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Catalog and Student Handbook 2018-2019

College Policies, Practices, and Student Resources

Labouré College reserves the right to make changes in academic program offerings, academic and administrative policies and regulations, financial information, and course offerings. While Labouré strives to ensure the accuracy of published information, the College may find it necessary to alter policies or regulations, which may change the information published herein. The College reserves the right to make such changes, providing notice as is reasonable under the circumstances.

General College policies and procedures are stated below.  Students should understand that within individual programs, there may be additional requirements or variances of these policies/procedures.  The policies and procedures described in this section are intended as a framework of acceptable student behavior and prohibited conduct.  It should not be regarded as an exhaustive list, nor shall be construed as a contract between the student and the College.  The intent of the College is to develop traits and behaviors in students, such as critical thinking, professionalism, self-motivation, and the ability to foresee consequences for their actions.

It is the responsibility of students to review and make themselves aware of these policies, procedures, and their rights as a member of the Labouré College community.  Students agree to abide by and follow the below policies and procedures upon registration for any course in any term. 

The Division of Nursing Associate Degree Registered Nurse Student Handbook contains nursing program specific policies. Students enrolled in the division of nursing programs are responsible to know and adhere to the polices contained in the College Catalog and the Division Associate Degree Registered Nurse Student Handbook.

Absence Due to Religious Observance

As a Catholic College, Labouré does observe Catholic holidays and is sensitive to the religious requirements and customs of all religions. Students should speak to their professors in advance, if plans to observe a religious holiday that is not acknowledged as a holiday in the Academic Calendar will interfere with class attendance on a given day. There is no institutional endorsement of absences for any purposes not acknowledged in the Academic Calendar, but professors are asked to be sensitive when deciding individual cases regarding religious observance.

Access and Support Services

Labouré College is committed to extending reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students whose learning differences are consistent with standards described in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To be eligible, students seeking accommodations will provide documentation from a licensed medical or behavioral health professional that describes a legally recognized learning difference and that indicates the accommodations necessary to assure equal access to the College’s programs and services. This documentation should be submitted at the time of enrollment to ensure proper accommodations can be made. Access and Support Services are offered by the Student Success Center.

You may download a copy of the Access and Support Services Handbook by clicking on the link.

Announcements and Communication

Announcements to students are made via student email accounts, and included in the weekly student e-newsletter. Students are also able to view announcements on the College’s social media sites:

  • is used to archive past student newsletters and announcements. If students wish to make announcements to the College community, they can contact the Chief Marketing Officer at or the Assistant Director of Marketing at, or by calling the Marketing Team at (617) 322-3524.

Campus Ministry

Students are encouraged to pursue spiritual growth and enrichment as integral to their maturation and education as adults. Campus ministry serves as an adjunct to that growth. Liturgy, prayer, counseling, and spiritual activities are offered through the Office of Campus Ministry. Through social and apostolic projects, students are encouraged to live out their religious commitment in service with and to others. Students, faculty members, and staff members are always invited to stop by the Office of Campus Ministry, C313, or to contact the Campus Minister, Fr. John Stagnaro, at (617) 322-3557.

Campus Security Data

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act require colleges and universities in the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campus. As a result, campus security data about Labouré College can be found on the following website: For data specific to the College, follow the links, and, when asked to identify the institution, type Labouré College and click on Search. Students, faculty members, and staff members may obtain a copy of the report from the Office of Student Engagement or by calling (617) 322-3504.

Cancellation of Classes

Announcements about class cancellations due to inclement weather will be broadcast by the following radio stations:

• WBZ 1030 AM Channel 4 TV
• WRKO 680 AM Channel 7 TV
• WCVB Channel 5 TV

Cancellations will also be announced at 617-296-8300, extension 4, and posted on and on the Labouré College Facebook page. Students can sign up to have emergency text alerts sent to their phone. Please contact the One-Stop for instructions.

Cell Phones

Students should note the policies of individual professors, keeping in mind that most professors require all phones and electronic devices to be turned off during examinations.

Confidentiality of Student Information/ Notification of Student Rights under FERPA

“The Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 guarantees that the academic records for students over 18 years old cannot be discussed with anyone except the student or authorized College personnel. However, certain information classified as ‘Directory Information’ is available for public consumption unless the student specifically directs that it be withheld. Public Directory Information as defined by the act includes: Student's name, addresses, College email, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, class year, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, status (full-time, half-time, part-time), degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational institution attended. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.” They are as follows:

• The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the College receives a request for access.

