- Academic Access & Disability Resources
- Alumni Activities
- Campus Computer Labs
- Counseling Services
- Food Services
- James Zamagias Student Success Center
- Non-Traditional Students
- Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic
- Pathways For Success Program (TRiO/Student Support Services)
- Residence Life
- Student And Legal Affairs
- Student Government Association
- Student Grievance Procedure
- Student Health Care
- Student Life
- Student Photo Identification (ID) Cards
- Substance Abuse Training
- The Unity Center (U-Center) formerly Diversity Center
- Veterans Services
Students who had an IEP or 504 plan in high school or have been diagnosed with a learning disability, ADHD, or a chronic medical or mental health disorder may qualify for academic accommodations. Those students who provide appropriate documentation of their condition to the Academic Access and Disability Resources Office (AADR) will have a set of academic accommodations established that uphold equal access to educational opportunities at ACM, such as extended time on tests, a reader for tests, or testing in a quiet environment. To assure timely acquisition of services, students should contact AADR at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester. Maryland residents who are retired from the workforce by reason of total and permanent disability as defined by the Social Security or Railroad Retirement Act may be eligible for a disability-based tuition waiver and should contact the AADR on the Cumberland Campus, located in the Humanities Building, Suite H-1 through H-3, by calling 301-784-5234 or emailing ADR@allegany.edu. Individuals who need assistive calling may place a call through Maryland Relay by dialing 711.
American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability; this legislation established comprehensive standards that were expanded per 2008 Amendments. Rehabilitation Act of 1972, Section 504 prohibits discrimination against any person on the basis of a "handicap" by entities receiving federal funds.
- Allegany College of Maryland will provide access to its programs and activities to disabled persons. Discrimination against an actual or perceived disability is prohibited.
- The person must be otherwise qualified for the program or activities, accomodations must be reasonable; and accommodations may not fundamentally alter the program of service.
- Students who have a documented disability that affects learning for which reasonable accommodations are needed should contact Academic Access and Disability Resources. (See above)
- Employees who have a documented disability for which reasonable accommodations are needed during employment should contact Human Resources.
- Any person with a documented disability for which reasonable accommodations are needed for other programs or activities should contact the ADA/504 Coordinator.
- Any person who experiences discrimination on the basis of a disability may file a complaint under the College's grievance process; retaliation for filing a complaint is prohibited.
For instructional accommodations, contact https://allegany.edu/academic-access-and-disability-resources/index.html. For non-instructional accommodations or if you need to make a complaint , contact ACM's ADA/504 Coordinator, Dr. Renee Conner in CC-152, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 301-784-5206. For detailed information about policy, procedures, and prevention education, see https://allegany.edu/student-and-legal-affairs/.
Allegany College of Maryland invites all graduates and former students to continue their connection to the college by joining our Alumni Association. Membership in the Alumni Association is open to all graduates, as well as students who have completed one credit or non-credit class. Under the leadership of our association officers, we are able to offer certain benefits and organized activities for alumni. The annual business meeting of the Alumni Association is open to all members. For more information on alumni activities, please visit the College’s website at www.allegany.edu/alumni.
Allegany College of Maryland offers an athletic program of intercollegiate and intramural sports activities. Allegany College of Maryland is a member of the Maryland JUCO Conference, which is composed of member institutions of junior and community colleges throughout the State and Region XX, which comprises Maryland, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania junior colleges. Allegany College of Maryland plays a full schedule of intercollegiate competition in basketball (men’s and women’s), volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, and cross country. The Physical Education Building provides excellent facilities in support of athletics and physical education instruction. Bob Kirk Arena is the home court for basketball and volleyball teams. The large swimming pool is the site of aquatics activities. The Fitness Center holds a full complement of cardio equipment, such as treadmills, stair climbers and elliptical trainers, as well as free weights and a complete circuit of Nautilus machines. Outdoor on the Cumberland campus are tennis courts, running/walking tracks, and playing fields for intramural sports. The College provides a variety of competitive athletic activities and encourages student participation in its sports programs. More information on Allegany College of Maryland’s athletic programs can be found on the College’s homepage under “Athletics”.
