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Credit-by-Exam and Other
                                                                                                           by the testing agency to the Associate
                                                                                                           Provost. After you enroll at the University,
                                                                                                           you must request that your score be eval-

Non-traditional Learning                                                                                   uated, and, if the score is high enough
                                                                                                           for credit to be given, reported to the
                                                                                                           Registrar’s Office.
Following is a list of the types of examinations and other non-traditional learning experiences          3. The credit will be recorded on your tran-
that Frostburg State University will accept for credit towards a degree. Students will receive              script without charge.
elective or required credit depending on the content of the test or other experience evalu-
ated. As of May 2011, the programs listed here are the only forms of non-traditional credit
accepted. Participants should consult the Admissions Office (301.687.4201) or the Associate
                                                                                                         College Level Examination
Provost (301.687.4212) for the most up-to-date information.                                              Program (CLEP)
                                                                                                         CLEP is administered by the College Entrance
 Source                                       Score or Transcript Required                               Examination Board also. See the address in
                                                                                                         the Advanced Placement section, or consult
 Advanced placement program (ceeB)            3 or higher
 clep                                         Minimum score varies by subject area with no score lower
                                              than 50 accepted                                           The examinations consist of college-level
                                                                                                         general and subject examinations designed
 international Baccalaureate                  4 or higher on each standard/subsidiary
                                                                                                         to measure knowledge acquired through
                                              or higher level exam
                                                                                                         means other than college course work.
 college courses at High school               if credit is recorded on a college transcript
                                                                                                         The examinations stress understanding, the
 Departmental exams from other colleges       if credit is recorded on a college transcript
                                                                                                         ability to perceive relationships, and a grasp
 Military credit                              if equivalent to courses in FsU’s curriculum
                                                                                                         of basic principles and concepts. General ex-
 portfolio credit from other colleges         if credit is recorded on a college transcript              aminations are designed to measure general
 FsU special Departmental exams               see following list of tests currently available            learning, often referred to as general educa-
                                                                                                         tion. Subject examinations are designed to
                                                       retaken in order to earn a higher score.          measure achievement in the area of a spe-
Credit-By-Exam Policies                             5. Students currently registered for an equiv-
                                                                                                         cific course or subject.
In addition to earning credit at FSU or                alent course are ineligible to receive cred-
transferring course credit from other ac-              it-by-examination. If you believe you may         Procedures
credited institutions, you may acquire up              qualify for credit-by-exam, you should take       Procedures are identical with those not-
to 30 credits through examination. The ex-             the examination prior to enrollment in the        ed above for the Advanced Placement
aminations accepted include: Advanced                  course. You cannot receive credit-by-exam         Examinations.
Placement Examinations; College Level                  and credit through course completion for
Examination Program (CLEP); International              the same course.
Baccalaureate exams; and special depart-            6. If you achieve a satisfactory score, aca-         International
mental examinations.                                   demic credit will be recorded on your per-
                                                       manent record when you pay the credit
Recording of Credits                                   charge.                                           Programme
The grade AP, CL, IB, or CE (depending on the
test) will appear on your transcript to indicate                                                         The International Baccalaureate Programme
that the credits were earned by examination.        Advanced Placement                                   (IB) is a rigorous two-year curriculum offered
                                                                                                         in select secondary schools throughout the
Credit may be earned within your major as
well as in general college and elective cours-      Examinations                                         world. In order to receive college credit for
es. Credit by exam will not be used in com-                                                              IB, you must sit for the examination in each
                                                    Advanced Placement Examinations are                  subject of study and ask IB to send an official
puting your cumulative grade point average.
                                                    available through the College Entrance               transcript to FSU’s Associate Provost.
                                                    Examination Board of the Educational Testing
General Limitations                                 Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; www.           Contact International Baccalaureate
1. To earn credit by examination, you must          collegeboard.org/ap.                                 North America: toll free 1.866.826.4262; Fax
   be currently enrolled at Frostburg State                                                              604.733.8970; www.ibo.org.
                                                    You may receive credit by examination for
   University as a full-time or part-time
                                                    grades of 3, 4 or 5 on the College Board
2. An examination cannot be used to remove
                                                    Advanced Placement Examinations.                     Special Departmental
   a failure in a course completed at Frostburg     Procedures                                           Examinations
   or elsewhere.
                                                    1. Make arrangements to take the Advanced            After paying a $25 testing fee for each de-
3. An examination cannot be used to remove             Placement Examination at the appropriate          partmental exam, you may take a special ex-
   a low grade earned in a course completed            time. Pay the examination fee to the ap-          amination in place of any course for which
   at Frostburg or elsewhere.                          propriate agency.                                 credit by examination has been established.
4. An examination may not be repeated or            2. Your official score must be sent directly         If you pass the examination, the course will
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           be waived, and you may receive credit for it          2. Pay a $25 administrative testing fee at the             5. If the faculty member’s evaluation reveals
           by paying an additional processing fee. The              University & Student Billing Office.                       that your achievement is equal or superior
           department determines passing standards,              3. The Department Chair assigns an appro-                     to that of a student passing the course in a
           as well as eligibility standards, if applicable.         priate faculty member to evaluate you.                     traditional way, the department will report
           Students currently or formerly enrolled in               In some cases, the department offers the                   the grade of CE to the Registrar’s Office on
           a course are ineligible to take a special de-            exam on a regularly scheduled basis. See                   the form for granting course approval to
           partmental exam to exempt from the same                  the list that follows.                                     students.
           course.                                                                                                          6. Pay a processing fee of $10 per credit
                                                                 4. The faculty member evaluates your work
                                                                    according to quantitative and qualitative                  hour to get the credit recorded on your
           Procedures                                               standards previously established by the                    transcript.
           1. Request permission from the Department                department — for example, by an oral or                 7. You may take such exams only once.
              Chair to be evaluated for credit in a par-            written examination or by performance.
              ticular course.