A student should submit to the Registrar, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chairperson of the academic division, or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

If the records are not maintained by the College official to whom the request was submitted, that official will advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

• The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

• The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

The College will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written consent of the student (FERPA Waiver form), except in the following situations:

  • To school officials with legitimate educational interests; A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the College has contracted to perform required functions (such as an attorney, auditor, service provider, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility;
  • To officials of other institutions in which the student seeks or intends to enroll provided that the student had previously requested a release of his/her record;
  • To authorized representatives of the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense (under the Solomon Amendment), U.S. Attorney General, INS, the Comptroller General of the United States, state education authorities, organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the College, and accrediting organizations;
  • In connection with a student's application for, and receipt of, financial aid;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; and,
  • To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.

• The right to be notified annually by the College of what student record information the College designates as “directory information,” and the right to request that no student information be designated as directory information.

The College may release student record information designated as “directory information” without a student’s consent. Directory information is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released. The College identifies the following student information as directory information: student’s name, address, telephone listing, College email, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or certificate: full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.

If a student does not want the College to disclose directory information without prior written consent, the student notifies the Registrar in writing at the One-Stop Service Center. For questions regarding this matter, please email

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. This is the name and address of the office that administers FERPA:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202

Equal Opportunity

Labouré College does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran. The College complies with local, state, and federal regulations prohibiting such discrimination in the administration of its academic, admissions, financial aid, and employment policies.

Financial Obligations

Labouré College reserves the right to withhold the following records and services from students, former students, and/or alumni whose financial obligations to Labouré College are due and/or unpaid:

  1. Credits
  2. Reenrollment eligibility
  3. Educational services
  4. Academic Transcripts
  5. Diplomas
  6. Verification and/or confirmation of enrollment
  7. Verification and/or confirmation of attendance
  8. Verification and/or confirmation of graduation
  9. Certification of academic records

Please note that the list above is not exhaustive, and that Labouré College reserves the right to withhold copies of additional types of student records as a result of non-payment on behalf of students, former students, and/or alumni. Any outstanding financial obligations to Labouré College must be resolves with the Office of Student Accounts.

Fire and Emergency Procedures

In the event of a medical emergency or fire, students should dial 911 for assistance. In the event of a fire or alarm, students and College personnel are to evacuate the building immediately.

Fire alarm boxes, located on each floor of the College, can be activated by pulling down the lever. An Evacuation Plan is posted next to each fire alarm box indicating the appropriate path for evacuation. Students and personnel are encouraged to review the evacuation procedure posted on each floor of the College. Upon the announcement of any emergency or disaster situation, students and personnel are to evacuate the building immediately using fire evacuation procedures.


Degree Requirements

To be considered for graduation, students must meet all degree or certificate requirements for their majors as outlined in the Labouré College Catalog & Student Handbook. Before the final semester, students will receive a notice from the Office of the Registrar about graduation and Commencement exercises.

Graduation Fee

There is a mandatory $100 graduation fee. This fee covers the cost of all graduation processing. Degree and certificate candidates pay the fee, whether or not they intend to attend Commencement. This is a one-time, non-refundable fee and will not be charged again if graduation is delayed.

Commencement Participation Eligibility

There is one Commencement ceremony held in May each academic year. Students who have completed their degree or certificate requirements in August and December of the previous year and those who expect to complete their degree or certificate requirements in June may attend May graduation. Students completing their degree requirements in June are considered eligible to participate in Commencement as “walk through” candidates if registered for their remaining requirements in June.


The date on a diploma will reflect the semester when all degree or certificate requirements were completed. The name will appear on the diploma and in the Commencement program exactly as requested.

Any outstanding financial obligations to Labouré College have to be resolved with the Office of Student Accounts before a diploma, an official transcript of academic record, or other official paperwork such as NCLEX documentation can be released.


Labouré College provides email accounts to all students utilizing email-hosting services provided by an external vendor, Microsoft’s Office 365. The College retains final ownership of these accounts and their contents, but also endeavors to protect the individual privacy and freedom of expression for all users.

Labouré College email accounts are the only accounts which College staff and faculty will use to communicate with students for business or academic activity. All official communication from the College will be sent to the College-provided account, and delivery to this account is considered sufficient to demonstrate adequate notification of student educational or financial obligations. The onus for checking and reading received email communications remains solely with the individual assigned the account.

Methods of Accessing College Email Accounts

The primary access to Labouré College email is through a web-based portal. While other forms of access also are available, the web access will be considered the default method of access. Secondary access is available to students, including the use of IMAP or POP3 email software clients, such as Microsoft Outlook, and there is access through mobile devices using the IOS or Android operating systems. The College Information Technology staff provide “best effort” levels of support for mobile devices and software clients, but will provide more complete troubleshooting and customer support for the web-based portal.

Personal Use

Using Labouré College-provided email accounts for personal emails is permitted, but users should remain aware that non-Labouré related email may be viewed in any investigation. Sending chain letters or inappropriate emails from a College email account is prohibited. Any individual other than Labouré College Information Technology staff members, who will clearly identify themselves in any such warning, should not send virus or other malware warnings.

Mass Mailings

As part of the College-provided email system, there is the ability to send email to pre-established groups of employees and students. All communication to these email groups should be sent by authorized individuals, including but not limited to, College IT staff, College Communications employees, and selected administrative employees. Each communication will be scrutinized for appropriate relevance to the intended recipients, and emphasis should be given to keeping all such communications as precise and concise as possible.

Prohibited Use

Labouré College-provided email accounts shall not to be used for the creation or distribution of any disruptive, offensive or intimidating messages, including offensive comments about race, gender, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, pornography, religious beliefs and practice, political beliefs, or national origin. Students who receive any emails with this content from any Labouré College employee or student should report the matter to the Office of Human Resources immediately.

Timeline and Eligibility for Account Creation

All students registered for one or more credits will be issued an email account. Student email accounts will be established when a prospective student submits a deposit prior to matriculation.

Account Expiry

Student accounts will be maintained while the student is active and subsequent to separation from the College upon request.


Labouré College employees and students shall have no expectation of privacy in anything they store, send or receive on the College’s email system. Though as a routine matter Labouré College will not monitor messages, it retains right to do so without prior notice.

Investigatory Processes

The only individuals authorized to initiate an investigation of a Labouré College email account are the College’s President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Either may request an investigation and will provide a written copy of the request to the other individual, as well as to the College’s Chief Information Officer, who will direct Information Technology staff to provide the appropriate access to accommodate the request. The existence of an investigation, and any findings, will be held in strictest confidence.

Investigations may be initiated for reasons such as:

  • An investigation triggered by indications of misconduct or misuse;
  • A need to protect health and safety;
  • A need to prevent interference with the academic mission of the College;
  • A need to locate substantive information required for College business, which is unavailable by some other means.

The contents of email communications that have been properly obtained for College purposes may be disclosed without permission from the end user. The College will attempt to refrain from disclosing communications, which might create personal embarrassment, unless such disclosure is required to satisfy a legal obligation.


Users should have no expectations of being able to recover deleted or expired email. The College will follow best and reasonable efforts for its backup and legal discovery practices.

Helen Stubblefield Law Library

The Helen Stubblefield Law Library is located on the third floor of the C building. The library is highly automated, with expanding electronic collections and databases available through an internal network and the Internet. The book collection, journal subscriptions, electronic resources, and media materials support all the disciplines in the Labouré College curriculum.

The Librarian in the Classroom addresses the learning goals of the professor’s research assignment and course.

Students have access, on campus and at a distance, to the library’s catalogs, electronic journals, full-text databases, end-user searching, reference assistance and instruction, network access, reciprocal borrowing and interlibrary loan services, cooperative arrangements with other libraries for collection access, cooperative development of databases, and other strategies that emphasize access to resources.

The library makes optimal use of educational software through its automated network and provides hands-on, online database searching and computer-assisted learning. Printers are available.

The library provides access to the following EBSCOhost Research Databases:

  • CINAHL Complete
  • MEDLINE Complete
  • Health Business Elite
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
  • Cochrane Collection Plus

In addition, the following OVID and Gale Databases are available:

  • Academic OneFile
  • Educators Reference Complete
  • Expanded Academic ASAP
  • General Reference Center Gold
  • The New York Times
  • Nursing and Allied Health Collection

The library is a member of MaHSLiN (Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network) and the Boston Regional Library System. Such cooperative arrangements give members of the College community access to resources that may not be present on campus. Resources are available in a comfortable facility with private study rooms. Normal hours of operation provide service 90 hours per week. The library offers a wide range of information services, including reference services, one-on-one sessions, computer database searching, and resource sharing.

Library Hours:

Regular Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 5:30 pm

Recess Hours: 

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Note: The library is open 7:00 am to 8:00 am Monday-Friday for printing and computer use. Students can print in the Student Lounge from 6 am-7 am. The Library may extend hours during exam periods.

Technology Available to Students on Campus

The College provides the following services to students:

  • Internet access and Wi-Fi accessibility;
  • Research tools, including EBSCOhost Research Databases, OVID, Gale Databases, and Interlibrary Loan Service to assist in students’ preparation for evidence-based practice;
  • MyLaboure Learning System access with web links to electronic resources;
  • E-journals and e-books;
  • Word processing and PowerPoint presentation software for assignments in all courses;
  • Nursing Online Testing access; and
  • Online library catalog
  • PERRLA: Software to help with APA format.
  • NVDA: Software which reads the text on the computer screen to help students learn more effectively by hearing.


All students are required to wear their Labouré College photo identification (ID) badge in the College building and at clinical sites at all times. Photo ID badges are obtained from the Office of Campus Security, C115.

Legal Name

Students are required to use their legal name when conducting business with the College. Students are allowed to change their names on institutional records upon completion of the Change of Information form and the production of evidence showing the official change. A certified copy of a court order, a marriage certificate, or a dissolution decree reflecting the new name in full are examples of the evidence required to support an official name change. The Change of Information form can be found on, and at the One-Stop. Please consult personnel in the One-Stop Student Service Center for additional information.


Lockers are available to students who wish to have a place to store their books and belongings while on campus. Students have to provide their own padlocks for their lockers. The College does not accept responsibility for lost or stolen items; therefore, students are urged to keep their possessions in lockers and padlocked at all times. Lockers are opened and cleaned during the summer semester for health safety reasons. To obtain a locker, contact the Office of Student Engagement at (617) 322-3504.

Lost and Found

Please report lost items or turn in any found items to the Office of Campus Security, C115.

My.laboure is the web-based portal through which students can access all their account information, register for classes, and access eLearning. ELearning (formerly E-Racer) is the learning management system Labouré College uses to conduct online and hybrid courses as well as to supplement the content of traditional, face-to-face courses.

The College supplies a user ID and password. Instructional videos on how to login and establish a password, register for classes, and navigate eLearning are available without logging in.

The ID is a six-digit number, and the password is a random mix of numbers and letters. Once these have been obtained from the College, they may be entered in the spaces provided, and the login button may be clicked. Once logged in, personal information (password, photo, etc.) may be changed by clicking Personal Info near the top of the page. Once changes are entered, click the Submit button. (The server database is updated once a day, it may take 24 to 48 hours to see the changes.)

The National Student Nurses’ Association

The National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) is the pre-professional organization for nursing students enrolled in associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs. The NSNA mission is to organize, represent, and mentor students preparing for initial licensure as registered nurses, promote development of the skills necessary to be responsible and accountable members of the Nursing profession, and develop Nursing leaders who are prepared to move forward the profession in the future. The College’s chapter of the NSNA welcomes new members during each semester. Officers are elected annually. The College encourages online student involvement in student leadership, College clubs, and professional and co-curricular organizations.

Professional Grooming and Behavior Standards

Professional standards of grooming and behavior and appropriate dress are expected of all students while attending classes and clinicals. Students are expected to be neat and well-groomed and to act professionally at all times. Meticulous care in personal hygiene is essential in the healthcare field. Students are prohibited from using heavy perfumes/colognes during class and clinicals out of consideration for staff members, students, and patients. Students are required to wear the College uniform for clinical and field experiences. When in uniform, jewelry should not be worn except for a wedding band and stud earrings. Lab coats should be worn during short-term observations in the clinical area or professional labs.

Public Disclosure

All public documents, including audited financial statements, are available in the Office of the President.

Registration Information

A detailed registration newsletter is emailed to current students prior to registration. This information is also available at the One-Stop Student Service Center at that time. Registration will begin

  • The first Monday in June for the fall semester;
  • The first Monday in November for the spring semester; and
  • The first Monday in March for the summer semester (sessions I & II).

All students are encouraged to contact an advisor to review their academic plans before registering for courses.

