Welcome to our exciting, award winning department! These policies have been carefully developed over time to ensure your success in our program, which is why the titles to the sections start with you. Students are required to review this document thoroughly before signing the Student Verification of Course Syllabus and Department Policies form. Failure to do so does not release the student from abiding by these policies. These policies apply to all courses in the department and are used by all faculty. Please refer to “Professor/Instructor Polices” in your individual syllabus for course and instructor-specific policies.
The college discussed, developed and adopted this statement in light of continuing national discussions on civility in American society. We work hard to promote the spirit of community here at AACC. Our Spirit of Community statement follows:
Anne Arundel Community College is built on our commitment to excellence, engagement in the learning process and mutual respect and courtesy. As a member of the Anne Arundel Community College community, I have the obligation to accept responsibility for my conduct. I will:
Being a good student is important to your success in all your classes. Below are some very helpful videos we encourage you to watch. If you think you already “know it,” I would still encourage you to watch them so you don’t forget the important things or fall into having some bad academic habits. If you are truly having challenges with your courses, then consider the college’s ACA-100 Student Success course. It is a one credit course that expands on being a successful student.
Response Time: Students should receive a response to emails from their professor within two business days (Monday – Friday). Individual professors may have different response times. Most professors prefer emails over voicemails. Please review this subject with your professor so you are using their preferred communication mode.
Professor/Course Policies: Each professor may have their own course specific policies. These policies are in addition to the Department Policies and apply as well. Please refer to your individual course syllabus for these policies. Ask your professor if you have any questions or concerns. These policies are here to help you succeed!
Testing Center: Your professor may send a test/quiz/exam to one of the college’s testing centers for you to take. Their hours are found on the following website.
Students are required to supply their own personal drafting/drawing equipment along with consumable supplies (trace paper, vellum, mylar, model supplies, etc.). Bring your equipment to all classes, and be prepared to work on projects when assigned.
In order to be successful, students are required to complete the work that is expected or assigned before the next class and must bring in that work for instructor review. Failure to do so may result in not having your work reviewed by the instructor and receiving a lower grade.
Typically during lab time, the instructor will review your work, monitor your progress, make suggestions for improvement and tell you what you need to do for the next class. This will help to keep you on schedule and correct problems before the project is submitted for a grade. Given time restraints and class size, it may not be possible for the instructor to see each student during every lab period. It is also possible that lab time will be used for demonstrations, presentations or other instructional purposes, so do not depend on doing all your work during lab (yes, this means doing homework!). Normally lab time is informal, and you should feel free to interact with the other students in an effort to learn from each other in a fun atmosphere.
Use of any tobacco/nicotine products (e.g. smoking [including “E-Cigarettes], chewing tobacco, etc.) in the building or labs is prohibited.
Cell phones cannot be used during class and must be turned off or ringer set to silent. This is a courtesy to your fellow students and your instructor. If there is an emergency where you need to be contacted during class, talk to your instructor. Additionally, students should be respectful to fellow classmates and the instructor by not talking or using electronic devices during lectures unless directed.
A minimum expectation is that for every hour spent “in class,” as defined by your instructor, you should plan to spend at least two hours “out of class” in preparation. This is especially true of lab based courses as the success and creativity of individual projects is based on the amount of time spent the student invests in their work. Your instructor or the class may require additional time. More important than how MUCH should someone study is HOW should someone study. Studying is a skill, and if students have not developed that skill, they may struggle regardless of how much time they study.
For your academic success and preparing you for proper behavior in the workplace, attendance and class participation is mandatory and counts as 10 percent of your grade. Attending all of the classes is critical for your success. You are responsible for obtaining the information covered in the class missed. Please consult your individual syllabus for more details. Please be aware that lack of attendance can also affect your financial aid.