           Advanced Placement Tests (AP)
           Following is the list of Advanced Placement Tests evaluated. Tests without course equivalency/credit listed may be accepted, but are not yet
           evaluated. Minimum score required is 3, unless otherwise noted.
           Title of Exam             FSU Course Equivalent(s)                 Credit Hrs.   Title of Exam                   FSU Course Equivalent(s)                      Credit Hrs.
           Art History               Score of 3 or 4:                                       Environmental Science           IDIS 160 Science, Technology and Society                3
                                     ART 100 Art Appreciation                           3   European History                HIST 195 History Elective                               3
                                     Score of 5:
                                                                                            French Language                 FREN 101 Basic Elements of French I                     3
                                     ART 111 Honors: Art Appreciation                   3
                                                                                                                            FREN 102 Basic Elements of French II                    3
           Biology                   BIOL 149 General Biology I                         4
                                     BIOL 150 General Biology II                        4   French Literature               FREN 195 French Elective                               3
           Calculus AB               Score of 3:                                            German Language                 MDFL 195 Foreign Language Elective                     6
                                     MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics                  3
                                                                                            Govt. & Politics: Comparative   POSC 131 Introduction to
                                     Score of 4 or 5:
                                                                                                                            Comparative Politics                                   3
                                     MATH 236 Calculus I                                4
                                                                                            Govt. & Politics: U.S.          POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics             3
           Calculus BC               Score of 3:
                                     MATH 236 Calculus I                                4   Human Geography                 GEOG 104 Human Geography                               3
                                     Score of 4 or 5:                                       Internat’l. English Language/APIEL Not accepted
                                     MATH 236 Calculus I                                4   Latin Literature                Evaluated at student request
                                     MATH 237 Calculus II                               4
                                                                                            Latin: Vergil                   Evaluated at student request
           Chemistry                 Score of 3 or 4:
                                     CHEM 201 General Chemistry I                       4   Music Theory                    Score of 3 minimum: MUSC 102 Theory I                  3
                                     Score of 5:                                               Aural Subscore               Score of 3 minimum: MUSC 104 Aural Skills I            1
                                     CHEM 201 General Chemistry I                       4   Physics B                       Score of 3:
                                     CHEM 202 General Chemistry II                      4                                   PHYS 215 General Physics I                             4
           Computer Science A        Score of 3 or 4:                                                                       Score of 4 or 5:
                                     COSC 195 Computer Science Elective                 3                                   PHYS 215 General Physics I                             4
                                     Score of 5:                                                                            PHYS 216 General Physics II                            4
                                     COSC 240 Computer Science I                        4   Physics C: Electricity          PHYS 262 Principles of Physics II:
           Computer Science AB       Score of 3 or 4:                                       & Magnetism                     Electricity and Magnetism                              4
                                     COSC 240 Computer Science I                        4   Physics C: Mechanics            PHYS 261 Principles of Physics I:
                                     Score of 5:                                                                            Mechanics                                              4
                                     COSC 240 Computer Science I                        4   Psychology                      PSYC 150 General Psychology                            3
                                     COSC 241 Computer Science II                       4
                                                                                            Spanish Language                SPAN 101 Basic Elements of Spanish I                   3
           Economics: Macro          ECON 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)           3                                   SPAN 102 Basic Elements of Spanish II                  3
           Economics: Micro          ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)           3   Spanish Literature              SPAN 195 Spanish Elective                              3
           English Language          Score of 3 or 4:                                       Statistics                      MATH 209 Elements of Appl. Prob. &
           & Composition             ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                                                          Statistics                                             3
                                     Score of 5:
                                                                                            Studio Art: Drawing             ART 212 Drawing                                        3
                                     ENGL 111 Honors: Freshman Composition              3
                                                                                            Studio Art: 2D Design            ART 104 Two-Dimensional Design                        3
           English Literature        Score of 3:
           & Composition             ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                      3   Studio Art: 3D Design            ART 105 Three-Dimensional Design                      3
                                     Score of 4:                                            U.S. History                    HIST 103 History of the United States                  3
                                     ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                      3                                   HIST 104 History of the United States                  3
                                     ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature                3   World History                   HIST 114 World History                                 3
                                     Score of 5:
                                     ENGL 111 Honors: Freshman Composition              3
                                     ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature                3
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International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)
Following is the list of International Baccalaureate Exams currently evaluated. Exams without course equivalency/credit listed may be ac-
cepted, but are not yet evaluated. Minimum score required is 4 on the Standard or Higher Level exam unless otherwise noted.
Title of Exam                   FSU Course Equivalent(s)             Credit Hrs. Awarded   Title of Exam              FSU Course Equivalent(s)           Credit Hrs. Awarded
Language A1                     Score of 4 or 5 (Standard):                                Design Technology          PHYS 195 Physics Elective                              3
                                ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3   Environmental Systems      IDIS 160 Science, Technology and Society               3
                                Score of 6 or 7 (Standard):
                                                                                           Physics                    Score of 4 or 5 (Higher Level):
                                ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3
                                                                                                                      PHYS 215 General Physics I                             4
                                ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature                    3
                                                                                                                      Score of 6 or 7 (Higher Level):
                                Score of 4 (Higher Level):
                                                                                                                      PHYS 215 General Physics I                             4
                                ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3
                                                                                                                      PHYS 216 General Physics II                            4
                                Score of 5, 6 or 7 (Higher Level):
                                ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3   Further Mathematics        Score of 4 (Standard):
                                ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature                    3                              MATH 236 Calculus I                                    4
                                                                                                                      Score of 5, 6 or 7:
Language A2                     Syllabus review required.
                                                                                                                      MATH 236 Calculus I and at least one                   4
                                Contact Foreign Language Department.
                                                                                                                      additional course from MATH 237
Language B                      Score of 4 (Standard):                                                                or MATH 380.
(French)                        FREN 101 Basic Elements of French I                    3                              (Syllabus review required.
                                Score of 5, 6 or 7 (Standard):                                                        Contact Math Dept.)                                  3-4
                                FREN 101 and 102 Basic Elements of French I and II 6
                                                                                           Mathematics Higher Level   Score of 4:
(Spanish)                       Score of 4 (Standard):
                                                                                                                      MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics                      3
                                SPAN 101 Basic Elements of Spanish I                   3
                                                                                                                      Score of 5, 6, or 7:
                                Score of 5, 6 or 7 (Standard):
                                                                                                                      MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics and at               3
                                SPAN 101 and 102 Basic Elements of Spanish I and II 6
                                                                                                                      least one additional course from among
                                Score of 4 or higher (Higher Level).
                                                                                                                      MATH 236, MATH 237 or MATH 380.
                                SPAN 101 and 102 Basic Elements of Spanish I and II 6
                                                                                                                      (Syllabus review required. Contact
Language B                      Syllabus review required. Contact Foreign Language                                    Math Department.)                                    3-4
(Other languages)               Department.
                                                                                           Mathematical Methods       Score of 4 (Standard):
Language ab initio              Syllabus review required. Contact Foreign Language                                    MATH 102 College Algebra                               3
                                Department.                                                                           Score of 5, 6 or 7 (Standard):
Business & Management           BUAD 100 Introduction to Business                      3                              MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics                      3
Economics                       ECON 200 Basic Economics                               3                              Score of 4 (Higher Level):
                                                                                                                      MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics                      3
Geography                       GEOG 195 Geography Elective                            3
                                                                                                                      Score of 5, 6 or 7 (Higher Level):
History                         HIST 100 The Contemporary World                                                       MATH 236 Calculus I                                    4
                                in Historical Perspective                              3
                                                                                           Mathematical Studies       Score of 4 (Standard):
Special Topics in History        Syllabus review required. Contact History Department. 3                              MATH 104 Intro to Math. Problem-Solving                3
Info. Tech. in a Global Society COSC 100 Introduction to Computer Science              3                              Score of 5, 6 or 7: (Standard):
Philosophy                      Score of 4 or higher (Standard):                                                      MATH 104 Intro to Math. Problem-Solving                3
                                PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy                    3                              and possibly one additional course from
                                Score of 4 or higher (Higher Level):                                                  among MATH 102, MATH 120 or MATH 209
                                PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy                    3                              (Syllabus review required. Contact Math Dept.)
                                PHIL 195 Philosophy Elective                           3   Computer Science           Contact Computer Science department for review.
Psychology                      PSYC 150 General Psychology                            3   Visual Arts                Course equivalency determined based on                 3
                                                                                                                      portfolio review. Contact Department of Visual Arts.
Social & Cultural Anthropology Contact Sociology Department for review
Biology                         BIOL 149 General Biology I                             4   Music                      MUSC 195 Music Elective                                3
Chemistry                       Score of 4 or 5:                                           Theatre Arts               THEA 195 Theatre Elective                              3
                                CHEM 201 General Chemistry I                           4
                                Score of 6 or 7:
                                CHEM 201 General Chemistry I                           4
                                CHEM 202 General Chemistry II                          4

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           College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
           Following is the list of College Level Examination Program exams evaluated as of 2009. Exams without course equivalency/credit listed may
           be accepted, but are not yet evaluated. Minimum score required is 50, unless otherwise noted.
           Title of Exam                    FSU Course Equivalent(s)            Credit Hrs. Awarded        Title of Exam                   FSU Course Equivalent(s)               Credit Hrs. Awarded
           GENERAL                                                                                         Social Sciences and History
           College Composition              ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3       American Government             POSC 110 Introduction to American Politics                     3
           Humanities                       HUMA 195 Humanities Elective                           6       History of the U.S. I:          HIST 103 History of the U.S. (to 1876)
           Mathematics                      MATH 195 Mathematics Elective                          6       Early Colonizations to 1877                                                                    3
           Natural Sciences                 SCIE 195 Natural Science Elective                      6       History of the U.S. II:         HIST 104 History of the U. S. (1876 to present)
                                                                                                           1865 to the Present                                                                            3
           Social Sciences & History        SOSC 195 Social Science Elective                       6
                                                                                                           Human Growth & Development      Score of 55 minimum required:
           SUBJECT                                                                                                                         PSYC 210 Child Development                                     3
                                                                                                           Intro to Educational Psychology Evaluated at student request
           Composition and Literature
                                                                                                           Introductory Psychology         PSYC 150 General Psychology                                    3
           American Literature              ENGL 261 American Lit.: Colonial to Present            3
                                                                                                           Introductory Sociology          SOCI 100 intro to Sociology                                    3
           Analyzing & Interpreting
                                                                                                           Principles of Macroeconomics    ECON 201 Principles of Economics (Macro)                       3
           Literature                       ENGL 150 Introduction to Literature                    3
                                                                                                           Principles of Microeconomics    ECON 202 Principles of Economics (Micro)                       3
           English Literature               ENGL 260 British Literature: Beowulf to Present        3
                                                                                                           Western Civilization I:         HIST 195 History Elective
           College Composition Modular      ENGL 101 Freshman Composition                          3       Ancient Near East to 1648                                                                      3
           Foreign Languages                                                                               Western Civilization II:        HIST 195 History Elective
                                                                                                           1648 to the Present                                                                            3
           College-level French             Level I: Score of 50 minimum:
                                            FREN 101 Basic Elements of French I                    3       Science and Mathematics
                                            FREN 102 Basic Elements of French II                   3
                                            Level II: Score of 59 minimum:                                 Calculus w/Elementary Functions MATH 236 Calculus I                                            4
                                            FREN 101 Basic Elements of French I                    3       College Algebra                MATH 102 College Algebra                                        3
                                            FREN 102 Basic Elements of French II                   3
                                            FREN 211 French Grammar, Composition, and                      College Algebra-Trigonometry MATH 120 Pre-Calculus Mathematics                                 3
                                            Conversation I                                         3       College Mathematics            MATH 195 Mathematics Elective                                   3
                                            FREN 212 French Grammar, Composition, and
                                            Conversation II                                        3       General Biology                BIOL 149 General Biology I                                      4
                                                                                                                                          BIOL 150 General Biology II                                     4
           College-level German             Evaluated at student request
                                                                                                           General Chemistry              CHEM 201 General Chemistry I                                    4
           College-level Spanish            Level I: Score of 50 minimum:
                                            SPAN 101 Basic Elements of Spanish I                   3       Trigonometry                   MATH 103 Trigonometry                                           3
                                            SPAN 102 Basic Elements of Spanish II                  3       Business
                                            LEVEL II: Score of 63 minimum:
                                            SPAN 101 Basic Elements of Spanish I                   3       Information Systems & Computer Applications: Evaluated at student request
                                            SPAN 102 Basic Elements of Spanish II                  3
                                            SPAN 211 Spanish Grammar, Composition, and                     Introductory Business Law       BLAW 291 Legal Environment of Business                         3
                                            Conversation I                                         3       Principles of Accounting        ACCT 211 Financial Accounting                                  3
                                            SPAN 212 Spanish Grammar, Composition, and                     Principles of Management        MGMT 351 Management of Organizations                           3
                                            Conversation II                                        3
                                                                                                           Principles of Marketing         MKTG 361 Principles of Marketing                               3

           Special Departmental Exams
           Below are listed special departmental examinations currently offered on campus. Students who believe they qualify for credit by exam must take the examination prior to signing up for
           the course. See the current Undergraduate Registration Guide for specific test dates or contact the department offering the exam for specific information.
           Course                                        Credit Earned    ENGL 308    Soc. Science Adv. Comp                       3      MUSC 101     Music Fundamentals                                  2
                                                                          ENGL 310    General Adv. Comp.                           3      MUSC 102     Theory I                                            3
           ACCT 211   Financial Accounting                          3
                                                                          GEOG 103    Physical Geography                           4      PHSC 203     Physical Science                                    4
           ACCT 212   Managerial Accounting                         3
                                                                          GEOG 104    Human Geography                              3      PSYC 150     General Psychology                                  3
           ACCT 311   Intermediate Accounting I                     3
                                                                          GEOG 207    Physical Geology and Geomorphology           4      PSYC 317     Abnormal Psychology                                 3
           ART 104    Two-Dimensional Design                        3
                                                                          GEOG 208    Earth System History                         4      PSYC 386     Drugs and Human Behavior                            3
           ART 105    Three-Dimensional Design                      3
                                                                          GEOG 275    Fundamentals of Geographic Data Handling     3      PSYC 387     Addictions Treatment Delivery                       3
           ART 212    Drawing                                       3
                                                                          HEED 100    Personal Wellness                            2      PSYC 388     Treatment Issues and Theory in Addictions           3
           BIOL 109   Human Biology & the Environment               4
                                                                          MATH 102    College Algebra                              3      PSYC 389     Ethics for the Addiction Counselor                  1
           BIOL 149   General Biology I                             4
                                                                          MATH 103    Trigonometry                                 3      PSYC 430     Health Psychology                                   3
           BIOL 150   General Biology II                            4
                                                                          MATH 104    Intro. to Math Problem-Solving               3      SOWK 375     Human Behavior & the Social Environment             3
           BMIS 320   Advanced Computer Applications in Business    3
                                                                          MATH 106    Algebra w/Calculus for Business              3      You may also receive credit by accelerated placement in foreign
           COSC 100   Intro. to Computer Science                    3
                                                                          MATH 120    Pre-Calculus Math.                           3      languages by passing a higher level course with a grade of C or
           COSC 101   The Discipline of Computer Science            3
                                                                          MATH 209    Elements of Probability & Statistics         3      better. You must pay a fee of $10 per credit. Accelerated placement
           COSC 240   Computer Science I                            4
                                                                          MATH 220    Calculus for Applications I                  3      credit is available in: FREN 101, 102, 211, 212, 250; SPAN 101,
           COSC 350   Computer Org./Assem.Language                  3
                                                                          MATH 236    Calculus I                                   4      102, 211, 212, 250 (3 credits per course).
           ENGL 101   Freshman Comp.                                3

                                                                                                                            resiDency policy

USM Bylaws, Policies and Procedures of the Board of Regents                                                she is in Maryland primarily to attend an
                                                                                                           educational institution, if the student’s cir-

Policy on Student Classification For
                                                                                                           cumstances have raised the presumption.

