Sep 18, 2019  
2016-2017 Catalog 
    
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Campus Life



All students are eligible and encouraged to participate in Student Association functions, student organizations, college governance and compete for a position on sports teams.

Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement serves as a vital component of a student’s total educational experience as a complement to the instructional areas. Student Engagement encompasses a broad-based program that provides cocurricular programs and campus-based social, cultural and recreational opportunities while maintaining a collegewide educational environment. Most of the activities offered operate under the sponsorship of the Student Government Association or as a club, organization or board sponsored by the association. Student organizations must register annually with the Office of Student Engagement.

Student participation in the governance of the college, through collegewide and Academic Forum committees is recognized as a student responsibility and individual involvement is strongly recommended. With the approval of the Executive Board of the Student Government Association, the SGA president will confirm nomination of students to Academic Forum committees. Website: www.aacc.edu/studentengagement.

Student Union (SUN)

The Student Union offers students a place to meet and enjoy a variety of recreational and educational pursuits. Located on the lower floor of the Student Union, the dining hall provides a place for students to meet, eat and participate in a variety of activities. A full-service AACC Bookstore is conveniently located by the dining hall. The first floor also houses the Health Services suite. The second floor of the Student Union houses offices for the Student Government Association, college clubs and organizations as well as the Office of Student Engagement staff. In addition, the Testing Center is located on the second floor. Student groups interested in reserving rooms in the Student Union should contact the Event Services office at 410-777-2614 or visit the website www.aacc.edu/events.

Pascal Center for Performing Arts

The Pascal Center for Performing Arts has a 400-seat Robert E. Kauffman Theater for college and community-sponsored programs and an art gallery. It is a fully equipped performance facility and is used for dramatic productions and cultural performances as well as community meetings. Groups and individuals interested in reserving the theater should contact the college Event Services office at 410-777-2614 or visit the website www.aacc.edu/events.

Programs and Events

Social, cultural and recreational programs are offered. Specifics are published each term and include day trips, noontime activities, dances, movies, lectures, whitewater rafting, music festivals, art shows and theater productions. The Office of Student Engagement can provide more information, 410-777-2218.

Student Organizations

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association offers students the opportunity to acquire training and hands-on experience in democratic leadership, organizational management and decision making. The executive committee of the Student Government Association is responsible for the overall management of the association. The executive board regulates, among other things, cocurricular clubs and organizations, communications, recreational organizations and special interest groups.

One of the board’s primary tasks is allocation of the student activity fee, which each credit student pays at registration. Most of the proceeds go to support cocurricular programs, clubs, publications, performance groups, lectures and social, cultural and recreational programs.

All students of Anne Arundel Community College currently registered for a credit or noncredit course are members of the Student Association, whether on- or off-campus. There are two types of membership, voting and associate. Voting members are all students who have paid the student activity fee. Associate members are students who have not paid the activity fee. Website: www.aacc.edu/studentengagement/sa

Cocurricular Organizations

AACC has over 75 clubs that are run by students, supported by the Student Government Association and recognized by the college administration.

Students who want to join any of the organizations and clubs may obtain information from the Student Engagement staff. New clubs and organizations may be formed through the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Engagement. All clubs must register annually with the Office of Student Engagement in order to maintain active status. Website: www.aacc.edu/studentengagement/clubs.

A complete list of the clubs can be found here: http://www.aacc.edu/studentengagement/clubsandorgs/

Student Communications Board

The Student Communications Board publishes the student newspaper, Campus Current, and the campus literary magazine, Amaranth, which features poetry, prose, art and other contributions by students, faculty and staff. Campus Current, an online and printed newspaper edited by students, is distributed throughout the campus. The newspaper contains editorials, articles, photographs and cartoons by students. www.thecampuscurrent.com

Honorary and Professional Societies

The college’s honorary and professional organizations stimulate high standards of scholarship and professional development. They are Phi Theta Kappa, scholastic; Chi Alpha Epsilon, the American Chemical Society; Psi Beta, psychology; and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.

Athletics

The college supports an extensive program of intercollegiate athletics for both men and women. Funds are derived from student athletic fees. These fees support varsity teams and allow free admission to regular season college games. The college charges an entrance fee to tournament games.

Anne Arundel Community College is a member of the Maryland JUCO (Junior College) Athletic Conference and Region XX of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

The intercollegiate athletic program includes baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball and volleyball.

In order to be eligible to participate in intercollegiate athletics, a student must meet the minimum requirements of the National Junior Athletic Association as written in the NJCAA Handbook and Casebook.

