(a) Commencing on October 1, 2012, the terms junior college, trade school, community college, and technical college, or any combination of these terms, as used in the Code of Alabama 1975, may not be interpreted to include Athens State University or its predecessor, Athens State College. After October 1, 2012, the Code Commissioner may revise any reference to Athens State University that refers to or classifies the university as a junior college, trade school, community college, or technical college.

Terms Used In Alabama Code 16-47A-13

  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608

(b) In addition to the duties of the Code Commissioner provided in subsection (a), whenever any section of the Code of Alabama 1975, refers to a “four-year public institution of higher education,” the Code Commissioner is directed to make the appropriate changes in terminology to reflect the reconstituted status of Athens State University as a public institution of higher education under a separate board of trustees as provided by this chapter.

(Act 2012-497, p. 1460, §14; Act 2014-326, p. 1212, §2.)