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Student Right-to-Know

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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.

Authority to Operate in Maryland

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.

MHEC Resolution - Authority to Operate in Maryland

General Institutional Information

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.

Degree Programs, Training and Other Educational Offerings

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:

Student Financial Assistance Information

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.

Health and Safety

Athletic Information

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)

Voter Registration

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:

  • Information Desk
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Advisement and Career Services Department
  • Student Life and Athletics Department

Leonardtown Campus:

  • Student Services Office
  • Student Life Office

Prince Frederick Campus:

  • Business Office
  • Student Services Office
  • Student Life Office

Waldorf Center:

  • Administrative Office
  • Advising Office