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Student Handbook

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Admissions & Records

The Admissions and Records Office provides student services as outlined below:

Admission - admitting students to the College.
Registration - processing registrations, adds, drops, and withdrawals.
Tuition Classification - reviewing and processing student requests for changes in tuition classification.
Transfer Evaluations - evaluating credits from other schools and standardized testing programs for use in Aims programs.
Class Scheduling - coordinating production of the online semester schedule of classes.
Record Keeping - maintaining students’ academic records (e.g., course and grade transcripts) and verifying student enrollment while protecting student privacy.
Graduation Certification - certifying students’ completion of program requirements.
Transcripts - providing official copies of academic records when requested online through myAims or in writing by students. Check out our website at www.aims.edu/student/admissions/transcripts for more information.

Each student is responsible for proper enrollment and for adhering to College policies and procedures. Because policies and procedures are subject to change, the Aims website contains the most current information and is used as the communication link between College personnel and the students served by the College.

Apply & Register Online
Have you visited the Aims website lately? Instead of standing in line, check out www.aims.edu where you can search for course offerings, obtain financial aid information, register for classes, get your class schedule, pay your bill, view your grades for every term you attended Aims, communicate with your current instructors, and print unofficial transcripts.

Many services (like registration) require your Aims username and password to log into the web system. If you do not have your username and password, click on the “Reset Password” link on the Aims Current Students page and follow the online instructions. Remember to get your username and password and start using myAims today!

International Admissions
If you have come to the United States to study at Aims Community College, you must contact Marie Gallegos, our international student advisor, to begin the process of obtaining your F-1 Student Visa. Whether you will receive instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) or the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) or whether you will go directly into college-level courses, Marie will help you determine your next steps. For more information, go to http://www.aims.edu/student/international, call (970) 339-6675, or email marie.gallegos@aims.edu.

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Advising

Academic Advising
We understand that the time and money spent on your education are one of the most important investments you will ever make. As such, our academic advisors are committed to helping you navigate the educational system by clarifying the process and helping you select programs of study and classes to successfully meet your short- and long-term goals. Whether you want to complete a certificate such as nurse aid, obtain a career and technical degree, transfer to another institution, or take a course for personal interest, the knowledgeable advisors in the Student Success Center will answer your questions and partner with you in your journey. All students are encouraged to visit with an advisor prior to registering for classes; however, new degree/certificate-seeking students are required to meet with an advisor.

Specifically, the advisors will:

Since this is a collaborative partnership, you will be expected to:

The Retention Advisor will help you:


After you have made sufficient academic progress and meet requirements determined by the academic division, you may be assigned to a faculty advisor in your chosen field of study.

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Campus Card

Aims is pleased to announce a new way of distributing refunds, including financial aid. Once students have paid all fees, we will load any excess money on the new Campus Card, a personalized, prepaid Discover debit card. The card can be used anywhere you see the Discover acceptance mark, including online, at gas stations, grocery stores, and just about everywhere else.

There is virtually no cost to the student to use the card, including no per transaction fees or PIN usage fees, no fees for bill pay, and no fees for transferring the funds electronically to another bank account or cash back on purchases at select merchants. Once cards have been activated and loaded with money, they may be used immediately.

The new Campus Card is not a checking account or a credit card, and there is no cost to the student. Students may withdraw cash at the ATM in the College Center or at any other ATM, subject to fees, or transfer money to their bank account.
For more information, visit www.aims.edu/student/cashier/campus-card/index.php or www.acceluraid.com/aims

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Financial Aid

PURPOSE OF FINANCIAL AID:
The purpose of financial aid is to provide assistance to students in meeting their educational costs as they pursue their current academic program. Financial aid awards may come from one or any combination of grants, scholarships, work-study or loans. Financial aid awarded to students may be funded from federal, state, institutional and/or private funds.

To be considered for most types of financial aid, students must apply using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The Federal School Code for Aims Community College is: 007582. Most scholarships require an application separate from the FAFSA. Please contact the organization granting the scholarship or the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Financial Aid Priority Dates
A FAFSA must be completed for each academic year (Fall through Summer). The FAFSA is available in January of each year for the following fall semester.

Late Applicants
If you miss the Financial Aid Priority Date for the term in which you wish to enroll, you are still strongly encouraged to apply. Your application will be accepted and processed; but, it may not be processed in time for you to use your financial aid to meet the tuition payment deadlines and/or to pay for your tuition, fees and books. If this is the case, you will need to sign up for a MyPayment plan or make other arrangements to pay your tuition and fees and to purchase your books. If you qualify for financial aid, a refund, if eligible, will be issued to you later in the term.

Payment plans are available through the Cashier’s Office. For more information see My Payment Plan.

Financial Aid Application Instructions
You must apply for financial aid each academic year (Fall through Summer).

  1. Apply for admissions to the College
    Go to www.aims.edu
    Click on "Prospective Student"
  2. Be a either current degree-seeking student at Aims Community College or a student seeking an eligible certificate program and take courses that are required for that degree or certificate.
  3. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit it to the Central Processing System (CPS). Aims Community College’s Federal School Code is 007582. This school code must be on your FAFSA for Aims to process your financial aid. You may submit the FAFSA using one of the following methods:
    Online at www.fafsa.ed.gov - this is the quickest and most efficient way.
    Regular mail - You can request a paper FAFSA by calling 1-800-4-FEDAID. This method may add additional time to the processing of your application.
  4. Research and apply for scholarships. Check the financial aid link on Aim’s web site: www.aims.edu or search for FREE scholarship searches on the Internet.
  5. Submit additional documentation as requested.

Other Important Application Information:

Verification - The federal government requires that some applications be reviewed for accuracy through a process called "verification." In addition, if the Financial Aid Office has conflicting information you may be selected for verification by the College. If your application is selected for this process, you may be required to complete a Verification Worksheet, provide copies of the federal tax transcripts, and W-2 forms for individuals whose income is required to be on your FAFSA, or other documents. You will be notified by letter or email if you have been selected for verification.

Federal database matches - When your FAFSA is processed through the CPS, your name, social security number and date of birth are matched with a variety of federal agencies. Agency matches are performed against the files of the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security (if applicable), Selective Service, Veterans Administration (if applicable) and the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). If there are any differences or questions about your information, you will be asked to provide additional documentation or to take additional actions to confirm your eligibility for federal/state and/or institutional financial aid. You will be notified by the CPS and our financial aid office by letter or email should additional documentation be required.

Penalties may be imposed for abuse or fraudulently reported information and for misuse of financial aid funds.

Transfer Students Who Have Applied for Financial Aid at Another School
If you previously applied for federal financial aid at another school and are now applying for financial aid at Aims, you must add Aims’ federal school code (007582) to your FAFSA for the current academic year. This can be done by submitting a correction to your FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

In addition, if the other school has awarded you financial aid for the term in which you are transferring to Aims, you will need to request those awards be canceled. Once canceled, it can take up to 30-days for those cancellations to be reported to NSLDS. It is our recommendation that you have the financial aid office from the other school email our financial aid office letting us know your financial aid has been canceled and the amounts of aid you received. This will allow us to move forward in determining your financial aid eligibility.

You cannot receive financial aid from two schools for the same semester of enrollment.

General Eligibility Requirements
Your eligibility for financial aid is dependent upon the availability of federal, state, institutional and private resources. To be eligible for financial aid, you must:

  1. Be accepted to Aims Community College as an eligible degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.G.S.) or certificate seeking student; and
  2. Be making satisfactory academic progress in accordance with the financial aid satisfactory academic progress guideline; and
  3. Be a U.S. citizen, a national, or an eligible non-citizen; and
  4. Enroll at least half-time (6 credits) for most financial aid programs. Enrollment must be for courses required for your degree or certificate; and
  5. Not be in default on a prior student loan; and
  6. Not owe a repayment or overpayment of a federal grant or loan; and
  7. Be registered with the Selective Service, if required; and
  8. Have a high school diploma or GED or have completed secondary school education in a home school that state law treats as a home or private school; and
  9. Not have been convicted for sale or possession of illegal drugs while receiving federal (Title IV) funds.

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My Payment Plan

To help you meet your educational expenses, Aims Community College and Nelnet Business Solutions have partnered to offer easy payment plans as a convenient way to budget college expenses. MyPaymentPlan is a tuition management plan that provides you with a low cost option for budgeting tuition. It is not a loan program. You have no debt, there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The only cost to budget monthly payments through MyPaymentPlan is a $25 per semester nonrefundable enrollment fee. The enrollment fee is automatically deducted IMMEDIATELY after completing the agreement online.

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Scholarships

Aims Scholars Scholarship: This is a merit-based (or GPA) program designed to assist students who have excelled academically. A separate application, available online or from the Financial Aid Office, is required. A FAFSA is not required. All awards are subject to the availability of institutional funding.

Other Scholarships: There is a wide variety of scholarships available to students. The key is to search for them often and then take the time to apply! Scholarship funds can be found and awarded on the basis of one’s merit (grade point average), interests, life experiences, future plans, specific characteristic (e.g., left-handedness), etc.

You should NEVER have to pay to find out about the availability of scholarships. Our recommendation is that you do a search on the Internet for ‘Free Scholarship Searches’ which will bring up a number of free searches for you to look into. These searches work by asking a series of questions to determine your interests, accomplishments, etc.

Aims Foundation Scholarships: Through the generous donations of many individuals and organizations, scholarship funds are available through the Aims Foundation to assist students while attending Aims. Only one application is required. The online application is available at www.aims.edu/student/finaid/scholarships/ or https://aims.academicworks.com/users/sign_in.