For your academic success and preparing you for proper behavior in the workplace, you are expected to be to class on time, for the full time the class meets. Lateness and leaving early are considered discourteous and irresponsible. If you are late to class, you will be responsible for obtaining the material you missed. Continual lateness and leaving early will count against your attendance grade. If you come in late or leave early more than 10 minutes, it will count as half a class absence. If you come in late or leave early more than 45 minutes, it will count as an absent class period. Your academic success depends on you being present for the entire class!
If you intend to withdraw from a course, you must formally withdraw before the deadline established in the schedule of classes (see “important dates” in your syllabus). After the withdrawal date, the instructor assigns a "pass" or "fail" grade to the withdrawal (a "withdraw failing" grade becomes an "F"). If you stop coming to class, it does not mean an automatic withdrawal, it just means you had poor attendance and did not turn in any projects or tests. Please see the instructor if you are having trouble with the class, they will be glad to help you as much as they can. Incompletes are at the instructor's discretion and only granted in exceptional circumstances as a temporary grade (see College Catalog).
If the college closes or opens late due to inclement weather, you can check by listening to the radio and TV stations or calling the campus line at 410-647-7100. You can also check MyAACC or the college’s main website at www.aacc.edu. In addition, you can also sign up for automatic text messaging to your mobile phone.
Remember that AACC has several locations. Closings and late openings are sometimes specific to location and time – so listen closely to the information provided. The college makes a separate decision from the county school system.
Do not come to the campus when the college is closed due to inclement the weather as you will not be permitted to enter. This is to allow the facilities crews to make campus safe to open without having to deal with the additional cars and people.
If a project was due or a test was scheduled at a time when the college closed the campus, then the project is due or test will be administrated during the first class after the college reopens.
Field trips are an important part of the education for certain courses in the department. Field trips are often the highlights of the class. Students are highly encouraged to take advantage of these unique learning experiences. This might mean spending extra time outside of the scheduled class time, so students may need to adjust their personal schedule to take advantage of a fun learning experience. Students need to request permission from other instructors for an excused absence. Instructors will assign grade values in individual classes for required field trips. Depending on the destination of the field trip, appropriate dress may be required. The instructor will give those requirements before the field trip.
Depending on the assignment, it may be required to be reviewed by a jury. The jury may be made up of current faculty, past and present students, and/or outside professionals. The jury review system is an important process for project evaluation and common in the profession. You will be expected to present your ideas, explain your solution and respond to questions. Critique of your project will include both positive and negative comments. The critique is of your project, not you. Any negative comments are meant as a constructive way to improve your (and fellow classmates) skills for future projects. All students in the class are required to stay for all project reviews so they will benefit from comments made about each project. Students can learn a lot from each other’s project evaluation. It is strongly recommended that you incorporate the jury’s comments by making changes to improve your project before digitally recording it for your portfolio.
Presentation of your projects is an important and critical part of the academic and professional design world. Therefore projects that are to be orally presented as part of the project assessment will receive a failing grade if the student is not present for the class presentation (unless prior arrangements have been made with the instructor). Student’s projects that are incomplete and being turned in late will make their presentation of their project (based on what they have produced) on the due date, and then complete their project and turn it in late in accordance with the Project Late Policy below. The instructor has the right to limit the presentation time of a project, especially if it is incomplete. Electronic files are subject to the same policies – therefore excuses of computer files being lost, hard drive crashes, etc., are not acceptable.
To prepare you for the workplace, students using technology for their projects must plan for potential technical problems. Have your project ready well before it is due (preferably the day before). Do not come in minutes before a class where a project is due and assume no one else is using the equipment and that everything is functioning perfectly for you. Technology can fail you at anytime and you need to plan ahead to allow yourself or the college enough time address any issues that may arise.
Students are responsible for backing up their files and keeping them safe.
Attendance at the final assessment (exam or project presentation) is mandatory. Final projects and exams cannot be completed late. Unless a student has made a prior arrangement with the instructor, that final exam/project will not be accepted and will receive a failing grade as stated above.
The professor may not return assigned work. Students have a right to the results of the assessment (exam/quiz/homework/project/etc.) but the professor may choose to keep the assessment to use as an example of for display purposes (certainly you should feel honored if this is the case!). Students should take photos of their completed projects before they are submitted for their own records and for portfolio purposes.
