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Dean of Students
The Dean of Students Office assists students with a variety of concerns by working directly with them and connecting them to appropriate resources on or off campus. We are also a resource for faculty, staff, parents, families, and friends, working together to serve students.
DACA Students - What You Need to Know
- The current order does not affect current DACA recipients who have the 2-year renewable work permits.
- If your application for renewal is being processed, your renewal should continue as normal.
- If your first-time application has not been approved as of 7/16/21, it will NOT be approved or processed.
- If you are eligible for DACA but have not applied, your application will be accepted but it will NOT be approved or processed.
- Please reach out to us. We can help connect you with legal, counseling, financial, and other support services.
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ACC CARES Act Emergency Grant
The ACC CARES Act Emergency Grant can help meet your needs. The CARES funding available to ACC is limited and the funding available to ACC students will be distributed as soon as possible while the funds last. Applying for the funding early is strongly encouraged. Visit the ACC CARES Act Emergency Grant page to learn more and to apply.
ACC Policies & Procedures
Learn more about ACC policies, procedures, and guidelines related to students, employees, and the community.
Assistance for DACA and Undocumented Students
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado Castle Rock Office offers services to help individuals and families move toward self-sufficiency, including case management, ESL classes, counseling, family immigration services and a variety of outreach programs. The office serves Douglas, Park, and Elbert county residents.
Colorado Asset and DACA Resources
Colorado Asset and DACA Resources provide information and assistance related to the Asset and Deferred Action programs in Colorado. Additionally, there are legal resources for students and immigration attorney information.
Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition
The Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC) is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state.
Douglas County Youth and Family Resource Guide
The Douglas County Youth and Family Resource Guide is created by the Douglas County Youth Initiative that provides a curated list of resources in a variety of areas including immigration services, assistance programs and mental health resources.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is a National website that provides an overview of the recent decisions by the current administration regarding Deferred Action (DACA). Additionally, this website provides information and resources for immigrants by state.
Littleton Immigrant Resources Center (LIRC)
LIRC helps immigrants connect to community services, learn English, study for the citizenship test, and apply for immigration benefits such as U.S. citizenship and provides consultations on immigration issues and helps clients apply for Green Cards, DACA, and Employment Authorization Documents renewals. There is a fee for services. Call 303-795-3968 for a legal appointment and 303-795-3915 for the Educational programs.
Mi Casa Resource Center
The Mi Casa Resource Center, in partnership with the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, hosts a FREE Virtual Clinic on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm. Appointments are required via their website or call 303.573.1302.
National Immigration Legal Services Directory
The National Immigration Legal Services Directory can provide legal resources.
The Team includes professionals from across the College committed to being caring, confidential resources and, when necessary, to provide referral to services to assist a student, faculty or staff member.
The team's role is to determine effective strategies for addressing concerns and identifying the responsible parties for enacting those strategies. One way concerns are reported is through our online Refer a Concern form. Any student, staff, faculty or community member may use the form to report academic or personal concerns. This report is submitted directly to staff members in the Dean of Student’s office. Concerns that rise to the level of being a potential Student Code of Conduct violation will be addressed through the College's disciplinary procedures. More information can be found in the Student Code of Conduct and the Disciplinary procedures).
Employee concerns will be referred to Human Resources.
Please report immediate threats (self-harm or violence), to a student, faculty, staff member or to the community, to Campus Police 303.797.5800 or 911.
What should be reported to The Team?
The Team collects information on observable behavior such as:
Academic Misconduct - including but not limited to cheating, plagiarism, fabrication of information, grade tampering, misuse of computers and other electronic technology, or facilitating academic misconduct.
Classroom or Behavior Concerns - related to appropriate conduct where the behavior or concern could impact the office or classroom setting (i.e. repeated outbursts, inappropriate language, poor attitude, off topic questions/discussions).
Health/Safety Concerns - that pose a high, but not immediate, risk for harm or danger to self, others or the ACC community (i.e. self-harm ideation, injurious behavior, misuse of drugs/alcohol, non-specific threats).
Personal Concerns - related to the personal well-being of an ACC Community member (i.e. death of a family member/friend, homelessness, illness/hospitalization, unusual behavior, relationship issues).
Possible Policy/Procedure Violations - that may violate the Code of Student Conduct or the Student's Rights.
How a concern is resolved
- A team member receives the referral electronically.
- The team will meet and discuss the concern.
