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Aims Community College    
 
    
 
  Dec 16, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018

General Information / College Policies


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Accreditation and Oversight

Aims Community College is authorized to operate in Colorado by state statute. Degree and certificate programs are reviewed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. The College is governed by the elected, five-person Aims Junior College District Board of Trustees. Trustees are elected in odd-numbered years, serve four-year terms and are held to a two-term limit.

Aims Community College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Comments about the College can be addressed to the Higher Learning Commission at 230 South LaSalle Street, Ste. 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604. Instructions for filing a complaint with the Commission can be found at http://www.hlcommission.org/HLC-Institutions/complaints.  For more information about Accreditation, please visit www.aims.edu/about/accreditation.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

Aims Community College complies with the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, which specifies that (a.) a student’s record is closed to non-college officials unless specific authorization to review those records is granted in writing by the student or is granted by provisions of the law and (b.) a student has the right to inspect and review certain specified official records, files, and data directly related to that student. Students desiring to inspect and/or review their official records should contact the Registrar, Office of Admissions, Registration & Records. See section titled Records, Transcripts, Requests for Information . Aims Community College does not maintain a student directory.

Non-Discrimination

Aims Community College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, veteran status, or any other legally protected classification. Employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or who observe acts of discrimination or harassment, should contact the Chief Legal Officer, Ed Beaty Hall, room 145E, or at 970.339.6471, or the Director of Human Resources, Cornerstone, at 970.339.6434.

Children on Campus

All children on campus under the age of eighteen (18) must be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian unless they are involved in a specific College approved and supervised activity.  Aims Community College Policy 3-600.

Smoking Policy

Smoking is prohibited in all buildings owned and operated by the College.  Aims Community College Policy 3-725.

Drug Free Workplace

Aims Community College is a drug-free workplace.  Aims Community College Policy 1-290.

Prohibition Against Enrollment in State-Supported Institutions of Higher Education of Persons Convicted of Rioting Offenses

Under Colorado law, no person shall be enrolled in a state-supported institution of higher education for a period of twelve months following the date of a guilty verdict, guilty plea, no contest plea, or a deferred judgment and sentence for inciting riot, arming rioters, or engaging in a riot.

An Alcohol and Drug Free Education Institution

I. Background

The National Drug Control Strategy issued in September 1989, proposed that the Congress pass legislation requiring schools, colleges and universities to implement and enforce firm drug prevention and education programs as a condition of eligibility to receive Federal financial assistance. On December 12, 1989, President Bush signed the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 (PL 101-226) which requires institutions of higher education to implement a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by their students and employees on school premises or as part of any school activity.

This law, in addition to the Drug Free Workplace Act (PL 100-690, 5151-5160), which requires applicants for federally funded grants and contracts to certify that they will institute affirmative steps to prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, and use of controlled substances in the workplace, establishes the foundation on which Aims Community College has established its drug and alcohol policy.

II. Standard of Conduct

Aims Community College complies with both the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act. In compliance with these Acts all students and employees are prohibited from the unlawful manufacturing, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on any of the Aims’ campuses or at any Aims sponsored activity.

III. Legal Sanctions

Students and employees are reminded that local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful manufacturing, possession, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include but are not limited to incarceration and monetary fines.

The Federal Controlled Substances Act specifies penalties, for a first offense individual involved in the unlawful manufacturing, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute narcotics, of not fewer than 10 years or more than life imprisonment and a fine up to 4 million dollars, or both. The penalty for simple possession, knowingly or intentionally possessing a controlled substance, is imprisonment up to one year and a minimum fine of $1,000, or both. Penalties for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance to a person under twenty-one (21) years of age is imprisonment or a fine, or both, up to twice that established for distribution offenses.

The Colorado Criminal Code relating to controlled substances (Title 18, Article 18) establishes penalties for the unlawful distribution, manufacturing, dispensing, sale, or possession of a controlled substance ranging from six months imprisonment or $500 fine, or both, to 16 years imprisonment and/or $750,000 in fines, depending on the classification of substance. Penalties under the Colorado Beer Code (Title 12, Article 47) relating to unlawful manufacturing, distribution, and possession of alcoholic beverages range up to one year imprisonment and/or up to $5,000 in fines, or both.

Local ordinances for the City of Greeley, relating to illicit drugs and alcohol, coincide with the State of Colorado statutes.

IV. College Sanctions

Students and/or employees (full or part-time) who violate the standards set forth under the Aims Substance Abuse Policy (Aims Community College Policy 1-290) will be subject to disciplinary actions. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, reprimand, probation, suspension, expulsion or termination and/ or referral to the appropriate authorities for prosecution.

V. Health Risks

Health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse encompass physical and psychological effects, including but not limited to: malnutrition, brain damage, paranoia, psychosis, hepatitis, convulsions, coma, depression, heart disease, death, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, damage to the central nervous system, elevated blood pressure, respiratory failure, low birth weight babies, babies with drug/alcohol addictions, and an increased probability of intravenous drug users contracting AIDS. It is recommended that anyone having specific questions relating to their health and drugs/ alcohol should consult their physician. Aims Community College Policy 1-290.