For information regarding the graduation rate of student athletes, see the “Admissions" section of this catalog. Additional information about the Athletics program is available by contacting the Athletics Office at 301-784-5265, or consulting the “Student Handbook”, which can be found online at www.allegany.edu/student-and-legal-affairs (Student Handbook tab).
Allegany College of Maryland Bookstore provides students, faculty, and staff convenient and affordable access to course materials, academic supplies, and campus life merchandise. Online ordering and textbook look up is now available at www.bookstore.allegany.edu/college. You have the option of picking up your order at the Cumberland or Bedford County Campus or having the order shipped directly to you (subject to shipping charges).
A Virtual Sell-back for students to sell used books is available online at bookstore.allegany.edu. Contact the Bookstore at 301-784-5348 for information regarding services.
The Information Technology Department supports computer laboratories spread across the college campuses. The Cumberland Campus labs are located in the following campus buildings: Technology, Science, Allied Health, Humanities, Automotive Technology, and Continuing Education. An additional campus lab is located at the Gateway Center in downtown Cumberland; the Bedford County Campus labs are located in Room 19 and 21. Although priority is given to scheduling labs in accordance with the courses taught in the respective buildings, any lab can be scheduled for use by any department. Internet access is available in all computer labs and in the Library at the Bedford County Campus. In addition to the computer laboratories noted above, the Library, and various academic departments have personal computers available for use.
Additional information on lab locations and availability can be found at www.allegany.edu/computer-labs.
Wireless Network Access
Students may access wireless network services at the Bedford County Campus, Cumberland Campus, Willowbrook Woods, and Gateway Center. Students connect via the “ACM” wireless SSID and must login using their student email address and password. Additional information on accessing the wireless network can be found at www.allegany.edu/wifi.
Per the Student Communication Policy, all students are required to monitor their college-issued student email frequently and regularly; it is the students’ responsibility to read all communications and to respond as necessary.
Students can access their student email accounts by visiting www.allegany.edu/students. Lost or forgotten email addresses and passwords can be retrieved by contacting the Student Help Desk at 301-784-4357.
Students from both campuses and the Gateway Center can call the Student Help Desk using the ACM Technology Help Line.
The Technology Help Line can be reached in the following ways:
- By dialing extension 5444 from any on-campus phone
- By dialing 301-784-5444 from cell phones or
- Bedford County Campus 814-652-9528, ext. 5444
For on-campus assistance, students can contact the Technology Help Line or send an email to email@example.com.
The Student Government Association funds a wide variety of student organizations/clubs. Clubs listed below are either nonacademic, which means that they are open to all students, regardless of the student's program of study or academic, which means that membership is based on the student being enrolled in that specific program of study. Groups that been funded in the past include Alpha Sigma Lambda, C2J, Choir, Christian Fellowship Club, Culture Club, Dance Team, Forestry Club, Honors Program, Human Service Club, Massage Club, Medical Assistant Club, Medical Laboratory Technology/Biotechnology Club, Neo-Beats, Nurse’s Christian Fellowship Club, Paralegal Student Association, Peace Studies Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa, Physical Therapy Assistant Club, P.R.I.D.E., Respiratory Therapy Club, SADHA (Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association), Science Club, Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Club, Tutoring Club, Veteran Support Club, and the Volunteer Club. New groups are welcomed, too!
For more information regarding Student Life, log onto www.allegany.edu/student-life, or contact Erin Yokum, Director of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Personal Counseling – Allegany College of Maryland contracts with UPMC Western Maryland (Cumberland) to provide counseling to individual students. Individual counseling is the primary service. (Couples and family counseling are also available.) All services provided by UMPC are completely confidential and provided by qualified, licensed mental health professionals. We offer 2 locations for students to see a professional counselor; on campus and at UMPC outpatient services.
On-site: UMPC Counselor is on campus when classes are in session during the Fall and Spring semesters at the Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic (Allied Health #115) weekdays. Students are urged to make an appointment by calling the Clinic at 301-784-5670. "Walk-ins" are accepted if UMPC Counselor is available.