- Additional information from the reporter and other people may be collected.
- The team assessed the situation and intervention tools are utilized or made available.
- A team member follows up with the reporter (as appropriate and in keeping with system procedures and federal and state laws)
The team utilizes a protocol to ensure that critical behavior or mental health issues or incidents are addressed appropriately. For referrals that require immediate intervention, the Team convenes immediately to assess the situation and develop an appropriate response.
The Team's Mission, Learning Outcomes and Goals
The Care Team exists to provide proactive assistance, early intervention and caring confrontation to create a safe and healthy college community.
- To build relationships, make resources available and provide support to those who are struggling.
- To advocate for personal and social accountability, practice ethical behavior and balance personal freedom with the interest of the ACC community.
- To minimize or eliminate disruption to the teaching-learning process, the community and College operations through early intervention and support.
- To maintain confidentiality, when possible, and handle matters discreetly.
- To assess potential disruption, threats and violence utilizing an objective process for evaluation and intervention
- To provide clear, designated referral points to share concerns and provide transparent communication regarding how the Team addresses concerns.
- To retain students, faculty and staff as valuable members of the ACC community.
ACC offers free mental health counseling services for students. For virtual or phone appointments, contact the Dean of Students Office in M2720 at the Littleton Campus or call 303.797.5730. Required forms for counseling:
Christopher A. St. John, MA, LPC
I am a licensed Jungian Psychotherapist. I am a contractor employed with Arapahoe Community College. I am a veteran of the U. S. Navy and was a 1st responder. I have worked in hospitals, clinics, for the counties, courts, non-profit organizations, and other professional organizations. My areas of expertise include veterans, 1st responders, spirituality, life transitions, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, stress, anger, drug/alcohol, career/vocational development, relationships, communication, personality and developmental disorders, children, divorce, and marriage.
I have been privileged to work with several different people from several different backgrounds with several varying concerns or experiences. I attended 3 different universities with three unique educational perspectives in psychology and counseling.
My professional philosophy when working with anyone is to meet them where they are at, not where I want them to be. If you are willing to show up, so am I.
- United States Navy
- Northlake Community College- Dallas, TX
- University of North Texas- Denton, TX
- Naropa University- Boulder, CO
- Regis University- Denver, CO
- C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado- Denver, CO
Lane Trujillo, LCSW
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Colorado, practicing as a therapist at Arapahoe Community College and in private practice in the Littleton area. My areas of expertise include psychological trauma, depression, anxiety and stress, college specific adjustments, life transitions, grief and loss and mind/body practices.
I have experience working with adults with diverse backgrounds and ranges of concerns. I am trained in trauma based therapies, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness therapies as well as animal assisted therapy. I am a client centered therapist, meaning the client’s concerns are always my first consideration in treatment in a holistic and respectful environment.
I am a professional member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and a certified member of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association, (EMDRIA). I continue to educate myself by attending national and local conferences and keeping up with current therapy research.
- BS – Human Services-Metropolitan State University
- MSW –Master’s in Social Work from University of Denver
- Licensed Social Worker (LCSW) – CO State #00001260
- Certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA
- Training in Animal Assistance Therapy
Drug and Alcohol Prevention
The following are the College's regulations on drug and alcohol presence on campus and the consequences for non-compliance.
Code of Conduct
The following actions and/or behaviors violate College rules and regulations and will be subject to appropriate disciplinary proceedings: Possessing, selling, furnishing, distributing or consuming alcoholic beverages on College property, including on-campus or off-campus events, sponsored by the institution; or appearing on campus while intoxicated as defined by state and local laws.
There are legal sanctions for violations of the Code of Conduct. Any student convicted of the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol is subject to criminal penalties under local, state or federal law. Penalties range in severity from a fine of $100 to $8,000,000 and/or life imprisonment. The exact penalty assessed depends upon the nature and severity of the individual offense.
The College will impose penalties against students who violate our Code of Conduct. Violators are subject to disciplinary action. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, probation, suspension or expulsion from the College or probation, suspension or termination of employment and referral to authorities for prosecution, as appropriate.
Many health risks are associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Risks include, but are not limited to, malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, pancreatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, mental illness, death, low birth-weight babies and babies with drug addictions. Personal relationships, family dynamics, ability to work and study are also at risk.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention information is available through Human Resources. Counseling resources are available through the Dean of Students Office.