General eligibility criteria for all Aims Foundation Scholarships may be found on the Aims website, www.aims.edu/student/finaid/scholarships/foundation/list, or through the Financial Aid office.

Scholarships are available to students on all campuses. Aims Foundation scholarships, amounts, and deadlines are subject to change and are contingent upon availability of funds. Before completing the online application, or if you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 970-339-6548 or financial.aid@aims.edu. The Financial Aid Office is located in the College Center.

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Testing

Academic testing services for students include the following: makeup exams for classes, exams for hybrid and Internet courses, written FAA exams and secured Nursing, EMS, and Surgical Technology exams. Students with documented mobility, vision, hearing, learning, mental, emotional, speech, or health disabilities must contact Disability Access Services to arrange for special accommodations for testing.

Students must provide a picture ID (e.g., driver's license) before taking any academic test.

For information and testing times, contact the Testing Center in the College Center at 970-339-6533 for the Greeley Campus; 303-857-4022, ext. 4300 for the Fort Lupton Campus; or 970-667-4611 for the Loveland Campus; or visit our website at http://www.aims.edu/student/testing/academic/.

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Tuition & Fees

All tuition, payment policies, and fee charges are subject to change by the Aims Junior College District Board of Trustees as circumstances may require, without notice. See current semester schedule of classes for updated information.

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Veterans Assistance

The Financial Aid Office and Veteran Services works with the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that students who are eligible under Title 38 United States Code receive their education benefits as well as offered information concerning resources to veterans and their dependents who have needs outside their education benefits.

The following VA educational benefits are available:

Students eligible for VA educational benefits are encouraged to contact the Veterans Affairs School Certifying Official (SCO) at the Financial Aid Office at least 12 weeks before enrolling to allow adequate processing time through the Department of Veteran Affairs and Aims Community College. For more information, please contact the Aims SCO at 970-339-6530 or visit the Aims Veteran Benefits website at www.aims.edu/student/finaid/veteran, and visit the Department of Veterans website at www.gibill.va.gov.

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Academic Initiatives

Aims Community College is committed to providing quality instruction and a learning environment that focuses on students and their success. To that end, Aims engages in periodic review of its academic programs. Within this context, strategic and organizational planning initiatives follow:

  1. Monitor and respond to recent changes in requirements for education and training in the community, and assure both that curricular development processes are adequate and that curricular structure and content are appropriate.
  2. Maintain an educational environment that values diversity.
  3. Provide academic services that encourage student persistence and success.
  4. Enhance an environment that promotes lifelong learning for students, faculty, and staff.
  5. Expand academic programs that engage students in the worldwide community.
  6. Continue effective and efficient use of College resources by integrating curriculum where appropriate, sharing equipment and human services, and utilizing relevant technologies in the educational process.

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Academic Standards Policy

Degree/certificate-seeking students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. To remain in good standing, students must achieve a minimum cumulative and term grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 for all attempted undergraduate level courses.
Students who fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress shall be placed on academic probation. Probationary students who do not show progress toward good standing in the first term of their probation will be placed on multi-term probation. Students who do not show progress toward good standing in the subsequent term will be placed on academic suspension.

Students who are academically suspended will need to submit a written appeal for reinstatement, which will be forwarded to the Academic Standards Appeals Committee for review and decision. If an appeal is denied, students will be required to sit out, reapply for admission, and develop a re-entry plan. A full explanation of the appeal process is available online at www.aims.edu/student/admissions/standards.

Financial aid and certain Aims programs may have more specific guidelines concerning course load and GPA. Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 to receive a degree or certificate.

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Class Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered, except in case of illness or other emergencies. The instructor shall determine and inform students of the effects of absences on the grade. If any student accumulates so many absences that continued enrollment in the class seems to be of little value, the student may be asked by the instructor to withdraw from the course. The instructor may assign a final grade or develop an Incomplete contract with the student if the student has successfully completed 75% of the course. Withdrawals must be processed by the deadline shown in the schedule of classes.

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Grading System

Aims Community College assigns the following letter grades:

Grade Letter: A
Grade Points: 4
Indicates the student has demonstrated superior achievement of the course objectives.

Grade Letter: B
Grade Points: 3
Indicates the student has demonstrated above-average achievement of the course objectives.

Grade Letter: C
Grade Points: 2
Indicates the student has demonstrated acceptable achievement of the course objectives.

Grade Letter: D
Grade Points: 1
Indicates the student has demonstrated a below-average level of achievement in the course that does not warrant a failing grade yet represents the minimum passing grade.

Grade Letter: F
Grade Points: 0
Indicates the student has failed to achieve the objectives of the course.

Grade Letter: S
Grade Points: None
Satisfactory -For designated courses, indicates achievement of the course objectives at a "C" level or above.

Grade Letter: U
Grade Points: None
Unsatisfactory -For designated courses, indicates failure to achieve course objectives.

Grade Letter: AU
Grade Points: None
Audit -: No credit is granted. Regular tuition rates apply. The audit (AU) grade does not affect the grade point average. Any course for which an AU grade is assigned: does not count toward any certificate or degree program; cannot be used to satisfy a course prerequisite; cannot be used to satisfy "in residence" requirements; and cannot be used to satisfy requirements for financial aid or veterans' benefits. Each academic department will set guidelines for the approval or disapproval of a student's auditing a course. The student must obtain instructor approval on an Audit Request Form and submit the form to the Admissions & Records office by the add/drop deadline for the course. Once approved and submitted, the final grade of AU will be assigned. The grade of AU is final and cannot be changed. The student may receive credit for a course that was originally audited only by enrolling in and satisfactorily completing another section of the course in a subsequent semester.

Grade Letter: W
Grade Points: None
Withdrawal -Indicates a student's withdrawal after the point marking 15% of the course (the drop/refund deadline) and before the point marking 75% of the course. After the 75% point, students may no longer choose to withdraw from a course, and faculty will either assign the grade earned or complete an "Incomplete" Agreement with the student.Ê

Grade Letter: I

Grade Points: None
Incomplete -The Incomplete is an option for the instructor when a student has, for good reason, been delayed in completing the required work and has satisfactorily completed at least 75% of the course. To receive the grade of "Incomplete," the student does not re-register for the course but instead completes an agreement with the instructor, in which the instructor specifically identifies the time frame and requirements for completing the course. The instructor then submits the completed Incomplete Agreement form to the Admission & Records Office and ensures that the student receives a copy. The student has a maximum of one term to complete the course requirements. If necessary, the instructor may extend the time limit for one additional academic term. After one year from the issuance of the "I", an Incomplete that remains on a student's record will be converted to the "F" grade.

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Grade Point Average

A student's grade point average (GPA) is computed according to the following formula:

Number of credits of "A" multiplied by 4; plus
Number of credits of "B" multiplied by 3; plus
Number of credits of "C" multiplied by 2; plus
Number of credits of "D" multiplied by 1;
Number of credits of "F" multiplied by 0; then divided by total number of credits accumulated.

Only the credits accumulated and grade points earned in college level courses at Aims Community College are used in computation of semester and cumulative GPAs which appear on grade reports and transcripts. Courses numbered below 100 do not count for college credit or in the grade point average. Courses graded "S" count for credit, but are not used in the grade point average.

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Fresh Start Policy

“Fresh Start” is an option for students who had a poor start academically and return to Aims after at least a two-year absence, counted from the end of the student’s last term at Aims.

Under the program, the student may petition to have all of his or her previous grades eliminated from the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). The grades remain on the transcript, but are no longer be calculated in the GPA.

The student may obtain a Fresh Start Petition in the Admissions & Records office or online.

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Grade Replacement Policy

“Grade Replacement” is an option for students who may choose to repeat a limited number of courses for the purpose of replacing a poor grade with a better grade.

Under the program, both the previous and the new grades remain on the transcript, but only the last grade received is counted toward the GPA. The student may attempt to improve his or her overall GPA by repeating a maximum of 4 courses in which he or she had received a final grade of “D” or “F”.

The student may obtain a Grade Replacement Petition in the Admissions & Records office or online.

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Honors Per Semester

Honors recognition will be given to full-time students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in at least 12 credit hours of college level courses used to compute the GPA during a semester. President’s List is the designation for a term GPA of 4.0 (straight A), while Dean’s List is the designation for a term GPA of 3.5 - 3.99.

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Honors Program

Students looking for challenging course work, deeper exploration into subjects, smaller classes, off-campus experiences, a community of honors students, more personal contact with instructors, and transcript recognition should consider enrolling in an honors class through the Aims Honors Program. Any student can enroll in an honors class. Aims also offers students the opportunity to apply for and graduate from the honors program after having completed three honors courses, three leadership experiences, and a capstone project. Honors Program graduates will be recognized at graduation, and their course work may be transferable to other four-year colleges’ honors programs. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Honors Program to take individual Honors classes. For information about the Aims Honors Program, go to www.aims.edu/honors.

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Repeating Courses

A student who earns a grade of “D” or “F” in a course may repeat the course to raise the grade to a “C” or better and to meet the performance level required for subsequent courses. The course may be used only once to meet the graduation requirements of a particular degree or certificate program. A student may not repeat a course in which the student received a letter grade of “C” or higher unless first receiving instructor approval. All grades will be listed on the student’s transcript and will be computed in the student’s grade point average (GPA) unless either a “Fresh Start” or “Grade Replacement” policy applies.