Off-site: Multiple counselors are available by appointment in the following situations: (1) students prefer to go off-campus to see or (2) students need counseling on days/times outside the on-site schedule above. Any eligible student is entitled to receive up to seven* (7) hours of counseling per semester for any mental health issues with which s/he needs assistance.
*14 sessions per year are paid by ACM.
(7 during the period July 1 – December 31; 7 during the period January 1 – June 30)
To schedule an appointment with a counselor at UPMC Western Maryland call 240-964-8585.
Crisis Counselors are also available to speak to students over the phone and can be reached at 240-964-1399.
The Pennsylvania campus contracts separately with Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services 814-623-5166; for more information, contact the Student Services offices at the Bedford County Campus at 301-784-6200.
2. Additional On-Site Support – Students who need immediate mental health support may contact Ms. Renee Gibson (Student Support & Operations Specialist) when they are in crisis or need urgent support. Renee will help them resolve the situation using crisis intervention skills as well as practical problem-solving and referrals to campus services or other supports. If the situation is mental health emergency, the student will be connected with the UPMC Western Maryland crisis counselor for emergency help.
Renee Gibson’s office is in CC-152, and her phone number is 301-784-5206, and she can also be reached via email at email@example.com. She is generally available M-F during business hours.
3. Family Crisis Resource Center (FCRC) – Allegany College of Maryland works closely with the Family Crisis Resource Center (Cumberland) to provide easily accessible domestic violence and sexual assault support services to students. FCRC is a non-profit, nongovernmental sexual assault and domestic violence victim services organization. FCRC is available by appointment and in emergencies to help any student (or employee). All FCRC services are free. FCRC can be reached by calling 301-759-9244.
4. Mental Health First Aid – Mental Health First Aid teaches the basic knowledge and skills of understanding and responding to an students in distress or in a crisis. College employees who have completed the training receive a koala sticker to place on their doors or desks so they can be identified. Students who find themselves in a mental health crisis are encouraged to look for the Koala!!
5. Screening for Mental Health – Allegany College of Maryland has registered with Mind Wise to purchase online screening programs for depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, bipolar disorder, alcohol/drug use disorders, and eating disorders. These personal assessments can be completed by any student from any internet connection; if the results indicate treatment or services may be needed, the student will be given appropriate referral information.
6. Emergencies – Any person who witnesses a medical or mental health emergency requiring immediate intervention should CALL 911 AND THEN CALL CAMPUS SECURITY at ext. 5555. Health and safety are too important to hesitate, and you do not need permission to call 911. (NOTE: ACM does not provide transportation and/or hospitalization costs.)
Maryland Crisis Connect: 1-800-422-0009 / 1-866-411-6803
Or you can dial 211 (select option 1) for crisis help or resource info
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 (Free/confidential)
Doctor on Demand: https://www.doctorondemand.com/
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network): 1-800-656-4673
7. Private Referrals - local providers – A list of local mental health providers (Cumberland Campus) is available by contacting the Office of Student & Legal Affairs or the Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic. Selecting a private provider is the student’s choice; payment is the student’s responsibility.
The Café, located in the College Center on our Cumberland Campus, offers convenient and delicious food. In addition to offering reasonably priced food, we offer additional savings for students through our pre-payment plan. Pre-payment plans are available for purchase in the cafeteria.
Although meal offerings change daily, some favorite staples include: egg sandwiches, French toast, muffins, pasta dishes, deli sandwiches, soups, pizza, salads, and Chef’s Specials.
Café hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The College reserves the right to change these hours when it is deemed necessary.
In addition, numerous vending machines are located in the following buildings on the Cumberland Campus: College Center, Library, Automotive Technology, Humanities, Science, Technology, Continuing Education, Physical Education, and Allied Health. Vending machines are also available in the student lounge area at the Bedford County Campus. Fresh supplies of snacks, hot and cold beverages, candy, and many other items are available daily.