Security and Safety

Students are asked to cooperate with security personnel at all times. All incidents and accidents that occur, involving students, college personnel, or visitors have to be reported to the Office of Campus Security, C115 at (617) 322-3572. Incident reporting forms are available at the Office of Campus Security or Office of Human Resources and Compliance.

Under the directives of the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (P.L. 101-542), students receive an annual security report with programs and procedures that promote campus safety. Prospective students may request a copy of the report by contacting the Office of Student Engagement at (617) 322-3504.

The campus parking lot, exits, and entrances are monitored by security cameras.

The College is not responsible for students’ safety while traveling to and from an assigned facility.

Student Lounge and Snack Bar

The student lounge and snack bar are located on the first floor of the B Building and next to the Student Success Center (SSC). Healthy entrees, wraps, snacks, light food items, and hot and cold beverages are available. For convenience, students may download the vendor’s smartphone application or use a credit card to purchase items. Instructions for purchasing vending items are posted in the student lounge snack bar area.

Student Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities exist for students at many College functions including Orientation, Commencement, Information Sessions, and Alumni events. The Office of Admissions also relies on student volunteers to serve as tour guides. Students may visit or call the One-Stop Student Service Center if they would like to assist as volunteers during events.


From time to time, students are asked to complete surveys. One purpose is to identify student satisfaction, needs, suggestions, or concerns. Another purpose is to collect data so that a profile of the student body can be developed. The student profile provides important information for governmental, accrediting, education, and funding agencies.

Technical Support

The College’s Information Technology (IT) department has expanded coverage hours with regard to technology help and desktop support. During regular operating hours (Monday – Thursday 8am – 7pm, and Friday 8am – 5pm), the in-house IT staff will continue to service your helpdesk and technology support needs.

If assistance is required during the day or after regular operating hours, students, faculty, and staff may contact BlackBelt Help at 1-877-322-7748. BlackBelt is available 24/7, including weekends and holidays, to provide technology support in the following areas:

  • portal
  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Smart phones and tablets
  • Email
  • Network connectivity / internet issues
  • Printers and scanners
  • Operating systems
  • Password resets
  • Classroom technology


The College has a wireless local area (Wi-Fi) network on campus. The network utilizes the latest technology from Cisco Systems, Inc., to allow for 802.11b/g wireless connectivity at speeds up to 54MBs. Most laptops sold today come with built-in wireless b/g cards, and older models can be easily upgraded. The wireless network is open to all students and creates opportunities for accessing web-based instructional resources including To connect to the network, users should look for the “Laboure_Students” network among their device’s current networks, connect to it, and then open a web browser to accept the Terms of Service which govern the use of the College’s network.

Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services

Counseling, Treatment and Rehabilitation Services

Outpatient care, including assessment, counseling, and follow up for individuals and families experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, may be arranged at the following agencies:

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood Houses

The Little House

275 East Cottage Street Dorchester, MA 02125 (617) 282-2180

Comprehensive Addiction Program St. Elizabeth’s Hospital/SECAP

736 Cambridge Street Brighton, MA 02135 (617) 789-6574

Adcare Recovery Services,

Out Patient Services, 14 Beacon Street Suite 801 Boston, MA 02108 (617) 227-2622

Carney Hospital

2100 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02124 (617) 296-4000

Neponset Health Center

398 Neponset Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122 (617) 282-3200

Bournewood Hospital (3-5 days) 300 South Street Brookline, MA 02467

1(617) 469-0300 or 1(800) 468-4358 (24-hour phone)

Emerson Hospital (Detoxification) 133 ORNAC Concord, MA 01742

(978) 369-1400 ARP (Addiction Rehabilitation Program)

10-day outpatient program, (978) 287-3520

Dimock Halfway House (4-6-month residential program for substance abuse; treatment facility)

Dimock Community Health Center 55 Dimock Street Roxbury, MA 02119, (617) 442-8800

NOTE: Dimock Community Health Center has many programs. Call (617) 442-8800 for a complete list of services

Hope House (4-6 months in-house facility for drug and alcohol detoxification) 42 Upton Street Boston, MA 02118

(617) 267-4673 Alcohol and Drug Detoxification Services: Supervised, residential settings for safe withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs

Steward Health Care

NORCAP Lodge, 71 Walnut Street, Foxboro, MA 02035

Call (800) 331-2900, ext. 2. (24-hour phone) Main Number: (508) 543-1873 Inpatient Services: (508) 698-1104

Intensive Outpatient Evening Treatment Program: (508) 698-1117