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Academic Standing

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E-mail: webreg@csmd.edu

Phone Number: 301-934-7588

Fax: 301-934-7698 

Mailing Address:

Registrar's Office
P.O. Box 910, La Plata, MD
20646-0910

Location:

La Plata Campus
Administration (AD) Building, Room 216

 

At the end of the fall and spring semester, the College of Southern Maryland reviews your academic records to determine your academic standing. CSM has designed specific interventions for students who are experiencing academic difficulty.

Minimum Standards for Good Standing

Total Credits AttemptedMinimum Cumulative GPA
6 - 181.50
19 - 311.75
32 - 441.85
45 or more2.00

Academic Probation & Restriction Interventions

Academic Probation

If you have been placed on Academic Probation you may not register for more than 13 credits during any semester.  You are also required to take STU 1030.  Students on academic probation must meet with an advisor prior to registration each semester until you are off probation. You must achieve a 2.00 or higher GPA every semester while in this status.

Academic Restriction

If you have been placed on Academic Probation you may not register for more than 7 credits during any semester.  You are also required to take STU 1030.  Students on academic restriction must meet with an advisor prior to registration each semester until you are off probation. You must achieve a 2.00 or higher GPA every semester while in this status.

If you have general questions about academic standing, please contact an advisor. Additional information is also available below in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s Some General Advice:

  • It’s important to manage your time
  • Don’t be afraid to talk to your instructors
  • Consider retaking courses to improve your GPA
  • Be aware of important dates and deadlines

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career.  For some, they may simply struggle through one or two courses or through a single semester.  For others, the academic difficulty may be more severe and/or long lasting.  Before meeting with an advisor, consider what factors might be impacting your academic success:

  • Lack of motivation
  • Personal Issues
  • Poor Attendance
  • Not submitting assignments
  • Work/school balance issues
  • Health Issues
  • Unaware of support services
  • Lack of effective time management skills
  • Not academically prepared, struggling with courses
  • Reluctance to seek help
  • Lack of direction about future career goals
  • Interference from disabilities
  • Procrastination
  • Family Obligations
  • Financial Challenges

 

CSM is here to help!  CSM has a vast array of resources in place to help make you a successful student! Avoiding the assumption that if you just "try harder" or "study more" that you will improve. While this is a good start, you need to assess whether you are studying effectively, as well as look carefully at all aspects of your life.  It is now time to make an appointment with an academic advisor to start your road back to academic success.

Other Considerations:

Repeating Classes

If you are on Academic Probation, we strongly advise you to repeat any courses in which you earned a D or F grade, in an effort to improve your GPA.

Developmental classes

Register for any developmental courses for which you qualify as soon as possible

Academic Clemency

Students may request to have up to 16 previously earned credits in which grades of D or F were received designated AC next to the section on their transcripts. Such credits must have been earned at least three years prior to the date of the request. Students may not request academic clemency more than once.

Since the College of Southern Maryland reserves the right to modify its curriculum, Academic Clemency can be requested for course(s) where a grade of “D” or “F” was earned and the course(s) are no longer offered by the college. 

Frequently asked questions

How do I compute my GPA?

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the quality point value of each grade by the number of semester hours designated for each course, and dividing the total of these quality points by the total number of semester hours attempted. In computing the grade point average, only coursework attempted at the College of Southern Maryland will be considered. 

Why does a 2.0 GPA matter?

To graduate you need a GPA of 2.0 or better.  To transfer to a bachelor degree program you need a GPA of 2.0 or higher

Can academic standing impact my financial aid?

All students receiving financial aid from federal, state or institutional sources must make satisfactory progress towards graduation.  Please visit the financial aid website to learn more about satisfactory Academic Progress.

What happens if I do not improve?

After two semester of poor academic standing you will be academically dismissed from CSM for a semester.

Can I appeal my Academic standing?

Students who are placed on academic probation, academic restriction or academic dismissal may appeal their academic standing to the vice president of Academic Affairs whose decision is final. Appeals must be in writing and must be received no later than two weeks prior to the start of the semester in which re-enrollment is sought

What is Academic Clemency?

Students may request to have up to 16 previously earned credits in which grades of D or F were received designated AC next to the section on their transcripts. Such credits must have been earned at least three years prior to the date of the request. Students may not request academic clemency more than once.

A student must be currently registered, and the request for academic clemency must be approved prior to the submission of the application for graduation. The student, with the assistance and approval of an academic advisor, determines which courses are most appropriate for this request. Students are encouraged to consider among these 16 credits courses that cannot be repeated because they are no longer in the college catalog. Upon approval of the vice president of Academic Affairs, the Registrar’s Office will mark AC by the courses on the student’s transcript and recalculate the grade point average. The original grades will not be removed from the transcript but will be removed from the GPA calculation.  The registrar will forward a copy of the revised transcript to the student. It is anticipated that this process will be completed within six weeks.

Since the College of Southern Maryland reserves the right to modify its curriculum, Academic Clemency can be requested for course(s) where a grade of “D” or “F” was earned and the course(s) are no longer offered by the college.  Upon approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Registrar’s Office will mark “AC” by the courses on the student’s transcript and recalculate the grade point average without the grades earned in those course(s) where Academic Clemency is approved.  Students may request this type of academic clemency more than once.  The original grade(s) will not be removed from the transcript but will be removed from the GPA calculation.  The Registrar’s Office will then forward a copy of the revised transcript to the student.  It is anticipated that this process will be completed within six weeks.

Can I request tutoring?

Free tutoring is offered in a variety of subjects. For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/tutoring.

Do you offer workshops to assist with issues such as study skills or test preparation?

Yes, the Student Success Center offers many free workshops. For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/studentsuccess.