Q&A: Off-Campus Student Community Liaison


The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is run by the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Students. The purpose of CAP is to enhance the relationship between the wider community and Boston College’s on and off-campus students. The Off Campus Student Community Liaison leads the CAP by responding to concerns and complaints in the community. The liaison observes areas where large numbers of off-campus student live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as well as holidays and other high activity dates. The Off Campus Student Community Liaison is also an advocate for students who face challenges living off-campus. Students needing advice on interacting with Inspectional Services Department, landlords, and neighbors should feel free to contact the CAP program

What is the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison’s position and role?


The Student Community Liaison’s primary role is to observe and record incidences of inappropriate student behavior (vandalism, noise, public drinking) in off-campus neighborhoods in response to telephone calls from local residents the BCPD, BPD, or from personal observation. Ultimately, the purpose is to enhance the relationship between students and the wider community.

Is the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison a law enforcement official?

No. The Student Community Liaison is an employee and University Official for the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs.

Does the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison only visit a house when a neighbor calls?

No. The Student Community Liaison responds to calls from neighbors, the BCPD, the BPD, and when disturbances are observed.

Does the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison enter off-campus student houses?

The Student Community Liaison will not physically enter any apartment unless invited in by the residents or entering with the police detail. If, however, students do not respond to the Student Community Liaison, the police may be called. The police have the authority to enter off-campus apartments if they suspect illegal activity (such as underage alcohol use or disorderly behavior) is taking place.

What happens after the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison writes a report?

The Student Community Liaison is only responsible for writing down what is observed and is not involved in the discipline process. After a report is written you will receive notification from the Office of the Dean of Students that a report has been filed. In many cases you will be asked to schedule a meeting with one of the Deans. This meeting has three possible outcomes: (1) The case may be closed with no action taken and the report kept on file, (2) A conduct hearing may be held and resolution reached, or (3) The matter may be referred for further review and/or to a Hearing Board for adjudication.

How can the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison help off-campus students?

If you are having difficulty controlling your own gathering and need help clearing it out, please contact the BCPD and ask for help from the Student Community Liaison.

How do you verify that the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison’s reports are accurate?

The Dean who meets with you to discuss the incident will review the report with you. At that time you can indicate discrepancies in the report. Also, if the Boston Police Department or the BCPD writes a report, it is always separate from the Community Liaison’s report, which provides a means of comparing the reports to make sure there are no major discrepancies.

Is the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison allowed to give warnings? If so, do these generate reports?

The Student Community Liaison gives on-site warnings to students whose behavior does not require follow up by the Office of the Dean of Students.

Who should I contact if I have a compliment, question, or concern about the Off-Campus Student Community Liaison?

You can contact the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs or visit their website at http://www.bc.edu/comaf

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