain their pre-major academic advisors until they declare a major in the spring of their second year. After the student selects a major, the advising responsibility shifts to the major department. (Student Þ les are routed from the pre-major academic advisor to the dean of Þ rst- year students and then to the major de part ment.) Major advisors are familiar with the requirements necessary to complete a major program in a given area. As such, the major advising model is more of a specialist model.ACADEMIC LIFEA C A D E M I C R E G U L A T I O N SFor all of the following academic regulations and requirements, please refer to the Bowdoin College Catalogue for 2004Ð2005.I. THE CURRICULUM A. Academic Requirements for the Degree B. Distribution Requirements C. The Major Program II. ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND REGULATIONS A. Information about Courses 1. Course Credit 2. Course Load 3. Attendance and Examinations 4. Course Registration and Course Changes 5. Independent Study 6. Course Grades 7. Credit/D/Fail Option 8. Incompletes 9. Comment, Failure, and Distinction Cards 10.Transcripts B. The Award of Honors 1. General Honors 2. Departmental Honors: The Honors Project 3. Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars (Dean’s List) C. DeÞ ciency in Scholarship 1. Academic Probation 2. Academic Suspension 3. Dismissal D. Other Academic Regulations 1. Leave of Absence 2. Medical/ Personal Leave of Absence 3. Involuntary Leave of Absence 4. Transfer of Credit from Other Institutions 5. Graduation 6. Resignation 7. Statement of Student Responsibility 8. The Recording Committee and Student Petitions 9. The Readmission Committee E. Center for Learning and Teaching 1. The Baldwin Center 2. Quantitative Skills Program 3. The Writing Project F. Special Academic Programs G. Off-Campus Study
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