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Students and employees who are unable to get the COVID-19 vaccine or be tested for COVID-19 for medical, disability or religious reasons may be eligible for an accommodation. If you do not submit proof that you are fully vaccinated through the Vaccine Certification, you will be treated as unvaccinated. If you are unvaccinated, every Wednesday you must submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test result that was administered within the last seven days, or confirm that you will not be present at an AACC location for the next seven days (Thursday through Wednesday), unless you've applied for and been granted an accommodation by AACC. To apply, use the forms below. You do not need to submit a request for accommodation if you have medical, disability or religious reasons for not being vaccinated but are able to submit to COVID testing unless you are subject to the vaccine mandate for students and employees participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinical setting within the School of Health Sciences or School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, or employees working on or supporting federal contracts on behalf of AACC. 

Accommodation Forms

You may use the online forms below to request an accommodation from the college’s vaccine/testing protocol or to the vaccine mandate for clinicals or federal contracts for medical/disability or religious reasons. Note that the deadline for employees to submit requests for religious accommodations to the vaccine/testing protocol has closed.

Students

Employees


Frequently Asked Questions

We will update this webpage regularly with additional information as it becomes available.

How do I request an accommodation?

Online forms are available for employees and students to request an accommodation from the college’s vaccine/testing protocol for medical, disability or religious reasons on this webpage. Medical documentation signed by a health care provider will be required for medical and disability requests. The deadline for employees to submit requests for religious accommodations has closed. For employees and students participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting within the School of Health Sciences or the School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, or employees working on or supporting federal contracts, visit our COVID-19 protocols for employees and students participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care, clinic setting and employees working on or supporting federal contracts for the applicable deadlines for submitting requests for accommodations.

Note that processing a request for accommodations may take up to 14 days.

For those who are unable to or do not wish to complete the requests electronically, hard copies of the forms will be available:

  • Student Requests for Accommodation – Office of the Dean of Student Development, Student Union Room 227 (Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Employee Requests for Accommodation – Human Resources, Ludlam Hall Room 106 (Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Spanish translations are also available in these offices.

Do I need to submit a request for accommodation if I only need an accommodation from getting the vaccine?

No, with the exception of individuals participating in a clinical or federal contract. If you cannot obtain a COVID-19 vaccine due to medical or disability reasons but can be tested for COVID-19, you do not need to submit an accommodation request form. You will still be required to complete the testing survey each Wednesday and either submit a negative COVID-19 test result for any week that you will appear on campus or confirm that you will not be present at an AACC location for the next seven days (Thursday through Wednesday). Completing the testing survey should take less than five minutes.

Do I need to submit a request for accommodation if I am only taking online classes or working remotely?

It depends. If you are not fully vaccinated and are exclusively taking online classes or working remotely and do not intend to come to an AACC location for any reason, you do not need to submit an accommodation request form. Rather, you will need to submit a testing survey every Wednesday to confirm that you will not be at an AACC location for the next seven days (Thursday through Wednesday) and would need to submit a negative COVID-19 test result on Wednesday if you intend to come to an AACC location for any reason during the next seven days. If you have a medical, disability or religious reason for both not being vaccinated and not being tested, you would need to apply for an accommodation with sufficient time for the college to process your request (typically at least 14 days) before coming to an AACC location.

I have tested positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

If you test positive, you should immediately contact COVIDsafety@aacc.edu and complete the COVID-19 reporting form. If you are at an AACC location when you learn you have COVID-19, you should leave the location as soon as you can. You must isolate until cleared to return to AACC by an authorized college employee. 

If you are in the testing protocol, you should also upload the test result using the testing survey. The college will temporarily suspend the testing requirement for 90 days following the positive test result. After the 90-day period expires, you will be subject to the testing protocols again. You do not need to submit a request for an accommodation.

What is the evaluation process for a request for accommodation?

The purpose of submitting a request for accommodation is to give us information in order to evaluate the medical condition(s), disability or religious reasons that may prevent you from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and testing for COVID-19 and to determine whether any reasonable accommodations may be necessary. Note that accommodations are not guaranteed, and the decision to provide an accommodation will be made at the college’s sole discretion following an interactive process. Our ability to provide an accommodation depends on a number of factors, including but not limited to your specific needs, the nature of your work or studies and the safety of you, our students, our employees and the public, and whether the accommodation would pose an undue hardship on the college or a direct threat to the safety of you or others.

After the accommodation request form has been reviewed and processed, you will be notified, in writing, if an accommodation has been approved or denied. You may reapply if new documentation and information should become available. Unless and until an accommodation is approved, you will be required to comply with the college’s protocol. Please allow for sufficient time for the college to process the request (typically two weeks).

Can I appeal the denial of my request for an accommodation?

You may appeal a decision denying a request for an accommodation by forwarding the decision email to the first level appeal decision-maker listed below within three calendar days of the decision being sent to you. You must include the reasons you are appealing the decision. If your appeal is not granted, you may appeal that decision by forwarding the appeal decision to the second level appeal-decision maker listed below within three calendar days of the appeal decision being sent to you and include the reasons that you are appealing the decision. The appeal decision-makers are listed below by the type of request.

