Office of the Registrar

Academic Standards and Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

 

ACADEMIC ACTIONS

Why Did I Receive an Academic Warning Letter?

Academic Warning letters are sent when an undergraduate student fails to attain Good Academic Standing:

1-29.5 units -> 1.50 CGPA

30-59.5 units->1.75 CGPA

60 & above-> 2.00 CGPA

Graduate students  are notified of Academic Warning when the student fails to meet graduate Good Academic Standing:

Total of all units -> 3.0 CGPA

Can I Appeal the Academic Warning?

No, Academic Warnings cannot be appealed.

How long does the academic warning notation stay on my record?

The Academic Warning can be removed from your record upon graduation upon request if no further academic action occurred.

 

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION - Undergraduates Only

HOW DO I APPEAL AN ACADEMIC SUSPENSION?

Students must submit an appeal to the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) by the dates noted in the letter sent.

WHAT IF I TAKE SUMMER CLASSES AND MY GRADES IMPROVE?

If students return to Good Academic Standing in the summer, they must contact ASC@towson.edu to adjust their records.

IF THE ASC DENIES MY ACADEMIC SUSPENSION HOW ELSE CAN I APPEAL?

If the ASC has denied your appeal, then you may appeal to the Provost (final appeal level).

 

MID-YEAR WARNING - Undergraduates Only

WHEN IS A MID-YEAR WARNING GIVEN?

Students who fail to attain good academic standing at the end of the fall term are placed on mid-year warning.  This warning is permanently noted on the student’s record.

 

ACADEMIC PROBATION - Undergraduates Only

ONCE I’VE BEEN ACADEMICALLY SUSPENDED WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once academic suspension ends students must re-enroll at the university.  They may be re-admitted on probation and limited to 13 units (credits) per term.  Students have 3 academic years or 24 earned units to return to good academic standing or be academically dismissed.

 

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

IF I AM ACADEMICALLY DISMISSED CAN I APPEAL?

Yes, students may appeal to the ASC by the dates noted in the letter sent.

 

GRADES/GRADING

HOW DO I TAKE A CLASS FOR A PASS GRADING OPTION?

Undergraduate students may change to a Pass grading option until the final day of the term for Withdrawals. Graduate students are not eligible for the pass grading option.

SO I EARN EITHER A PASS OR NO PASS IF I ELECT THAT OPTION?

If you earn a D+ or below then that grade will be posted on your record and used in calculation on the CGPA.  Grades of C or higher earn a PS grade.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS?

Students who withdraw from a class by the published deadline will receive a grade of “W” for the class.  This is not punitive and not used in calculation of your CGPA.

I NEVER ATTENDED A CLASS AND GOT AN “FX” GRADE. DOES THAT COUNT?

Grades of “FX” indicate that the student stopped attending the class without withdrawing or never attended the class.  The “FX” grade is calculated in your CGPA.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T COMPLETE A COURSE?

Students should contact the professor to arrange for an “Incomplete” grade for the class if they have verifiable circumstances.   An “I” is assigned to the record and students have 180 days to complete the class or negotiate an extension with the professor.

HOW DO I APPEAL A GRADE THAT I FEEL IS WRONG?

Grade appeals are progressive: 1.) Professor 2.) Department Chair 3.) Dean 4.) Student Appeals Committee (Student Affairs).

 

COURSE ISSUES

I HAVE AN “UNAUTHORIZED ATTEMPT” SHOWING ON MY RECORD. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

The “Unauthorized Repeat” notation means that a “Third Attempt of a Course” form was not completed prior to taking a class.  Students must complete a “Third Attempt” form prior to taking a class for a third time.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I PLAN TO TAKE A CLASS AT ANOTHER COLLEGE?

All students must complete a “Transfer Petition” form prior to taking a class elsewhere. 

Undergraduate students may transfer in 64 units from 2 year schools and up to 90 units from 2 & 4 year schools combined.

Graduate students may transfer in up to 50% of their coursework depending on the program’s individual transfer policy. 

Be sure to carefully read the Instructions/Policies page to avoid delays.

UNDERGRADUATES: HOW CAN I TAKE MORE THAN 19 UNITS IN A SEMESTER?