In addition to the National Junior College Athletic Association requirements, a first-year participant shall achieve a minimum 1.75 adjusted grade point average, which omits repeated, forgiven and developmental courses. A second-year participant shall achieve a minimum 2.00 adjusted grade point average, which omits repeated, forgiven and developmental courses. Participants must comply with all college policies, particularly regarding demonstration of residency for tuition purposes. To establish and maintain eligibility, participants must pay all tuition and fees by the scheduled due date.

Eligibility for all transfer students who wish to participate in intercollegiate athletics will be assessed based upon the official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended. They shall comply with the standards enumerated previously, according to their years of participation at the collegiate level with regards to the specific sport. Eligibility is determined based on a student’s entire academic record including Anne Arundel Community College and transfer institutions.

All coeducational institutions of higher education that participate in any federal student financial aid program and have intercollegiate athletic programs must provide information concerning their intercollegiate athletic programs under the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act of 1994. Any person who would like a copy of the report containing this information may contact the Athletics office, the Admissions and Enrollment Development office or the Student Financial Services office.

For information visit the website http://www.aaccathletics.com.

Health and Wellness

College Health Services

The college health suite, located in Student Union Room 120,  is staffed by registered nurses and provides assistance if you are ill or injured. Services include health insurance information, medical referrals, reproductive health referrals, health and wellness information, blood pressure screening, HIV testing, non-prescription medications, first aid, lactation room, gender neutral restroom, stressless room, and condom distribution. Health Services also sponsors regularly occurring health education programs in conjunction with local health agencies, private health care providers and campus partners. Regular term hours are from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. All services are free and confidential. Lpw cost tuberculosis skin testing is available by appointment, when required for academic purposes.

Emergency response is available 24 hours a day for members of the college community by dialing 1818 from any campus phone or emergency phones outside buildings and in parking lots. For information call 410-777-2480, email bamays@aacc.edu or visit the website www.aacc.edu/healthservices.

Tobacco Prevention and Cessation

The Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Office, located in the Health Services suite, Student Union Room 120, offers free one-on-one tobacco cessation coaching, nicotine patches, lozenges and gum, as well as referrals to community agencies for additional free or low-cost services. For office hours or information, call 410-777-2480.

Student Insurance

Healthe Services provides assistance for accessing the Maryland Health Connection and related services. For additional information call 410-777-2480.

Substance Abuse Office

The Substance Abuse Education Office (SAEO), is located in the Health Services Suite, Student Union Room 120. TheSAEO prepares the campus community with knowledge, skills and tools necessary for making educated choices regarding substance use. We offer free and confidential individual information sessions, assessments, referrals and support as well as campus-wide educational programming, sponsored events and classroom guest lecturing. Based on the special needs of students in recovery, the SAEO has established a CollegiateRecovery Center (CRC) located in SUN Room 208B, and sponsors weekly AA and NA meetings. The SAEO is also advisor to SPEAR (Spreading Prevention and Awareness Resources), a peer education group and official SGA club. For additional information call 410-777-2527 or 410-777-2480.

Auxiliary Services

AACC Bookstore

Visit the AACC Bookstore, online or in person, to obtain the most accurate information about your textbooks. In addition to new textbooks we also carry less expensive used books and digital books (subject to availability). We also offer new and used textbook rentals on select titles (inquire with staff for details). 

Visit the AACC Bookstore, online at www.aaccbooks.com or in person, to obtain the most current information about your textbooks. In addition to new textbooks the store also carries less expensive used books and digital books when available.

Child Development Center

Our Child Development Center, located on the Arnold campus, is a high-quality early education and child care program serving children ages 2-5 years. This “gold standard” center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education. The program goals and objectives include supporting children in all areas of development including social emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The highly educated and experienced staff provide a developmentally appropriate play-based early education program that is a model in our county.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 6 p.m. and offers part time and full time schedules. Priority enrollment and tuition discounts are offered to AACC students. The center accepts the state child care subsidy and military subsidies. An hourly drop- in evening child care program also is available for children 2-10 years of age during the Fall and Spring semesters.

For information, call the Child Development Center, call 410-777-2450 or visit the website www.aacc.edu/cdc.

Dining Services

AACC Dining Services has three locations on the Arnold campus. The Union Deli (first floor, Student Union) features hot and cold breakfast items, pastries and baked goods, freshly prepared deli sandwiches, sushi, grill items, hot entrees, pizza, soups, salads, hot and cold beverages and snacks.