                                                                                                        III. Rebuttal Evidence
Admission and Tuition Purposes
(Approved by the Board of Regents August 28, 1990; Amended July 10, 1998; Amended November 27, 2000;
                                                                                                        Satisfying the requirements listed in para-
                                                                                                        graphs A through I of Section II, does not
Amended April 11, 2003; Amended June 23, 2006; Amended February 15, 2008)                               rebut the presumption that a student is in
                                                                                                        Maryland primarily to attend an educational
                                                                                                        institution. To overcome the presumption, a
I. Policy                                               for admission to a USM institution, or
                                                                                                        student must present additional evidence.
                                                     2. A student is Financially Dependent on a
A. Purpose                                              person who is not a resident of Maryland.
                                                                                                        To determine a student’s intent, the University
To extend the benefits of its system of higher                                                          will evaluate evidence of a student’s objec-
education while encouraging the economi-             This presumption may be rebutted. The stu-         tively verifiable conduct. Evidence that does
cal use of the State’s resources,1 it is the pol-    dent bears the burden of rebutting the pre-        not document a period of at least twelve (12)
icy of the Board of Regents of the University        sumption. See “III. Rebuttal Evidence” below.      consecutive months immediately prior to and
System of Maryland (USM) to recognize the                                                               including the last date available to register
tuition categories of in-state and out-of-state      II. Requirements                                   for courses in the semester/term for which
students for the purpose of admission and            Before a request for classification to in-state    the student seeks in-state tuition status is
assessing tuition at USM institutions.               status will be considered, a student must          generally considered an unfavorable factor
                                                     comply with all of the following requirements      under this policy. Evidence of intent must be
B. Burden of Proof                                   for a period of at least twelve (12) consecutive   clear and convincing and will be evaluated
The person seeking in-state status shall have        months immediately prior to and including          not only by the amount presented but also
the burden of proving by clear and convinc-          the last date available to register for courses    based upon the reliability, authenticity, cred-
ing evidence that he or she satisfies the re-        in the semester/term for which the student         ibility and relevance of the evidence.
quirements and standards set forth in this           seeks in-state tuition status. The student must    The absence of objective, relevant evidence
Policy. Assignment of in-state or out-of-state       demonstrate he or she:                             is generally considered an unfavorable fac-
status will be made by the applicable USM                                                               tor. A student’s statement of intent to re-
                                                     A. Owns or possesses, and has continuous-
institution upon a review of the totality of                                                            main in Maryland in the future is generally
                                                        ly occupied, including during weekends,
facts known or presented to it.                                                                         not considered to be objective evidence un-
                                                        breaks and vacations, living quarters in
                                                        Maryland. The student must provide ev-          der this policy.
C. In-state Status
                                                        idence of a genuine deed or lease and           Additional evidence that will be considered
To qualify for in-state tuition, a student must
                                                        documentation of rent payments made.            includes, but is not limited to, the following:
demonstrate that, for at least twelve (12) con-
                                                        In lieu of a deed or lease, a notarized affi-
secutive months immediately prior to and in-                                                            A. Source of financial support:
                                                        davit from a landlord showing the address,
cluding the last date available to register for                                                            1. Maryland employment and earnings
                                                        name of the student as occupant, term of
courses in the semester/term for which the                                                                     history through sources beyond those
                                                        residence, and history of rent payments
student seeks in-state tuition status, the stu-                                                                incident to enrollment as a student in
                                                        made will be considered. As an alterna-
dent had the continuous intent to:                                                                             an educational institution e.g., beyond
                                                        tive, a student may demonstrate that he
1. Make Maryland his or her permanent                   or she shares living quarters in Maryland              support provided by work study, schol-
   home; and                                            which are owned or rented and occupied                 arships, grants, stipends, aid, student
2. Abandon his or her former home state;                by a parent, legal guardian or spouse.                 loans, etc., (Tuition costs will be con-
   and                                                                                                         sidered as a student expense only to
                                                     B. Has substantially all of his or her personal
                                                                                                               the extent tuition exceeds the amount
3. Reside in Maryland indefinitely; and                 property, such as household effects, fur-
                                                                                                               of any educational scholarship, grant,
4. Reside in Maryland primarily for a purpose           niture and pets in Maryland.
                                                                                                               student loan, etc.), or
   other than that of attending an education-        C. Has paid Maryland income tax on all tax-
                                                                                                           2. Evidence the student is Financially
   al institution in Maryland.                          able income including all taxable income
                                                                                                               Dependent upon a person who is a
Satisfying all of the requirements in Section II        earned outside the State and has filed a
                                                                                                               resident of Maryland.
(and Section III, when applicable) of this poli-        Maryland tax return.
                                                                                                        B. Substantial participation as a member of a
cy demonstrates continuous intent and quali-         D. Has registered all owned or leased motor
                                                                                                           professional, social, community, civic, po-
fies a student for in-state tuition. Students           vehicles in Maryland.
                                                                                                           litical, athletic or religious organization in
not entitled to in-state status under this pol-      E. Possesses a valid Maryland driver’s license,       Maryland, including professionally related
icy shall be assigned out-of-state status for           if licensed.                                       school activities that demonstrate a com-
admission and tuition purposes.
                                                     F. Is registered to vote in Maryland, if regis-       mitment to the student’s community or to
                                                        tered to vote.                                     the State of Maryland.
D. Presumption
Either of the following circumstances raises         G. Receives no public assistance from a state      C. Registration as a Maryland resident with
a presumption that the student is residing in           other than the State of Maryland or from           the Selective Service, if male.
the State of Maryland primarily for the pur-            a city, county or municipal agency other        D. Evidence showing the student uses his
pose of attending an educational institution            than one in Maryland.                              or her Maryland address as his or her sole
and therefore, does not qualify for in-state         H. Has a legal ability under Federal and              address of record for all purposes includ-
status under this policy:                               Maryland law to live permanently with-             ing on health and auto insurance records,
1. A student is attending school or living out-         out interruption in Maryland.                      bank accounts, tax records, loan and schol-
   side Maryland at the time of application          I. Has rebutted the presumption that he or            arship records, school records, military re-
             resiDency policy

              cords, leases, etc.                                a timely manner.                                       line or who is otherwise eligible to enroll
           E. An affidavit from a person unrelated to the      B. A change in status must be requested by               in a State retirement system. Examples of
              student that provides objective, relevant           submitting a USM institution’s “Petition              categories NOT considered regular em-
              evidence of a student’s conduct demon-              for Change in Classification for Tuition”. A          ployees are graduate students, contingent
              strating the student’s intent to live perma-        student applying for a change to in-state             employees, and independent contractors.
              nently in Maryland.                                 status must furnish all evidence that the       G. Continuous Enrollment:
                                                                  student wishes the USM institution to              1. Undergraduate Student - An under-
           IV. Non-Residents Who May                              consider at the time the petition is due.             graduate student who is enrolled at a
                                                                  The due date is based on the deadline set             USM institution for consecutive fall and
           Temporarily Qualify For In-State
                                                                  forth by the USM institution at which the             spring semesters, until completion of
           Status                                                 student seeks to enroll. If the applicable            the student’s current degree program
           In addition, persons with the following sta-           USM institution has no such deadline, the             or unless on an approved leave of ab-
           tus shall be accorded the benefits of in-state         due date is the last published date to reg-           sence or participating in an approved
           status for the period in which they hold such          ister for the forthcoming semester/term               program off-campus.
           status:                                                for which the change in classification is
                                                                                                                         2. Graduate and Professional - Continuous
           A. A full-time or part-time (at least 50 percent       sought.
                                                                                                                            enrollment for a graduate or profes-
              time) regular employee of USM or a USM           C. The student shall notify the USM institu-                 sional student is defined by the insti-
              institution.                                        tion in writing within fifteen (15) days of               tution in accordance with program
           B. The spouse or Financially Dependent child           any change in circumstances which may                     requirement
              of a full-time or part-time (at least 50 per-       alter in-state status.
              cent time) regular employee of USM or a          D. In the event incomplete, false, or mislead-     Vi. Implementation
              USM institution.                                    ing information is presented, the USM in-
                                                                                                                  This policy as amended by the Board of Regents
           C. A full-time active member of the Armed              stitution may, at its discretion, revoke in-
                                                                                                                  on February 15, 2008 shall be applied to all stu-
              Forces of the United States whose home of           state status and take disciplinary action
                                                                                                                  dent tuition classification decisions made on or
              record is Maryland or one who resides or is         provided for by the institution’s policy.
                                                                                                                  after this date.
              stationed in Maryland, or the spouse or a           Such action may include suspension or
                                                                  expulsion. If in-state status is gained due
                                                                                                                      Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article §12-101.
              Financially Dependent child of such a per-
              son. Students that qualify under this pro-          to false or misleading information, the in-
              vision will retain in-state status for tuition      stitution reserves the right to retroactively
              purposes as long as they are Continuously           assess all out-of-state charges for each se-
                                                                  mester/term affected.
              Enrolled regardless of a change in military
              assignment or status of the active member        E. Each USM institution shall develop and          FSU Procedure for
              of the military.                                    publish additional procedures to imple-
                                                                  ment this Policy. Procedures shall provide
                                                                                                                  Residency Status Appeals
           D. A veteran of the United States Armed
                                                                  that on request the institution President       Any student who wishes to appeal the de-
              Forces with an honorable discharge who,
                                                                  or designee has the authority to waive          cision of residency status previously deter-
              within one year of discharge, presents
                                                                  any requirement set forth in Section II if      mined by the Office of the Registrar or the
              documentation that he or she attended a
                                                                  it is determined that the application of        Admissions Office, may do so in writing to
              secondary school in the State for at least
                                                                  the requirements creates an unjust result.      the Appeals Board for Residency Status. This
              three years, and graduated or received the
                                                                  These procedures shall be filed with the        board shall consist of representatives des-
              equivalent of a high school diploma from
                                                                  Office of the Chancellor.                       ignated by the Provost, the Vice President
              a secondary school in the State. The veter-
                                                                                                                  for Student and Educational Services, and
              an must present documentation and reg-
                                                                                                                  the Vice President for Administration and
              ister at a USM institution within one year       Vi. Definitions                                    Finance. The appeal will be reviewed by the
              of discharge for this provision to apply.        A. Financially Dependent: For the purposes         board members in the order listed. Only by
           E. For UMUC, a full-time active member of              of this policy, a financially dependent stu-    unanimous agreement of the board members
              the Armed Forces of the United States on            dent is one who is claimed as a dependent       will the decision of the Office of the Registrar
              active duty, or the spouse of a member of           for tax purposes.                               or Admissions be overruled. Upon request,
              the Armed Forces of the United States on         B. Parent: A parent may be a natural par-          the President or designee has the authority
              active duty.                                        ent, or, if established by a court order        to waive any residency requirements if it is
           F. A graduate assistant appointed through              recognized under the law of the State of        determined that the student is indeed a per-
              a USM institution for the semester/term             Maryland, an adoptive parent.                   manent resident and application of the cri-
              of the appointment. Except through prior         C. Guardian: A guardian is a person so ap-         teria creates an unjust result.
              arrangement, this benefit is available only         pointed by a court order recognized un-         A student desiring to appeal should obtain
              for enrollment at the institution awarding          der the law of the State of Maryland.           and submit the University System of Maryland
              the assistantship.                                                                                  “Petition for Change in Classification for
                                                               D. Spouse: A spouse is a partner in a legally
                                                                  contracted marriage.                            Tuition” through the office that made the
           V. Procedures                                                                                          original residency status decision, the Office
                                                               E. Child: A child is a natural child or a child    of the Registrar or the Admissions Office.
           A. An initial determination of in-state status         legally adopted pursuant to a court order
              will be made at the time of admission. The          recognized under the law of Maryland.
              determination made at that time, and any
              determination made thereafter, shall pre-        F. Regular Employee: A regular employee is
              vail for each semester/term until the de-           a person employed by USM or a USM in-
              termination is successfully challenged in           stitution who is assigned to a State budget

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General Education and Transfer
                                                                                                           (c) applications of qualitative and quan-
                                                                                                               titative data to social issues; and
                                                                                                           (d) interdependence of individuals, so-
Subtitle 06                                                                                                    ciety, and the physical environment.
TITLE 13B - MARYLAND HIGHER EDUCATION COMMISSION                                                      (17) “Transfer student” means a student en-
Chapter 01 Public Institutions of Higher Education                                                         tering an institution for the first time
                                                                                                           having successfully completed a mini-
                                                                                                           mum of 12 semester hours at another
Authority: Education Article, 11-201 - 11-206         Annotated Code of Maryland                           institution which is applicable for credit
                                                                                                           at the institution the student is entering.
.01 Scope and Applicability.                        (9)   “Humanities” means courses that ex-
                                                          amine the values and cultural heritage
This chapter applies only to public institu-
                                                          that establish the framework for inquiry
                                                                                                      .02-1 Admission of Transfer
tions of higher education.
                                                          into the meaning of life. Courses in the    Students to Public Institutions
                                                          humanities may include the language,        A. Admission to Institutions.
.02 Definitions.                                          history, literature, and philosophy of      (1) A student attending a public institution
A. In this chapter, the following terms have              Western and other cultures.                     who has completed an A.A., A.A.S., or
   the meanings indicated.                          (10) “Mathematics” means courses that pro-            A.S. degree or who has completed 56
B. Terms defined.                                        vide students with numerical, analytical,        or more semester hours of credit, shall
(1)   “A.A. degree” means the Associate of               statistical and problem-solving skills.          not be denied direct transfer to another
      Arts degree.                                  (11) “Native student”means a student whose            public institution if the student attained
                                                         initial college enrollment was at a given        a cumulative grade point average of at
(2)   “A.A.S. degree” means the Associate of                                                              least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent
      Applied Sciences degree.                           institution of higher education and who
                                                         has not transferred to another institu-          in parallel courses, except as provided
(3)   “Arts” means courses that examine aes-             tion of higher education since that ini-         in subsection (4) below.
      thetics and the development of the aes-            tial enrollment.                             (2) A student attending a public institution
      thetic form and explore the relationship                                                            who has not completed an A.A., A.A.S.,
      between theory and practice. Courses          (12) “Parallel program” means the program
                                                         of study or courses at one institution           or A.S. degree or who has completed
      in this area may include fine arts, per-                                                            fewer than 56 semester hours of credit,
      forming and studio arts, appreciation              of higher education which has com-
                                                         parable objectives as those at another           shall be eligible to transfer to a public
      of the arts, and history of the arts.                                                               institution regardless of the number of
                                                         higher education institution, for exam-
(4)   “A.S. degree” means the Associate of               ple, a transfer program in psychology in         credit hours earned if the student:
      Sciences degree.                                   a community college is definable as a             (a) Satisfied the admission criteria of that
(5)   “Biological and physical sciences”means            parallel program to a baccalaureate psy-              receiving public institution as a high
      courses that examine living systems and            chology program at a 4-year institution               school senior; and
      the physical universe. They introduce              of higher education.                              (b) Attained at least a cumulative grade
      students to the variety of methods used       (13) “Receiving institution” means the in-                 point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or
      to collect, interpret, and apply scientific        stitution of higher education at which                its equivalent in parallel courses.
      data, and to an understanding of the               a transfer student currently desires to
      relationship between scientific theory                                                          (3) A student attending a public institution
                                                         enroll.                                          who did not satisfy the admission crite-
      and application.
                                                    (14) “Recommended transfer program”                   ria of a receiving public institution as a
(6)   “English composition courses” means                means a planned program of courses,              high school senior, but who has earned
      courses that provide students with com-            both general education and courses in            sufficient credits at a public institution
      munication knowledge and skills ap-                the major, taken at a community college,         to be classified by the receiving public
      propriate to various writing situations,           which is applicable to a baccalaureate           institution as a sophomore, shall meet
      including intellectual inquiry and aca-            program at a receiving institution, and          the stated admission criteria developed
      demic research.                                    ordinarily the first 2 years of the bacca-       and published by the receiving public
(7)   “General education”means the founda-               laureate degree.                                 institution for transfer.
      tion of the higher education curriculum       (15) “Sending institution” means the insti-       (4) If the number of students seeking ad-
      providing a coherent intellectual expe-            tution of higher education of most re-           mission exceeds the number that can be
      rience for all students.                           cent previous enrollment by a transfer           accommodated at a receiving public in-
(8)   “General education program” means a                student at which transferable academic           stitution, admission decisions shall be:
      program that is designed to:                       credit was earned.                                 (a) Based on criteria developed and
      (a) introduce undergraduates to the           (16) “Social and behavioral sciences” means                 published by the receiving institu-
          fundamental knowledge, skills, and             courses that examine the psychology of                 tion; and
          values that are essential to the study         individuals and the ways in which indi-            (b) Made to provide fair and equal
          of academic disciplines;                       viduals, groups, or segments of society                treatment for native and transfer
      (b) encourage the pursuit of life-long             behave, function, and influence one an-                students.
          learning, and;                                 other. The courses include, but are not
                                                         limited to, subjects which focus on:         B. Admission to Programs.
      (c) foster the development of educated                                                          (1) A receiving public institution may require
          members of the community and the                (a) history and cultural diversity;
                                                                                                          higher performance standards for admis-
          world.                                          (b) concepts of groups, work and politi-        sion to some programs if the standards
                                                              cal systems;
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               and criteria for admission to the program:           (c) Biological and physical sciences,         H. Composition and literature courses may
           (a) Are developed and published by the re-               (d) Mathematics, and                             be placed in the arts and humanities area
               ceiving institution; and                                                                              if literature is included as part of the con-
                                                                    (e) English composition; or                      tent of the course.
           (b) Maintain fair and equal treatment for na-        (2) Conforming with COMAR 13B. 02. 02. 16D
               tive and transfer students.                                                                        I. Public institutions may not include physi-
                                                                    (2)(b)-(c).                                      cal education skills courses as part of the
           (2) If the number of students seeking admis-         B. Each core course used to satisfy the dis-         general education requirements.
               sion exceeds the number that can be ac-             tribution of §A (1) of this regulation shall
               commodated in a particular professional                                                            J. General education courses shall reflect
                                                                   carry at least 3 semester hours.                  current scholarship in the discipline and
               or specialized program, admission deci-
               sions shall be:                                  C. General education programs of public in-          provide reference to theoretical frame-
                                                                   stitutions shall require at least:                works and methods of inquiry appropri-
           (a) Based on criteria developed and pub-                                                                  ate to academic disciplines.
               lished by the receiving institution; and         (1) One course in each of two disciplines in
                                                                    arts and humanities;                          K. Courses that are theoretical may include
           (b) Made to provide fair and equal treatment                                                              applications, but all applications courses
               for native and transfer students.                (2) One course in each of two disciplines in
                                                                    social and behavioral sciences;                  shall include theoretical components if
           (3) Courses taken at a public institution as                                                              they are to be included as meeting gen-
               part of a recommended transfer program           (3) Two science courses, at least one of which       eral education requirements.
               leading toward a baccalaureate degree                shall be a laboratory course;
                                                                                                                  L. Public institutions may incorporate knowl-
               shall be applicable to related programs          (4) One course in mathematics at or above            edge and skills involving the use of quan-
               at a public institution granting the bac-            the level of college algebra; and                titative data, effective writing, information
               calaureate degree.                               (5) One course in English composition.               retrieval, and information literacy when
           C. Receiving Institution Program                     D. Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues.            possible in the general education program.
              Responsibility                                                                                      M. Notwithstanding §A(1) of this regulation, a
                                                                (1) In addition to the five required areas in
           (1) The faculty of a receiving public institu-           §A of this regulation, a public institution      public four-year institution may require 48
               tion shall be responsible for development            may include up to 8 semester hours in a          semester hours of required core courses if
               and determination of the program re-                 sixth category that addresses emerging           courses upon which the institution’s cur-
               quirements in major fields of study for a            issues that institutions have identified as      riculum is based carry 4 semester hours.
               baccalaureate degree, including courses              essential to a full program of general ed-    N. Public institutions shall develop systems to
               in the major field of study taken in the             ucation for their students. These courses        ensure that courses approved for inclusion
               lower division.                                      may:                                             on the list of general education courses are
           (2) A receiving institution may set program              (a) Be integrated into other general edu-        designed and assessed to comply with the
               requirements in major fields of study                    cation courses or may be presented           requirements of this chapter.
               which may simultaneously fulfill general                 as separate courses; and
               education requirements .                                                                           .04 Transfer of General
                                                                    (b) Include courses that:
           (3) A receiving public institution, in develop-                                                        Education Credit.
               ing its lower division course work, shall                (i) Provide an interdisciplinary ex-
               exchange information with other public                   amination of issues across the five       A. A student transferring to one public in-
               institutions to facilitate the transfer of               areas; or                                    stitution from another public institution
               credits into its program.                                                                             shall receive general education credit for
                                                                        (ii) Address other categories of
                                                                                                                     work completed at the student’s sending
                                                                        knowledge, skills, and values that
                                                                                                                     institution as provided by this chapter.
           .03 General Education                                        lie outside of the five areas.
                                                                                                                  B. A completed general education program
           Requirements for Public                              (2) Public institutions may not include the
                                                                                                                     shall transfer without further review or
                                                                    courses in this section in a general edu-
           Institutions.                                            cation program unless they provide ac-
                                                                                                                     approval by the receiving institution and
           A. While public institutions have the auton-                                                              without the need for a course-by-course
                                                                    ademic content and rigor equivalent to
              omy to design their general education                                                                  match.
                                                                    the areas in §A(1) of this regulation.
              program to meet their unique needs and                                                              C. Courses that are defined as general edu-
                                                                E. General education programs leading to
              mission, that program shall conform to the                                                             cation by one institution shall transfer as
                                                                   the A.A.S. degree shall include at least 20
              definitions and common standards in this                                                               general education even if the receiving
                                                                   semester hours from the same course list
              chapter. A public institution shall satisfy                                                            institution does not have that specific
                                                                   designated by the sending institution for
              the general education requirement by:                                                                  course or has not designated that course
                                                                   the A.A. and A.S. degrees. The A.A.S. degree
           (1) Requiring each program leading to the                                                                 as general education.
                                                                   shall include at least one 3 semester-hour
               A.A. or A.S. degree to include not less than        course from each of the five areas listed in   D. The receiving institution shall give lower-
               30 and no more than 36 semester hours,              §(A)(1).                                          division general education credits to a
               and each baccalaureate degree program                                                                 transferring student who has taken any
                                                                F. A course in a discipline listed in more than
               to include not less than 40 and not more                                                              part of the lower-division general educa-
                                                                   one of the areas of general education may
               than 46 semester hours of required core                                                               tion credits described in Regulation .03 of
                                                                   be applied only to one area of general
               courses, with the core requiring, at a mini-                                                          this chapter at a public institution for any
               mum, course work in each of the follow-                                                               general education courses successfully
               ing five areas:                                  G. A public institution may allow a speech           completed at the sending institution.
                                                                   communication or foreign language
                (a) Arts and humanities,                                                                          E. Except as provided in Regulation .03M of
                                                                   course to be part of the arts and humani-
                (b) Social and behavioral sciences,                                                                  this chapter, a receiving institution may not
                                                                   ties category.

