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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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The College of Southern Maryland is committed to implementing the Quality Matters (QM) standards for the design of online and hybrid courses. CSM is systematically developing and evaluating courses based on rigorous, research-based standards. The QM standards ensure that online courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

Online Learning For Students

Online Classes

A lot of CSM students prefer to take classes online to earn college credit. Online learning courses can be highly interactive, learner-centered environments. Before beginning an online class for the first time, you are highly encouraged to attend an Online Class Orientation Session, offered just before each semester begins. For more information, contact the CSM Distance Learning office at 301-539-4736.

CSM uses Blackboard, a web-based, course-management system, for online classes and traditional classes. Blackboard enables instructors to provide students with course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat discussions, online quizzes, an academic resource center, and more. The degree to which Blackboard is used in a course varies. For example, instructors may supplement an on-campus class by putting their syllabi and handouts on their course sites. In contrast, other courses may be conducted entirely through Blackboard, without any on-campus sessions. If you are enrolled in a course that uses Blackboard, be sure to find out how Blackboard will be used in that course.

As an online student, you may be required to take proctored exams or on-campus assessments at a testing center. You can access your online classes via

Login to Online Courses Using myCSMD

Summer 2015 Orientations for Online Students

Fall 2015 Orientations for Online Students


For further information, contact Paul Toscano, Distance Learning Coordinator, at (301) 934-7615 or


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Student Concerns and Complaints

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is committed to addressing student concerns and complaints. The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions offering distance education to provide enrolled and prospective students the contact information to file complaints with the institutionís accrediting agency and with an appropriate state agency in the studentís home state.

A CSM student with a complaint should first follow the CSM complaint policy on page 138 of the 2014-2015 Student Handbook.

To file complaints with your home state agency, please refer to:
Student Complaint Information by State and Agency.

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, 6 N. Liberty St., Baltimore, MD 21201 410-767-3301.  To file a complaint with the Middle States Commission, submit your complaint in writing via the U.S. Postal Service or an express carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.). Be certain to sign your complaint. The Commission cannot accept complaints that are unsigned, or that are submitted via e-mail.  Address all complaints to President, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Second Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680.



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