Academic Standards

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

APPEALS TO ACADEMIC STANDARDS COMMITTEE (asc)

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Students appealing for a selective withdrawal (asking to be withdrawn from only one/some courses in a particular term), must include an explanation/rationale as to why they were able to be successful in some of their courses but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.

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?

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. 

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  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

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). 

course issues

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 combined.

Graduates may transfer 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.

How can I take more than the credit limit (19 for undergraduates/15 for graduates) for a semester?

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

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.  

Contact Information

Registrar's Office/Academic Standards

Location
Enrollment Services Center/Room 214
Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.