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Policies and Procedures

Enrollment Status

All definitions of enrollment status are based on the following:

  • Full-time Undergraduate: To be considered full-time at the BAC undergraduate students must be enrolled in 12 or more credit hours. This can be a combination of a minimum of 6 academic credit hours and the equivalent of 6 practice credit hours.
  • Full-time Graduate: Graduate students in the MArch, MIA and MLA programs are considered full-time when enrolled in 9 or more credit hours. This can be a combination of a minimum of 4.5 academic credit hours and the equivalent of 4.5 practice credit hours. Graduate students in the MDS and MSIA programs are considered full-time when enrolled in 6 or more academic credit hours. 
  • Half-time Undergraduate: To be considered half-time at the BAC, undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 academic credit hours per semester.
  • Half-time Graduate: Graduate students in the MArch, MIA and MLA programs are considered half-time when enrolled in a minimum of 4.5 academic credit hours. For students in the MDS and MSIA programs to be considered half-time they must be enrolled in 3 or more academic credit hours. 

Students who have fulfilled the Practice Component degree requirement will not have practice credit hours counted toward enrollment status for purposes of financial aid eligibiltiy. International students (any student enrolled and on a visa) should check with the Designated School Official before enrolling in less than the full-time academic credit load.

Credit Hour Equivalents
Please note that a credit hour as defined by federal regulations is the amount of work that reasonable approximates, but is no less than:

  • one hour of classro0m or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for a semester or trimester hour, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit (or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time); or
  • at least an equivalent of work as required in the above bullet point for other academic activities such as laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, or other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.

Federal Credit Hour Definition 34 CFR 600.2 DCL GEN-11-06



Take a look here for more information about:

  • Withdrawing from a course
  • Taking an incomplete in a course
  • Grade changes
  • Appealing a grade
  • The option to take a class Pass/Fail
  • Everything you need to know about Transfer Credit


Change of Student Information

Student's may need to change some of their information over time. Click above for more information about:

  • Changing your name listed with the college
  • Changing your address (do this every time you move!)
  • Changing you status for reasons such as a Leave of Absense, In-semester Full-withdrawal or Withdrawing from the BAC



For information regarding missing class for religious reasons, Leave of Absenses and more, check out the policies and procedures regarding Absenses.


Program Change

Students who wish to transfer into another BAC degree program are encouraged to discuss their options with their current Dean of School or academic advisor in order to best understand what is required to complete their current program, and to discuss with the new Dean of School what the new degree requirements would entail. In order to transfer, a student should initiate the request with her/his current Dean of School who will then file the request with the Registrar’s Office.

The MDS, MSIA and Online MARCH program have specific requirements that differ from other BAC graduate programs. A graduate student who wishes to transfer from any BAC master’s program to any of these programs must discuss their transfer with the program director and provide any necessary documents for the transfer to be approved. 


Student Health Insurance

Per Massachusetts state law, all students are required to have Health Insurance. Here is more information about getting health insurance through the BAC or how to waive the health insurance, if you already have health insurance that meets the state requirements.


FERPA (Family Education Rights & Privacy Act) and Student Records

The Family Education Rights & Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as FERPA, provides that all records pertaining to a student that are maintained by the college must be open for inspection by the student and may not be made available to any other person without the written authorization of the student.

The following items are considered Directory Information and may be released without the written consent of the student: name, address, telephone number, enrollment status, dates of attendance, major, and degree conferred (including dates). The Boston Architectural College may disclose these items without prior written consent, unless notified by the student in writing to the contrary. Nondisclosure stipulations remain in effect until removed in writing by the student, even if the student has withdrawn or graduated. A request form to prevent disclosure of Directory Information is available to students from the Registrar's Office.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) requires all institutions of higher education to inform their students of their rights under the Act and of its basic provisions. The BAC has adopted the following policy:

  • Any present or former student has the right to inspect and review any and all official records, files and data directly related to that student- including all additional material that is incorporated into the student's cumulative file, subject to certain limited exceptions set forth in the Privacy Act. The student has the right to challenge the contents of his/her educational records and also may request a hearing for this purpose if a resolution is not achieved through informal channels. The BAC shall endeavor to ensure that the records are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of other students and shall provide - through informal and formal channels - opportunities for the correction of any errors. These provisions for inspection and review do not apply to applicants for admission. All admission materials received by the BAC become the property of the school and will not be returned to or photocopied for applicants.

BAC policy forbids the release of personally identifiable records, files or personal information contained therein, without first obtaining the written consent of the student, to any individual, agency or organization other than those acting within their responsibility for the student's interest and for the integrity and/or the improvement of the BAC's programs. Such individuals may include educational and administrative officials of the school; members of the Scholarships and Awards, Appeals, and Thesis committees; and Portfolio and Practice Component reviewers.

Beyond the exceptions stated in the Privacy Act, no one outside the BAC is given access to student records without the student's written consent. However, accrediting agencies carrying out their function, and certain state and federal officials named in the Act, are permitted access; disclosure is also permitted in other limited circumstances, such as to comply with a lawfully issued subpoena or court order or in connection with a health or safety emergency. (A record of disclosures will be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act; students may inspect and review this record.) Unless otherwise permitted by the Privacy Act, the BAC may release only the student's name, enrollment status, dates of attendance, major and degree received (if any).

The Registrar of the BAC is responsible for academic records. Students who wish to review or have copies made of their educational records may do so upon written notice to the Registrar. Copies will be made at the students' expense and within 45 calendar days or less.

Students who disagree with an entry in their files should attempt to resolve the difference with the Registrar. Failing resolution, they may petition the Appeals Committee for a hearing to amend their formal records. Such hearings are normally held within 30 days of the receipt of the petition. If the BAC declined to amend THE BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE 2016-2017 CATALOG 109 the record, a student may place a statement in the record commenting on the contested information or stating his/her disagreement with the BAC, or both. Students may file a complaint regarding violations of the 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by writing to the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605