2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    Sep 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Services



Notice Of Non-Discrimination

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, or genetic information in its programs and activities, including admissions and employment, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and other applicable statutes, regulations, and USG and ABAC policies.

ABAC prohibits inappropriate conduct based on gender or sex, sexual discrimination and harassment, sexual assault and sexual violence in its programs and activities. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, including sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature such as sexual touching, sexual comments, jokes, or gestures, or distributing sexually explicit material. Sexual violence is a physical sexual act taken against a person’s will or when a person is incapable of consenting due to alcohol or drug use. Sexual violence includes rape, sexual battery, and sexual coercion.

The following person has been designated as the Title IX Coordinator to serve as the campus coordinator for overall Title IX campus compliance and discrimination policies relating to the employment arena: Richard L. Spancake, Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator at 229-391-4887 or rspancake@abac.edu.

The ABAC Title IX Deputy Coordinator for students is Alan Kramer, Athletic Director/Assistant Dean of Students at 229-391-4928 or akramer@abac.edu. Students and employees are encouraged to report issues involving inappropriate conduct/harassment/discrimination based upon protected factors. Sexual assault and sexual violence should be reported immediately to the ABAC Police Department at 229-391-5660 or if off campus call 911.

For confidential counseling and assistance contact Dr. Maggie Martin at 229-391-5135 or email mmartin@abac.edu; or Shubha Chatterjee at 229-391-5135 or email schatterjee@abac.edu; or any ABAC Health Clinic employee.

ABAC also prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in its programs and activities, including admissions, employment, treatment, and access. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries or assistance: Dr. Maggie Martin, Director of Student Development and Counseling at 229-391-5135 or mmartin@abac.edu.

Student Development Center

The Student Development Center provides services without charge to any currently enrolled student to facilitate achieving maximum educational development under a holistic approach. Services include personal counseling by Licensed Professional Counselors, career development counseling, ADA compliance, disability services, and medical withdrawals. The Center is located on the second floor of Branch Hall. For Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville sites, the center is located in the Bainbridge site library.

Direct correspondence to Dr. Maggie Martin, Director of Student Development, ABAC 48, 2802 Moore Highway, Tifton, GA 31793. The phone number is 229-391-5135 and the e-mail address is mmartin@abac.edu. For Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville sites, direct correspondence to Ms. Katie Spooner, 2500 East Shotwell Street, Bainbridge, Ga. 39819. The phone number is 229-243-3021 and the email address is Katherine.Spooner@abac.edu.

Disability Services

The College complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504; the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act; the ADA Amendments Act of 2008; and the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. ABAC seeks to assist students with disabilities in gaining equal educational opportunities by providing reasonable accommodations for those who are qualified and approved. Students with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, physical, mental, psychiatric, emotional, visual, and/or a hearing impairment must contact the College at least two months prior to the first day of class with appropriate documentation of the disability to have accommodations approved and in place prior to the beginning of class. Documentation must be approved before accommodations can be allowed. Students with physical disabilities who plan to live on campus must notify the ABAC Housing Office (at least) two-months in advance so that living accommodations can be arranged.

Anyone with any impairment should contact the Student Development Center, located on the second floor of Branch Hall. For Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville sites, the center is located in the Bainbridge site library.

Counseling

The Student Development Center’s Licensed Professional Counselors provide a wide variety of services to promote personal growth and development and to help students address problems of daily living. These services include personal, individual or group counseling; values assessment and decision making; study skills assessment; and interpersonal skills training. Other educational opportunities such as leadership training, human relations skill building, assertiveness training, substance use assessments, art therapy, and stress and anxiety management are provided. In addition, proactive and preventative group workshops, programs and outreach services are available. Consultation, referral services, and crisis intervention services are also provided.

Testing

National ACT and SAT administrations are offered through the Student Development Center. Individual personality testing services are utilized by the counselors when appropriate.

Career Development

The Career Development component of the Student Development Center assists students in assessing choices of academic majors and career alternatives under a life span perspective. These choices are guided through individual career counseling and exploration utilizing interest, skills, values and abilities inventories, and other testing. The Center also offers the use of computerized career planning programs. Information about other colleges and universities is available for students desiring to transfer. Help with plans for graduate school, resume writing, interviewing, and dressing for success are also offered.