The James Zamagias Student Success Center is dedicated to providing academic support services for students enrolled in credit courses who are attending the Cumberland Campus. The Center works closely with staff of the Bedford County Campus Student Services office to provide similar support to all Allegany College of Maryland credit students. The offices share the common mission to assist students in achieving their educational goals by providing support services in a nurturing and respectful environment, thereby helping them to become successful, life-long learners in a diverse world.
Student Success Center (Cumberland Campus) 301-784-5551
Bedford County Campus Student Services 814-652-9528, ext. 1-6200
As part of the registration process, students planning to pursue a degree or take courses requiring a prerequisite may need to complete a college placement assessment. The assessment consists of three sections; writing, mathematics, and reading. Students for whom English is their second language will be requested to take the ESL Writing and Reading sections. Results of the placement evaluation are used to determine a student’s readiness for college-level coursework and to increase the student’s opportunity for academic success. Students should contact the Advising Office to determine which section(s) of the placement test are required.
Provide documentation for one of the approved multiple measures to determine course placement or take the College Placement Assessment. Students who transferred in a college-level English composition course or College Algebra course at an accredited college/university are exempt from taking the respective portion of the assessment. Students transferring in more than 6 credits of general education courses are exempt from taking the reading portion.
The Student Success Center Testing Lab is defined as a center for proctoring national, correspondence, online, and academic make-up exams, and for providing special accommodations testing. Students should work closely with their instructors to arrange for testing in the lab. Students who require special accommodations while taking a test are required to notify the Testing Lab at least three days in advance.
A variety of tutorial services is offered to assist students who are experiencing academic difficulties. Individual peer tutors are available at both campuses for most credit classes, not covered by walk-in study labs. Students are encouraged to apply early in the semester for this service. In addition, walk-in tutoring labs are available in a variety of subjects such as English, speech, reading, mathematics, and science. Online tutoring is available in basic math, introductory sciences, writing, economics, accounting, and software design.
Tutoring services are intended to provide a review of subject matter and to assist the students’ improvement of study skills and self-confidence resulting in a more independent learner. Students interested in serving as tutors are requested to file an application with the Student Success Center or the Student Services office at the Bedford County Campus. Tutors must demonstrate excellent academic and communication skills. The Tutoring Program is accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association.
Additional support and advising is available for non-traditional student learners as they begin their journey into college. Non-traditional learners are students who have been out of school for 5 or more years, are 25 years of age or older, are parents, military veterans, dislocated workers, or GED recipients. Support is provided through the Academic Access and Disability Resources Coordinator. The coordinator recognizes that non-traditional students have different needs than students coming straight from high school and that taking college courses after being away from school for a time can be intimidating. Services provided include general support and advising, community referrals, and advocacy. The Academic Access and Disability Resources Coordinator is located in the Humanities Building, room H-1, on the Cumberland campus.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Dione Clark-Trub at 301-784- 5234 or email ADR@allegany.edu.
The Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic offers health and wellness services to students, and the local ACM and surrounding community. Services offered include Allied Health program and sports physicals, influenza vaccinations, Tuberculosis (PPD) screenings, immunity titers, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings as well as health education clinics on a variety of topics. The NMWC serves as a clinical site for nursing and allied health students, providing opportunities for hands on learning during supervised clinics. The NMWC is located on the first floor of the Allied Health Building (room 115). A full list of services with dates and times is available at NMWC 301-784-5670 and on the College website at allegany.edu/health-clinics/nmwc.
All incoming first semester students are expected to participate in an orientation program. The purpose of these orientations is to inform students about academic, social, and general College policies affecting their growth and success at the College. Orientation is hands-on, interactive, and conducive to making new connections. Interested students may register online; additionally, orientation programs are available to students attending the Bedford County campus.
For more information regarding Orientation, log onto www.allegany.edu/orientation/index.html.
The Pathways For Success Program at Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) is a TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) project funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Pathways For Success provides a supportive environment on campus for first-generation, income-eligible students and students with disabilities. To assist Pathways For Success students in achieving their academic goals, the program offers services such as academic and transfer advising, tutoring, career advising, and financial aid advising/literacy, among other services. Pathways For Success serves 140 eligible, enrolled students annually at ACM.
To be eligible for Pathways For Success (TRiO SSS), a student must:
- Be a citizen or national of the United States OR meet residency requirements for federal student financial aid;
- Possess a GED or high school diploma;
- Be enrolled full-time in a credit certificate and/or associates degree program, seeking first post-secondary degree, OR be accepted for enrollment in the next academic term;
- Have a need for academic support in order to successfully pursue a post-secondary educational program;
- Be income-eligible, a first-generation college student, OR a student with a documented disability; and
- If applicable, successfully completed English 92.
Please check with the Pathways For Success office for additional eligibility and participation criteria.
The Pathways For Success program office is located in the Humanities Building, room H-57, on the Cumberland Campus. For more information, please contact the Pathways For Success office at 301-784-5630, or go to www.allegany.edu/pathways-for-success.
Allegany College of Maryland offers on-campus student housing for full-time students. Willowbrook Woods is a garden-style apartment complex comprised of five apartment buildings of three floors as well as a Clubhouse. Each apartment includes a kitchen, living room, balcony, four private bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The Clubhouse has a lounge area with TV, vending machines, and laundry facilities for residents. Residence Life staff offer a multitude of services for on-campus residents such as educational and social programs, academic support, campus and community referrals, and more. Residents and eligible guests are permitted to enter Willowbrook Woods via the Gatehouse, which is staffed 24 hours a day by Campus Security staff when the complex is open. Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs are prohibited at Willowbrook Woods. Detailed information about Residence Life and living in Willowbrook Woods is located in the Housing Guide found online.
Applications are available by visiting allegany.edu/student-housing or visiting our offices in the College Center.
The Mission of the Office of Student & Legal Affairs is to provide direct, non-instructional support services to students, to cultivate a safe learning environment, and to support institutional compliance with laws and regulations. This mission is accomplished in numerous ways every day. Direct services to students include managing the Student Counseling Program, off-campus housing list, residency petitions, background checks (employment and college transfer), student discipline, student services appeals, support/outreach in times of crisis, intervention plans, and information/referral. The Office also assists faculty/staff with student issues and works closely with Campus Safety and Special Police; the Dean of S&LA receives all Security reports, directs any appropriate follow-up, and manages both the Willowbrook Woods No Trespassing List and the Campus Ban List. In addition to managing legal issues related to students, the Office is responsible for multiple state/federal compliance matters including drug/alcohol, diversity, non-discrimination, and the Clery Act. The Dean of S&LA serves as ACM’s Title IX Coordinator, ADA/504 Coordinator, and FOIA Officer; additionally, the Dean is responsible for implementing the College’s First Amendment policy. Various publications and brochures are produced by the Office including the Student Handbook and Student Services Booklet. Lastly, the Dean of S&LA supervises Residence Life, Student Life, and Student Support.
At Allegany College of Maryland, the Student Government Association (SGA) functions as the governing organization of the student body. It serves as a means of participation in College governance with the faculty and administration, and it acts on behalf of the students. Additionally, SGA allocates student activity funds, supervises elections, coordinates campus social activities, and approves new campus student organizations.
Any student of Allegany College of Maryland who plans to seek office or serve on the Student Government Association must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.25 or higher. In addition, a minimum of six hours of credit instruction must be attempted and successfully completed each semester in order to serve.
Students elected to serve must not be on academic or disciplinary probation.
Any student who has a grievance against the College must be able to communicate the complaint with confidence that it will be heard and acted upon appropriately – without risk of retaliation. Information on the College’s grievance policies and procedures for students and which office(s) a student may contact to file a complaint can be found in the “Student Handbook”. A copy is available through the Office of the Dean of Student and Legal Affairs, Bedford County Campus Student Services Office, and on the College’s website under “Student and Legal Affairs”.