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  require a transfer student who has com-                  parallel course or program;                    granting institution shall use validation
  pleted the requisite number of general               (b) Grades in the block of courses trans-          procedures when a transferring student
  education credits at any public college or               ferred average 2.0 or higher; and              successfully completes a course at the
  university to take, as a condition of gradu-                                                            lower division level that the receiving
  ation, more than 10-16 additional semes-             (c) Acceptance of the credit is consistent         institution offers at the upper division
  ter hours of general education and specif-               with the policies of the receiving in-         level. The validated credits earned for
  ic courses required of all students at the               stitution governing native students            the course shall be substituted for the
  receiving institution, with the total num-               following the same program.                    upper division course.
  ber not to exceed 46 semester hours. This        (2) If a native student’s “D” grade in a spe-     D. Program Articulation.
  provision does not relieve students of the           cific course is acceptable in a program,
  obligation to complete specific academic             then a “D” earned by a transfer student       (1) Recommended transfer programs shall
  program requirements or course prereq-               in the same course at a sending institu-          be developed through consultation be-
  uisites required by a receiving institution.         tion is also acceptable in the program.           tween the sending and receiving insti-
                                                       Conversely, if a native student is required       tutions. A recommended transfer pro-
F. A sending institution shall designate on or                                                           gram represents an agreement between
   with the student transcript those courses           to earn a grade of “C” or better in a re-
                                                       quired course, the transfer student shall         the two institutions that allows students
   that have met its general education re-                                                               aspiring to the baccalaureate degree to
   quirements, as well as indicate whether             also be required to earn a grade of “C” or
                                                       better to meet the same requirement               plan their programs. These programs
   the student has completed the general                                                                 constitute freshman/sophomore level
   education program.                              B. Credit earned in or transferred from a com-        course work to be taken at the commu-
G. A.A.S. Degrees.                                    munity college is limited to:                      nity college in fulfillment of the receiving
(1) While there may be variance in the num-        (1) 1/2 the baccalaureate degree program              institution’s lower division course work
    bers of hours of general education re-             requirement, but may not be more than             requirement.
    quired for A.A., A.S., and A.A.S. degrees at       70 semester hours; and                        (2) Recommended transfer programs in ef-
    a given institution, the courses identified    (2) The first two years of the undergraduate          fect at the time that this regulation takes
    as meeting general education require-              educational experience.                           effect, which conform to this chapter,
    ments for all degrees shall come from          C. Nontraditional Credit.                             may be retained.
    the same general education course list
    and exclude technical or career courses.       (1) The assignment of credit for AP, CLEP, or
                                                       other nationally recognized standardized      .06 Academic Success and
(2) An A.A.S. student who transfers into a             examination scores presented by trans-        General Well-Being of Transfer
    receiving institution with fewer than              fer students is determined according to
    the total number of general education                                                            Students.
                                                       the same standards that apply to native
    credits designated by the receiving in-            students in the receiving institution, and    A. Sending Institutions.
    stitution shall complete the difference in         the assignment shall be consistent with       (1) Community colleges shall encourage
    credits according to the distribution as           the State minimum requirements.                   their students to complete the associ-
    designated by the receiving institution.                                                             ate degree or to complete 56 hours in a
    Except as provided in .03M of this chap-       (2) Transfer of credit from the following
                                                       areas shall be consistent with COMAR              recommended transfer program which
    ter, the total general education credits                                                             includes both general education courses
    for baccalaureate degree-granting pub-             13B.02.02. and shall be evaluated by
                                                       the receiving institution on a course-by-         and courses applicable toward the pro-
    lic receiving institutions may not exceed                                                            gram at the receiving institution.
    46 semester hours.                                 course basis:
                                                       (a) Technical courses from career             (2) Community college students are encour-
H. Student responsibilities. A student is held:                                                          aged to choose as early as possible the
(1) Accountable for the loss of credits that:                                                            institution and program into which they
                                                       (b) Course credit awarded through ar-             expect to transfer.
     (a) Result from changes in the student’s              ticulation agreements with other
         selection of the major program of                 segments or agencies;                     (3) The sending institution shall:
         study,                                                                                           (a) Provide to community college stu-
                                                       (c) Credit awarded for clinical practice or
     (b) Were earned for remedial course                   cooperative education experiences;                 dents information about the specif-
         work, or                                          and                                                ic transferability of courses at 4-year
     (c) Exceed the total course credits ac-                                                                  colleges;
                                                       (d) Credit awarded for life and work
         cepted in transfer as allowed by this             experiences.                                   (b) Transmit information about transfer
         chapter; and                                                                                         students who are capable of honors
                                                   (3) The basis for the awarding of the credit               work or independent study to the re-
(2) Responsible for meeting all requirements           shall be indicated on the student’s tran-
    of the academic program of the receiv-                                                                    ceiving institution; and
                                                       script by the receiving institution.
    ing institution.                                                                                      (c) Promptly supply the receiving insti-
                                                   (4) The receiving institution shall inform                 tution with all the required docu-
                                                       a transfer student of the procedures                   ments if the student has met all fi-
.05 Transfer of Non-General                            for validation of course work for which                nancial and other obligations of the
Education Program Credit                               there is no clear equivalency. Examples                sending institution for transfer.
A. Transfer to Another Public Institution              of validation procedures include ACE
                                                       recommendations, portfolio assessment,        B. Receiving Institutions.
(1) Credit earned at any public institution            credit through challenge, examinations        (1) Admission requirements and curriculum
    in the State is transferable to any other          and satisfactory completion of the next           prerequisites shall be stated explicitly in
    public institution if the:                         course in sequence in the academic area.          institutional publications.
     (a) Credit is from a college or university    (5) The receiving baccalaureate degree-           (2) A receiving institution shall admit transfer
              g e n e r A l e D U c At i o n A n D t r A n s F e r