Medical Withdrawal

Prior to mid-term, medical withdrawals are the same as any other official withdrawal from the College. Students will receive a “W” in all classes. However, students are encouraged to complete the medical withdrawal process if appropriate, even if the withdrawal is before mid-term. After mid-term, students seeking a medical withdrawal must submit the appropriate medical documentation on medical doctor’s letterhead, signed and dated by the treating physician who is not a family member, to the Student Development Center. A student must also submit a signed and dated statement requesting a medical withdrawal. If it is determined that a student must withdraw from classes for a given term for medical reasons, the Student Development Center will notify the student’s instructors, the Registrar’s Office, Office of Financial Aid and the Housing Office. Students will be given the grade of “W” in classes if they had passing grades in the class at the time of withdrawal. If students were not passing at the time of withdrawal, the grade of “WF” will be assigned. In all cases, students should make every effort to keep instructors informed of any situation which affects class attendance. A medical withdrawal is for the student’s illness or medical issue only. A medical withdrawal is from all classes for that term. The deadline for submitting complete appropriate medical documentation is one hour before the College closes on the last day of classes for the term. After the last day of class, students must follow the Grade Appeal process included in this Catalog.

Medical Withdrawals for Prior Semesters

Medical withdrawals for prior semesters will be granted only if students can provide adequate documentation that the medical condition for which the students withdrew was such that the students or family members could not contact the College before the semester ended.

Health Center (Available in Tifton)

The College provides students with health care services and health-related educational programs consistent with its mission and reflecting the needs of the campus community. ABAC’s Health Center is located in the Health Sciences Building and is accessed using the rear entrance. The Health Center is staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses who provide care for acute illnesses and minor injuries.

Health Center Hours

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Health Center is open from the first day of classes until the final day of final examinations each semester for patient care. The Health Center is open during semester breaks for immunizations and access to records. Visit the Health Center web site at http://www.abac.edu/student-life/health-center for updated information on hours and services.

Students with serious illness or injury should seek emergency health care in the community or call 911.

Charges may apply to cover the cost of some medical supplies, laboratory tests, and medications. The Health Center has a limited formulary of the most commonly used prescription and non-prescription medications used in college health. Students seeking health care in the community by referral from the Health Center are responsible for any costs incurred.

Student Health Insurance Plan

ABAC’s Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is a comprehensive health insurance plan available to students. This plan complies with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Health insurance is required of athletes, international students holding J or F visas and nursing students. All other students should strongly consider obtaining health insurance from this or another source. Parents and students may find ABAC’s SHIP is an affordable alternative for health insurance. More information can be found regarding SHIP at https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/abac.

Using Health Insurance at the Health Center

The Health Center accepts all major insurances. Students are encouraged to bring their health insurance cards to the clinic when they come for services. Insurance will be filed for clinic visits. The cost of the visit is applied to the deductible, and the Health Center does not bill the patient for the unpaid balance.

Required Immunizations

Students must submit a certificate of immunization to the Admissions Office prior to admission to the College. This form is part of the admission requirements.

MMR:
 
Students born in 1957 or later must prove immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella by taking two Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations or by providing laboratory evidence of immunity.
TDAP:
 
Students must have taken a Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (TDAP) booster within 10 years of acceptance.
Varicella
 
Students must prove immunity to varicella (chicken pox). This proof may be established by giving a history of chicken pox or shingles illness to a health care provider with the date of illness or by taking two varicella vaccinations or by providing laboratory evidence of immunity.
Hepatitis B:
 
Students under the age of 19 years must prove immunity to Hepatitis B. This proof may be established by taking three Hepatitis B vaccines or providing laboratory evidence of immunity.
Meningitis:
 
Students planning to reside in campus housing must receive information regarding meningococcal disease. For students electing to take the vaccine, one dose is recommended with a booster in five years. Otherwise, students must sign a form that documents that they decline the vaccine.

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to make a copy of their immunization records and keep these records among their important papers.

Campus Housing And Residence Life

Campus residence life is an important part of the college experience. On-campus living is much more than simply a convenience to students. Students living in a community of fellow students are positively influenced with regard to retention, personal growth and development, participation in extra-curricular activities, and overall successful adaptation to the college experience. ABAC requires all freshmen to live on campus unless they meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a minimum of 30 semester hours of collegiate level credit after high school graduation and have satisfied Learning Support requirements,
  • Living with and commuting daily from the legal residence of a parent, legal guardian, or grandparent within a 50-mile radius of Tifton,
  • Married,
  • Single parent,
  • 21 years of age prior to September 1 of the academic year, or
  • Enroll only in courses on the Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, or Donalsonville sites.