Students must use the Project ID Plate on all presentation boards, drawings, models and other media used in the presentation of students’ projects (with the exception of those projects requiring a titleblock).
Projects will be graded on the letter grade system as follows:
A-Excellent, B-Good, C-Average, D-Poor, F-Failing
*A plus or minus may be added to the letter grade to give the student a better understanding where their project falls within a given letter grade range.
Tests (if applicable) are graded numerically as follows:
90-100: A, 80-89: B, 70-79: C, 60-69:D, Below 60: F
In preparing you for the workplace, it is critical that you realize the importance of meeting deadlines. Therefore, projects are graded on the letter grade system (A, B, C, D, F) and are downgraded one-half letter grade for each weekday they are turned in late (again, final projects cannot be turned in late). Tests will be downgraded ten points for each day taken late, unless proof of an emergency can be documented and accepted by the instructor. The student is responsible to turn in all work required. Late projects should be turned into the school office in room 234 of the CALT Building. The office is usually open 8:00 am – 7:00 pm, M-TH, 8-4:00 pm on Fridays. There is a drop box for paper submissions located outside the office if you are dropping off a small paper project when the office is closed (models and large boards cannot be left, projects being left after hours must be able to fit through the slot on the box). Be sure to verify if your instructor has a different late policy.
Unclaimed Projects: Projects that are left with the instructor or in the studio for more than a month after the end of a semester, become the property of the department and may either be displayed or discarded at the discretion of the department. It is the student’s responsibility to retain and keep track of their work.
Portfolios: To prepare you for transfer or the workplace all students should prepare a portfolio (in some courses they may be required); therefore, it is critical that you save all of your projects digitally and physically. This includes small exercises to formal projects.
You should save all of your preliminary work, as it is appropriate to show the design process. This includes demonstrating your ability to sketch, think conceptually, and consider alternative design solutions.
Portfolios are required for university applications, scholarships, transfer credit evaluation and job interviews. Certain courses require you to prepare a portfolio for your use as one of the course projects.
Store drawings carefully rolled up in a tube in a dry conditioned space out of the sunlight or scan them using one of the department’s scanners. It is strongly recommended that you digitally record your project after presentation. If you do not have the space to save your models, take good digital photos with a neutral background (black preferably). If you have any questions, please see your instructor or department chair.
Do not throw out your future!
Projects and Repeating a Course: Students who repeat a course that uses the same projects are only allowed to use the work they completed from the previous class with the professor’s approval. If the professor allows the previous work to be used in the class, they may require that it be revised to improve what has already been completed. The professor also has the right not to accept the previous work and may ask the student to start the project/assignment/etc. over in order to improve their student success and meet the goals and objectives of the course.
Your project may be selected to be put on display. Projects must have the department’s Universal Project ID tag (see “You and Your Coursework”) filled out completely. These displays celebrate great work and are a resource to other students as examples of outstanding projects. There is always the chance that something might happen to a project on display, so students who have their project on display acknowledge this risk and are willing to accept the consequences. Students are strongly encouraged to digitally record their work before the project is put on display for their portfolio. It is the responsibility of the student to take back their project. Students wishing to take back or have their project taken down from the display should contact the department’s Exhibit Coordinator Janet Haddock (410) 777-7086 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make the arrangements. Display projects that are not picked up by the student will be held in the department’s store room for a period of one year. After that time the projects become the property of the department and may be disposed of at the discretion of the department.
The college uses online Student Opinion Forms (SOF). Toward the end of the semester, you will be sent an email that will instruct and remind you to fill out the forms during a specified time period. Your responses will be anonymous and your professor will receive the responses only after submitting final grades. Your responses are important to your professor and the department chair because they may offer information, recommendations and ideas to improve teaching and learning at the college. Once the student opinion forms are open, you will access the form for your classes through your MyAACC account under the “My Courses” tab. Click on “Student Opinion Form” under “Course Resources.” If you have questions, you will see a link for the “SOF Support Center” under “SOF Resources.” Be sure to fill out your SOF for each class, your feedback is important to us!