All students should email RecordsandRegistration@Towson.edu to request a credit increase.  Requests are based upon CGPA and circumstances.

GRADUATES: HOW CAN I TAKE MORE THAN 15 UNITS IN A SEMESTER?

All students should email RecordsAndRegistration@Towson.edu to request a credit increase.  Requests are based upon CGPA and circumstances.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY CATALOG YEAR?

Submit a “Catalog Selection Petition”.  Students must have catalog selection petitions signed by their department chairperson.  Catalogs are valid for 10 years with a 1 year extension available as needed.

 

APPEALS TO ACADEMIC STANDARDS COMMITTEE (ASC)

HOW DO I APPEAL TO THE ASC FOR AN EXCEPTION TO POLICY?

The ASC meets twice monthly throughout the academic year.  Appeals and supporting documentation may be faxed, mailed, emailed in PDF format or dropped off in person.  ASC Appeal Instructions (pdf).

IS THERE AN EXAMPLE OF AN APPEAL LETTER THAT I CAN USE TO WRITE MY APPEAL?

Yes – please see the Appeal Letter sample (pdf).

DO I APPEAR BEFORE THE ASC TO APPEAL?

No.  All appeals are submitted in writing. The ASC conducts closed meetings. Students will receive notification of the ASC decision after their meetings.

ARE THERE ANY THINGS I SHOULD THINK ABOUT BEFORE SUBMITTING MY APPEAL?

If you are requesting any kind of change to your enrollment from the current or a past term, you should be aware that changes in your academic load could affect your bill or your financial aid package that has already been awarded.  It is highly recommended you speak with the Bursar or Financial Aid if you have any questions about the potential impact of a course change.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY APPEAL HAS BEEN GRANTED OR DENIED?

You will be notified of the decision a few days after the ASC meeting via your Towson email address if you are a current student of the decision.  If you are no longer a current student, a letter will be sent to the address on file.  Please be sure that your addresses on file in the online Student Center in Towson Online Services are correct.

 

ACADEMIC ACTIONS

WHY DID I RECEIVE AN ACADEMIC WARNING LETTER ?

Academic Warning letters are sent when an undergraduate student fails to attain Good Academic Standing:

1-29.5 units -> 1.50 CGPA

30-59.5 units->1.75 CGPA

60 & above-> 2.00 CGPA

Graduate students  are notified of Academic Warning when the student fails to meet graduate Good Academic Standing:

Total of all units -> 3.0 CGPA

CAN I APPEAL THE ACADEMIC WARNING?

No, Academic Warnings cannot be appealed.

HOW LONG DOES THE ACADEMIC WARNING NOTATION STAY ON MY RECORD?

The Academic Warning can be removed from your record upon graduation upon request if no further academic action occurred.

 

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION - Undergraduates Only

HOW DO I APPEAL AN ACADEMIC SUSPENSION?

Students must submit an appeal to the Academic Standards Committee (ASC) by the dates noted in the letter sent.

WHAT IF I TAKE SUMMER CLASSES AND MY GRADES IMPROVE?

If students return to Good Academic Standing in the summer, they must contact ASC@towson.edu to adjust their records.

IF THE ASC DENIES MY ACADEMIC SUSPENSION HOW ELSE CAN I APPEAL?

If the ASC has denied your appeal, then you may appeal to the Provost (final appeal level).

 

MID-YEAR WARNING - Undergraduates Only

WHEN IS A MID-YEAR WARNING GIVEN?

Students who fail to attain good academic standing at the end of the fall term are placed on mid-year warning.  This warning is permanently noted on the student’s record.

 

ACADEMIC PROBATION - Undergraduates Only

ONCE I’VE BEEN ACADEMICALLY SUSPENDED WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once academic suspension ends students must re-enroll at the university.  They may be re-admitted on probation and limited to 13 units (credits) per term.  Students have 3 academic years or 24 earned units to return to good academic standing or be academically dismissed.

 

ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

IF I AM ACADEMICALLY DISMISSED CAN I APPEAL?

Yes, students may appeal to the ASC by the dates noted in the letter sent.

 

GRADES/GRADING

HOW DO I TAKE A CLASS FOR A PASS GRADING OPTION?

Undergraduate students may change to a Pass grading option until the final day of the term for Withdrawals. Graduate students are not eligible for the pass grading option.