                students from newly established public               is representative of the public 4-year col-           (b) respond to the student appeal within
                colleges that are functioning with the ap-           leges and universities and the community                  10 working days.
                proval of the Maryland Higher Education              colleges.                                        (2) An institution may either grant or deny
                Commission on the same basis as appli-           B. Sending and receiving institutions that               an appeal. The institution’s reasons for
                cants from regionally accredited colleges.          disagree on the transferability of gener-             denying the appeal shall be consistent
            (3) A receiving institution shall evaluate the          al education courses as defined by this               with this chapter and conveyed to the
                transcript of a degree seeking transfer             chapter shall submit their disagreements              student in written form.
                student as expeditiously as possible, and           to the Transfer Mediation Committee. The          (3) Unless a student appeals to the sending
                notify the student of the results not later         Transfer Mediation Committee shall ad-                institution, the written decision in §C(2)
                than mid-semester of the student’s first            dress general questions regarding existing            of this regulation constitutes the receiv-
                semester of enrollment at the receiving             or past courses only, not individual student          ing institution’s final decision and is not
                institution, if all official transcripts have       cases, and shall also address questions               subject to appeal.
                been received at least 15 working days              raised by institutions about the accept-
                before mid-semester. The receiving in-              ability of new general education courses.         D. Appeal to Sending Institution.
                stitution shall inform a student of the             As appropriate, the Committee shall con-          (1) If a student has been denied transfer
                courses which are acceptable for transfer           sult with faculty on curricular issues.               credit after an appeal to the receiving
                credit and the courses which are appli-          C. The findings of the Transfer Mediation                institution, the student may request the
                cable to the student’s intended program             Committee are considered binding on                   sending institution to intercede on the
                of study.                                           both parties.                                         student’s behalf by contacting the trans-
            (4) A receiving institution shall give a transfer                                                             fer coordinator of the sending institution.
                student the option of satisfying institu-        .09 Appeal Process.                                  (2) A student shall make an appeal to the
                tional graduation requirements that were                                                                  sending institution within 10 working
                in effect at the receiving institution at the    A. Notice of Denial of Transfer Credit by the
                                                                                                                          days of having received the decision of
                time the student enrolled as a freshman             Receiving Institution.
                                                                                                                          the receiving institution.
                at the sending institution. In the case of       (1) Except as provided in §A(2) of this regu-
                                                                                                                      E. Consultation between Sending and
                major requirements, a transfer student               lation, a receiving institution shall inform
                                                                                                                         Receiving Institutions.
                may satisfy the major requirements in                a transfer student in writing of the denial
                effect at the time when the student was              of transfer credit not later than mid-se-        (1) Representatives of the two institutions
                identifiable as pursuing the recommend-              mester of the transfer student’s first se-           shall have 15 working days to resolve
                ed transfer program at the sending insti-            mester, if all official transcripts have been        the issues involved in an appeal.
                tution. These conditions are applicable              received at least 15 working days before         (2) As a result of a consultation in this sec-
                to a student who has been continuously               mid-semester.                                        tion, the receiving institution may affirm,
                enrolled at the sending institution.             (2) If transcripts are submitted after 15 work-          modify, or reverse its earlier decision.
                                                                     ing days before mid-semester of the stu-         (3) The receiving institution shall inform a
            .07 Programmatic Currency.                               dent’s first semester, the receiving insti-          student in writing of the result of the
            A. A receiving institution shall provide to the          tution shall inform the student of credit            consultation.
               community college current and accurate                denied within 20 working days of receipt
                                                                                                                      (4) The decision arising out of a consulta-
               information on recommended transfer                   of the official transcript.
                                                                                                                          tion constitutes the final decision of the
               programs and the transferability status           (3) A receiving institution shall include in             receiving institution and is not subject
               of courses. Community college students                the notice of denial of transfer credit:             to appeal.
               shall have access to this information.                 (a) A statement of the student’s right to
            B. Recommended transfer programs shall be                     appeal; and                                 .10 Periodic Review.
               developed with each community college                  (b) A notification that the appeal pro-         A. Report by Receiving Institution.
               whenever new baccalaureate programs                        cess is available in the institution’s
               are approved by the degree-granting                                                                    (1) A receiving institution shall report annu-
                                                                          catalog.                                        ally the progress of students who transfer
                                                                 (4) The statement of the student’s right to ap-          from 2-year and 4-year institutions within
            C. When considering curricular changes, in-              peal the denial shall include notice of the          the State to each community college and
               stitutions shall notify each other of the             time limitations in §B of this regulation.           to the Secretary of the Maryland Higher
               proposed changes that might affect trans-                                                                  Education Commission.
               fer students. An appropriate mechanism
               shall be created to ensure that both 2-year       B. A student believing that the receiving in-        (2) An annual report shall include ongoing
               and 4-year public colleges provide input             stitution has denied the student transfer             reports on the subsequent academic suc-
               or comments to the institution proposing             credits in violation of this chapter may initi-       cess of enrolled transfer students, includ-
               the change. Sufficient lead time shall be            ate an appeal by contacting the receiving             ing graduation rates, by major subject
               provided to effect the change with mini-             institution’s transfer coordinator or other           areas.
               mum disruption. Transfer students are not            responsible official of the receiving insti-      (3) A receiving institution shall include in
               required to repeat equivalent course work            tution within 20 working days of receiving            the reports comparable information on
               successfully completed at a community                notice of the denial of credit.                       the progress of native students.
               college.                                          C. Response by Receiving Institution.                B. Transfer Coordinator. A public institution of
                                                                 (1) A receiving institution shall:                      higher education shall designate a trans-
            .08 Transfer Mediation                                                                                       fer coordinator, who serves as a resource
                                                                      (a) establish expeditious and simplified
            Committee.                                                    procedures governing the appeal
                                                                                                                         person to transfer students at either the
                                                                                                                         sending or receiving campus. The transfer
            A. There is be a Transfer Mediation Comm-                     of a denial of transfer of credit; and         coordinator is responsible for overseeing
 24        0 ittee, appointed by the Secretary, which
                                                                                                                                   g r A D e g r i e vA n c e p o l i c y

   the application of the policies and proce-                Committee shall address issues of interpre-
   dures outlined in this chapter and inter-                 tation and implementation of this chapter.
   preting transfer policies to the individual           Effective date: December 4, 1995 (22:24 Md. R. 1901)
   student and to the institution.                       Regulations .02, .03, and .05 amended. Effective date: July 1,
C. T h e M a r y l a n d H i g h e r E d u c a t i o n   1996 (23:13 Md. R. 946)
   Commission shall establish a permanent                Revised: February 11, 1998
   Student Transfer Advisory Committee
   that meets regularly to review transfer is-
   sues and recommend policy changes as
   needed. The Student Transfer Advisory

University Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary
and Capricious Grading
Grounds for Grievance                                    Stage I: Mediation                                               miss the grievance if the student 1) did not
                                                                                                                          participate in Stage I: Mediation and/or meet
                                                         A student seeking review for a final grade
The following procedures implement the                                                                                    the deadline specified in Stage I; 2) did not
                                                         in a course should make a reasonable effort
University System of Maryland Policy for                                                                                  file the Stage II appeal by the stated deadline;
                                                         to confer with the instructor (in person or in
Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious                                                                                3) does not furnish evidence that the allega-
                                                         writing)and attempt to resolve the matter
Grading (BOR III-1.20) and are designed to                                                                                tions, if true, constitute arbitrary and capri-
                                                         informally. If this effort is unsuccessful, the
provide a means for a student to seek review                                                                              cious grading, as defined above; and/or 4)
                                                         student approaches the chair of the depart-
of final course grades alleged to be arbitrary                                                                            has filed a complaint concerning the same
                                                         ment offering the course to request media-
and capricious. In this policy the term arbitrary                                                                         grade with the ADA/EEO Compliance Office
                                                         tion of the grade dispute. This action must
and capricious grading means 1) the assignment                                                                            alleging discrimination or sexual harassment.
                                                         be taken no later than the 15th class day
of a course grade to a student on some basis             of the semester subsequent to the term in                        If the grievance is not dismissed, the dean
other than performance in the course; 2) the             which the grade was received. The chair will                     shall ask the instructor to respond to the
assignment of a course grade to a student by             inform the student of the grounds proper to                      grievance in writing within ten class days,
unreasonable application of standards differ-            a grade grievance, as stated above. The chair                    addressing the response to the dean and
ent from the standards that were applied to              also will review relevant material and consult                   copying the student and the chair. The dean
other students in that course; or 3) the assign-         with the instructor in an effort to resolve the                  will ask the chair to forward all documenta-
ment of a course grade by a substantial and              issue of the grade. (If the instructor involved is               ry evidence collected during the mediation
unreasonable departure from the instructor’s             the chair, the student approaches the senior                     stage to the dean.
initially articulated standards.                         faculty member in the department to request                      If the grievance is not dismissed, the dean
Alleging a final grade to have been deter-               mediation.) Mediation must be completed no                       shall appoint a grade grievance committee
mined in an arbitrary and capricious manner              later than the 25th class day.                                   of three tenured faculty members and shall
is the sole ground upon which a student may              In cases where a resolution mutually accept-                     set the date for an informal, non-adversarial
seek review under these procedures. Since                able to the student and the instructor is not                    grade grievance hearing to occur within five
matters within the instructor’s sphere of aca-           forthcoming, and the student wishes to pur-                      class days following the due date for a writ-
demic judgment — such as choice of instruc-              sue a formal grievance, the student may pro-                     ten response from the instructor. The student,
tional and evaluation methods, criteria, and             ceed to Stage II.                                                the instructor, and the chair will be invited
standards for evaluation — are not grounds                                                                                to attend the hearing, and may present rel-
for grievance, the burden of proving arbitrary                                                                            evant evidence. The dean also will attend and
and capricious grading by clear and convinc-
                                                         Stage II: Formal Grievance                                       may choose to participate in the discussion.
ing evidence will rest with the student.                 As a precondition to filing a formal grievance,                  In keeping with the informal nature of the
                                                         a student must fulfill all of his/her responsi-                  hearing, neither the student nor the instruc-
                                                         bilities and meet the deadline specified in                      tor may be accompanied by a representative
How to Undertake a                                       Stage I: Mediation above.                                        or advisor. If the academic records of other
                                                         No later than the end of the 30th class day of                   students in the grievant’s class are relevant
Grade Grievance                                          the semester, a student still wishing to grieve                  to the discussion, the grievant must be ex-
Students or faculty who desire additional in-            a grade must file a written grievance with                       cused for that portion of the hearing to pro-
formation about the procedures that follow               the instructor’s College dean. This grievance                    tect the privacy of other students. The grade
should contact the Associate Provost. Class              must describe in detail the bases for the al-                    grievance committee shall forward its writ-
days are days classes are in session in the              legation that the grade was arbitrary and ca-                    ten recommendation to the dean within five
subsequent semester after the grade that                 pricious, and include all evidence supporting                    class days after the conclusion of the hear-
the student wants to grieve is assigned. The             that claim. The student must send copies of                      ing. The dean may accept, reject or alter the
timetable portrays the maximum time allot-               this statement to the instructor and the chair.                  recommendation. The dean shall render a
ted. Participants can meet their responsibili-           Within 10 class days of receipt of a student’s                   decision to the student in writing, either in
ties any time before the specified day.                  written, Stage II grievance, the dean will dis-                  support of the original grade or of a grade
                                                                                                                          change, with copies to the instructor, the

             s t U D e n t r e c o r D s A n n U A l n o t i F i c At i o n

           chair and the members of the grade griev-
           ance committee. If the dean recommends a
           grade change and the instructor refuses to
           change the grade, the dean will vacate and
           replace the grade in question.
           In deciding whether the circumstances jus-
           tify changing the grade, the dean shall de-
           termine whether the grievant has provided
           clear and convincing evidence of arbitrary and
           capricious grading. The dean’s decision is final.

           Student Records Annual Notification
           Under the Family Educational Rights and                   istrative, supervisory, academic, research        down box> Release of Information.
           Privacy Act (FERPA), students have certain                or support staff position; any person or          Release of Information Forms are purged
           rights regarding the inspection and disclo-               company with whom the University has              at the completion of each academic year.
           sure of education records directly related to             contracted (such as an auditor or collec-         If a student wishes to permit inspection
           the student and maintained by the University.             tion agent); or any student serving on an         of education records for the upcom-
           These rights include:                                     official committee such as a disciplinary         ing academic year, a new form must be
                                                                     or grievance committee, or assisting an-          completed.
                                                                     other school official in performing his or
           1. The right to inspect and review the stu-               her tasks.
              dent’s educational records within forty-                                                               5. The right to file with the U.S. Department
              five (45) days of the day the University re-           Upon request, the University also discloses
                                                                     education records without consent to offi-         of Education a complaint if the student
              ceives a request of access. Requests for                                                                  believes that the University has failed
              inspection should be made in writing and               cials of another school in which a student
                                                                     seeks or intends to enroll.                        to comply with the requirements of
              directed to the Office of the Registrar.                                                                  FERPA. Complaints may be filed with the
                                                                     The following categories of information are        Family Policy and Regulations Office, U.S.
                                                                     considered by the University to be directo-        Department of Education, 400 Maryland
           2. The right to request an amendment of the               ry information and may be disclosed with-
              student’s education records if the student                                                                Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202-5901.
                                                                     out the student’s prior consent unless the
              believes that they are inaccurate, mislead-            student submits a Directory Restrictions
              ing or otherwise in violation of the stu-              Form using PAWS: Name; local, home and
              dent’s privacy rights under FERPA. . A re-             email address; local and home telephone
              quest to amend education records must                  number; major field of study; classification;
              be made in writing and submitted to the                dates of attendance, degrees, honors and
              Registrar. The request must clearly identify           awards received; officially recognized ac-
              the part of the record the student wants               tivities and sports; weight and height for
              changed and why it should be changed.                  athletes; and most recent school or edu-
              If the University decides not to amend the             cational institution attended.
              record as requested, the University will no-
              tify the student of its decision, and if the           The Directory Restrictions Form in PAWS
              decision is negative, the procedures for a             can be found using the following path:
              hearing regarding the request.                         Student Center>User Preferences>FERPA
                                                                     restric tions>Edit FERPA Direc tor y
           3. The right to consent to disclosures by the             Note that directory information may be
              University of personally identifiable infor-           released to commercial organizations
              mation contained in the student’s educa-               and may be used for solicitation purposes.
              tion records, except to the extent FERPA               However, restricting release of directory in-
              authorizes disclosure without consent.                 formation will prevent the University from
              The University discloses education records             providing such information to prospective
              without a student’s prior written consent              employers and other organizations, media,
              under several exceptions to FERPA, in-                 friends and family.
              cluding the exception for disclosure to
              school officials with legitimate education
              interests. A school official has a legitimate       4. A student may permit inspection of educa-
              educational interest if the official needs             tion records by parents, guardians or oth-
              to review an education record in order to              ers by completing a Release of Information
              fulfill professional responsibilities for the          Form in PAWS on an annual basis. The form
              University. A “school official” is any person          can be found using the following path:
              employed by the University in any admin-               Student Center>”other academics” drop


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