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Commencement Ceremony & Diploma/Certificate Information

Aims conducts one commencement ceremony per year, which is held at the end of spring semester. This year's commencement ceremony will be held on May 8, 2015, at the Budweiser Events Center.

All graduates who want to participate in the ceremony MUST wear the college provided regalia. Once a year, Aims hosts a graduation fair where graduates can order their cap and gown. They may also go to the Herff Jones website, online service, and order them during the designated time frame, as specified in the graduation letter sent to all qualified graduates.

Graduates wanting custom invitations or other graduation items can order them at the graduation fair or from the Herff Jones website.

There will be one day scheduled in May for Spring graduates and one day in August for Summer graduates to pick up their diploma or certificate at Aims. If it is not picked up on the designated day, it will be mailed to the last known address on file for the graduate. Those students who were Fall graduates will have already received their diploma or certificate.

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Effective Catalog

The catalog in use during a student’s first enrollment in the College normally is used in determining completion of degree or certificate requirements. The effective catalog may, however, be no more than seven years old at the time of graduation. A student may elect to meet the requirements of any subsequent catalog published during the seven year period, including the current year. This election must be made when the student files a graduation application.

A student who has had a break in enrollment of three consecutive semesters or more at the College and/or within the declared degree or certificate program, excluding summer sessions, must meet the program requirements of the catalog in use at the time of readmission. Any previously completed Aims career and technical course work may be subject to an evaluation of its relevancy to any revised program. If the career and technical program in which the student was previously enrolled has been discontinued, or if a public notice of program discontinuance has been given, the student cannot re-enroll in that program.

The College reserves the right to substitute courses for those no longer offered, to modify course content at any time, to approve the substitution of one course for another in any degree or certificate program, or to waive any course prerequisite or co-requisite.

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General Requirements

The general requirements for awarding of an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree, an Associate of General Studies (A.G.S.) degree, or Certificates in Career and Technical Education programs are outlined in the Degree and Certificate Requirements section of this catalog. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in the particular program’s curriculum for awarding of any type of degree or certificate, and only courses numbered 100 or above may be applicable toward the degree or certificate. Specific requirements for individual programs may be obtained from either the catalog or the DegreeWorks degree audit available through myAims.

Fifteen semester hours of course work applicable to the degree or 50% of course work applicable to the certificate program and completed prior to graduation must be Aims Community College courses.
Students must apply for graduation.

See the academic calendar for exact deadline dates. Students can download a graduation application from the Admissions & Records webpage under “Commonly Used Forms” or can log into myAims to apply online. Graduation applications are also available in a paper form through faculty advisors, the Student Success Center, and Admissions & Records. Completed paper graduation applications must be returned to Admissions & Records, where final evaluations will be made. The A.G.S. degree requires the signature of the Advising Program Director in the Student Success Center. After processing the Graduation Application, Admissions & Records personnel will notify the student at their myAims email account.

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Bookstore

Your Aims Community College Bookstore carries all required and recommended textbooks for classes taught on their respective campus. In many cases, textbooks are available in new, used, rental, and digital formats.

The Bookstore for the Greeley Campus is located in the College Center building. Bring in your class schedule, and our friendly staff will assist you in finding your books and required supplies. You will also find a wide variety of school supplies, Aims clothing, backpacks, gift items, candy, gum, and nuts. Textbook refunds will be accepted on all three campuses during the first five days of the semester. All refunds require a sales receipt.

Please note: Bookstore hours change throughout the academic year and vary by campus. Please refer to the website for specific hours.
Textbooks, supplies, and clothing can be ordered by visiting the Bookstore website at http://aims.bncollege.com/

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Career Services

Career Services is available to assist you in discovering and moving toward your career goals. These services are designed as a resource to be used before, during, and after formal education at Aims.

Career Services resources:

Career Counseling Services: If you would like individualized assistance in discovering how you are wired and how that connects to career options, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Career Services. Career counseling is a 2-3 appointment series that provides you with knowledge about your personality and interests, connected career niches and exploration resources. For community members, the Career Counseling and Job Search services costs $50 each.

Job Search Skill Development Resources: From helping to develop a stand-out resume to coaching on interviewing skills, Career Services can help you get your job search in gear! Don’t miss our annual career fairs held in partnership with UNC and Employment Services of Weld County. Check out our web site for the latest information about upcoming events.

Check out our on-line job board, Career Advance! This site is only available to Aims students/alumni and is free to use. Register on Career Advance to view current job postings including campus work-study positions, internships and volunteer positions, as well as part-time and full-time job opportunities! Access Career Advance at www.aims.edu/student/career. Go to the Student drop down menu and select “Career Advance Log-in.” Get connected!

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Disability Access Services

DAS Office: 970-339-6388
For appointments: 970-339-6251

Providing equal opportunity is an important and shared responsibility at Aims Community College. DAS shares this responsibility by assisting students with documented disabilities in reaching their academic potential. Our office strives to accomplish this by providing qualified students with disabilities reasonable academic accommodations as mandated under ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Disability categories served by our office include, but are not limited to:

If you wish to self-identify and request accommodations while attending any Aims campus, you will need to contact DAS and arrange an intake interview. You will need to provide appropriate documentation that describes your diagnosed disability and current functional limitations. Based on the provided documentation, it will be determined which accommodations and/or services you are eligible to receive.

Examples of accommodations:

The admissions processes at Aims Community College will not inform DAS of your presence on campus nor your needs. Any new or returning student with a disability wishing to receive accommodations must contact DAS at least four weeks prior to the beginning of the upcoming term to guarantee that services will commence as close to the start of classes as possible.

Please note that once your documentation and paperwork is submitted, DAS will review the documentation and accommodation requests. Please allow 10-14 working days for a final decision. You will be notified via your Aims email if additional documentation is needed. The status of your accommodation requests will also be sent to your Aims email account.

To request accommodations, you must submit:

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Food Services

Aims Food Services offers a variety of options for your nutritional needs at various sites across the Greeley Campus, ranging from vended options to full service options at the Campus Bistro. Vending machines are located in all buildings, including our Fort Lupton, Loveland and Windsor sites; in the event of machine malfunctions, call 970-339-6450 for assistance.

A Campus Grind Coffee Cart is located in the lobby of the College Center building and another in Ed Beaty Hall. Both offer a variety of your favorite coffeehouse style beverages, baked goods and other grab-n-go food items. The Campus Bistro is located on the main level of College Center, offering a variety of food choices including; grilled items, fresh salads, sandwiches, snack items and beverages.

For your convenience the Campus Bistro and Campus Grind accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Grind/Bistro gift cards which can be purchased in the Student Life office. These services are endorsed and supported by the Associated Students of Aims Community College, which is the representative body for students at Aims.

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Learning Commons

Computer Learning Lab, Kiefer Library, Tutoring Services

Greeley Campus
College Center, 2nd Floor, South Wing

Computer Learning Lab and Tutoring Services 970-339-6541
Kiefer Library 970-339-6458

Computer lab, library, and tutoring services are also available at the following locations:

Fort Lupton Campus
Room 108A 303-718-5905

Loveland Campus
Rooms 105/105.2 970-667-4611 x3304

For additional information and hours of operation, please visit our website: www.aims.edu/student/learning-commons/

The Learning Commons provides services to students and faculty in support of their educational goals and objectives. Located on the second floor of the College Center, this area includes the Computer Learning Lab, Kiefer Library and Tutoring Services. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere fosters learning, independent study, and collaboration to support student success. Here you will find open use computers, the library collection, and tutoring assistance, along with wireless access, group study rooms, casual seating, and a reading room. Knowledgeable staff has expertise in academic areas, library, career, and with computers.

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Physical Education & Recreation Center

Strengthen Your Mind / Strengthen Your Body

Classes Available During Construction - Spring 2015
Classes will be offered on the Athletic field and in Ed Beaty Room 102. Off Campus classes will also be available. Check the online schedule for details.

Coming Fall 2015!
The 46,000 square foot expanded and renovated Aims Campus Physical Education and Recreation Center in Greeley will provide a vibrant and welcoming campus community hub featuring state-of-the-art equipment. Designed to fit the busy schedule and on-the-go lifestyle.

What You'll Find:

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Campus Safety

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

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 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. 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” on this pamphlet. Additionally, you can call the College Safety and Security Coordinator at 970-339-6474. These numbers are the same for all Aims locations.

In addition to the above options, an incident may be reported using our automated incident complaint system located under the Public Safety Tab on the Aims Web page. Click the “Report a Concern” link and follow the simple to use instructions. 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 at www.aims.edu/about/security or calling the Campus Resource Officers/Security at 970-539-2171 or 970-339-6474.

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 e-mail to security@aims.edu. You can also call Facilities and Operations at 970-339-6243 or 970-339-6474. 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 the property is found. The numbers can be located above at “How to Contact Security”.

Vehicle Assistance
If any student, visitor, faculty or staff member needs assistance with vehicle break downs, Public 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 contacted by calling the campus security officer for the campus the help is needed. See “How to Contact Security” for the correct security contact numbers.

Parking Permits

Students at Aims are required to have a parking permit for all cars or motorcycles they want to park on Aims Community College. The permit is free to the student and provides the College with an added level of security for our enrolled students. Cars not displaying the permit will be ticketed after the first two weeks of the semester. Additional information about the permit program can be obtained through the Safety and Security Office at 970-339-6474.