Student Medical/Disability Appeals

Student Religious Appeal

Employees Medical/Disability/Religious Appeal

  • First Level Appeal – Tanya Millner, provost/vice president, Learning, tcmillner@aacc.edu 
  • Second Level Appeal – Melissa Beardmore, vice president, Learning Resources Management, mabeardmore@aacc.edu 

To ensure that your information is protected, the decision regarding your request for accommodation will be sent to your college-issued email mailbox using encryption. If you choose to appeal, to ensure your information remains secure, forward this encrypted email to the appeal decision-maker listed above and include the reasons you are appealing. A lock icon will appear, which confirms that an email is encrypted.

If you have any questions, contact the Technical Service desk at helpdesk@aacc.edu or 410-777-4357.

If I am an AACC student and an AACC employee, do I have to complete both request forms to apply for an accommodation?

Yes, if you are an AACC student who is also an AACC employee, you must also complete both accommodation request forms to be considered for an accommodation. The forms can be completed online. Hard copies of the student forms are available in the Office of the Dean of Student Development at Student Union, Room 227. Hard copies of the employee forms are available in Human Resources at Ludlum, Room 106.

If I am granted an accommodation for a prior term, do I have to reapply for an accommodation next term?

Yes, if you are granted an accommodation, the notice will include an expiration date. You will need to file a request to recertify any accommodation granted prior to the expiration date for the accommodation to be continued. Requests to recertify should be filed at least two weeks prior to the expiration date.

What if I am taking classes at an offsite AACC location?

An offsite location is anywhere other than the Arnold campus, Glen Burnie Town Center, the Hotel, Culinary, Arts and Tourism (HCAT) Institute or AACC at Arundel Mills. For example, offsite locations would include classes that take place at Anne Arundel County public schools, Anne Arundel County senior centers or at an employer's location. An offsite location does not include clinical sites where students and employees may participate in clinical, fieldwork, internships or externships in a health care or clinic setting or federal work sites, which have special requirements. Visit our clinicals and federal contractors webpage for information regarding the protocols that apply to clinical students and employees.

All students and employees, regardless of where their classes take place, including offsite locations, are required to complete the Vaccine Certification. Students who are taking classes solely at an offsite location, however, will not be subject to the college’s weekly testing protocol. Employees who work or teach exclusively at offsite locations, however, are subject to the college’s weekly testing protocol.

For any offsite locations, students and employees in AACC classes will be required to wear a face covering within that classroom for the duration of time in which AACC’s on-campus mask protocol is in place. 

In addition, students and employees in AACC classes at offsite locations must comply with the site’s policies, procedures, rules and regulations regarding vaccination and testing for COVID-19. If you do not comply with the site’s rules, you may be unable to participate in the course at the offsite location and will possibly have to withdraw or fail the course or may be unable to work at the offsite location. You may request an exemption or accommodation directly from the site. If granted by the site, we will abide by the site’s determination. If denied by the site, you may not be permitted able to attend the course. AACC will not consider requests for exemption or accommodation to the site’s rules.

Will the college consider naturally occurring antibodies as an accommodation?

AACC will not consider naturally occurring COVID-19 antibodies as a reason to grant a medical accommodation or medical deferral at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that even if you have already had COVID-19, you should get vaccinated because research has not yet shown how long you may be protected after you recover and vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19. A number of studies have shown that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may be better protected against future infections than those individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19.

While the science around COVID-19 infection-induced immunity and naturally occurring antibodies is evolving, there is not enough evidence for the college to consider infection-induced immunity or naturally occurring antibodies as sufficient to reduce exposure to, or reinfection from, COVID-19. Studies have found that many individuals who were previously infected with COVID-19 have not acquired effective immunity to COVID-19 and when individuals do acquire some level of protection, evidence suggests that the level of protection may depend on the severity of the individuals’ infection.

While some studies have indicated that infection-induced immunity may provide a significant level of protection against reinfection, these studies suffer from methodological limitations that make those studies inconclusive regarding the level of immunity from having previously had COVID-19. The scientific evidence has not yet provided a reasonable degree of certainty as to the degree of protection, if any, afforded to a particular individual from their prior infection. Accordingly, the college will not consider prior infection as a basis for exemption from the college’s optional protocol, requiring vaccination or weekly testing for COVID-19. AACC also consulted with the Anne Arundel County Health Department in making this determination.

Can I request an accommodation if I'm in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care clinic setting or on a federal contract?

Students and employees who have a medical condition, disability or sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination may be eligible for an accommodation, depending on the circumstances. In order to be considered for an accommodation, you must submit a request form.

Learn more about our COVID-19 protocols for employees and students participating in clinicals, fieldwork, externships or internships in a health care or clinic setting and employees working on or supporting federal contracts.

COVID-19 Reporting

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms? Did you receive a positive COVID-19 test result? Have you been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case? Please complete our COVID-19 Reporting form.