Spring classes will resume Monday, April 6, 2020. All classes will be delivered remotely with the aid of technology, through the close of the spring term.
Students may access student services such as the AACC Bookstore, academic advising, tutoring, etc., remotely beginning April 2, 2020.
All instruction and exams will be completed by May 22.
It’s understandable that people are feeling a little stressed right now. This is an unprecedented public health issue and the information surrounding it changes every day. Remember that people process stress differently and be kind to one another.
You can also:
Learn about coping with stress:
If you feel overwhelmed
Talk to a health care provider or counselor.
If you, or someone you know, is experiencing intense sadness, depression, anxiety or feeling like you want to harm yourself or others call:
If you are sick, please stay home.
According to the CDC, seek medical advice if you develop symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the AACC Health & Wellness Center at email@example.com. They will determine what notifications, if any, need to be made to the college community.
The college will protect and keep private any personal information regarding your identity. Under federal law, your name, location or any other identifying information cannot be disclosed.
According to the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should:
For more information, visit Anne Arundel County Department of Health’s website.
Hours of operation are:
7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
We remain committed to maintaining high quality and rigorous instruction with the aid of technology, including Canvas — the college’s primary course management platform.
To learn more about how to access, participate and succeed in remote instruction, view this resource available in Canvas.
The following services are available to students beginning Thursday, April 2, through remote access:
We encourage priority use of the chat feature on aacc.edu, MyAACC college email, phone and MyAACC online services.
A list of contacts may found on this webpage or downloaded for print.
Smarthinking is an online tutoring service that is available to AACC students. Smarthinking provides tutoring in a variety of subjects, some of which are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Learn about Smarthinking Online Tutoring.
The bookstore will remain closed to the public for the foreseeable future. Instead, books and other supplies must be purchased online and will be mailed directly to students free of charge.
Students who are unable to complete all the work associated with their course may wish to work with their instructor to consider an “incomplete” for a class. The incomplete allows a student to finish the required coursework beyond the end of the term. Students should speak with their instructor sooner rather than later regarding this option.
Some students may wish to consider a pass-fail option instead of a traditional letter grade for each class they complete. When the faculty submit a traditional grade at the end of the term, a student can request the traditional grade be changed to a pass-fail grade. The Committee on Academic Standards will authorize the change of a grade to pass-fail based on the traditional grade submitted by the instructor.
The pass-fail option will not always be the best choice for a student, especially if they are in or intend to take health professions courses, or will transfer to programs with competitive admission criteria. A grade of pass may impact a student’s calculated GPA, including the recognition of Latin honors, at time of graduation.
Pass is considered to be a C grade or higher, successful completion of the course for federal financial aid purposes. It is also considered in the maximum number of credits for which a student may receive federal aid. There are considerations for those students who receive scholarships, or use employer-provided tuition assistance, VA benefits or receive tuition assistance through GoArmyEd. The college is prepared to make sure our students make an informed decision when requesting a grade change to pass-fail.
You must complete a form to change from a letter grade to an incomplete or pass-fail. Forms will be available by May 1, and you will be notified through your MyAACC account when they are ready.
Beginning April 2, 2020, students will be able to access food pantry services remotely and receive food via direct shipment. Students should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes. Students will be able to access Helplink services remotely and receive Helplink awards via direct shipment. Students should contact email@example.com for more information. The Office of Student Engagement is unable to award support for any suspended college activities.
The Office of Student Engagement has suspended all nonessential, in-person AACC-sponsored student club/organization activities and events scheduled through May 22, 2020.
The Office of Student Engagement and AACC-sponsored student clubs and organizations will host events and activities online, where appropriate. Learn about opportunities for online student engagement experiences and activities.
No. The Office of Student Engagement has suspended the distribution of passes to the Maryland Science Center and National Aquarium. We have also suspended discounted tickets to Bow Tie Cinema, Cinemark Egyptian 24 and Regal Cinema. This suspension is in effect through May 22, 2020.
Commencement is a very special occasion for our faculty, staff, students and their families. The college is giving thoughtful consideration to the needs of our students, particularly as it relates to graduation.
This year’s commencement will not take place as scheduled but is being postponed until further notice. However, students meeting the requirements to graduate this spring will still be able to receive their degrees and certificates.
Registration for fall classes begins June 1.
Winter and spring classes affected by the extended spring break (March 13-April 5) have been shortened, moved online or canceled. Spring classes starting before May have been moved online or canceled. Tuition and fees for canceled classes will be refunded to students, which may take up to three weeks to complete (around the week of April 22).
If you have additional questions about your classes, email your name, student ID number and the section IDs for the classes in question to the Instructional Support Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond as soon as we are able.
With senior center operations and the college’s senior courses at the centers suspended indefinitely, we are canceling the spring term (April, May and June). The college will be issuing refunds in the next few weeks as we resume operations. In the meantime, our respective departments are working to develop online instruction and activities.
