Academic Policies

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Academic Policies

Appeals: Exception to Academic Policy

Submit the Appeal Form.

Deadlines for Appeal Submission:

  • Fall Semester: January 15; Spring Semester: June 15; Summer Session: September 15

Required Supporting Documentation: Exception to Academic Policy requests due to extenuating circumstances relating to your registration require a formal written appeal. If you experience an issue in submitting the appeal or have a question, contact An appeal will not be considered until documentation supporting the claims made in the appeal is received. Such documentation may include but is not limited to:

  • Medical: Verification of the severity of the condition that includes a statement on how the condition affected your ability to perform coursework. Documentation from medical or hospital personnel must be typed and signed on official letterhead. Emails or unsigned letters on a plain stationary are not acceptable.
  • Death in the Family: Copy of death certificate (or verification of death from hospital or attending physician, typed and signed on official letterhead) with a statement of the deceased's relation to the student. Emails or unsigned letters on plain stationary are not acceptable.
  • Course Instructor or Academic Advisor: May submit a statement of support on department letterhead or from the instructor/academic advisor’s campus email. (See Contact Information, below.). The statement must include your student name, UID, course information, date of registration, and an explanation of why the course instructor or academic advisor supports your appeal.
  • Approved Appeal from College/Department: Some Colleges/Departments require that you appeal to them first for requests that have academic ramifications such as late/retroactive changes to your student record. To process your request, we must also receive a copy of your College/Department approved appeal.

How to Attach Documentation: The above documentation may be uploaded to the Appeal Form but only as one file. If you have more than one document, either combine all documents into one file send an email to with the additional documentation.

  1. Complete all other sections of the appeal form.
  2. File Title: Provide a name for your document (the documentation will not attach without a title), ex. Appeal Documentation
  3. File Path: Select the Choose File button and locate where your document is stored

Timeline: The average review time is two weeks from the date that the appeal and all documentation are received. Confirmation of the decision is sent to the email address listed on the appeal form.

Schedule Adjustment, Cancel, Drop, Withdraw

Schedule Adjustment: The first ten business days of classes during the fall or spring semester. For Summer Session, the schedule adjustment period is determined by the session length. Once the schedule adjustment period has ended, courses may not be added without special permission (in writing) by the student’s academic college. In addition, requests for withdrawals, single course drop with ‘W,’ and other changes that occur between the end of schedule adjustment and the last day of a specific semester/session of enrollment must be received in writing (via email or fax) with the student name and UID number. For information on deadlines and associated refunds, see Academic & Financial Deadlines.

Cancellation of Courses by University of Maryland: The University reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons that it deems valid. Appropriate refunds will be made. Because cancellation of a course may occur so close to the beginning of class, there is not always time to send notification. Whenever possible, notification will be made via email.

Cancellation of Registration by Student: Cancellation of registration means that the student cancels their enrollment in all courses prior to the first day of classes for a semester/term. Students who cancel registration prior to the first day of classes receive a 100% refund of tuition and fees. Failure to attend class does not result in automatic cancellation nor is a student relieved of any academic and/or financial obligation. Courses dropped prior to the first day of classes will not appear on the student record, nor count towards the number of attempts a student has for any given course. Students process the cancellation of registration prior to the first day of classes via Testudo (See Registration (Drop/Add).

Single Course Drop: Once the semester/term starts, dropping a single course means that you are registered for two or more courses within a single specific semester or term. Once you drop the single course before the end of scheduled adjustment, you must remain registered for at least one course within that semester/term. A single course drop during the schedule adjustment period will not appear on the student record, nor will it count towards the number of attempts a student has for any given course. A full credit is not available for courses dropped on or after the first day of classes. Students may process single course drops via Testudo (See Registration (Drop/Add).

Single Course Drop with ‘W’: Means that you are dropping a single course for a specific semester/term after the schedule adjustment period ends, remaining registered for at least one course in that session. The drop period begins at the close of the schedule adjustment period and terminates at various points depending on the semester/term length. Students must submit a written request to

Withdrawal: Means that you are terminating registration for all courses within a specific semester/term (even if registered for just one course) between the first day and the posted deadline of the semester/term in which you are registered. A notation of withdrawn from semester/term and the effective date will post to your student record. Students must submit a written request to

Continuous Registration Policy

Failure to maintain continuous registration will result in cancellation of your program admission. Students who do not plan to take courses in a fall or spring semester must submit a Petition for Waiver of Continuous Registration for each semester of non-attendance. If you fail to register or submit the waiver, you must re-apply and submit payment for the application fee.

Health Requirement

All newly admitted students must submit the Medical History and Immunization Record Form. Failure to submit the completed form before the first day of your first semester at UMD results in a registration block on your student record, preventing you from registering for the upcoming semester. Only the University Health Center can remove this block. Questions regarding UMD’s immunization policy or the form may be directed to the University Health Center at or 301-314-8182. 

Student Health Insurance Plan

Post-baccalaureate students have the option, but are not required, to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan. Registered students, however, may receive an email stating that the health insurance plan is required and that, unless a student opts out, the student will be automatically enrolled and billed. It is your responsibility to take action. Students who receive this email and/or are incorrectly billed, MUST contact the University Health Center at or 301-314-8180. A student who receives such an email may opt-out online at The University may not be held liable for any charges incurred for health insurance coverage.

FERPA (Record Privacy)

Learn more about the Federal law that protects a student’s privacy interest in their education records.


Learn how to obtain an official UMD transcript.

Other Academic Policies

Students enrolled in Post-Baccalaureate Programs are admitted into the University of Maryland as non-degree seeking students and are subject to all UMD policies and procedures.You should spend some time reviewing these policies and understand your obligations as a University of Maryland student.

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