2019-2020 Student Handbook 
    Feb 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Student Handbook

General Information

Vision Statement

ABAC aspires to an institutional destination of greatness, a college where committed students seek a life-changing experience and are prepared to contribute positively to the communities in which they live and work.

Mission Statement

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is a State College within the University System of Georgia. ABAC’s mission is to provide excellent education by engaging, teaching, coaching, mentoring, and providing relevant experiences that prepare the graduate for life.

Diversity at ABAC

Diversity includes more than race, gender, and age; at ABAC, diversity is about inclusion and respect for people. Inclusion and respect for people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives will ensure that the institution fully leverages the talents and abilities of all faculty, students, and employees. The institution has a standing Diversity Committee. For questions about diversity, please contact either the Dean of Students, Director of Multicultural Education, or Director of Human Resources.

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 Title IX (Sexual Harassment) Coordinator serves as the ABAC coordinator for overall Title IX compliance and discrimination policies relating to the employment arena. The Title IX (Sexual Harassment) Deputy Coordinator assists the Title IX Coordinator while working with students.

Students and employees are encouraged to report issues involving inappropriate conduct/harassment/ discrimination based upon protected factors. Sexual assault and sexual violence should be immediately reported to the ABAC Police Department at (229) 391-5060 or if off campus call 911.

For confidential counseling and assistance contact Counseling Services on your campus, or any ABAC Health Center employee on the Tifton campus.

ABAC also prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in its programs and activities, including admissions, employment, treatment, and access. Contact Disability Services on your campus with any student inquiries or assistance.

Title VI and Title VII Compliance

ABAC subscribes to a policy of nondiscrimination with regards to all students, employees, and services to the community. Specifically, the College has given assurance of compliance with the provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. All members of the College’s faculty, staff, and student body are expected to subscribe to this assurance of compliance and to assist in making such assurance valid in fact.

Discrimination Prohibited Against Individuals with Disabilities

ABAC complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the ADA Amendment Act (ADAAA) of 2008, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. In its efforts to comply with these regulations, ABAC has designated the Director of Student Development as the individual responsible for compliance in areas related to students, and the Director of Human Resources as the individual responsible in the areas related to employment disabilities.

Sexual Discrimination and Harassment Prohibited

ABAC complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination in education programs and activities on the basis of gender. The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinator should be contacted with all questions and concerns.

Equal Opportunity Employer

ABAC is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any person with respect to employment or academic standing because of age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, genetic information, or status as a war veteran. Harassment of an employee, student, or applicant on the basis of any of these protected classes is a violation of policy and federal law.