Subway is located in the Careers Center (first floor) and offers breakfast sandwiches, subs made to order, soups, snacks and beverages.

Chick Fil-A is located in the first floor atrium of the CALT (Center for Applied Learning and Technology) building. Its offerings include breakfast sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, salads, soup, ice cream, beverages and snacks.

For hours, specials, and other information call 410-777-2333; email diningservices@aacc.edu; or visit www.aacc.edu/diningservices.

Students attending classes at AACC at Arundel Mills can purchase light fare, coffee, snacks, and convenience items at the AACC Bookstore, located in the first floor lounge. Call 410-777-1917 for hours and information.

Vending machines featuring items such as hot and cold beverages, snacks, fruit and ice cream are located throughout the Arnold campus, Arundel Mills, Hotel, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institute (HCAT) and Glen Burnie Town Center. To report problems with vending machines or to request a refund call Dining Services at 410-777-2333.

Catering and concessions at the Arnold campus are available exclusively through AACC Dining Services. A varied menu is offered and can be tailored for all occasions. Call the Event Services office at 410-777-2614 to reserve space for your function; once your event needs are confirmed the events office will connect you with the catering manager.

Student ID Cards

Students currently enrolled in credit classes are eligible for an AACC ID card. ID cards are issued at the following locations:

  • Arnold Campus - AACC Bookstore, SUN 160
  • Arundel Mills - AACC Bookstore, Room 106
  • Glen Burnie Town Center (special sessions will be announced)

You will need to present a driver’s license or other valid government issued ID and a copy of your current registration bill in order to receive an ID card. NOTE: Please wait until one business day after you have registered to allow time for your information to download into the ID card system.

The ID card also serves as your library card and must be registered with the Circulation Desk at the library. (Students enrolled in non-credit courses can obtain a regular library card at the library circulation desk.)

For more information and ID card policies contact the AACC Bookstore at 410-777-2220.

Public Safety and Campus Police

Officers patrol the Arnold campus 24 hours a day, seven days per week. The college buildings located at the Glen Burnie Town Center, HCAT and Arundel Mills have a public safety officer patrolling those buildings during normal business hours. The Public Safety & Police office is located in the Central Services Building. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week The Department of Public Safety & Police is accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA).

Headquartered in the Central Services Building, the public safety & police officers provide an array of services, including:

  • escort services
  • traffic/parking regulation enforcement
  • jump starting vehicles
  • emergency contacting of students
  • opening locked vehicles
  • response to crimes & medical emergencies
  • rendering first aid
  • taking reports of all campus incidents

The AACC Department of Public Safety & Police publishes campus crime statistics annually in the Safety and Security report in accordance with the 20 U.S.C. 1092(F), the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act.   The annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by AACC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus safety and security, such as policies concerning drug and alcohol prohibition , weapons , as well as crime prevention information, the reporting of crimes, and sexual assault. For a printed copy of this report, contact the college Department of Public Safety & Police at 410-777-2440.

Lost and Found

A lost and found service is located at the Department of Public Safety & Police in the Central Services Building. Items found on campus should be turned into the Department of Public Safety & Police. Items found at off-campus facilities should be turned into the site coordinator.

Traffic and Parking Violations

Maryland Vehicle Law

All of the provisions of the Maryland Vehicle Law relating to traffic upon the highways and Anne Arundel County ordinances relating to motor vehicles shall be enforced on the traffic upon the roadways, driveways, paths, parking facilities and grounds of the Community College in addition to the AACC Parking and Traffic Regulations.

Authorization to Enforce

Members of the Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety & Police shall be authorized to enforce the traffic and parking regulations of the College.

Parking and Traffic Regulations

College parking and traffic restrictions are indicated by these regulations and/or signs, street markings or curb markings.  It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, students and visitors operating a motor vehicle on campus to learn and obey these parking and traffic regulations. Ignorance of the provisions of these regulations will not be accepted as a defense for violations. Questions relating to these regulations may be directed to the Department of Public Safety & Police.

The speed limit is posted at 25 mph for most of the campus; however, there are sections of campus where the speed limit is posted at 15 mph. You must also yield to pedestrians who may be crossing the roadways.

Parking Regulations

Parking permits are not issued to students.  AACC does not guarantee a parking space for students or accept liability for damages sustained to vehicles using college parking facilities.  Irresponsibility regarding traffic and parking regulations may result in a citation, restriction, suspension and/or towing of the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

Park vehicles only in clearly designated lined legal parking spaces.