ABAC Lakeside provides housing for 489 freshmen in two-person and four-person suites. Rooms in each suite are fully furnished with a bed, chest of drawers, desk, and chair. Kitchenettes in each suite contain a full-size refrigerator, microwave, and sink. All utilities, including wireless connectivity and cable television, are provided. A cyber café, convenience store, social lounge, laundry facilities, and community kitchen are located on the main floor of Lakeside. Study rooms are located throughout the building.

ABAC Place has 835 beds in apartment-style units. The majority of the apartment units are 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom, but a limited number of 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, and 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom units are also available. Each private bedroom is fully furnished with a full bed, chest of drawers, built-in desk, and chair. The common living room is furnished with a sofa, loveseat, and tables. Kitchens are equipped with dishwashers, microwaves, garbage disposals, full-size ranges, and refrigerators. Cable television and high speed internet access are also available in each apartment unit. Laundry facilities and group study spaces are located on each floor of the apartment complex.

ABAC Place also includes the Town Hall. This facility contains administrative offices, recreational facilities, a fitness center, group meeting space, a computer lab, and a convenience store.

In accordance with state law, all students living in on-campus housing are required to be vaccinated against meningitis or to document that they are aware of the vaccine but elect not to be vaccinated. The meningitis vaccine may be obtained from any local health department or physician, or through the ABAC Health Center.

Housing facilities at ABAC are managed by Corvias. Any facility-related issues at ABAC Place or Lakeside should be directed to the Corvias representative located in Town Hall or by calling 229-391-5350. Residents may also submit work orders for specific issues via the work order link at www.abac.edu/housing.

Housing is available to students during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. All students must move out of housing during the break between the summer and fall semesters to allow Corvias and Residence Life the opportunity to prepare the building for the next academic year.

For more information about on-campus housing, contact the ABAC Housing office at 229-391-5140 or visit http://www.abac.edu/housing.

Student Conduct

All students are subject to the regulations outlined in the Student Handbook which is available at http://www.abac.edu/student-life/dean-of-students-resources-services/student-handbook, or from the Dean of Students.

Students are also subject to city, state, and federal law. The College will not intervene nor ask special treatment for students who have violated any law.

Students who are found guilty of violating College regulations or who are financially indebted to the College will not be eligible for readmission until they receive the appropriate clearance. Under these circumstances, students’ ineligibility for readmission will become a part of their record.

Board of Regents’ Statement on Disruptive Behavior

The following is the policy of the Board of Regents regarding disruptive behavior in any institution of the University System:

Any student or employee, acting individually or in concert with others, who clearly obstructs or disrupts or attempts to obstruct or disrupt any teaching, research, administrative, disciplinary, public service or other activity at any University System of Georgia (USG) institution is considered by the Board to have committed an act of gross irresponsibility and shall be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly resulting in academic dismissal or termination of employment. Source: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/C2661

Alcohol and Drugs on Campus

To comply with The Drug-Free Postsecondary Education Act of 1990, and Board of Regents Policy 4.6.4, ABAC endorses Georgia laws with respect to the manufacture, distribution, sale, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, controlled substances or dangerous drugs on campus and at institutionally-approved events off campus. (See Student Handbook at http://www.abac.edu/student-life/dean-of-students-resources-services/student-handbook and the Policy Manual at http://www.abac.edu/more/employees/additional-resources). Source: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section4/C332/#p4.6.4_alcohol_and_drugs_on_campus

Tobacco And Smoke-Free Campus

ABAC, as a member of the University System of Georgia (USG), is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and amicable environment for all students, employees, and visitors. This policy applies to all persons who enter USG Properties. Violation of this policy may result in corrective action under student conduct or human resource policies and visitors refusing to comply may be asked to leave campus. Signage to help inform the campus communities and visitors of these prohibitions should be placed throughout campus. Source: https://www.usg.edu/policymanual/section6/C2663

Student Activities

ABAC is committed to the philosophy that in a total educational process the student activity program should supplement the academic program and that such a program should be student oriented. Faculty and staff members act as advisors, but students plan and implement the programs. The College provides a variety of extra-curricular activities that not only supplement the academic program but also provide training and leadership opportunities as well as entertainment. To keep the student activity program one of the best in the state, each student is personally encouraged to take part in one or more of the programs offered. For an updated list of the Clubs and Organizations on campus visit the Clubs and Organizations page at http://www.abac.edu/student-life/campus-life/clubs-organizations. A more complete description of each club can be found in the Student Handbook at http://www.abac.edu/student-life/dean-of-students-resources-services/student-handbook. New clubs can be chartered through the Inter-Club Council and with the approval of the Dean of Students Office.