Consumer Information

In addition to information contained in this catalog and in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunities Act of 2008, Aims Community College posts a wide variety of Consumer Information on the College website. This information may be accessed at http://www.aims.edu/about/know/.

Catalog Changes

Aims Community College reserves the right, whenever it judges it necessary or advisable to meet changing academic, instructional, student, or fiscal needs, to cancel or modify, without notice, any course or program described in this catalog. The College also reserves the right to change any provision or requirement of this catalog, including tuition and fees.

Emergencies

As always, in the event of an emergency, call 911. Please don’t hesitate to contact the School Resource Officers directly at 970-539-2171.

How to Contact Security

Security on the Greeley campus can be reached 24 hours/day at 970-539-2171. Additionally, the Campus Safety and Security Officer or School Resource Officers can be e-mailed at security@aims.edu or by calling x6650 from an on-campus phone. Please leave a message if we miss your call.

Security at the Loveland campus can be reached by calling 970-518-5137.
Security at the Fort Lupton campus can be reached by calling 303-591-3164.
Security at the Windsor campus can be reached by calling 970-744-0322 or 970-339-6544.

If unable to reach, call 970-539-2171 or 970-888-2582.

Safety Escort Services

Any student, visitor, faculty or staff member can request an escort to their vehicle anytime by calling the security officers directly for the campus location where you are requesting an escort.

How to Report a Crime (Behavior/Conduct/Crime)

If it is an emergency, remain calm and dial 911 or 9-911 from an on-campus phone. Be prepared to inform the operator of your location and the nature of the emergency.

For non-emergency situations, on any of the Aims’ campuses, you can report incidents by calling one of our School Resource Officers or Campus Security Officers. They can be reached by calling the appropriate contact number listed under “How to Contact Security.” Additionally, you can call the campus Safety and Security Coordinator at 970-888-2582. In addition to the above options, an incident may be reported using our automated incident reporting system on the Aims web page. These complaints can be made anonymously.

Anonymous Reporting

On-campus non-emergency criminal activity or other security related incidents or concerns may also be reported anonymously by accessing the online report form or calling the Campus Resource Officers/Security at 970-539-2171 or 970-888-2582.

Lighting Concerns

Sufficient and effective lighting is important to the College and its visitors. If you find an area where the lighting is either off or is inadequate, please send an email to security@aims.edu. You can also call Facilities and Operations at 970-339-6243. We have a team of dedicated individuals who constantly review lighting concerns throughout the campus, and lighting projects are always being evaluated. Recommendations are always welcome. 

Lost and Found

To turn in an item or inquire about a lost article, please contact Security at the campus location.

Vehicle Assistance

If any student, visitor, faculty or staff member needs assistance with vehicle breakdowns, Campus Safety representatives will be happy to respond by helping the vehicle owner make contact with a service provider and staying with the owner until help arrives. Officers can be contact by calling the Campus Security Officer for the campus where the help is needed. See “How to Contact Security” for the correct security contact numbers.

*Aims Security Officers are not authorized under any circumstances to offer vehicle assistance.

Parking 

Students at Aims are required to have a parking permit for all cars or motorcycles they want to park at Aims Community College. The permit is free to the students and provides the College with an added level of security for our enrolled students. Additional information about the permit program can be obtained through the Campus Safety and Security Office at 970-339-6474 or security@aims.edu.

Daily Crime Log

In compliance with Clery regulations, Aims Community College maintains a daily crime log, listing all criminial incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to Campus Resource Officers, Security Services personnel, or the Safety and Security Office. This report includes incidents on the various Aims campuses and on public property adjacent to the campuses.

The Daily Crime Log is available for review online or in the Safety and Security Office.

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SAVE) Act

Aims Community College is committed to providing a safe learning and working environment. In compliance with federal law, specifically the Clery Act and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SAVE), Aims Community College has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault, domestic vioulence, dating violence, and stalking. These guidelines apply to all members of the Aims Community (students, faculty, and staff) as well as contactors and visitors. Aims Community College encourages any member of the Aims Community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, or know of another member of the community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dateing violence, or stalking to report the incident to the Aims Community College Safety and Security Office, Aims Title IX Administrator (John Fults, Director of Campus Safety and Security and Title IX Compliance, Human Resources CNST 125, Greeley Campus, 970-339-6650, john.fults@aims.edu), or local law enforcement. The Safety and Security Office can be contacted by using one of the contacts listed under “How to Contact Security, How to Report a Crime or Anonymous Reporting.”