Daily Crime Log
In compliance with Clery regulations, Aims Community College maintains a daily crime log, listing all criminal 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 at www.aims.edu/about/security/crimelog 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 Act), Aims Community College has adopted policies and procedures to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These guidelines apply to all members of the Aims community (students, faculty, and staff) as well as contractors and visitors. Aims Community College encourages any member of the Aims community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking, or knows of another member of the community who has experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking to report the incident to the Aims Community College Safety and Security office, Aims Title IX Administrator (John Fults, Student Conduct Officer, Title IX Administrator, Office of Legal Affairs and Equal Opportunity, WSTV 221, 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” listed in this section.

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. For the purpose of this report, the following definitions apply:

Crime statistics can be viewed at: http://www.aims.edu/about/security/crimeStats.pdf

Aims Community College Alerting and 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?

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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 your attention. Additionally there will be 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 of 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 that's impossible to miss. Once the alert is sounded, students, faculty and staff should follow the instructions displayed on the screen.

Student Achievement & Retention (STAR)

The STAR (STudent Achievement and Retention) program provides academic support and retention services to new and continuing students at all campus locations. This program helps students adjust to college, persist to graduation, and be successful. Through the STAR program students receive:

The STAR program consists of the following services:

Starfish - Early Alert Program
Starfish is an early alert system. Instructors can raise a flag when he/she is concerned about a student’s academic performance. A Retention Advisor will contact the student and offer information and support to help him/her get back on track. Instructor can also send kudos to students through this system.

Academic Probation / Academic Suspension
Students with a GPA of 2.0 or less are placed on academic probation and must meet with a retention advisor for intensive follow up and advising. Students on First term Probation must complete a workshop designed to help students understand academic standards and improve their academic performance. With the assistance of a retention advisor, students on Multi-Term Probation must complete an “Academic Recovery Plan” to identify areas of concern, to set goals, and to develop a plan of action for the semester. Students who are on academic probation are not allowed to register or withdraw from classes without an advisor's approval. Academic Suspension is the next step for students who are not successful while on academic probation.

Emerging Scholars Program
The Emerging Scholars Program supports students enrolled in at least one college-prep course in mathematics and/or college composition and reading and have an Accuplacer arithmetic score of 40 or higher. Benefits to students in this program include:

Students in the Emerging Scholars Program who successfully complete all required college-prep courses can apply for a scholarship worth up to $1,000 during his/her first semester of all college-level courses, which must occur in the semester immediately following the last term of college-prep courses (students completing college-prep courses in spring semester are allowed to bypass summer semester but must register for fall semester). The amount awarded will depend upon enrollment status after the drop deadline during this semester and funding availability. Please see the STAR Center for more information regarding this scholarship opportunity.

For more information on the STAR or Emerging Scholars Program please contact:
Michael Gulliksen,
Assistant Director
Student Success Center
michael.gulliksen@aims.edu
970-339-6607

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Student Mediation, Assistance & Advocacy Program (MAAP)

Scope: If a student has a complaint, issue, concern, or problem with a College employee or department, another student or an instructional situation as described in College Procedure 5-601C, the first step is to contact the Student Mediation, Assistance and Advocacy Program (MAAP) located within the Student Life Office. MAAP is charged with assisting students and resolving their issues informally. For a more detailed description of the process, refer to the Policies and Procedures section of this handbook. To inquire about the service, contact the Student Life Office located in the College Center, room 130, or call 970-339-6450.

Referral to MAAP:
1. Initial contact for a student when there is a complaint, issue, concern or problem should be the MAAP Office.
2. The MAAP Office should be contacted before contacting a dean or other College official.
3. The student may refer themselves directly to the Office or they may be referred by a College employee (faculty, staff or administrator).
4. A back-up referral option will be identified in the case it might be necessary.

Process: The MAAP Office can provide the following services:
1. Describe, explain and/or advise a student about the process they should use if a situation occurs in which the student is seeking guidance.
2. Conduct an intake of the relevant information and complaint.
3. Assist the student if an advocacy situation exists.
4. Assist the student in interpreting and applying proper procedures as is appropriate and navigate the College system.
5. Provide information for all students in relation to rights and responsibilities.
6. Provide mediation services; student to student, student to employee, as appropriate.
7. Refer students to College resources or community resources, as is necessary.

If working with and through the MAAP Office does not lead to a resolution the student will be referred to another institutional process.

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Student Support Services Classic & STEM

The Student Support Services Classic and Student Support Services-STEM Programs provide 280 new and continuing Aims students with additional academic support so they can be successful during their college career. Through these two free programs students receive:

Since these programs are funded through a U.S. Department of Education TRIO SSS grant, students must meet eligibility criteria to participate:

  1. The student must be a U.S. citizen or registered permanent resident.
  2. The student must be accepted for enrollment or be currently enrolled at Aims Community College.
  3. The Student Support Services Program admits all majors. The Student Support Services-STEM Program admits only students in STEM majors. Please see our website, www.aims.edu/student/support for a complete list of STEM majors.
  4. The student must demonstrate a need for academic support.

Additionally, students in the SSS-Classic and SSS-STEM Programs must meet one or more of the following criteria:

Please refer interested students to the Student Support Services Classic and STEM Office in College Center, room 220, or visit our website at www.aims.edu/student/support.

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Title IX Official

Title IX questions or concerns should be directed to:

John Fults, Student Conduct Officer,
Title IX Administrator
Office of Legal Affairs and Equal Opportunity
WSTV 221, Greeley Campus,
970-339-6650
john.fults@aims.edu

For more information, refer to the Policies and Procedures section of this handbook.

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Student Life Center @ Greeley Campus

The Student Life Office (College Center, Room 130) offers academic support and leadership experiences through a variety of educational, social, and multicultural activities. An integral mission of the department is to empower all students to succeed by providing the services, activities, and resources to enhance their intellectual, personal, professional, and social development.

Programs
The Student Life Office is committed to serving as a resource for Aims students as well as supporting student activities. The office provides opportunities for students to gain valuable experiences in planning and implementing activities and programs. Students connect to new people, new experiences, and engage with the campus in various ways through involvement in these programs.

Associated Students of Aims Community College (ASACC)
ASACC is a student organization whose membership includes all Aims students. This organization serves the students at Aims by addressing student concerns and student related campus issues and by coordinating student activities. The organization is governed by two student groups: the Student Government Association and the Student Peer Education Council with representation from the Greeley, Fort Lupton, and Loveland Campuses. These boards work together and form the Associated Students Board.

Student Government Association (SGA)
The SGA provides a student voice in campus decision making processes and brings student concerns to the forefront of campus operations. This group provides to the college administration and the Aims Board of Trustees input on student life issues. Additionally, this board assists in chartering and working with student clubs and organizations.

Student Peer Education Council (SPEC)
The SPEC (also known as Mylife) is responsible for planning activities that complement all aspects of college life. Campus activities coordinated by this group include lectures, the Fall-In welcome celebration, educational workshops, and more. Program themes are focused on mental and physical health, financial success, alcohol, drugs and tobacco education/cessation, and various diverse needs of students.

Commencement Ceremony (Graduation)
One commencement ceremony is held each year at the conclusion of the spring semester for all students earning degrees and certificates during the previous academic year.

Financial Wellness Programs (Smart Cents)
Various financial wellness workshops about money management and one-on-one confidential credit counseling by a professional financial advisor are provided to students.

Honors Programs
Included is the Distinguished Scholar Awards program, Academic Excellence Week and the annual Academic Honors Ceremony. These events and activities complement the Aims Honors Program for which students apply to participate.

Services
The various services provided by the Student Life office are designed with the student as the priority. We are here to be your resource!

Campus Bistro
The Campus Bistro is located on the main level of the College Center and offers a variety of food choices including grilled items, fresh salads, sandwiches, snack items and beverages.

Campus Grind
The Campus Grind coffee carts offer coffeehouse style beverages, baked goods, sandwiches and other grab-and-go food items at two locations on the Greeley Campus.

Graphic Services
Available to the ASACC Board and student clubs/organizations, the graphic artist gives students an opportunity to commission a professional artist to develop promotional materials, brochures, signs and other marketing concepts.

Student IDs
The Aims Student ID is the official identification card for all members of the student community. It functions as a library card, gymnasium pass, and Learning Commons card and includes benefits in the surrounding community such as student discounts. All students are expected to obtain an Aims Student ID card after registering for courses for their first term at Aims. Bring a copy of your class schedule and photo ID to the Student Life Office, Room 130, in College Center or the front desk at Loveland and Fort Lupton campuses to obtain your Student ID.

Student Parking Permits
Parking permits are required and are available at the Student Life Office. All vehicles driven by the student must be listed with the College. Therefore, license plate numbers must be recorded prior to issuance of the permit. Vehicles without a parking permit will be ticketed after the second week of the semester. Parking permits are also available on the Loveland, Fort Lupton and Windsor campuses.

Student Life Center @ Greeley Campus

Student Clubs and Organizations
Annually, ASACC recognizes more than 25 diverse student clubs and organizations. These organizations' missions include promoting out-of-class learning, service to the college and community, leadership development, and professional interaction with students, faculty, and staff. They promote growth opportunities for the students involved in them and enable them to assume leadership roles within the Aims community.

Get involved in an Aims student club to improve your leadership skills, enhance your resume and scholarship application, make a difference in your community through community service activities, and connect with other students. The "moments" of your college experience aren’t just in the classroom. Get involved to make the most of your journey at Aims while achieving your goals. Joining a club at Aims is easy. See a club that interests you? Get involved today! For more information and to join a club, contact the club advisor or Randee Morris, Coordinator of Co-Curricular Programs, at randee.morris@aims.edu.

