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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rights and Regulations

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.

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:                   

UMBC Policies

The UMBC Policy Page provides a comprehenisive listing of all UMBC specific policies.

UMBC Student Handbook

 The UMBC Student Handbook is a valuable resource that includes important policy information.

UMBC Graduate Assistant (GA) Handbook

The Graduate Assistant (GA) Handbook is a compilation of University policies and practices governing graduate assistantships. The Graduate School strongly recommends that all GAs become familiar with the Handbook.                           

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)

UMBC adheres to a practice of compliance with FERPA and notifies student of their rights on an annual basis. For details visit: Notification of Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The Disclosure of Student Records Procedure formalizes UMBC’s practice to: (1) permit students to inspect their education records (2) limit disclosure to others of personally identifiable information from education records without student’s prior written consent, and (3) provide students the opportunity to seek correction of their education records where appropriate.

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