Catalog Reference - Academic Standards Committee
Towson University is committed to academic excellence. To ensure the Towson degree
signifies student work that meets or exceeds this level of achievement, the university
maintains standards and policies that apply to all students. Academic Standards &
Policies, within the Office of the Registrar, is charged with enforcing these standards
and policies. The policies are published every year in the undergraduate and graduate
catalogs, and any revisions are effective as of the date of the catalog’s publication.
The Academic Standards Committee (ASC), comprising faculty, administrators and students,
meets regularly to formulate policy and to review appeals from students asking for
exceptions to policies.
Please refer to the frequently asked questions listed below for more specifics on
Academic Standards, appeals and other common academic standing issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to submit an appeal for an exception. Is there an example of an appeal letter?
The committee conducts closed meetings twice monthly throughout the academic year.
All appeals are submitted in writing. Notification of the decision will be sent a
few days after the meeting via your Towson email address.
Appeal letter and supporting documentation may be faxed, mailed, emailed in pdf format
or dropped off in person.
What should I consider before submitting my appeal?
Any kind of change to your enrollment from the current or a past term could affect
your bill or your financial aid package that has already been awarded. It is highly
recommended that you check with the Bursar's or Financial Aid Offices if you have
any questions about the potential impact of a course change.
Students appealing for a selective withdrawal (asking to be withdrawn from only one/some courses in a particular term), must include an explanation/rationale as to why they were able to be successful
in some of their courses but not the course(s) in question. Selective withdrawal appeals
that do not include this information will not be reviewed by the committee.
While appeals are kept confidential, any disclosures of sexual misconduct that are
made to any university employee must be reported to the Title IX Coordinator. The
Title IX Coordinator’s office will then reach out to provide resources and information. Maryland law requires that
any disclosures of child abuse or neglect be reported to our Towson University Police Department.
Why did I receive an academic warning letter?
Academic Warning letters are sent when an undergraduate student fails to attain Good
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?
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 by request if
no further academic action occurred.
Can I appeal an academic suspension?
No, an academic suspension cannot be appealed.
Once I've been academically suspended, what happens next?
Students have two options after being academically suspended.
- Students may abide by the terms of the suspension whereby they will not be eligible
to attend the University for one semester.
- Students may request to participate in the Academic Renewal Program (ARP) administered
by the Academic Advising Center, which offers an alternative to suspension and allows
you to continue to attend the University.
What is academic probation?
After a student has been academically suspended, they are placed on academic probation.
Students on probation are limited to 13 units per term. Students have 3 academic years
or 24 earned units to return to good academic standing or they will be academically
What if I take summer classes and my grades improve?
If students return to Good Academic Standing in the summer, they must contact asc AT_TOWSON to have their record reviewed.
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.
If I am academically dismissed, can I appeal?
Students can submit an appeal one year after their dismissal. Please contact the
Academic Standards Office for questions regarding the process to appeal an academic
Pass grading option, please explain the process.
Undergraduate students may change to a Pass grading option until the final day of the term for
withdrawals by submitting a Change of Schedule form to the Registrar's Office, ES223.
Graduate students are not eligible for the pass grading option.
Grades of C or higher will earn a PS grade. Grades of D+ or below will be posted
to your record and calculated into your CGPA.
Withdrawing from a class, can you explain what happens?
Withdrawing from a class by the published deadline will result in a grade of “W” for
the class. This is not punitive and not used in calculation of your CGPA.
If you receive financial aid, please see drops & withdrawals.
Received an FX Grade but never attended the class, please explain.
Grades of “FX” indicate that the student stopped attending the class without withdrawing
or never attended the class. The “FX” grade is calculated into your CGPA.
Unable to complete a course, what happens?
Contact your professor to arrange for an “Incomplete” grade for the class if you 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).
An unauthorized attempt is showing on my record, what does that mean?
The unauthorized repeat notation means that a Third Attempt of a Course form was not completed for approval prior to taking a class.
Would like to take a class at another institution, what do I need to do?
A transfer petition form must be completed and submitted for approval prior to taking a class at another institution.
Undergraduates may transfer 64 units from 2 year schools and up to 90 units from 2 & 4 year schools
Graduates may transfer up to 50% of their coursework depending on the program’s individual
Be sure to carefully read the Instructions/Policies page to avoid delays.
How can I take more than the credit limit (19 for undergraduates/15 for graduates)
for a semester?
Would like to change my catalog year, how?
Submit a Catalog Selection Petition. Petitions must be signed by their department chairperson. Catalogs are valid for
10 years with a 1 year extension available as needed.
How do I qualify for Dean's List?
Full-time degree candidates will earn Dean’s List recognition each fall and spring
term provided they complete a minimum of 12 calculable units and attain a GPA of 3.50
Part-time degree candidates will earn Dean’s List recognition each academic year provided
they complete a minimum of 12 calculable units and attain a GPA of 3.50 or higher
during that academic year. An academic year is designated as fall through summer and
includes the January Minimester. To qualify, the student must be part-time for the
Pass (PS), Audit (AU), and Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grades do not apply toward
the 12-unit minimum required for Dean’s List.
How and when will I be notified if I earned Dean's List?
Students are first informed they have earned Dean’s List with a notation placed on
their transcript for the respective term the award is earned. Students then receive
an electronic notification via their TU email approximately 3-4 weeks after this transcript
notation is added. Towson University does not publicly post the names of students
who have earned Dean’s List.