If you don’t see a club that interests you, start your own! Student Life offers assistance to help you get your club up and running. For more information, email Randee Morris, Coordinator of Co-Curricular Programs, at randee.morris@aims.edu.

 

Alcohol & Drug Free 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.

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Smoking Policy

Aims Community College favors a tobacco-free environment. The use of tobacco products on Aims' campuses, in Aims' vehicles, or at Aims events is prohibited except in limited areas as designated by the President. Aims Community College Policy 3-725.

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Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of Aims Community College to maintain a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment. It shall be a violation of policy for any employee to sexually harass students or other employees or for any student to harass employees of the College or other students. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other written, spoken, or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

A. Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individual’s education or employment;
B. Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s education or employment; or
C. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment.
As defined above, sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to the following
conduct:

1. Sexually oriented verbal “kidding,” abuse, or harassment;
2. Unwelcome requests for sexual activity;
3. Remarks with sexual or demeaning implications made to another person;
4. Unwelcome touching, such as patting, pinching, or intentional brushing against another person’s body;
5. Suggesting or demanding sexual involvement accompanied by implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades or other personal or academic concerns; or
6. Inappropriate display or transmittal of sexually suggestive or pornographic material.

An individual engaging in sexual harassment shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion. Individuals who knowingly file fraudulent complaints under this policy are subject to disciplinary action. Individuals will not be subject to retaliation for filing legitimate complaints. For more information about this policy and/or procedures for filing a complaint, you may contact the Title IX Coordinator at Aims Community College.

John Fults, Student Conduct Officer,
Title IX Administrator
Office of Legal Affairs and Equal Opportunity
WSTV 221, Greeley Campus,
970-339-6650
john.fults@aims.edu

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Student Code of Conduct

Aims Community College expects students to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the College's function as a public educational institution. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their actions; to observe federal, state and local laws and College regulations; and to respect the rights, privileges and property of others.

A complete copy of the Student Code of Conduct is available online at: http://www.aims.edu/inside/policies/manual/Section5/5-601A.pdf

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Non-Discrimination & Harassment

Aims Community College is committed to diversity. It does not permit discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability in its educational programs or employment. Any student or College employee who encounters acts of discrimination or harassment should contact Legal Affairs at 970-339-6471 or the Dean for Student Services at 970-339-6258.

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Student Grievance Process

Scope: Aims Community College provides this grievance procedure for its students. Additionally, clients of the college and volunteers who are providing a service for the benefit of the college under the supervision and control of a college employee may only grieve a decision which bans him or her from the campus. A grievance may raise any matter which the grievant believes violates or inequitably applies written Aims’ policies or procedures. The grievant must be personally affected by such violation or inequitable action. Matters that are not grievable include those matters which the college is without authority to act, academic decisions, and disciplinary actions. Academic decisions which are believed to be the result of discrimination on a prohibited basis should be submitted to the EEO Officer.

Informal Resolution: A Grievant is encouraged to resolve the issue informally by use of the process described in Procedure 5-601D, the MAAP process. If that process fails or is impracticable, the grievant should proceed by discussing the concern with the person, or the person’s supervisor, who is believed to have caused or contributed to the matter on which the grievance is based (hereafter called the respondent). A respondent may be an Aims’ employee or faculty member, student, volunteer, contractor, or client. Grievances based upon illegal discrimination are not covered by this procedure. Complaints of discrimination or unlawful harassment should be brought to the attention of the Equal Opportunity Officer.

Formal Resolution: If informal resolution fails, the grievant may file a written statement of the matters complained of and the remedy sought within twenty (20) calendar days of the incident. The written complaint should be filed with the Dean for Student Services. After receipt, the Dean for Student Services will determine whether or not the situation presents a grievable matter. The grievance will be dismissed if the matter is determined not grievable and the grievant will be notified of the reasons. A dismissal of a grievance may be appealed to the President.

If the matter is determined to be grievable, the Dean for Student Services or designee shall conduct a hearing and establish reasonable rules for the grievance procedure. Fact finding will be conducted which will give the grievant and responding Aims’ personnel, who were named in the grievance, an opportunity to explain what they know about the matters surrounding the grievance and to review any related evidence. The Dean for Student Services or designee may choose to hear the information in individual meetings. If the student is a minor or incapacitated, an advisor may assist the grievant in presenting his or her case. Right to representation by an attorney during the proceedings is not permitted, except in the case where civil or criminal actions concerning the student are pending, and in that case the attorney's role shall be advisory only. The grievant is responsible for presenting his or her own case and, therefore, advisors are not permitted to speak or to participate directly in any hearing except when the student is under 18 or incapacitated.

Considering the oral and written statements and comments, the Dean for Student Services or designee shall issue a decision within ten (10) calendar days of the close of the hearing. The decision shall reject the grievance or grant the grievance and make recommendation(s) to resolve the issue(s). Copies of the decision shall be served to the Grievant and the Respondent either personally or by certified mail to the addresses on file in the Admissions and Records Office.

Appeal: The decision of the Dean for Student Services or designee is final unless a Petition for Review is filed with the President by either party within five (5) calendar days of notification of the decision. The Petition for Review may be filed only on the following basis:

1. A violation of this procedure,
2. The decision was arbitrary and was not based on the facts of the grievance, or
3. The Grievant or Respondent can provide newly discovered information that was not available during the meetings or hearings.

Upon receipt of a petition, the President will review the record and issue a written decision within ten (10) calendar days of the receipt of the petition. The college President's decision is subject only to review by the Board of Trustees pursuant to Policy now 0-1100. The scheduling timelines described above may, for good cause, be extended.

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Ombudsman

A student ombudsman is available to help you with instructional or interpersonal problems. The Ombudsman at Aims Community College is Ron Fay, Director, Student Life and can be reached at ron.fay@aims.edu or 970-339-6359. His office is located in the College Center, Room 130, on the Greeley Campus.

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Student Rights & Responsibilities

As members of an academic community, Aims students are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible manner. Students should at all times promote a sense of cooperation within the college and work to build an atmosphere that will be most conducive to the goals of higher education within the institution. It is expected that the students of Aims Community College observe all local, state, and federal laws and respect other members of the community. Aims students neither gain nor lose any of the rights and responsibilities of other citizens by virtue of their student status. Aims Community College reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community.

Students shall have the right to discuss and to express by orderly means any view in support of any cause, providing it does not disrupt the operation of the college or infringe on the rights of the other members of the college community. Students also have the right to peaceful assembly and to select speakers and guests to discuss issues of their choice. An invitation to a speaker shall not imply endorsement of the speaker's view by either the student group or the college administration. Peaceful assembly is defined as the purposeful gathering on campus, either within or outside a campus building, of two or more persons whose conduct is peaceful.

A Student Has A Right To: initiate grievance procedures when he/she believes that an act or decision made by a college employee resulted in a violation of one or more of his/her rights; examine personal records in the presence of the Dean for Student Services or his/her designee; express opinions and concerns regarding college related issues through the Associated Students of Aims Community College; and be free from explicit or implied sexual harassment, discrimination based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.

Students, both on-campus and participa-ting in off-campus college sponsored activities, are expected to comply with college rules and regulations at the off-campus sites. It is the responsibility of the students to make themselves aware of the rules and regulations of the institution and to comply with those rules and regulations. Students are expected to practice academic honesty. Each student is responsible for contributing to a positive learning environment in classroom situations. Students who conduct themselves contrary to the best interest of the class as a whole may be dropped from the roster. Students should refrain from expressing derogatory opinions concerning race, gender, and ethnicity, and should avoid using obscene language. They must refrain from any form of cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the college. Students shall not engage in the unauthorized or unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of alcohol and/or illicit drugs on college property or as part of off-campus college activities, nor shall they possess or use illegal or unauthorized firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals, or other weapons on college property or at off-campus college activities.

Any questions or concerns regarding student rights and responsibilities should be directed to the Director of Student Life or the Dean for Student Services.

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Greeley Campus

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Fort Lupton Campus

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Windsor Campus

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Greeley Campus Information

In the summer of 1966, a citizens committee representing all of Weld County’s school districts recommended the formation of a junior college district. In January of 1967, voters of the district overwhelmingly approved the establishment of Aims Community College.

The campus in west Greeley overlooks 100 miles of Rocky Mountain grandeur. The 185-acre campus is the main location of Aims Community College and is home to 14 buildings, including the Allied Health and Sciences Building and newly renovated Westview Building. Students can apply, register for classes, meet with advisors, and get information on financial aid in our One-Stop Shop in the College Center. Of the 15,000 students who attend Aims annually, 80% take classes at the Greeley Campus.

Student governance, student programming, and peer education are provided by the Associated Students of Aims Community College (ASACC). Activities offered throughout the year feature financial success workshops, cultural events, speakers, student identification cards, parking permits and a wide variety of academic and informational programs. Students interested in getting involved with program planning, volunteering, or plugging into any of the 25+ student clubs can contact Associated Students’ representatives at the Student Life Office, Room 130 in the College Center, 970-339-6450.

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Greeley Campus Telephone Directory

For office hours please go to www.aims.edu.

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Fort Lupton Campus Information

The Aims Community College Fort Lupton Campus opened in September of 1984. The campus serves the local community and the educational needs in the southern Weld County and northern Adams County regions. Situated 1.5 miles east of downtown Fort Lupton, the campus is comprised of two buildings housing an array of advanced teaching facilities.

We offer general education courses so you can earn your associate’s degree, or sign up for classes in the Nurse Aide (NA) program. We also offer degrees and certificates in Agriculture Business, Agriculture Production, Oil and Gas Technologies, Welding, Animal Science, and Carpentry.

