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Policy Mandates

Allegany College of Maryland is required to inform prospective and current students of important College policies, including Non-Discrimination, Title IX, Clery Act, Heroin & Opioid, Drug and Alcohol Use, Academic Disabilities, FERPA, Accreditation, and Gainful Employment Disclosure. 

Please read below for more information on these important College policies

  

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT


Allegany College of Maryland does not discriminate against any individual for reasons of race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion or creed, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information,  familial status, disability or veteran status in the admission and treatment of students, educational programs and activities, scholarship and loan programs, or to terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation and training. Allegany College of Maryland complies with applicable state and federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination and Maryland prohibits retaliation in any form against any person who reports discrimination or who participates in an investigation.

 

TITLE IX


Allegany College of Maryland prohibits sexual misconduct and sex discrimination by or against all students, employees, and campus guests. If you have any questions or concerns or if you need to make a complaint, contact ACM's Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Renee Conner in CC-152, by email or by phone at (301) 784-5206. For detailed information about policy, procedures, and prevention education, visit our Title IX webpage


CHILD ABUSE MANDATED REPORTS 


Allegany College of Maryland complies with Maryland law which requires all educators to report suspected child abuse.  By law, educators are mandated reporters which means that if an educator suspects child abuse has occurred or if a person discloses that child abuse has occurred, the educator is required to make a report to Child Protective Services.  A report must be made if regardless of when, where, or by whom the abuse occurred.  For detailed information about Mandated Reporters including how to make a report, see here.

The College provides free counseling services.  Also, the College's Title IX policy may also apply, so be sure to see the Title IX information. 

  

CLERY ACT


A report on Allegany College of Maryland's Campus Security Policies and Crime Statistics (34 CFR Part 668) and the Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092 (a) and (b) in accordance with the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR)/National Incident-based Reporting System (NIBRS) is available in the Office of the Dean of Student and Legal Affairs (College Center, room CC-152) or through this website.  

 

HEROIN & OPIOID POLICY


Allegany College of Maryland recognizes drug and alcohol abuse/addiction as a health risk; the dangers associated with heroin and opioids are gravely concerning to this institution. The college urges everyone to be informed and offers educational resources (including treatment information). All new, full time students are required by Maryland law to participate in heroin/opioid training. In an overdose emergency, call 911. If you have any questions or concerns or if you need help, contact the Campus Security/Public Safety by email or by phone at 301-784-5252 or the Office of Student & Legal Affairs by email, or by phone at 301-784-5206. *Allegany College of Maryland prohibits the possession and use of drugs and alcohol on all college property and in all college-affiliated activities without the express permission of the College President. 

 

DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE


Allegany College of Maryland supports the efforts of the State of Maryland and the United States to provide workplaces and learning centers free of illicit drug use and free of unlawful alcohol use. The College supports the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and drug and alcohol abuse policies of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

It is the College's intention to provide and maintain a work environment for employees and students that is drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure. When a student is on campus, the student is expected to be in an appropriate mental and physical condition, free of any illegal drugs/alcohol and capable of fulfilling their daily duties. Violations of this Policy statement shall be immediately addressed by the College and may result in disciplinary action which could include expulsion. The College may also refer violations for criminal prosecution by civil authorities where circumstances warrant.

 

ACADEMIC DISABILITIES

In compliance with federal 504/ADA requirements, Allegany College of Maryland supports the belief that all otherwise qualified citizens should have access to higher education and that individuals should not be excluded from this pursuit solely by reason of handicap. The College is committed to the inclusion of students with disabilities within all areas of college life. Therefore, support services are intended to maximize the independence and participation of disabled students. Further, the College complies with applicable state and federal laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in the admission and treatment of students.

Any student who wishes to receive accommodations must register with the Academic Access & Disability Resources Office, providing documentation of the declared disability.  Once documentation is received, the Director will establish eligibility for specific accommodations based on the student's documented functional limitations and the essential functions of each course.  Any student who wishes to declare a disability should contact the Access and Resources Coordinator at 301-784-5234 or e-mail ADR@allegany.edu. For more information visit the Disability Services and Learning Support webpage.

 

FERPA


In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Allegany College of Maryland will not disclose any information from the students' educational records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students, other persons, or other lawful exception.  At its discretion, the institution may provide directory information to include: student name, address, field of study, degrees/awards, and full- or part-time status. Students may withhold directory information by notifying the Registrar in writing within two weeks after the first day of class for each semester. Request for nondisclosure will be honored by the institution for only one academic year; therefore, authorization to withhold directory information must be filed annually in the Registration Office.

 

ACCREDITATION


Allegany College of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; 267-284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The College is also accredited and approved for operation by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 6 North Liberty Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; 1-800-974-0203. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has granted certification to the Allegany College of Maryland campus in Bedford County and to the academic programs offered.


GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE

The U.S. Department of Education, under final regulations issued October 29, 2010, requires us to report certain information regarding gainful employment about our certificate programs. This information is viewable by visiting our Gainful Employment Disclosure webpage.

 


MEDICAL DISCLOSURE PROCEDURE

Students are responsible for their own health and should always consult a qualified health care provider if a health or medical condition interferes with the students’ ability to attend class in excess of what is permitted by the course syllabus or program requirements or to participate in an essential class function. Medically necessary absences will be excused with documentation from a qualified health care provider; students are responsible for contacting the instructor about if/how to complete any missed work.