The labs are for use by students taking departmental courses and are generally open during weekdays under normal college operating hours (the labs are not open during the weekends). The lab hours for each semester will be posted outside each lab door and will vary by semester. The schedule will identify scheduled class time and open lab time. Classes or college events scheduled for a lab have priority for the lab’s use. Students wishing to use a lab during another class time need to first ask permission of the instructor. If the instructor is giving a lecture, critique, demonstration, exam, etc., students must not interrupt and should seek out another lab.
*No food or drink is allowed in any lab because of damage to the equipment.* Clean up any mess you may have created and respect the rights of your fellow classmates. Be considerate in your actions, especially if you are working during another class.
The use of cell phones in any mode (ring tone, vibratory, texting) is not permitted in the studio, classroom, college laboratory or clinical setting for any reason.
Do not cut on the drawing board surfaces or side tables (unless there is a cutting mat). If you are using colored markers, use a layer of trace to protect the surfaces from being stained from marker bleed-through.
Lab resources such as copying and scanning machines are only to be used for student projects by currently enrolled students. The full size scanner is also available for student use – students are encouraged to electronically record their work as soon as the project is completed (this includes making any corrections). Please refer to the “Projects and Portfolio” section in these policies.
Do not operate any lab equipment until you have been instructed on its use. If you have questions at any time on the operation or have a machine related problem, turn it off and notify the department’s lab tech or faculty member at once. As a matter of safety, do not attempt to “fix” the problem yourself.
Studio lab time may be used for demonstrations, interactive discussions, presentations or project review at the discretion of the professor. You may have time during class to work on your projects, but you are expected to spend time outside class to complete your work and bring in what is assigned for the next class.
As part of the school’s effort to be sustainable and help preserve our environment, students are limited in the amount of prints they print or plot each semester. Each student is allowed 250 8 1/2x11 pages or 20 36”x24” plots (or any combination between the both). Students are not to use departmental printing resources for personal use or non departmental courses. The software tracks each student’s printing as to the type of document, number of pages, time printed or plotted, software used, internet site, etc. Students may lose printing privileges for inappropriate use of departmental resources. Students who need additional printing or plotting for legitimate departmental projects may contact the department chair and make a request for additional pages.
The lab for the laser cutter and 3D printer have limited access during the week and requires the presence of a faculty member. Therefore students wishing to use this equipment must prepare ahead of time to schedule access according to their professor’s schedule. Waiting until the last minute, or needing access when their professor or the lab is unavailable, is not an excuse for incomplete work. Prior planning and realistic scheduling are the key to success for using these shared free resources. Both pieces of equipment can require extensive time to complete the cutting or printing (depending on the design). This may also limit availability and access.
Students are permitted to use the Construction Lab machinery only when instructed on the operation and safety of the equipment. The lab has limited access during the week and requires the presence of a faculty member. So, if you want or need to use the lab’s equipment, you will need to plan ahead to schedule access according to your professor’s schedule. Waiting until the last minute, or needing access when their professor or the lab is unavailable, is not an excuse for incomplete work.
Any student using the lab must fill out a waiver and abide by the policies for the lab. Students who are not comfortable using the equipment must notify their professor and request an alternate assignment or method to achieve the assignment.
Special Note: Students are not required to use the Construction Lab. Those who do are required to have proper training on the equipment. This training (familiarization) with the equipment will be provided by the instructor (college). Additionally, students must sign the required release/waiver forms.
Access to the lab facilities are controlled by a set of keys locked in a box located next to the electrical panel. The keys secure the electrical panel, two tool cabinets, flammables cabinet and the cabinet under the cut off saw. The instructor is responsible for making sure that students return all tools, accessories and hardware. Instructors are responsible for securing all tools located in the tool cabinets. The instructor is responsible for verifying that all machines are off and the electrical panel is locked at the end of the class session.
