Rights and Regulations
As a regionally accredited degree granting institution in the State of Maryland, UMBC adheres to the regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Education, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Maryland Higher Education Commission (Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).UMBC further complies with the standards outlined by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
UMBC participates in Federal student aid programs that are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. Participating institutions must be legally authorized to operate with the state in which it is located.
Title 34 CFR §600.9 requires states to have a “process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.” Title 34 CFR §668.43(b) requires that institutions, “make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint.”
Within this scope there are a number of rights and regulations that the campus community is expected to adhere to, some of which are outlined below:
The UMBC Policy Page provides a comprehenisive listing of all UMBC specific policies.
Student Complaint Resolution
UMBC makes every effort to resolve student complaints internally, using policies and procedures primarily outlined on the UMBC Policy Page and in the University Catalogs. Students are expected to familiarize themselves and fully utilize any and all administrative policies, procedures and/or resources provided by UMBC.
For more information regarding guiding principles for student complaint resolution including a comprehensive list of policies, procedures, and designated points of contacts to address a variety of student complaints please visit: https://enrollment.umbc.edu/student-complaint-resolution/
In the event that it is unclear whom to contact to seek resolution, undergraduate students may consult with the Assistant Vice Provost, Academic Standards and Policy Administration in the Division of Undergradaute Academic Affairs and graduate students may consult with the Associate Dean in the Graduate School.
Student Affairs Welcome Guide
The Student Affairs Welcome Guide is a valuable resource that includes important policy information.
Student Consumer Information
In accordance with various federal laws and regulations, including The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), UMBC makes Student Consumer Information available to prospective students, current students, and employees.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) addresses the privacy of students by prohibiting the disclosure of many types of personally identifiable student information and other information contained in the student’s education record. Information within the student’s education record generally may not be released without the student’s written consent. For more information visit: Privacy and the Release of Education Records
Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct:
UMBC is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of the campus community and recognizes its responsibility to maintain a campus environment which is free from Sexual Misconduct, and other Related Misconduct. UMBC’s Policy on Prohibited Sexual Misconduct expressly prohibits all forms of Discrimination and Harassment on the basis of an individual’s sex (including pregnancy), gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression in its educational programs and activities or with respect to terms and conditions of employment.
UMBC Non-Discrimination Policy Statement:
UMBC values safety, cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility, lifelong learning, equity, and civic engagement. Consistent with these principles, UMBC does not discriminate in offering equal access to its educational programs and activities or with respect to employment terms and conditions on the basis of an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, ancestry, age, gender identity or expression, national origin, veterans status, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or genetic information