The Student Help Directory is a great page to bookmark for quick access to campus phone numbers and office locations. For other Student Resources expand the subject below.
Students in our English/Communications program hone their journalism skills by producing a weekly newspaper, The Beacon. You can read The Beacon Online.
WJJW is a student-run, non-commercial, educational FM radio station at MCLA. WJJW operates at 91.1 FM at a power output of up to 500 watts, enabling the station to serve the MCLA community and Northern Berkshire area with the best in educational programming, progressive, contemporary and classic music, and national and local news and sports. Music offerings run the gamut from classical to classic rock, and pop to punk.
The staff of WJJW is primarily volunteers, and also includes deejays from the surrounding communities, some of whom have produced shows for a decade or more. The English/Commmunications Department offers two courses related to WJJW: Radio Production and Radio Practicum. All students involved in WJJW obtain valuable broadcasting experience and multimedia skills while serving the College and local communities.
All students are welcome to join WJJW. The station is always open to new programming ideas. Contact WJJW at 662-5110 (call-in line), firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the studios on the third floor of the Campus Center. WJJW streams on the Internet and on the campus computer network at mcla.edu/wjjw.
Have you ever wanted to join a TV production team? Students at MCLA get involved on many levels. Our programs which you might wish to help produce include: topical shows, sports talk, news, special events, sports events, holiday specials, local commercials and more! Crew positions include: director, camera operator, c.g. operator, audio, floor manager, technical director, on-camera-talent, vcr operator, assistant director or stage hand. We invite you to get involved!!
The Student Handbook serves as a useful resource to guide you along the way. It includes important information about co-curricular activities, details on policies and procedures, as well as a listing of those to contact for specific concerns or questions.
MCLA, North Adams, and the surrounding communities are serviced by a number of transportation options including bicycle, Shuttle, and bus.
Members of the MCLA community may borrow a bicycle from Freel Library through MCLA Bike Share Program. The Bike Share Program runs in the late spring and early fall. 413.662.5251
Bus - Local and Regional Service
The MCLA Shuttle offers complimentary service around the North Adams area. The MCLA Shuttle provides a schedule for a North Adams loop and round trips to the Berkshire Mall on particular days. 413.662.5283
Boston Bus Trips for resident students are offered throughout the academic year on long weekends and Thanksgiving and Spring Breaks. Sponsored by Residential Programs & Services, transportation to Boston is by Motor Coach and roundtrip tickets are $60. The pick-up/drop-off location for the Boston area is the Alewife T Station in Cambridge.
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) provides weekday service from 6:15 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday service from 7:30 a.m. - 6:20 p.m. throughout Berkshire County. MCLA's bus stop is located on Ashland Street behind the Flagg Townhouse Complex. 800.292.BRTA or 413.499.2782
Peter Pan provides bus service from Williamstown to Pittsfield. This bus continues onto New York City through Connecticut or connects to buses to Springfield, MA or Albany, NY. The MCLA Shuttle provides service to the Williams Inn (the Peter Pan Bus stop) on Friday afternoons and Sunday evenings. BRTA and local taxis provide service from MCLA to the Williams Inn at other times. 800.343.9999 or 888.751.8800
Domestic and international flights on a variety of airlines. Both airports listed are approximately 1.5 hours from Campus.
Albany International Airport - Albany, New York
Bradley International Airport - Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Tunnel City Taxi serves Berkshire County seven days a week, 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. Service is also available to airports 24 hours, 7 days a week with one week notice. 413.663.8294.
Amtrak provides train service to and from Boston, MA; Springfield, MA; and Rensselaer, NY at Pittsfield's Intermodal Center. MCLA does not provide transportation to or from the Intermodal; however, students may take a taxi from the Intermodal to the Berkshire Mall to access the MCLA Shuttle for a return trip to campus during regular Shuttle hours. Additionally, BRTA provides service between the Intermodal and MCLA Monday - Saturday, and taxi service is available seven days a week.
Transportation Agencies & Programs
"Dedicated to removing transportation barriers," Berkshire Rides helps people get to work, job training, internships, student teaching, employment counseling, and interviews. They operate 4:00 a.m. - 12 midnight, seven days a week, including holidays. 413.664.0300
A Massachusetts statewide travel options program, MassRIDES provides information about carpooling, bicycling, walking, and public transportation. MassRIDES partners with NuRide, a free online rewards service for traveling by MCLA Shuttle, public transportation, bike, foot or carpool. You can also connect with other travelers going your same way. 888.4Commute
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Family Education Rights And Privacy Act
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS UNDER FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") of 1974, as amended, ensures the confidentiality of student educational records and restricts disclosure of such records to third parties, except as authorized by law. FERPA also affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
I. The right to inspect and review the student's educational records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the Registrar, Dean, head of the academic department, 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 shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
II. The right to request the amendment of the student's educational records the student believes are 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, clearly 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.
III. The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student's educational record, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The College will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written consent of the student, except:
The College may disclose any of these items without prior written consent, unless the student has submitted a written request to the Office of the Registrar not to release directory information pertaining to him or her. Requests will be processed within 24 hours after receipt.
The College may disclose information from a student's education records without the prior written consent of the student under the following circumstances:
IV. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Educations concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance OfficeU.S. Department of Education400 Maryland Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20202-5901
We encourage students to register to vote. Students can find a National Voter Registration form online.
The US Department of Education provides the following summary of penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws:
Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the Web site of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially their FAQ section.
All MCLA students and prospective students are expected to review the following mechanisms in educating and informing themselves about appropriate versus inappropriate use of copyrighted material.
Note: MCLA treats the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material as a breach of the Network User Agreement. Penalties for violations allow for limiting or completely denying network access.
MCLA is committed to creating and maintaining a safe, healthy learning, living, and working environment where all forms of sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and retaliation are strictly prohibited. As part of the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act mandates compliance training for all members of college communities. In addition to training related to the Campus SaVE Act, other federal laws have requirements to which MCLA must adhere: Title IX, the Clery Act, as well as guidance documents issued by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. In accordance with each of these mandates, MCLA is taking a proactive stance to educate our community regarding issues of sexual violence, methods of prevention, reporting such incidents, and the resources available to support survivors. To this end, the MCLA community including all students, staff, and faculty are required to complete online training to address and prevent sexual violence.
Online Student Education
All enrolled students are required to complete the sexual violence module offered through MyStudentBody. The module educates college students on how to identify an act of sexual violence, enhance bystander intervention, and identify what resources are available for assistance. All students were required to complete the sexual violence module.