The electrical panel is locked to prevent unauthorized use of the power equipment. Before turning on any breakers the instructor will verify that all machines are turned off and that no one is by any of the power tools. The instructor is responsible for turning off all the machines, turning off breakers marked with a green dot, and locking the panel.
The lab is equipped with three emergency cut-off switches. In the event that a switch is tripped follow this procedure:
A Flammables storage cabinet is located next to the vent hood. Materials such as thinners, aerosol paint, glue (solvent type); oil base paint, etc. are to be stored in this cabinet.
An Eye Wash Station is located above the sink next to the vent hood. A First Aid Kit is located next to the Smart Station on the wall near the telephone. A sharps container in located above the sink to the left. Students are to dispose of all used sharps in the container and not in the trash can.
It is the responsibility of the instructor to make sure that students cleanup the lab. It is expected that no piles of debris would be left on the machines or the floor. A vacuum is attached to the table saw to collect dust; it is a small unit and needs to be emptied after each lab session.
The following safety equipment is available for people working in this area;
Goggles: Required for all students and instructors, to be worn at all times in this area, regardless of the work being performed.
Ear protection: Recommended using power equipment. Student decides.
Dust Mask: Recommended. Student decides.
For the safety of all users of the Construction Lab, proper dress is required. No open-toe shoes, such as sandals or flip-flops, or shoes with a heel more than ¾” may be worn. Proper footwear includes closed-toe shoes with strong toe reinforcement, such as a work boot or other hard shoe is highly recommended. Tennis shoes are acceptable. Soles should be non-skid. Users should secure loose clothing and tie back long hair.
The vent hood is to be used whenever materials (spray paint, glue, etc) that contain solvents are being sprayed or applied. The switch is located on the inside wall of the booth enclosure. To use turn on switch and wait until the gauge indicates at least .2 before using (about 1 to 2 minutes).
All spray adhesive and paint spraying must be done in the booth and not in the classroom.
The Architecture Construction lab is equipped to safely handle most common materials used in the construction industry, but not all materials. The following is a list of materials that are allowed to be worked in this lab:
The intent of this list is to limit materials that this lab has been designed for and to prohibit materials that are harmful to both the person and the machinery. If there is a material you wish to use please contact the technical assistant well in advance so it can be researched for approval. Provide specific brands, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and the work that needs to be done (cutting, grinding etc.).
The College has a Password Management Tool, which will allow you to reset or manage your password 24/7 without reliance on the Technical Call Center. Access to the tool, along with tool information and frequently asked questions, are available online. To set up an account for the first time, you will need to know your user name, date of birth and student ID number.
If you cannot login to the computer because you do not have a password or have forgotten your password, do the following:
If you have any questions about the Password Management tool, please contact the Technical Call Center at 410-777-4357.
Computer labs in the School of Science and Technology support students enrolled in courses that are departments within the Science and Technology courses. Students who are registered in other courses may need to work in other labs, as all software is not loaded on all computers. If someone who is not a registered student, faculty or staff member wishes to use a computer lab, they should use the Teaching Learning Center located in the Library.
Anyone using the computer lab facilities may be asked to provide identification and proof of enrollment upon request by college staff.
Students may be asked to leave the lab immediately if they are using the equipment inappropriately. Students inappropriately using the computers/network systems are subject to the applicable actions as outlined in the Student Conduct Code or College Manual. In-appropriate usage includes, but is not limited to:
Altering the applications that are installed on the computers, downloading and/or installing any software onto the computers in the lab, or removing software. This includes, but is not limited to, programs such as instant messaging applications by any company, or other programs that encourage the distribution of copyrighted and/or pornographic material.
Changing the configuration of the computers in the lab by altering or attempting to alter the operating system environment of any computer in a lab or on servers providing resources to students or faculty.
Attempting to exploit a system to gain unauthorized access to privileged information.
Attempting to gain access to another user’s account information or data, sharing account information with others, attempting to impersonate another user, or to conceal one’s identity.
