College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
In accordance with federal regulations, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) provides prospective and current students as well as the general public with a variety of academic, institutional, and financial assistance information.
Listed below is contact information for college offices designated to assist individuals in obtaining the institutional or financial information required to be disclosed. Paper copies will be provided upon request to the appropriate college office listed for each area.
Office of the President
The College of Southern Maryland (formerly Charles County Community College) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000, and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401, 410-974-2971. The Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs are approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The Physical Therapist Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-684-2782. Business degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration, and Management Development are accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, 7007 College Boulevard, Suite 420, Overland Park, KS 66211, 913-339-9356. The Commercial Vehicle Operators certificate is approved by the Professional Truck Driving Institute, 2200 Mill Road, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-838-8842.
A copy of the college’s accreditation documentation is available from the President’s Office. The college is certified for the education and training of veterans enabling them to receive VA benefits while attending classes.
Office of the President
The October 29, 2010 U.S. Department of Education Regulations on Program Integrity Issues (75 FR 66831 - 66975) require educational institutions to be "established by name as an educational institution by a State through a charter, statute, constitutional provision, or other action by an appropriate State agency or State entity." and be "authorized to operate educational programs beyond secondary education, including programs leading t a degree or certificate." The College of Southern Maryland fully meets this requirement as attested by the following Resolution from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Student and Instructional Support Services
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is a public, regional community college with a far-reaching mission-to help our students and community meet the challenges of individual, social, and global changes.
CSM is a thriving, progressive, and technologically advanced college that delivers quality higher education programs and services. The college is committed to offering a wide variety of learning options, student services, and high-quality workforce development training and support. That commitment is reflected in those we serve. More than 60 percent of tri-county residents who attend higher education institutions come to CSM.
The staff and faculty at CSM work closely with a diverse student population to provide a rich variety of educational options. CSM is a leader among Maryland community colleges in offering courses which meet the busy schedules of our students, including weekend and evening online classes, and Web-hybrid courses which offer a mix of online and traditional classroom face-to-face instruction. CSM strives to create a global education program, yet remains a local college that has a real stake in supporting our community’s academic, professional, and self-enrichment pursuits.
The following links will provide you with more information about CSM and our policies, procedures and services.
CSM offers a variety of educational opportunities including individual courses, certificate programs and Associate degrees in a wide range of subjects. Information about our educational programs is published in our Catalog, Schedule of Classes and through our web site. Instruction is supported by modern, state-of-the-art instructional facilities.
The following links will provide you with more information regarding Academic Affairs and CSM’s educational offerings:
CSM complies with all federal regulations regarding privacy of student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA provides students with the right to inspect and review their educational records, to consent to disclosure of the student’s education records to third parties, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, to request amendment of the student’s records and to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
The following categories of student information are designated as public or directory information. The institution may disclose such information for any purpose, at its discretion.
Category I: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, photograph, major field(s) of study, dates of attendance, campus location, degrees, certificates, letter of recognition, and awards received (includes deans’ list), class standing, most recent previous educational institution attended
Category II: participation in officially recognized activities, and sports, weight, and height of members of athletic teams
Students may prevent disclosure of Category I and Category II information. Forms to prevent disclosure of this directory information can be obtained at the Registrar’s Office for Category I and at the Student Life and Athletics Department for Category II information.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. For a complete description of a student’s FERPA rights consult the College Catalog.
Financial Assistance Department
CSM offers a wide range of assistance available from federal, state, local and institutional programs including grants, loans, employment and scholarships. The Financial Assistance web pages provide information on eligibility requirements, application forms and procedures, satisfactory academic progress standards, disbursement of funds, refund policy and requirements for return of federal financial aid as well as information on federal student financial aid penalties for drug law violations. Information is also available regarding the official refund policy as well as the requirements and procedures for official withdrawal from the college. Students are also advised to review procedures related to the requirements for the return of federal financial aid.
Additional information can be found by clicking on the following topics:
Public Safety and Preparedness
Student Life and Athletics
CSM athletic teams compete in two conferences, Maryland Junior College Conference (MD JUCO) and Region XX Conference of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). A variety of information is available including intercollegiate athletic program participation rates and financial support data and graduation and transfer-out rates for students receiving athletically related student aid.
Intercollegiate Athletic Program Participation Rates and Financial Support Data (Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act)
Student Life and Athletics
Voter registration information and forms are available at each CSM campus. Voter registration forms can be found at the following CSM office locations:
La Plata Campus:
Prince Frederick Campus:
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 requires colleges and universities to take steps to control unauthorized file sharing and copyright infringement. Students should read and be familiar with the following:
Users of the college’s technology resources may:
Users of the college’s technology resources must:
Users of the college’s technology resources must not: