Policies & Accreditation

Accreditation

Hebrew College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NECHE indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Commission is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Indiviuals may also contact: New England Commission of Higher Education 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514 (781) 425 7785 E-Mail: info@neche.org.


Policies

Hebrew College complies with applicable provisions of state and federal law which prohibit unlawful discrimination in employment, or in admission or access to its educational or extracurricular programs, activities, or facilities, on the basis of race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, service in the armed forces of the United States, positive HIV-related blood test results, genetic information, or against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability and/or any other status or characteristic as defined and to the extent protected by applicable law. Hebrew College also complies with all other anti-discrimination protections that might be provided by particular states in which it operates educational programs; questions about the scope of any such protections should be addressed to the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator and/or the Deputy Compliance Officer. The Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator coordinates Hebrew College’s efforts to comply with any and all federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of one or more of the protected characteristics listed above. Discrimination complaints are processed in accordance with the procedures set forth in Hebrew College’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy.

Hebrew College also designates the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 as amended (“Title IX”). In general, Title IX prohibits discrimination in educational programs on the basis of sex. Prohibited sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual misconduct (including sexual assault) as defined by Hebrew College’s policies.

The Title IX Coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

Hebrew College’s Director of Human Resources serves as the Title IX Coordinator and designee for the purposes of coordinating sexual harassment training and education, and overseeing investigations and adjudicating sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation complaints under Hebrew College’s Anti-Harassment/Discrimination Policy. Hebrew College’s Director of Student Life serves in a similar capacity as the Title IX coordinator’s designee when the Director of Human Resources is unavailable or has a conflict of interest.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to Hebrew College’s Compliance Officer/Title IX coordinator or to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (contact information is also listed in Appendix 1 below).

Hebrew College hereby designates the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator to coordinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 504, where applicable, generally prohibits discrimination in educational programs and employment, against qualified individuals with disabilities, on the basis of disability.

Contact information for the Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Deputy Compliance Officer, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and other federal and state agencies is listed below.

Hebrew College Compliance Officer/Title IX

Steffi Bobbin, Director of Human Resources
Hebrew College, Room 318
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 559-8640
Fax: (617) 559-8641
sbobbin@hebrewcollege.edu

Daniel Klein, Director of Student Life
Hebrew College, Room 202
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Phone: (617) 559-8637
Fax: (617) 559-8701
dklein@hebrewcollege.edu

Federal/State Agencies

Massachusetts

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights
5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02109-3921
Phone: (617) 289-0111
Fax: (617) 289-0150
OCR.Boston@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
33 Whitehall Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Phone: (800) 669-4000
Fax: (212) 336-3790
TTY: (800) 669-6820

Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108-1518
Phone: (617) 727-2200
TTY: (617) 727-4765

Massachusetts Association of Human Rights and Relations Commissions
Medford City Hall, Room 214
85 George P. Hassett Drive
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (781) 393-2501
Fax: (781) 393-2105
TTY: (781) 393-2516
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District of Columbia


Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20202-1475
Telephone: (202) 453-6020
Facsimile: (202) 453-6021
OCR.DC@ed.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 N. M Street, NE
Fourth Floor, Suite 4NWO2F
Washington, D.C. 20507-0100
Telephone: (800)-669-4000
Fax: (202)419-0739

Academic grievances relate to a complaint about a course, program of study or academic grade. You are expected to address any disagreement or grievance directly with the instructor involved. If after this, there is no satisfactory resolution, you should contact the Dean of the School.

All communications regarding the complaint must be presented in writing, and all meetings and communications should be documented.
Steps to the Grievance Procedure are as follows:

(1) An academic grievance should initially be directed to the instructor. A complaint must be made within six months of the problem. All students are urged to discuss their school-related concerns, problems or questions openly and frankly with their instructors. Effective two-way communication between instructors and students can serve the best interests of both. Many problems can be resolved in this way. All instructors are expected to listen carefully to students, consider the problem and try to resolve it through direct conversation.

(2) If the student is not satisfied with this solution, they may write to their Dean, explaining the problem in detail with copies of all correspondence relating to the matter. The Dean will review the letter with the Chief Academic Officer and arrange a meeting with the student to evaluate the situation. Within 10 working days, the Dean should reply in writing to the student stating the resolution of the matter.

(3) If the student is still not satisfied with this solution, he or she may write a letter to the Dean and Chief Academic Officer stating the problem with the resolution and the justifications for the dissatisfaction with the resolution.

(4) The Chief Academic Officer will consult with the President who may decide to re-open the review of the resolution or confirm the original decision. The decision of the President is final and the student should receive a letter explaining that decision within 10 working days.

Draft 11/06/18. Approved by Deans 2019.

Students should attend all classes as required by the instructor. Students are required to attend classes for 80 percent of all class sessions in order to be eligible for a passing grade. Students who do not fulfill 80 percent of class attendance, regardless of the reason for absences, will receive a failing grade. In certain circumstances (i.e. non-attendance in multiple classes), this may result in academic probation.

Students in an online class should participate in 80 percent of the weekly assignments in a timely fashion to be eligible for a passing grade. Participation is a component of assessment in an online class and may result in a lower grade as indicated in the syllabus.
Exemptions from this policy for any special circumstances is at the discretion of the Dean.