Annual Clery Crime Statistics

As part of the annual Campus Safety and Security Report, all institutions of higher education must report three years’ worth of statistics for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus or on public property immediately adjacent to the campus. The Crime Statistics report can be viewed on the Campus Safety and Security home page. For the purpose of this report, the following definitions apply:

On Campus:
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and any building or property that is within or resonable contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and support institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

Public Property:
All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. Note: Include sidewalks and streets surrounding the campus as well as the sidewalk across the street from campus, but do not include public property beyond the sidewalk.

Aims Community College Alerting & Notification System

Rave Alerts

Rave Mobile Safety is the most trusted software partner for campus and public safety. Used by leading Institutes of Higher Education and State and Local Agencies, the award winning portfolio of RaveAlert, RaveGuardian, Eyewitness, Smart911, and SmartPrepare enables millions to feel safe, secure and connected.

Rave does not charge subscribers to send or receive SMS messages. Standard or other messaging charges apply depending upon your wireless carrier plan and subscription details. Once registered, you can opt out of SMS messages at any time by texting STOP to 67283 or 226787.

How do I access Rave Alert?

  • Go to www.getrave.com
  • Select your school
  • You will be directed to your school’s Rave Alert homepage.
  • Enter username and password.

How do I register for Rave Alert?

  • Go to www.getrave.com
  • Enter your school email address.
  • Click on the link “Join Now!”
  • Follow steps for creating your Rave user account.

Wall Mounted Alert Beacons and Computer Screen Pop-ups

Alert Beacons:
These boxes are part of the alerting system intended to inform our community of an emergency. They will sound an alarm and light up and flash to grab you attention. Additionally, there will be a message in the beacon window with information informing you about the emergency and actions you need to take. Above each beacon is also a set instructions on how to silence the alarm and more information. Please direct any questions you have to the Safety and Security Office at security@aims.edu.

Computer Screen Alert Pop-up Notifications:
Aims uses the “Alertus Desktop” notification software to get the attention of computer users immediately during an emergency. When an emergency occurs, we will activate a warning and a computer desktop alert will pop up a full-screen alert on all the College administered PCs and Macs for all our campus locations. The alert will take over the whole screen with a warning. Once the alert is sounded, students, faculty, and staff should follow the instructions desplayed on the screen.

Title IX Official

Title IX questions or concern should be directed to:

John Fults,
Director of Campus Safety and Security
and Title IX Compliance,
Human Resources,
Greeley Campus, Cornerstone 125,
970-339-6650
john.fults@aims.edu

Bus Service

The City of Greeley has a bus system that includes two routes that provide service to Aims Community College. Riders can also transfer to Aims campus routes from other routes which serve the city. Bus passes can be purchased at the Student Leadership and Development Office for only $1 per semester, subsidized by the student activity fee.

Loveland provides public bus service that stops by the Loveland Campus.

Food Service

Aims Food Services provide a variety of offerings at the Greeley campus, consisting of a cash food service known as the Campus Bistro, two coffee carts known as the Campus Grind, and beverage and snack vending service located in all buildings on campus. The Fort Lupton, Loveland, and Windsor sites have vending services.

The Campus Bistro is located in the College Center on the main floor. This service offers breakfast and lunch menus consisting of grill items, sandwiches, pizza, salads, and beverages. Operating hours for the Campus Bistro are posted at the beginning of each semester.

The Campus Grind coffee carts are located in Ed Beaty Hall and the College Center. Services include barista style coffee, pre-packaged snacks and sandwiches, and conventional beverages. Operating hours for the Campus Grind carts are posted at the beginning of each semester.

A variety of food vending machines are available at various locations on all campuses. On the Greeley Campus if there is a problem with any of the machines please call 970-339-6448. All other campuses (Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor) contact the front desk personnel for assistance.

Housing

Since the College does not provide student housing, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements for his or her housing. It is recommended these arrangements be made prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student intends to enroll. Note that most parties who have facilities to rent to college students will require a security deposit when the final arrangements are made.

Students who attend Aims Community College have chosen to live in a variety of facilities. Many students commute daily from their family residences in the area. Others have rented private apartments.

College and Community Relations/Media

CCR/Media provides support to Aims Community College faculty, staff, administrators and students.  This includes content programming (student-based and other) on the Aims television stations in Greeley, Fort Lupton, Loveland and Fort Collins.  Television distribution feeds the Greeley campus and provides content and programming for the Kiosk monitor in the College Center.  We duplicate (with legal permission) tapes and DVDs with customized labels, sleeves and cases.  We also integrate with the Communications Media department in the programming and assimilation of media across many platforms.  We support the MediaCAST video streaming server, providing content uploading, training, and customer support for faculty and students. Please e-mail marketing@aims.edu for additional information. 

Communication Media Production Services

Communication Media staff provide support to Aims Community College faculty, students, staff, and administrators in the design, development, and production of informational and instructional materials for distribution via television, internet, and/or other media.  Services include program design, instructional design, script writing, pre-production planning and budgeting, program production, post-production editing, animation, and graphic development.