Mar 25, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Academic Policies and Grading



Class attendance is a necessary part of the learning process. Instructors typically explain their individual or departmental attendance policy during the first class meeting and/or in their course outlines. Never attending or stopping attendance may adversely affect the student’s grade and financial aid eligibility. Students who do not attend class should officially drop or withdraw from the class. If students choose to withdraw from class, they should consult with an advisor and the financial aid office to determine the impact of the course withdrawal on degree planning and financial aid requirements. Students must maintain at least 12 credits to be considered a full-time student. The recommendation is 16 credits per semester to stay on track for a 4-year graduation.

If You Miss a Class

For minor illness when absence may be one or several days (such as cold, flu, sore throat):

  • Inform the professor of the illness and arrange to make up missed work.
  • Contact student health services provided by the Carroll Health Group Primary Care Practice (more information available Wellness Center) to schedule an off-site medical appointment.  Shuttle transportation available by calling Campus Safety at (410) 857-2202.
  • You are still responsible for meeting academic and attendance requirements for each course.

If a serious medical condition or accident occurs and it requires missing five consecutive days of class or more, please contact the Office of Academic Life directly and provide documentation verifying the situation. The Office of Academic Life will then notify your professors about the anticipated length of your absence. After recovery, it is your responsibility to meet with each professor to arrange to make up missed assignments and tests.

If you are called home for a family emergency, such as a death or a personal issue:

  • Notify the Office of Academic Life at ext. 2251 or 410-857-2251.
  • Your professors will be notified about your absence, but it is your responsibility to satisfy any missed work and to provide documentation for the length of time you are out.

Academic Class


The College assigns students’ class levels according to the following credit criteria:

  0 to 31.5 credits  = freshman
  32 to 63.5 credits  = sophomore
  64 to 95.5 credits  = junior
  96 or more credits  = senior


Academic Load


Students, in consultation with an academic (faculty) advisor, decide the number of credit hours (the academic load) that they will carry. The normal student load is 16 credit hours per semester. There is an extra fee for students carrying more than 20 credit hours per semester. Within the limits described below, the student should develop a schedule based on demonstrated academic ability.

1. Full-time status at McDaniel College requires registration for 12 credits.  Students who wish to graduate in 4 years should take 16 credits per semester (128 credits are required to graduate).  If students opt for a 12-credit semester, the College offers opportunities to earn additional credit to stay on track for a 4-year graduation plan. Students may participate in summer session courses at McDaniel, take summer session coursework at another college, take additional credits during the Fall or Spring semester, take additional Jan term courses, or register for other options including but not limited to: internships, independent studies, physical activity and wellness classes, etc. Additional tuition/fees may apply. Courses taken at another college should be pre-approved by the Registrar’s Office. Alternatively, students may opt to adjust their anticipated completion date to allow more time to earn credits.

2. The minimum number of semester hours that may be carried by a full-time student is 12. Students may carry fewer hours only with permission from the Office of Academic Life or Student Accessibility and Support Services (SASS). Among the consequences of dropping below a full time load are:

a. Loss of athletic eligibility for the semester;

b. Loss of financial aid from some sources;

c. Possible loss of room privileges

3. Students may reside in college housing during the January Term only if they are registered for a standard January Term course, participate in a winter intercollegiate sport, or are given permission to do so by the Director of Residence Life.

4. All residential students (those living in College-owned housing) will pay full tuition rates.



First-year students are assigned to the professor teaching their first-year seminar. New transfers are assigned to a professor teaching a course in their declared major or if they are undecided about a major, to an academic dean or counselor in Academic Life. As students declare a major, they are assigned an academic advisor by the department chair who assists in planning for the completion of a program of study, selecting courses to satisfy a major, discussing career opportunities, and referring students to appropriate campus resources. If a major is declared during the student’s first year, the first-year seminar advisor continues to serve as an additional advisor through the completion of the first year. The online Declaration of Major forms is found on the Registrar’s Office portal page.  

Each semester, students must meet with their advisor to discuss their course selections for the following semester.


Course Schedule


To be reflected accurately on the students official record, course registrations and subsequent changes must be recorded in the Registrar’s Office before specified dates. Add/Drop forms are available on the Registrar’s Office portal page.

  1. Registration takes place in September for Jan Term, November for the spring semester, March for the summer term, and in April for the fall semester. Students are required to meet with their advisors to assist with course selection prior to registration. Advisors must clear students for registration.  Students with restrictions on their student accounts may be prevented from registering.
  2. Students may add courses during the first week of standard semesters. Students may drop courses online during the first two weeks of a standard semester (see academic calendar for the exact dates).  Courses dropped before the drop date will not be included on the permanent record. After the add deadline, a student will not be permitted to add additional classes. An exception may be allowed only after the student consults with his/her advisor and receives permission from the instructor(s) involved.  A late fee of $30 will apply for each course added after the deadline. 
  3. After the deadline date for dropping a class with no grade, a student may withdraw from a course before the established withdraw deadline (see academic calendar for the exact dates).  Students must submit a Course Withdrawal form signed by both the advisor and the instructor(s).  The withdrawn course will appear on the student’s permanent record with a grade of “W.” If the change will result in an the student dropping below full time status (12 credits), signatures of a financial aid officer and the Director of Housing are required.  During standard semesters, there is a late withdrawal period of one week.  A late fee of $30 will apply for each late withdrawal.
  4. A student may drop/withdraw from courses only in accordance with the published Academic Calendar. A student who never attends or stops attending a course during the official drop/withdrawal period and does not officially drop/withdrawal from that course will receive a grade of “XF.” A student who stops attending after the official withdrawal deadline will receive the grade earned.