SO I EARN EITHER A PASS OR NO PASS IF I ELECT THAT OPTION?

If you earn a D+ or below then that grade will be posted on your record and used in calculation on the CGPA.  Grades of C or higher earn a PS grade.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DECIDE TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS?

Students who withdraw from a class by the published deadline will receive a grade of “W” for the class.  This is not punitive and not used in calculation of your CGPA.

I NEVER ATTENDED A CLASS AND GOT AN “FX” GRADE.  DOES THAT COUNT?

Grades of “FX” indicate that the student stopped attending the class without withdrawing or never attended the class.  The “FX” grade is calculated in your CGPA.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T COMPLETE A COURSE?

Students should contact the professor to arrange for an “Incomplete” grade for the class if they have verifiable circumstances.   An “I” is assigned to the record and students have 180 days to complete the class or negotiate an extension with the professor.

HOW DO I APPEAL A GRADE THAT I FEEL IS WRONG?

Grade appeals are progressive: 1.) Professor 2.) Department Chair 3.) Dean 4.) Student Appeals Committee (Student Affairs).

 

COURSE ISSUES

I HAVE AN “UNAUTHORIZED ATTEMPT” SHOWING ON MY RECORD.  WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

The “Unauthorized Repeat” notation means that a “Third Attempt of a Course” form was not completed prior to taking a class.  Students must complete a “Third Attempt” form prior to taking a class for a third time.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO IF I PLAN TO TAKE A CLASS AT ANOTHER COLLEGE?

All students must complete a “Transfer Petition” form prior to taking a class elsewhere. 

Undergraduate students may transfer in 64 units from 2 year schools and up to 90 units from 2 & 4 year schools combined.

Graduate students may transfer in up to 50% of their coursework depending on the program’s individual transfer policy. 

Be sure to carefully read the Instructions/Policies page to avoid delays.

UNDERGRADUATES:  HOW CAN I TAKE MORE THAN 19 UNITS IN A SEMESTER?

All students should email RecordsandRegistration@Towson.edu to request a credit increase.  Requests are based upon CGPA and circumstances.

GRADUATES: HOW CAN I TAKE MORE THAN 15 UNITS IN SEMESTER?

All students should email RecordsAndRegistration@Towson.edu to request a credit increase.  Requests are based upon CGPA and circumstances.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY CATALOG YEAR?

Submit a “Catalog Selection Petition”.  Students must have catalog selection petitions signed by their department chairperson.  Catalogs are valid for 10 years with a 1 year extension available as needed.

 

APPEALS TO ACADEMIC STANDARDS COMMITTEE (ASC)

HOW DO I APPEAL TO THE ASC FOR AN EXCEPTION TO POLICY?

The ASC meets twice monthly throughout the academic year.  Appeals and supporting documentation may be faxed, mailed, emailed in PDF format or dropped off in person.  ASC Appeal Instructions (pdf).

IS THERE AN EXAMPLE OF AN APPEAL LETTER THAT I CAN USE TO WRITE MY APPEAL?

Yes – please see the Appeal Letter sample (pdf).

DO I APPEAR BEFORE THE ASC TO APPEAL?

No.  All appeals are submitted in writing. The ASC conducts closed meetings. Students will receive notification of the ASC decision after their meetings.

ARE THERE ANY THINGS I SHOULD THINK ABOUT BEFORE SUBMITTING MY APPEAL?

If you are requesting any kind of change to your enrollment from the current or a past term, you should be aware that changes in your academic load could affect your bill or your financial aid package that has already been awarded.  It is highly recommended you speak with the Bursar or Financial Aid if you have any questions about the potential impact of a course change.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY APPEAL HAS BEEN GRANTED OR DENIED?

You will be notified of the decision a few days after the ASC meeting via your Towson email address if you are a current student of the decision.  If you are no longer a current student, a letter will be sent to the address on file.  Please be sure that your addresses on file in the online Student Center in Towson Online Services are correct.


Office of the Registrar

Academic Standards

Enrollment Services Center, Room 236

Phone: 410-704-4351

Fax: 410-704-6393

Towson Online Services: Login for Web-based student records system using PeopleSoft
 

Web-based student records system using Peoplesoft

 


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