Aims has expanded the Fort Lupton location with a new state-of-the-art building that houses our new programs in Agriculture Business and Agriculture Production, Oil and Gas, and Welding.
We are a full-service campus, so you don’t have to worry about traveling to another location to register for classes, talk to someone about financial aid, meet with an advisor, pay your bill, or purchase your books.
In addition, meeting and training room space is available for the community.

Programming is provided by the Associated Students of Aims Community College (ASACC) Fort Lupton Campus. Activities offered throughout the year feature family and individual events including movies, games, food, speakers, student I.D. cards, and a variety of informational programs. Contact the Associated Students to volunteer or to learn more at 970-339-6225.

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Fort Lupton Campus Telephone Directory

For office hours, please go to www.aims.edu.

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Loveland Campus Information

Aims Community College's west campus is in downtown Loveland at 104 East 4th Street. The Loveland Campus, donated by the McKee Charitable Trust, opened in the fall of 1990. The Loveland Campus is a full-service campus with Admissions and Records, Assessment, Advising, Bookstore, the Learning Commons (computer lab, library, testing, and tutoring), and financial aid advising.

Aims Loveland offers courses in various formats: traditional semester-long courses, accelerated courses, online courses, and hybrid courses (combination online and face-to-face). In addition, we offer both credit and non-credit courses during the day and evening to accommodate different schedules and interests. Non-credit courses, on demand, may include corporate or customized training, workshops, and career classes.

With advising and proper planning, students may complete an Associate of Arts degree on the Loveland Campus. Many of the classes needed to complete an Associate of Science degree are offered on the Loveland Campus, although students travel to the Greeley Campus to complete the higher-level science courses.

Finally, students will find a rich campus life with programming such as iFocus workshops on learning techniques, holiday celebrations, Peer Educators promoting health and wellness activities, and student clubs. Contact the Associated Students to volunteer or to learn more at 970-339-6225.

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Loveland Campus Telephone Directory

* The following numbers are extensions and can be reached by dialing any of our campus direct lines.

For office hours, please go to www.aims.edu.
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Windsor Campus Information

1120 South Gate Drive
Windsor, CO. 80550
970-339-6286

The Aims Automotive & Technology Center opened January 2010 as a state-of-the-art technology and education center located near I-25 and US-34. This brand new, centrally located 45,000-square-foot facility offers convenient drive times from the major population areas of Northern Colorado.

The Aims Automotive & Technology Center offers standard academic classes as well as career and technical educational programs. The facility is a high-tech learning environment that includes smart-technology classrooms, wired and wireless computer labs, a science lab, and conference rooms. Additionally, the Aims Automotive & Technology Center is home to the Aims Community College Automotive Programs.

Located in the transportation hub of Northern Colorado, the Aims Automotive & Technology Center is anticipated to become the center of transportation education and training in Automotive Service Technology, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Light Diesel Repair, and Upholstery. The programs are nationally recognized and certified in both secondary and post-secondary educational systems with accreditation provided by the National Automotive Technicians and Education Foundation (NATEF).
Emphasis at the Aims Automotive & Technology Center is placed on a full educational experience including general education classes such as biology, chemistry, art, history, humanities, mathematics and English. Classes are held day and night at the newest Aims Community College location, offering expanded convenience for students located throughout the Aims service area and beyond.

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Windsor Campus Telephone Directory

1120 South Gate Drive
Windsor, CO. 80550
970-339-6286

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P2P File Sharing

Aims Community College will observe all copyright and intellectual property laws. Students who violate copyright and intellectual property laws will be subject to disciplinary measures and/or referred to law enforcement authorities. Illegal downloading and distribution of copyrighted material, including Peer to Peer file sharing, even if inadvertent, holds the risk of significant penalties beyond sanctions for violation of College policy and regulation. Under federal law, a person found to have infringed upon a copyrighted work may be liable for actual damages and lost profits attributable to the infringement, and statutory damages from $200 up to $150,000. Legal downloading resource information and the full text of policies and procedures related to copyright violation and Peer to Peer file sharing may be obtained through the Copyright Officer, Ellen Willis, 970-339-6347.

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Academic Improvement

As an institution that focuses on the principles of high performance, learning-centeredness and continuous improvement, Aims has developed processes and guidelines to ensure academic programs are regularly reviewed for improvement. Aims uses a diverse picture of academic program performance; evidence is gathered from multiple sources to determine data and information patterns for more reliable results in assessing a program's strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Some of these sources of information include:

The data collected are used to assess academic programs and “close the loop” so that concerns are addressed, corrective action is taken, and improvement efforts are based upon the information acquired. Follow-up actions are also monitored and assessed for effectiveness, creating a review cycle.

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Vaccinations

Aims Community College does not require vaccinations for general admission to the college. However, vaccinations may be required for admission to a specific class or program. Students are responsible for determining if their chosen class or program requires specific vaccinations for admission. Students may contact the appropriate department or access the Aims webpage for specific program and course requirements.

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Learning Centered Classroom Guide

Civility Statement
Aims Community College is committed to the highest standards of academic and ethical integrity, acknowledging that respect for self and others is the foundation of educational excellence. As such, we will cultivate an environment of mutual respect and responsibility. Whether we are students, faculty, or staff, we have a right to be in a safe environment, free of disturbance and civil in all aspects of human relations.

Expectations of Students in the Classroom
Your academic attitude is a major factor in your success at Aims. You share responsibility, along with your professor and other students, for creating a productive learning environment. This includes behaving courteously and respectfully and becoming self-disciplined in your learning. Here are ways to create a productive college experience:

Attend class and pay attention. Do not ask the instructor to go over material you missed by skipping class. Ask the instructor for help if you cannot understand the material. 
Be on time and stay until the end. If you are late to class, enter quietly without disruption. If you have to leave class early, sit near an exit and tell your instructor before class begins.
Give full attention while the instructor or another student is speaking.
Show respect and concern for others by not monopolizing class discussion. Allow others time to give their input and ask questions. 
Turn off all electronic devices, including cell phones, pagers, MP3 players, etc. If work or family obligations require you to keep your phone turned on, talk to your instructor and set the device to silent mode.
Refrain from text messaging at all costs.
Focus on class material during class time. Sleeping, talking to others, doing work for another class, reading the newspaper, checking email, exploring the Internet, text messaging, etc., are unacceptable and can be disruptive.

Your Rights as a Student
As a student, you have the right to a learning environment free from distractions. If others in your classroom are engaging in behavior that interferes with your learning, bring the situation to the attention of your instructor. He or she is responsible for managing the classroom environment and determining the action that should be taken.

Consequences of Inappropriate Classroom Behavior
The instructor has the right and the responsibility to take appropriate action when he or she observes inappropriate classroom behavior. The form of intervention taken by the instructor will depend on the nature of the misconduct observed.

A Final Note
The college is committed to creating and maintaining an effective community of learners in which all can grow and develop. We look forward to interacting with you in a civil and respectful classroom environment that encourages dialogue, supports the acquisition of knowledge, and assists all students in meeting their academic and personal goals.

* Some statements above are adapted from civility statements from other community colleges.

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First Year Experience Opportunities

If you're a new student, take advantage of these programs and classes designed to connect you to the campus culture, other students, your instructors, and strategies designed to increase your success:

New Student Orientation (AIMS 020)
Advanced Academic Achievement Classes (AAA 090 / AAA 101)
iFocus! Workshops
7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students
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The mission of the Center for the First-Year Experience is to create and sustain an environment that supports a successful academic and social transition of students into the Aims community. Students will be provided the opportunity to:

Discover
Clear and understandable pathways to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals
Campus resources and learning support programs for building skills for success and self-reliance
Key people at Aims – peers, faculty, and staff
Avenues for involvement on campus and in the community

Develop
A toolbox that includes time management, goal setting and study and test-taking skills
An expanded support network
A mindset of goal completion
Skills for engagement

Demonstrate
The knowledge necessary to achieve success and the confidence to put it into practice

For more information about how you can make the most out of your first year at Aims Community College, visit the FYE office in Horizon Hall, the Aims website at www.aims.edu/fye or call 970-339-6641.

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Student Loans

A FAFSA is required to determine a student’s eligibility for all federal loan types.

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan (DIRECT): A variable interest rate loan that is based on documented financial need. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender. A fee of up to 0.5% of the loan amount is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement. Interest is paid on the loan by the U.S. Government so long as you are enrolled at least half-time during eligible periods of deferment. You are responsible for the payment of interest that begins to accrue from the time you are no longer enrolled half-time until the loan is paid in full, with the exception of eligible periods of deferment.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan (DLUNSB): A variable interest rate loan that is not based on documented financial need. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender. A fee of up to 0.5% of the loan amount is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement. You are responsible for the payment of interest that begins to accrue from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.

Federal Direct Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (DPLUS): This is a loan where the parent of a dependent undergraduate student can borrow to help pay for their student’s educational costs less other aid being offered. This is a credit-based loan and a separate application is required (www.studentloans.gov). The U.S. Department of Education is the lender. This loan has a variable interest rate and the repayment of the loan will begin within 60 days of being fully disbursed. Interest will begin to accrue once the first disbursement of the loan has been made. A fee of up to 4% of the loan amount is deducted proportionately from each loan disbursement.

Alternative Educational Loans: Aims Community College is approved with a number of lenders for our students to apply for loan funding to assist them in meeting their educational costs. These loan products are not backed by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Work Study

A FAFSA is required to determine a student’s eligibility for all work-study programs.