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is currently comprised of a President (Tifton campus), two Executive Vice-Presidents (one from Tifton campus; one from Bainbridge site), and a number of Senators based on the following formula: two from each School on the Tifton campus and one from each School on the Bainbridge site. Students from smaller satellite sites are eligible to vote with the Tifton campus and are provided representation by those officers and senators. The Schools are Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Stafford School of Business. Bainbridge representation will be based upon the majors for which students are allowed to register. Undeclared majors at all sites reside in the School of Arts and Sciences. The President and Executive Vice Presidents are referred to as Officers of the Executive Branch; the Senators comprise the Legislative Branch. The SGA serves as a voice and representative for the student body, and provides opportunities for leadership development and service. This group serves to maintain and strengthen the bonds among students, faculty, and administration, recognizing that a characteristic of an educated person is the ability to cooperate with colleagues. The Dean of Students is the administrative advisor for the SGA. Advisors are selected from the faculty of the College. For Tifton and Moultrie, the SGA office is located on the third floor of Branch Hall. For Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville sites, the SGA office is located on the second floor of the Wellness Center.

Student Communications Media

Student communications media include the following:

  • STALLION-The campus newspaper provides news and features focused on campus events as well as present opinion and comment. For several years, the newspaper has earned national recognition and has been named Georgia’s top college paper in its category.
  • PEGASUS-This annual literary magazine provides a means for creative expression among students, faculty, and alumni. The magazine features poetry, essays, fiction, articles, art, and photography.
  • ADROIT-This annual creative arts journal of ABAC at Bainbridge is an artistic forum for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community. The journal features poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose, art, and photography.

  • WPLH-FM-The College radio station, located at 103.1 on the FM dial, has studios located in the Carlton Center.

Campus Recreational Sports

ABAC offers all current students the opportunity to engage in campus recreational activities through Intramural Sports programs, Thrash Wellness Center, and the Legacy Foundation Swimming Pool. Intramural participation is entirely voluntary and students are encouraged to become involved, whether for competition or fun, in a group or as an individual; no additional fees are required. Intramural Activities include basketball, bowling, softball, flag football, soccer, badminton, tennis, volleyball, and other special events. Thrash Wellness Center in Tifton, Student Wellness Centers in Bainbridge and Blakely (Blakely has a room with wellness equipment), and the Legacy Foundation Swimming Pool have recently been renovated and all students are encouraged to incorporate the facilities and new equipment into their routine toward a fit and healthy lifestyle. More information on hours of operation and guidelines can be found at http://www.abac.edu/athletics/facilities/thrash-gym and http://www.abac.edu/athletics/facilities/pool.

Athletic Programs

Intercollegiate athletics, both male and female, are an integral part of student life at ABAC. The College participates in six intercollegiate sports: softball, soccer and tennis for women; baseball, golf, and tennis for men. All full-time students are encouraged to try out for collegiate athletic teams.

The College is a member in good standing of Region 17 of the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association. The “Golden Stallions” and “Fillies” are always strong competitors against the best two-year college competition. Successful academic endeavors are also stressed to athletes. All home athletic contests are free to full-time students. The Intercollegiate Athletics Program Policy Handbook can be found at http://www.abac.edu/athletics/athletics-department.

Fine Arts Groups

Musical groups on the ABAC campus are open to all students, although some groups require auditions for membership. Performing groups include Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Ensemble. These groups perform at various high schools, civic group events, and community festivals as well as present a concert each semester. Auditions are held for the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Choir, and Chamber Singers at the beginning of each semester. One must be a member of the larger ensemble first in order to audition.

The Baldwin Players, consisting of students from throughout the College who are interested in theater, stage two major productions each year. Opportunities for participation include acting, set design and construction, publicity, stage management, and all other aspects of theater production.