Playing computer games, other than those that may be assigned as part of a class.
Any actions deemed by School staff as detrimental to the normal operating condition of lab equipment.
Creating a sexually, and/or racially intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment is prohibited. Exhibiting, sending, or printing lewd, indecent or obscene material is prohibited by College policy and by law.
Creating an environment that is distracting to other students in the lab, such as playing music, loud conversations, or other disruptive behaviors.
Excessive printing – printing that is not course related, or that exceeds a reasonable amount as determined by school staff.
Excessive use of network bandwidth by the installation of, and use of, programs designed to download copyrighted music, videos, or graphic illustrations, and/or the sharing of such materials.
Disconnecting network cables, keyboards, mice or other computer peripherals and connecting them to personal laptops or other equipment.
Students may work on unused computers during other classes, if they ask the instructor first. Students may not use extra terminals during another class if the instructor is actively lecturing, or if the instructor feels that such usage would disturb the scheduled class.
Unscheduled lab time is time that may be used for short-term classes, special events, lab maintenance or other Business, Computing and Technical Studies approved uses, with or without prior notice.
Students may not bring food or drinks into the lab. Instructors may need a beverage if they are lecturing for long periods of time.
Students inappropriately using the computers/network systems are subject to the applicable actions as outlined in the Student Conduct Code or College Manual.
Violations of the College and/or School policies may also be violations of State and Federal laws. As such, violators may be prosecuted under those laws.
Students attending courses offered by the School of Science and Technology assume responsibilities when using computer and network resources. These responsibilities include, but are not necessarily limited to:
Student accounts on college networks are a privilege, granted at the discretion of the School. These accounts are granted under the following conditions:
Students are not permitted to use the Internet, e-mail, use instant messenger, etc. during class time unless the instructor gives permission. Downloading or loading software is expressly prohibited.
Students are responsible for saving their work and backing up their files each class to their own disk or USB Flash Drive (Minimum 1 gigabyte recommended) in addition to their folder on the college’s server. Be sure to identify your flash drive on the exterior or by creating a folder and naming that folder with your name and phone number. It will make it easier to return your flash drive to you if your name and contact information is easily known. If your flash drive comes with pre-loaded software, you will most likely need to have it removed as that software usually interferes with the lab equipment. To remove the software, refer to the product’s website for more information. The college is not responsible for maintaining or backing up student files. Do not save to the college’s computer hard drives as these files are systematically erased each night. All student files on the server will be erased at the end of each semester and each student is responsible for copying his or her own files from the server before they leave for the semester.
The faculty, staff and students of Anne Arundel Community College are responsible for creating and maintaining an environment that is conducive to the pursuit of learning and the development of students as scholars and citizens. Accordingly, college regulations are necessary to safeguard the freedom of each student to learn without undue interference by others. To this end, the following policy is promulgated:
All students while engaged in college activities shall comply with all college policies and procedures. Students shall conduct themselves in accordance with accepted standards of behavior, respect the rights of others, refrain from conduct or activity which obstructs the work of the college and is damaging to the welfare of the college community or the college.
This instructor strictly abides by the College's policy on Academic Integrity. As an example, tracing part or all of work other than your own is considered an act of academic dishonesty unless proper reference and credit is made. Do not give copies of your work to others, electronic or otherwise, as this may be considered an act of facilitating academic dishonesty.
The Disability Support Services Office (DSS) provides equal access to educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities. Students interested in course accommodations must provide relevant documentation in order to receive accommodations.
AACC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, Title IX, ADA Title 504 compliant institution. Call Disability Support Services, 410-777-2306 or Maryland Relay 711, 72 hours in advance to request most accommodations. Requests for sign language interpreters, alternative format books or assistive technology require 30 days’ notice. For information on AACC’s compliance and complaints concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment, contact Suzanne Boyer, federal compliance officer at 410-777-1239 or email@example.com or Felicia Patterson, Title IX coordinator at 410-777-2256, or Maryland Relay 711.