Federal Work-Study: A Federal funded work program with a portion of the funds contributed by the College. Awards are made only to students who have documented financial need. On-campus and off-campus jobs with non-profit agencies are available.

Colorado Work-Study: Funding by the Colorado General Assembly for an employment program awarded to undergraduate Colorado residents with documented financial need. On-campus and off-campus jobs with non-profit agencies are available.

Colorado No-Need Work-Study: Funding by the Colorado General Assembly for an employment program awarded to a limited number of undergraduate Colorado residents without documented financial need. On-campus and off-campus jobs with non-profit agencies are available.

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Counseling Services

The goal of our counseling services is to provide current students with a confidential setting to discuss life challenges that can impact academic success. Each student is allowed six free sessions with a qualified counselor. Services are offered on the Greeley, Fort Lupton, and Loveland Campuses. Please call 970-339-6436 to schedule an appointment.

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Student Accident Insurance

The mandatory Student Accident Insurance Coverage, paid by student fees, is administered in the Student Life Office. The insurance only covers a student while on the campus or at a campus class/event off campus. A student must file an Accident/Incident Report within 24 hours following an accident/incident. The student must come to the Student Life Office in the College Center to fill out the Student Statement form before the claim can be processed. All coded medical bills resulting from an accident/incident on campus must be presented by the student to the Student Life Office as soon as possible for processing of insurance claims.

Aims does not offer student health insurance nor does the College require proof of insurance for enrollment.

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Student Expectations in the Classroom

Your academic attitude is a major factor in your success at Aims. You, along with your professor and other students, share responsibility for creating a productive learning environment. This includes behaving courteously and respectfully and becoming self-disciplined in your learning.

Here are ways to create a productive college experience:

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Your Rights as a Student

As a student, you have the right to a learning environment free from distractions. If others in your classroom are engaging in behavior that interferes with your learning, bring the situation to the attention of your instructor, who is responsible for managing the classroom environment and determining the action that should be taken.

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Consequences of Inappropriate Classroom Behavior

The instructor has both the right and the responsibility to take appropriate action upon observing inappropriate classroom behavior. The form of intervention taken by the instructor will depend on the nature of the misconduct observed.

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Prohibited Behaviors

Conduct Relating to Acts of Dishonesty

Conduct Causing Disruption or Obstruction of College Operations, Activities, or Functions

Conduct Related to College Property or Property of Members of the College Community

Conduct Involving the Use of a Controlled Substance, Alcohol or Tobacco

Conduct which is disorderly, lewd or indecent.

Conduct Involving Social Media

Other Unlawful Acts of Misconduct

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Disciplinary Meeting

The Dean for Student Services Office receives incident reports from Campus Security Officers, the Student Judicial Affairs Officer, faculty, staff, or other members of the College community. If a report suggests that you may have violated the Aims Community College Student Code of Conduct you will be asked to schedule a meeting with the Dean for Student Services. You will receive a notice letter with the nature of the complaint and the conduct code that has been allegedly violated. The notice letter may contain specific requirements or restrictions pending the resolution of the matter to protect the interests of involved students or employees of the College. These requirements could include, but are not limited to, restriction from specific campus locations or orders prohibiting contact with the complainants or witnesses. The notice letter will be sent to your current address as listed in the College database. If a notice letter is returned due to a change of address that has not been recorded, the letter may be served to the student by a Campus Security Officer. Failure to comply with a summons from the Dean for Student Services may result in disciplinary action that may include being placed on hold.

At the meeting you may explain your perspective on the incident. The Dean for Student Services will issue a decision as to whether the alleged conduct occurred and whether the conduct violated the Code of Conduct or other college policies or procedures, and will impose a sanction(s) if appropriate. You will receive a written notice of the decision and be advised of your right to appeal.

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Outcome / Sanctions

If you are found responsible for a conduct code violation, you may be assigned one or more sanctions. All sanctions are issued in writing. View a complete explanation of the Disciplinary Process at http://www.aims.edu/inside/policies/manual/Section5/5-601B.pdf

Possible sanctions include:

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Appeals

If you disagree with the outcome of your hearing you may file a written appeal with the Dean for Student Services within seven days of receiving your disciplinary decision letter. Your appeal letter should answer the following questions:

An Appeal Committee will be appointed to review your request. You will have an opportunity to appear before the Committee to present your case. After reviewing your request, the Committee will make one of these decisions:

You will receive the Appeal Committee's decision in writing. The Decision of the Appeal Committee is final. Full details about the appeal process are explained in the Disciplinary Procedure online at http://www.aims.edu/inside/policies/manual/Section5/5-601B.pdf

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Title IX: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault as Defined by the Office of Civil Rights

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational programs or activities that receive federal funding, whether they take place in the facilities of a school or at an event sponsored by the school at another location. While perhaps best known for its application to program equity, such as in athletics, Title IX also applies to sexual harassment (including sexual assault), as it has been determined in subsequent legal cases and regulatory interpretations that sexual harassment can prevent students from participating fully and equitably in educational opportunities. Sexual harassment was, in fact, explicitly recognized as a form of discrimination for purposes of Title IX compliance in 1992.

The Office of Civil Rights of the US Department of Education is responsible for overseeing compliance with Title IX, and has issued guidelines for institutions to help them comply with its principles. In the case of sexual harassment, the OCR guidelines require that once an institution has received notice of the possible sexual harassment of a student, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what occurred, take prompt and effective action to end the harassment if such is found to be the case, take steps to remedy the effects and to prevent it from occurring again. These steps are the school’s responsibility whether or not the student who was harassed makes a complaint or otherwise asks the school to take action; all reasonable steps to investigate and respond are still required. The OCR standard for “notice” is that a school may be held accountable for the failure to take appropriate steps if any person perceived to be a responsible school employee was put on notice and took no corrective action.

One important compliance requirement established by the OCR is that each school receiving federal funding should appoint a Title IX Coordinator; this individual is responsible for promoting an institutional environment that is free of gender bias and sexual harassment. To that end, they must be familiar with the school’s grievance procedures and be a resource for student inquiries on those procedures, monitor and evaluate compliance with Title IX reporting requirements, and oversee training to the community on the issue of sexual harassment. The Title IX Coordinator at Aims Community College is:

John Fults, Student Conduct Officer,
Title IX Administrator
Office of Legal Affairs and Equal Opportunity
WSTV 221, Greeley Campus,
970-339-6650
john.fults@aims.edu

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Notification to Students of Privacy Rights under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students four specific rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records at Aims Community College (hereafter referred to as “the College”) within 45 days of the day the office of Admissions & Records receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the Registrar or other College official within the office of Admissions & Records, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar or other Admissions & Records official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Admissions & Records office, the student shall be advised of the correct College official to whom the request should be addressed.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the College will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

(3) The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent (see the”Release of Information” section below). The College discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or Collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another College official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.
Upon request, the College also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

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Standard Syllabus Policies

The following syllabus policies apply to every course taught by Aims Community College. These policies are hereby incorporated into every syllabus at Aims Community College.

Academic Integrity:
Aims Community College Students are expected to demonstrate qualities of morality, honesty, civility, honor, and respect. Behavior which violates these standards for which discipline may be imposed includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating.
    Copying or attempting to copy the academic work of another student (including, but not limited to, quizzes, examinations, assessment tests, and assignments); using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices for an academic examination or exercise; engaging or attempting to engage the assistance of another individual in misrepresenting the academic performance of a student; or communicating information in an unauthorized manner to another person for an academic examination or exercise.
  2. Fabrication or Falsification.
    Falsifying or fabricating any information, College document, record, or instrument of identification. Falsification is the alteration of information, while fabrication is the invention or counterfeiting of information.
  3. Plagiarism.
    Use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgement; unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person; or use of an agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.
  4. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty.
    Helping or attempting to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  5. Falsifying Grade Reports.
    Changing or destroying, or attempting to change or destroy, grades, scores, or markings on an examination or in an instructor’s or the College’s records.
  6. Lying.
    Furnishing false information to any College official, faculty member or office.
  7. Other.
    Additional standards of conduct relating to academic honesty specified in writing by an academic division or department and/or instructor for a particular course.

(See Student Code of Conduct, Aims Procedure 5-601A.)

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability Access Services (DAS) privately to discuss her/her specific needs. Please be aware that before accommodations can be allowed in class they must be approved through the DAS Office. Students should contact DAS at 970-339-6388 or disabilities@aims.edu to set up an appointment to discuss the process of requesting reasonable accommodations. The DAS Office is located on the Greeley Campus on the first floor of the College Center in Room 164 (See Aims Policy 5-1400.)

Attendance:
Aims Community College is a community of learners. Students are expected to assume responsibility for their learning by attending all class sessions, participating in class discussions, and completing all assignments. Each student is encouraged to develop a professional work ethic in class that reflects responsibility, initiative and teamwork. When an absence is unavoidable due to illness or emergency, students are responsible for notifying their instructors and to arrange for make-up work. Because Aims Community College is committed to helping students succeed, students who demonstrate signs of unsatisfactory academic progress (e.g., unexcused absences, missed assignments, poor participation in class, etc.) will be referred to a retention specialist for assistance. (See Aims Procedure 2-250E.)

Attendance in Online Courses:
Students enrolled in online classes must complete one or more attendance activities as listed by the instructor during the first week of class in order to be counted as "attending" the online course. Failure to complete an assigned attendance activity may result in the student being dropped from the class. Attendance activities are outlined by the course instructor in the syllabus. In addition, if a student has not logged into the course for a period longer than one week (seven days), the instructor will notify administration that the student is a “Stop-Out.” (See Aims Procedure 2-250E.)

