ACM’s Fall 2020 semester is your chance to thrive in a safe, small college environment. It’s an opportunity to learn from dedicated instructors, make meaningful connections with fellow students, and move one step closer to achieving your goals.
This year has taught us a lot about perseverance, collaboration, humanity, and humility. We can’t wait to welcome you to class – whether your classes meet in-person, online, or a mix of both – and help you succeed.
“As a small college, we’ve adapted quickly to the challenges of the past semester, and we’re moving forward with new technologies that enhance in-person and remote learning, and deepen the connections that we have with our students and, perhaps more importantly, the connections they have with one another.” - President Dr. Cynthia S. Bambara
Enhanced Health & Safety Measures
We’re taking extensive precautions to keep you (and us) #ACMstrong.
We require all students, campus visitors, and employees to wear face masks or face coverings, practice proper hand hygiene and social distancing measures, and self-monitor for coronavirus/COVID-19 disease symptoms. Everyone is required to sign in when visiting an office or department, and attending class or a lab.
Hand sanitizer is available in all buildings. ACM campuses and education sites undergo intensive cleaning and sanitation daily. This includes the use of special cleaning chemicals and an ultraviolet (UV) sanitation cart for high touch areas like computer labs. Disinfectant wipes will be provided to individual students as they enter their classroom.
We’ve changed the way we’re offering classes to reduce the number of students in each
class. This act of reducing classroom density may help you build stronger relationships
with your classmates and instructors in the process.
Options for Fall Learning
Fall semester courses begin on Monday, August 24, and delayed start courses begin on Tuesday, September 15. There are no plans at this time to shorten the semester.
We’ve developed six different ways to learn for the Fall ‘20 semester. Your class schedule may be a mix of these different methods.
Meetings & Appointments
You’re welcome on campus during business hours to meet with faculty and staff. To reduce the number of individuals present at any given time, we offer phone and virtual appointments through popular platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and GoToMeeting.
We strongly recommend, but do not require, appointments. To set up in-person appointments, you can search our college directory or visit department pages.
ACM’s on-campus student housing, Willowbrook Woods, reopens in August with modified housing density. We anticipate that apartments will house two students instead of four, which will provide each student their own bedroom and bathroom. Applications for the 2020-21 academic year are still being accepted.
New Student Orientation
New students are encouraged to participate in a student orientation session. Sessions will be held virtually for the Fall ’20 semester. New students should monitor their ACM student email account for information about Orientation.
Metz Café will resume food service at the start of the Fall ‘20 semester. Metz will comply with State of Maryland and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandates for food service including social distancing, occupancy levels, face coverings, and other mitigation protocols.
Updates on fall sports is forthcoming. The ACM Athletics Department will follow guidelines provided by the NJCAA and MDJUCO.
Books for the Fall ’20 semester will be available for sale beginning August 1st. Students may place book orders online 24/7. The sales floor will remain closed at this time with online ordering available for clothing, gifts, textbooks, and supplies. Orders may be shipped directly to students’ homes or picked up at the Cumberland or Bedford County Campus by appointment. Call 301-784-5348 for Cumberland or 814-652-9528 for Bedford to schedule an appointment.
Gateway Center Transportation
Shuttle service for students to and from the Cumberland Campus to the Gateway Center/School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts in downtown Cumberland will resume at the start of the fall semester.
Continuing Education and Workforce Development
The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development will release its fall course catalog in September. Questions about course offerings may be directed to the Office of CE Registration at 301-784-5341.
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