Drug Free Campus Policy
The South Carolina Technical College System prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol, narcotics, drugs or other controlled substances at the workplace and in the educational setting. Unlawful use for these purposes is defined as a violation of federal/state/local regulations, policy, procedures, rules and legal statutes.
Educational setting includes both institutional premises and approved educational sites off campus. Students may be suspended or dismissed from the college for violations of this policy. For the complete policy, see the Drug & Alcohol Policy in the Student Handbook.
English Fluency Requirements
ATC maintains procedures to ensure that all permanent and adjunct faculty possess adequate proficiency in both written and spoken English. The college will respond appropriately to student concerns regarding an instructor’s English fluency. Students should address any concerns about English fluency to an Enrollment Advisor in the Enrollment Services Center.
General Educational Development (GED)
Although the college does not provide testing for the GED or a program for GED students, a student who wishes to prepare to take the General Educational Development (GED) Test to receive a high school equivalency certificate may take classes in writing, reading and math. Day and evening classes are available. To receive a GED, the interested parties should contact the Adult Basic Education Office within their local public school district.
Health Services and First Aid
ATC is a commuter campus, therefore, the college provides only basic first aid for minor injuries. However, the college will assist a student who becomes ill in securing transportation home or to a doctor or hospital.
The Student Handbook section of this catalog contains the Student Code and the Student Grievance Procedure. It is the responsibility of all students to be aware of their rights and responsibilities while attending ATC.
A student may be dismissed for aggravated or repeated violations of student regulations. A student dismissed because of his/her conduct may be readmitted only upon the recommendation of the Vice President of Enrollment Management and the approval of the college President.
The ATC Student Honor Code represents a standard of conduct to which each student should aspire: "As a member of the Aiken Technical College community, I am committed to the ideal and practice of honorable behavior. I will conduct myself in a civil manner, respect the rights and property of others, and support the College’s values and educational mission. I will maintain personal and academic integrity in all aspects of campus life. I recognize the dignity of all individuals and will respect and learn from the ideas represented in our collective diversity. I will uphold the Aiken Technical College standard of excellence."
A group policy paid by ATC from student fees provides accident insurance for all registered students. Students are insured while on college premises during scheduled class days and on college-sponsored activities and trips. Coverage does not extend to students attending athletics events as spectators or attending other social activities.
All vehicles on campus must display a current ATC parking permit. Parking permits are valid for the duration of the student’s stay at ATC. Students should obtain permanent and temporary permits during registration or later through the ATC Bookstore. Students must submit a class schedule and a valid vehicle registration when requesting a parking permit. Permits must be clearly visible and may not be altered. Temporary decals may be obtained in the bookstore for students driving a different vehicle on a temporary basis. At no time may an enrolled student park in visitor or faculty parking spaces. Unpaid traffic fines double five working days from issuance. Grades, transcripts and registration privileges will be withheld until all parking fines are paid. For all information on parking regulations and fines, refer to the Parking Regulations web page.
ATC cannot provide for the receipt or delivery of personal messages, flowers, etc. Classes will not be interrupted for this purpose.
Should a family emergency occur such as death, serious illness or serious injury, Enrollment Services staff or Campus Security will attempt to notify the student of the situation.
The use of tobacco products is prohibited on the ATC campus. Banned products include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes of all types, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco. (ATC policy 2-3-106 and 2-3-106.1)
Visitors not attending a specific ATC function must check in with the Enrollment Services Center upon their arrival on campus. Students may not take visitors to class with them except with special administrative approval. Under no circumstances should children of students be allowed to enter classrooms or be left unattended on campus. No pets except service animals are allowed on campus. Owners of service animals must make prior arrangements for their animals to accompany them to class.