Children on Campus:
Children on campus under the age of sixteen (16) must be under the direct supervision of a parent or legal guardian unless they are involved in a specific College approved and supervised activity. (See Aims Policy 3-600.)

Computer Resources:
The Computer Learning Lab staff provides assistance in various disciplines, including CIS, Business Technology, Graphics Technology and various programming languages. There are a large number of computers loaded with current software available for student use. Please visit the computer lab website for additional information: www.aims.edu/student/learning-commons/complab/.

Course Evaluations:
Course evaluations provide valuable feedback to Instructors. Students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluation survey during the last two weeks of the course. Other short course evaluations will be available at various times, depending on the course start and end times. Students will receive an email message directing them to a website where they can login using their Aims ID and complete evaluations. Course evaluations are confidential. The student course evaluation website is aims.campuslabs.com/courseeval (Harmon, 2013).

Library:
The Kiefer Library offers services on all campuses that include book check-out, reference services, and off-campus online research databases. The Greeley Campus library is located on the 2nd floor of the College Center. For assistance with library services, please contact the library staff via telephone at 970-339-6458 or email at reference@aims.edu.

Student Conduct:
Please note a complete copy of the Student Code of Conduct can be found at www.aims.edu/student/conduct/. Students are expected to practice academic honesty. They must refrain from any form of cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the College. Students should refrain from expressing derogatory opinions concerning race, gender, ethnicity, and should avoid using obscene language. Each student is responsible for contributing to a positive learning environment in classroom situations. Because respect for the learning process is critical, no behavior that disrupts another student’s ability to learn will be tolerated. Students who conduct themselves contrary to the best interest of the class as a whole may be referred to the Dean for Student Services for disciplinary action. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion from the College (See Aims Policy 5-601 and Procedure 5-601A).

Incomplete Grades:
A student may receive an Incomplete if they have been delayed in completing the required course work and has satisfactorily completed at least 75% of the course. During the semester the student is completing the Incomplete Grade Contract, the student cannot re-enroll in the class, nor is the student considered to be currently enrolled in the course. Students must arrange the terms of an incomplete grade with their instructors, who will define the terms of and deadline for the incomplete grade on an Incomplete Grade Contract form. Instructors are not obligated to allow a student to enter into an Incomplete Grade Contract. (See Aims Policy 2-200 and Procedure 2-250C.)

Grade Replacement:
Repeating a course under Grade Replacement is subject to the following conditions: The first petition for a Grade Replacement may be made after the course has already been repeated, provided it was repeated Fall 2005 or later. Such a retroactive petition request is limited to one course, and limited to the student’s first petition request. To be eligible for any additional Grade Replacements, student must submit a completed grade replacement petition to the Admissions and Records office at the time of registration (i.e. before repeating the course). It is the student’s responsibility to check with the appropriate academic department(s) to determine course eligibility for Grade Replacement (See Aims Policy 2-220A for further information).

Learning Objectives:
Learning objective statements outlined in the Instructor’s Syllabus specify the student achievement expected upon completion of the particular course. Learning objectives create a measure to assess a student’s achievement or attainment of necessary knowledge or skills (See www.aims.edu/about/learningCollege/).

Technical Support:
Students with difficulty accessing myAims, in an online course, or computer configuration for the Aims website may contact Technical Support by calling 970-339-6380 or emailing the helpdesk@aims.edu or call 970-339-6380 (See www.aims.edu/about/techservice/.)

Testing Center:
Please visit the following website for information on testing center hours: www.aims.edu/student/testing/

TurnItIn:
Any and all written worked submitted in a course may be submitted to TurnItIn.com or a similar detection program for evaluation of the originality of a student’s work as well as proper use and citation of sources. Such software programs have the educational purpose of ensuring the integrity of submitted student work. Work submitted to TurnItIn.com will be included as source documents in a restricted access database owned by TurnItIn.com solely for the purpose of detecting possible plagiarism of such documents. By registering for this course at Aims, the student agrees that all assignments may be subject to the form of originality review mandated by the instructor. A paper not submitted according to the procedures and format set by the instructor may be penalized or may not be accepted for credit towards the student’s grade. No work created for another class or project shall be submitted to another course for a grade without the prior consent of the instructor (See Aims Procedure 5-601E).

Tutoring:
Drop-in, individual, and guided study group tutoring is available to currently enrolled Aims students. For available subjects for tutoring, hours, and additional questions, please call 339-6541 for Greeley, 667-4611 ext. 3304 for Loveland, and 303-718-5905 for Fort Lupton services. Also, please visit our website at www.aims.edu/student/learning-commons/tsi/ for current information and drop-in tutoring hours. Online tutoring assistance is available for writing and math by request only during our scheduled drop-in hours. Students will need to email tutoringrequest@aims.edu to request an online tutoring session (24-hour advance notice is required for online tutoring sessions.) The Computer Learning Lab staff provides assistance in various disciplines, including CIS, Business Technology, Graphics Technology and various programming languages. There are a large number of computers loaded with current software available for student use. Please visit the website for additional information. www.aims.edu/student/learning-commons/complab/ (Ramirez, 2013).

Withdraw "W" Grade:
A “W” grade indicates a student’s withdrawal after the point marking 15% of the course (the drop/refund deadline) and before the point marking 75% of the course. After the 75% point, students may no longer choose to withdraw from a course, and faculty will either assign the grade earned or complete an “Incomplete” contract with the student. An Incomplete will be assigned only under extraordinary circumstances and is left to the discretion of the Instructor. (See Aims Policy 2-200.)

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Flight Training Center

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Flight Training Center Campus Information

656 Ed Beegles Lane
Greeley, CO 80631

Welcome to the future of aviation! The Aims Aviation AAS programs can give you the skills, flight time and experience to get a job in the face-paced, exciting world of aviation. Take command of your life and see how Aims can help you soar. Speak with us today about your aviation career and let us show you how to make your dreams come true!

Aviation is one of Aims’ oldest programs. Our aviation programs cover the gamut of the flying environment. From aerial applications (crop dusting) to piloting an Airbus 380 (the world’s largest passenger airplane), it all starts here! Or, you can keep your feet on the ground and become an air traffic controller, ensuring safety in the skies. Either way, we are here to make your dreams come true. If you like a fast-paced job with lots of perks and benefits, this just might be the career path for you.

Degree programs include: Airplane Pilot, Helicopter Pilot, and Air Traffic Controller.

Contact us for more information:

** The Aims Flight Training Center is approved by the Colorado Office of Veterans Education and Training for Veterans education benefits.

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First Year Experience Opportunities

If you're a new student at Aims Community College, take advantage of these classes and free programs designed to connect you to the campus culture, other students, your instructors, and strategies designed to increase your success.

New Student Orientation (Online):

All students new to Aims Community College are required to participate in online new student orientation. This engaging and interactive orientation will introduce you to academic programs, services for students, planning for success, important polices, student life on campus, and, finally how to enroll in classes! After you apply for admission, New Student Orientation can be accessed anytime through the student tab on myAims.

Advancing Academic Achievement Classes (AAA 090):
The theme of these classes is SUCCESS … what success is and how to achieve it in college. You will be introduced to the culture of college to ensure a smooth transition to life as an Aims student. You will identify academic success strategies through a variety of activities and experiences. Reading textbooks with high comprehension, taking notes using an effective system, and test-taking strategies are the "name of the game” in these classes.

iFocus! Workshops:
Offered throughout the year on all campuses and online, the iFocus series offers students an opportunity to build college success skills in the areas of academics, leadership, technology, and career success. Popular workshops include: Computer Skills 101, Stress-Proofing Yourself, Study Strategies for Biology, Career Portfolio Power, Time-Management, How to Reduce Test Anxiety, and many more. Each time you attend a workshop you are entered to win a prize. Students attending 5+ workshops earn a leather bound portfolio system. Find your roadmap to success at iFocus!

Catalyst Program for Returning Students:
Catalyst is a program for students returning to Aims after at least one semester on campus. This selective leadership program helps participating students foster a mindset of completion while helping participants improve on skills attractive for employers including: teamwork, communication, organization, decision making, and other professional skills. If you are interested in this experience, ask your AAA Instructor about the program or e-mail fye@aims.edu or call 970-339-6641.

7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students:
In this six-hour workshop, students learn how to take control of their lives, begin each day by planning, keep promises, and do the most important things first. Attend a 7 Habits workshop to learn about the habits that will make you an "A" student. This workshop is free to students (a $200 value) and participants receive a 7 Habits Workbook and lunch. Reserve your seat in an upcoming workshop by calling 970-339-6641.

The mission of the Center for the First-Year Experience is to create and sustain an environment that supports a successful academic and social transition of students into the Aims community. Students will be provided the opportunity to:

Discover
Clear and understandable pathways to achieve their academic, career, and personal goals
Campus resources and learning support programs for building skills for success and self-reliance
Key people at Aims – peers, faculty, and staff
Avenues for involvement on campus and in the community

Develop
A toolbox that includes time management, goal setting and study and test-taking skills
An expanded support network
A mindset of goal completion
Skills for engagement

Demonstrate
The knowledge necessary to achieve success and the confidence to put it into practice

For more information about how you can make the most out of your first year at Aims Community College, visit the FYE office in Horizon Hall, the Aims website at www.aims.edu/fye or call 970-339-6641.

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