International Student Services (ISS) advisors will process immigration requests, updates and other student services remotely. Time sensitive immigration requests will be prioritized and processed within five business days. Nonurgent tasks may take longer due to the increased number of requests. Please contact email@example.com for additional information.
On March 23, 2020, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued a new guidance that allows F1 students to take online classes as a direct result of impact from coronavirus or COVID-19. Students will be able to temporarily take online classes full time inside or outside the U.S. until Anne Arundel Community College’s leadership determines it is safe to resume classes at college locations.
Yes, you can complete all your spring classes online. As long as you remain enrolled at AACC as a full-time student, we will keep your student status active in SEVIS.
Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, you should refer to your local U.S. embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Center(s) for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States.
In addition, SEVP advises students currently outside of the United States and looking to enter the country to check on any travel restrictions their country might have regarding international travel, including restrictions applicable to countries they may travel through.
DSOs cannot extend students’ programs or I-20s to accommodate graduation ceremonies. Students wishing to return to the United States to attend graduation have the following options:
Students may engage in CPT during their time abroad, provided they are:
Currently, government guidance says you must be inside the U.S. to apply for OPT. At this time, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is evaluating these issues and may issue additional guidance. In the meantime, since U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicates OPT employment authorization requests, SEVP recommends reaching out to USCIS for further guidance.
F-1 students can't be outside the U.S. for more than five months. Although, if you stay enrolled full time in online coursework for the remainder of spring 2020, you will not be impacted by this rule. The five-month leave of absence rule applies if you are no longer an AACC student due to the termination of your SEVIS record.
If you are outside the U.S. five months or more after your SEVIS record was terminated, you lose your ability to reenter as an F-1 student unless you have applied and approved for a new F1 visa status. In this case, you must have reapplied to AACC and received a new I-20 form with a new SEVIS number. AACC DSO will keep your SEVIS record active if you are enrolled as a full-time student online and you intend to return after the COVID-19 crisis.
To renew a visa, you must have a valid I-20 form signed by AACC DSO, and apply at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country before you reenter the U.S. Check the visa requirements and travel information updates from the U.S. Department of State.
There is a lot of uncertainty around travel for the time being. Please continue to monitor college’s communications, guidance from DSO, and online resources for implications on travel from ICE's guidance on COVID-19.
Yes. Disability Support Services will continue to provide services remotely to DSS students. Students who already have accommodations will continue to have accommodations for the remainder of the term.
Yes, your personal assistant will be allowed to accompany you for virtual appointments. When you schedule your appointment, please let the scheduler know that a personal assistant will join you.
Students who need to change or adjust accommodations should contact the DSS office when we reopen on April 2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your accommodation needs and/or to schedule an appointment.
Yes. DSS is able to provide virtual appointments or remotely by phone. Schedule a DSS appointment online.
Assistive computer technology may be available to students. Please email email@example.com for information.
Please be sure you have contacted AACC’s Financial Aid office at firstname.lastname@example.org as many students do not take advantage of their full aid eligibility.
Emergency support services, including AACC food pantries and the Helplink program, are available to assist students experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Helplink and food pantry services will resume operation, remotely, on Thursday, April 2.
Students may be eligible to apply for unemployment.
The additional weeks of spring break will have no impact on VA benefits payments that are issued to students.
If classes have already begun attendance, then there will be no impact to VA benefits.
For classes that have not begun, we anticipate that the course(s) will be certified and paid as an online course, which may impact BAH/MHA.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and may change as we receive further guidance from the VA.
It is in your best interest to remain enrolled and continue participating in all coursework that has already begun. Withdrawing will not exempt you from any financial penalties or regulations set forth by the VA.
You are required to continue to participate in your enrolled coursework in the format in which it's being offered.
For online students, participation means regular contact and engagement with the course material and other participants, as outlined by your instructor.
For students concerned about participation in an online course, please consult with your professor to determine what constitutes participation for the course.
This is an ongoing situation and at this time, no decisions have been made regarding summer enrollment and course offerings. We will be sure to keep all students updated as we know more.
If you’re unable to work your scheduled hours because of coronavirus-related disruptions (such as school closures or student quarantines), you will be paid for any scheduled hours or allowed to work by another means, such as completing work online or remotely, depending on the job. Contact your supervisor for job-specific information.
These unprecedented times are leaving gaps and changes in our everyday routines, but there are innovative and accessible alternatives to keep us safe through the outbreak. It’s natural to experience stress, anxiety, grief and worry right now, but it’s important to get help if you need it.
Stay connected to family, friends and your support system by phone, text, video or email, and explore the links below to learn about resources to care for yourself and those around you.
Yes. Some of those resources are below.
Virtual/Phone Support Meetings
Use this link to access each of the upcoming Collegiate All-Recovery meetings: https://zoom.us/j/328951750
You can reach out to:
Anne Arundel County Department of Health
Substance Abuse Treatment Referral and Resource Line
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
24/7 Help and Support
Recovery Anne Arundel
Comprehensive treatment resource page
Visit any police or fire station across the county, day or night, to dispose of any paraphernalia and find immediate assistance gaining access to care.