In the event of inclement weather or emergencies, the college uses an integrated alert system to keep our community informed about the impact on AACC operations. There are several ways to check on the status of an AACC emergency or weather-related closing/delayed opening:
Receive updates via AACC’s e2campus, a service that sends instant messages to cell phones, wireless PDAs and e-mail addresses. Be among the first to know about college closings, event cancellations, traffic advisories and more.
Sign up requires just a few pieces of information. You can log in to your account later to change your settings or make updates.
In addition to text messaging, AACC’s homepage, Facebook page, Twitter account and outdoor electronic signs are updated with any emergency announcements.
For a recorded message call 410-777-2222, select option 2, then option 1.
Radio and television stations in the Baltimore-Washington metro area are notified and many include updates in their broadcasts and/or websites.
Please note that when the college closes, all classes are cancelled and there is no access to campus grounds, facilities or buildings unless otherwise stated. This includes the campus at Arnold and satellite locations of Arundel Mills, Center for Cyber and Professional Training, Fort Meade Center, Glen Burnie Town Center, HCAT and any other off-campus instructional facility.
When the college resumes operations, gates open 30 minutes before opening time. Please do not come on campus before then. Our Facilities and Public Safety Staff, considered essential personnel, are hard at work trying to make the campus safe to open. Additional cars, traffic and requests to open buildings deter our ability to prepare the college campus for a safe opening.
If the college opens late, our announcements will always identify a specific opening time, e.g., “Anne Arundel Community College opening at 10 a.m.” Never will we indicate anything akin to “opening two hours late.” Unfortunately, we have no control over when media outlets choose to report our announcement or the wording they use.
When the college opens late, students should plan to join the class that would have already started at the college opening time. If the college closes early, students should plan to come to class and attend until the college closes. For example, if the college opens at 10 a.m., a class scheduled to meet from 9 a.m. to noon would begin at 10.
When the college closes early, students should plan to attend class until closing time. For example, if the college is scheduled to close at 1 p.m., a class scheduled to meet from noon to 2 p.m. would still meet (from noon to 1 p.m.). Should a faculty member find it necessary to cancel an individual class meeting, they will notify the students on the class roster via their AACC email.
The college makes every effort to arrive at a decision to delay openings, close early or close completely at the earliest possible time to ensure the safety of the college community. Every effort will be made to notify all radio and television stations by 6 a.m. for delays or closings. In certain situations, the college may be able to open in time for evening classes and events. If a separate decision is required for evening classes, every effort will be made to announce the decision by 3 p.m.
The college makes decisions regarding weather-related delayed opening or closing independent of other agencies including Anne Arundel County Public Schools; therefore, do not assume that if the public schools are closed the college will also be closed. However, if Anne Arundel County Public Schools close for weather-related emergencies, all AACC classes held at public school locations (e.g. North County High School) are canceled. When Anne Arundel County Public Schools schedule non-emergency closings (teacher work days, spring break etc.), AACC classes will meet.