While Allegany College of Maryland offers a variety of resources related to student health/wellness, the College does not offer a clinic or other on-campus health care. Students are encouraged to use the many off-campus medical facilities – including UPMC Western Maryland located across the street from the Cumberland Campus. Allegany County Health Department (located next to the Cumberland Campus) maintains a list of local emergency and urgent medical care providers. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic and the Campus Safety/Special Police stock multiple first aid kits on campus; additionally, the College has multiple Automated External Defibrillators (AED) on campus, and many College employees have been trained in their use. For mental health needs, see Counseling Services in this section.
Student Life incorporates a broad range of social, cultural, and educational programs in an attempt to meet the needs of the diverse student population at Allegany College of Maryland. The Director of Student Life serves as a liaison between the Student Government Association and other areas of the College community including the administration, faculty, and staff members. Each year the Office of Student Life distributes funds to support the following areas: recognized clubs/organizations on campus, athletics, intramurals, scholarship programs, tutorial services, and numerous student activities sponsored throughout the school year. Additionally, the Office of Student Life coordinates: New Student Orientation programs, Red Cross Blood Drives, Drug. Alcohol and AIDS Awareness programs, and more. All student activities sponsored by the Student Government Association and the Office of Student Life are offered for free or at a reduced cost with a valid ACM student ID.
All students are strongly encouraged to obtain a College photo ID card since the cards are necessary to access many student services and benefits. For access to student activities, sporting events, testing services, etc., a College photo ID card will be required. State law also requires any person on a college campus to possess (and display upon request) a form of photo identification. Willowbrook Woods residents are required to carry their distinctive housing ID cards at all times as an essential security measure, and any guest to Willowbrook Woods must have a form of photo identification.
Credit students may obtain an Allegany College of Maryland photo ID card in the Photo ID office on the Cumberland campus during posted hours or by contacting the Director of Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, photo ID services are are available at both campuses.
Allegany College of Maryland is required to provide heroin/opioid training to all new, full-time students, as well as educational information to part-time students. Allegany College of Maryland has created educational training for all students via Brightspace, and all incoming students must complete the training before the end of their first semester of enrollment. The college urges everyone to be informed and offers educational resources (including treatment information) at www.allegany.edu/drug-and-alcohol-information/index.html.
*Allegany College of Maryland prohibits the possession and use of drugs and alcohol on all college property and in all college-affiliated activities without the express permission of the College President.
Located in Room 66 of the Humanities Building, the Unity Center is a dynamic space for multicultural learning opportunities that engage students, faculty and staff in meaningful ways. It offers comfortable seating for conversation, independent study, and small group interactions as well as computers for student use. The Center serves as an educational space for the College’s many campus groups and clubs, including Aspiring Young MENtors (AYM) who use it as their headquarters for activities. The Center’s schedule is maintained by the Humanities Department’s administrative assistant. It is managed by the Institutional and Student Affairs Office in coordination with the Academic Development Department.
AYM, founded in 2018, is a group of African American male mentors and emerging mentors who help guide, encourage and support other African American male students on campus. AYM mentors emphasize connection and a sense of belonging for student-mentees who may be having a hard time adjusting socially to college or struggling to adapt to the demands of college courses. Students receive training on accessing campus resources, time-management, goal setting, and other topics they identify as important to their success.
The Office of Veterans Services serves the needs of individuals eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Veterans Service’s office is here to serve all veterans, military service members, veteran’s dependents and others eligible for educational benefits with concerns or questions regarding military educational benefits, enrollment certification or other matters relating to VA educational benefits. The office is located in College Center, in the Advising Center on the Cumberland Campus. The Veterans Services phone number is 301-784- 5209. It is prudent for new, re-entering or returning students, who are or may be eligible for VA benefits, to contact the Office of Veterans Services prior to registration to ensure that all necessary VA paper-work is properly initiated. Please keep in mind, eligibility for military educational benefits is determined solely by the VA. Eligibility for VA educational benefits bears no relationship to an individual’s indebtedness to Allegany College of Maryland.
Allegany College of Maryland, which has a long history of helping military veterans transition to rewarding civilian careers, has a Veteran’s Center on the main campus that gives these students a place to call their own. The Veterans Center is located in the Humanities Building and features several Internet-linked computer stations, a seating lounge and a small kitchen.