Student parking is permitted during weekday business hours in any space in lots lots A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I and the C lot overflow, excluding the following areas:

  • Those posted or marked by yellow curbs as reserved for the physically disabled, loading zones, visitors and motorcycle parking.
  • Areas posted as reserved for faculty/staff or reserved (numbered) spaces.
  • Areas marked by cones or other temporary markings as being reserved.

Exceptions

Students and visitors may park in reserved (numbered spaces) after 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Students may park in faculty/staff spaces after 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

No Parking Areas

Parking is prohibited at intersections, crosswalks, sidewalks, posted bus zones, posted no parking zones, fire lanes, fire hydrants, areas not designated as a parking space and all areas marked by yellow or red curbs.

Towing

AACC reserves the right to remove any vehicle on campus parked in a driveway, fire lane, blocking a loading dock or trash dumpster, or illegally parked in such a way as to constitute a hazard to vehicular and pedestrian traffic or to the movement or operation of emergency equipment. The owner is responsible for towing and storage costs.  The college is not responsible for any damage to a towed vehicle.

Traffic/Parking Citation Appeal Requests

If you would like to appeal a traffic or parking citation you received, you must complete an online appeal.  Appeal requests must be submitted within 14 calendar days of the violation.

Employees and Students may file an appeal within MyAACC
(Self-Services tab - Communication drop box).

Visitors to the College may file an appeal using the online Visitor’s Appeal Form.

Handicap Parking

It is against the Maryland Vehicle Law and college regulations for anyone to use a “Handicap Placard” or registration plates that are issued to another person. Family members are not allowed to use a placard issued to someone else in the family without that person being in the vehicle.

Do not use a parking space for the physically disabled unless you have a placard issued in your name. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration law requires that all persons having a placard display it on the rear view mirror and carry with them the application for the permit. If the person asked cannot produce the application or the application is in someone else’s name, the officer will advise the person to move their vehicle from the space reserved for the physically disabled. Any person who violates the provisions of this law is guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine.

The Department of Public Safety & Police requests that all students and staff who have been issued a handicap placard or a disability license plate from the Motor Vehicle Administration visit the Department of Public Safety & Police to have their permit verified. Special college parking permits can be obtained on a temporary basis through the Department of Public Safety & Police to faculty, staff and students with physical disabilities who lack state-issued license plates or hang tags. A physician’s written statement is required.

Vehicle Registration

Faculty/Staff

Employees wishing to park in Faculty/Staff reserved spaces or numbered permit spaces must obtain a college Faculty/Staff parking permit.  The permits are valid for the current academic year (September 1st of the current year to August 31st of the next year).  Permits must be properly displayed on the rear view mirror.

Parking permits must not be defaced or altered in any manner

The employee who registers a motor vehicle is responsible for all violations involving the motor vehicle.

The parking permit is free and issued by the Department of Public Safety & Police.

The issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space.

Lack of space is not considered a valid excuse for violation of a regulation.

Securing or using a parking permit through misrepresentation or fraud will result in the loss of parking privileges.

College Employee Parking Permit Request Instructions

  1. Login to MyAACC
  2. Select the tab for “Self Services.”
  3. Click on “Employees”
  4. Click on “Parking Permit Request”
  5. Select the authorization checkbox and submit.

Closings

Unscheduled Closings (Emergency and Inclement Weather)

When severe weather or other emergency conditions occur, listen to local radio or TV stations for closing announcements or call STARS, 410-777-2241. Check http://portal.aacc.edu

Sign up for a text message alert to your cell phone and email address at: www.aacc.edu/stayinformed.

Listen for specific mention of the college, since we may not close when Anne Arundel County Public Schools close. When public schools close for inclement weather or emergencies all classes at public school locations are canceled. When the college closes, all classes at off-campus sites are canceled.

Late opening times are based on the time it takes to make the campus safe and also accommodate class schedules. As the college experiences weather events, it will do its best to consider class schedules in its decisions. When the college opens late, please do not drive on campus prior to one-half hour before the scheduled opening time.

When the college is closed due to inclement weather, please do not come on campus. College facilities and public safety staff, considered essential personnel, need to focus on making the campus safe to open. Additional cars, traffic and requests to open buildings deter the college’s ability to prepare the college campus for a safe opening.

Scheduled Closings (non-emergency) at Anne Arundel County Public Schools

When Anne Arundel County Public Schools schedule closings, the following schools will be open for AACC classes: Annapolis High School, Center of Applied Technology-North, Center of Applied Technology-South, Glen Burnie High School, Meade High School, North County High School and Severna Park High School.