ACC is a state community College governed by the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education. Board Policy requires the College to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101 226 in Federal law). A copy of this law is available in the Human Resources office. The College has adopted the following Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program:
A controlled substances schedule is on file for your reference in the Dean of Students Office.
Referrals for counseling, treatment, rehabilitation and re-entry programs are available through the community:
Mental Health Center, Arapahoe, 5500 S. Sycamore St., Littleton
Mental Health Center, Jefferson, 5265 Vance, Arvada
303.425.0300 (Jefferson County residents only)
Professional Psychology Center at University of Denver - 303.871.3626
Narcotics Anonymous – 303.832.DRUG (3784)
Focus on Recovery, Helpline – 1.800.234.0420
You may also consult the yellow pages for a listing of private and community based programs. Check listings under “Alcoholism Treatment” and “Drug Abuse Information and Treatment.”
This information is provided in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 (PL 101-226).
Sexual Misconduct and Title IX
The ACC community has the right to be free from sexual violence. All members of the ACC community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. Access our procedures and resources related to Sexual Misconduct and Title IX.
Student Bill of Rights
The General Assembly implemented the Student Bill of Rights (C.R.S. 23-1-125) to assure that students enrolled in public institutions of higher education have the following rights:
- A quality general education experience that develops competencies in reading, writing, mathematics, technology and critical thinking through an integrated arts and science experience.
- Students should be able to complete their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs in no more than sixty credit hours or their baccalaureate programs in no more than one hundred twenty credit hours, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
- A student can sign a two-year or four-year graduation agreement that formalizes a plan for that student to obtain a degree in two or four years, unless there are additional degree requirements recognized by the commission.
- Students have a right to clear and concise information concerning which courses must be completed successfully to complete their degrees.
- Students have a right to know which courses are transferable among the state public two- and four-year institutions of higher education.
- Students, upon successful completion of core general education courses, should have those courses satisfy the core course requirements of all Colorado public institutions of higher education.
- Students have a right to know if courses from one or more public higher education institutions satisfy the student’s graduation requirements.
A student’s credit for the completion of the core requirements and core courses shall not expire for ten years from the date of initial enrollment and shall be transferable.
Student Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities
Through its procedures, Arapahoe Community College (ACC) ensures the rights of all its students to pursue their educational objectives. The ACC community includes students who are enrolled in ACC courses for credit or non-credit courses, including Community Education courses. The ACC community also includes faculty, staff, administrators and guests.
A student is subject to two sources of authority: College authority and civil-criminal authority. ACC also expects students who are enrolled in specialized programs to follow the standards specified in their respective program handbooks (e.g., Nursing, Law Enforcement Academy and Emergency Medical Technician).
Judicial processes, including code of conduct, academic misconduct statement and grievance procedures are stated in the ACC Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online. An alternate format of the Student Handbook can be obtained through the Dean of Students office, Room M2720. For answers to specific questions, contact the Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs and Support Services.
The Student Handbook is filled with information you need to be successful at ACC. It will help you understand college processes and to identify and locate services available at ACC.
If you are a student and in need of a device to help you be successful in your remote learning experiences, ACC is prepared to provide you with a laptop for one semester. Please let us know by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 303.797.5730 or via our online form if you are in need of technology assistance.
In Person Services
Monday - Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm
Remote Services available by phone or email.
Fridays 8:00am - 5:00pm
Littleton Campus, M2720
acc [dot] dos [at] arapahoe [dot] edu
Refer a Concern
Student Food Pantry
When you are concerned about a student, faculty or staff member, confidentially Refer a Concern and reach out to the ACC CARE Team. The Team includes professionals from across the College committed to being caring and to provide services and strategies to help.Refer a Concern
The Student Food Pantry at ACC is an on-campus resource for students in need. Due to the current environment as it relates to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Dean of Students office will support students with food needs through providing gift cards to the local grocery store. The physical location of the on-campus food pantry at Littleton and Parker will be closed as we continue to prioritize everyone’s safety.
Students can apply for grocery gift cards using this link: Grocery Gift Card. Please reach out to Chandell Bell via email at email@example.com or by phone 303.797.5740 for more information.Donate to the Student Food Pantry
ACC Student Food Pantry
ACC's Student Food Pantry exists to help our students during times of need. We offer food pantries / gift cards at the Littleton and Parker Campuses to help keep our students focused on their goals and give them a boost when they need it most.