Credit from Other Sources


In addition to classes taken at the College, students can accumulate credits in other ways.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) scores are normally accepted by the College for placement and credit on the following basis:

  • Scores of 4 or 5: Student normally receive four credit hours.  In some cases up to 8 credit hours may be awarded.
  • Score of 3 or lower: No advanced placement or credit is given. AP Calculus scores of 3 – get placement into MAT-1118 Calculus II and satisfy both basic Arithmetic and basic Algebra.

AP credit may be applied to fulfill both major requirements and the general education requirements as appropriate. The number of AP credits awarded is subject to change depending on changes in the tests and at the discretion of the department chair.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP) scores in liberal arts subject area examinations will be accepted by the College. Placement and credit will be granted to students whose scores are equal to or above the American Council of Education’s recommended minimum scores.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

The College recognizes IB-level work and grants a maximum of one year of credits (32 hours) for examinations in higher-level courses only. Credits are awarded as follows:

  • Score of 5 or higher: Student normally receives four credit hours but in some cases up to 8 credit hours may be awarded.
  • 4: Student will receive credit at the discretion of the appropriate department.
  • 3 or lower: Student will not receive credit.

IB credits may be counted toward general education requirements, major or minor requirements, or electives in the same manner as Advanced Placement credits. Students should confer directly with departments to determine exact placement in departmental courses.

Summer School

McDaniel College offers an array of undergraduate courses, with the majority of the courses offered online. If a student wants to take a course at another school during the summer, he or she must complete a Transfer Credit Request form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office before registering at the off-campus location. Approval from the appropriate department chair/academic dean also may be required. The Transfer Credit Request form is available on the Registrar’s Office portal page.

Transfer Credit

The College grants transfer credit for courses that are standard liberal arts courses or that compare to the offerings of the College, from accredited institutions where the accrediting agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students seeking transfer credit from coursework earned at an institution outside the U.S. must submit an official transcript(s) that has been evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. McDaniel College recommends World Education Services ( but will accept an evaluation from any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( member.

Students entering McDaniel College from high school who seek credit for courses taken at a college while still attending high school will be notified by the Office of Admissions of transfer credits after they are accepted for admission and once the final college/high school transcript is received.

Students applying to McDaniel should request that an official college transcript be sent to the Admissions Office for review. Matriculated McDaniel students should request that a transcript be sent to the Registrar’s Office. Note that many schools charge a nominal fee for forwarding transcripts.

Students wishing to transfer credit from Maryland 2-year institutions are encouraged to use ARTSYS, an electronic course-by-course evaluation system to determine the transferability of courses. Students should also consult with the Transfer Coordinator at their current institution for guidance on the use of ARTSYS and/or any questions about transferring.

Credit will be awarded when the grade from the sending institution is a “C-” or better, with the exception of ENG 1101, where the grade must be a “C” or better. (The grade of “CR”, “P” or the equivalent is transferable for elective courses provided there is proof the letter grade would have been a C- or better.)

Transfer credit that is more than 10 years old may be accepted as elective credit but will be reviewed on a case-by-base to meet general education, major and/or minor requirements.

Grades from transfer courses are not used in the calculation of the student’s McDaniel College grade point average. Students may not replace a grade earned at McDaniel College with an equivalent transfer course grade.

The following limitations will be placed on the total number of hours allowable towards graduation by transfer:

1.      A maximum of 96 hours will be allowed from a four-year institution.

2.      A maximum of 64 hours will be allowed from a two-year institution.

3.      A total combined maximum of 96 hours from both two and four-year institutions will be allowed.

Transfer students must meet the graduation and residence requirements current at the time they matriculate.   Please note:  Only grades earned at McDaniel College and affiliated programs are calculated in the grade point average. In addition, a student must complete 64 credit hours at McDaniel College in order to qualify for general honors. Credits earned in affiliated study abroad programs, AP, IB and CLEP will be counted toward the 64-semester hour total.

Courses meeting general education, major or minor requirements may be fulfilled by courses taken at another institution. However, students who have matriculated at McDaniel should obtain prior approval on a “Transfer Credit” form obtained online or from the Registrar’s Office.

Courses comparable to those offered by the College may not be taken elsewhere for transferable credit during either semester of the regular academic year except with permission of an Associate Dean of Student Academic Life; while such permission is not usually granted, it may be granted in the event of an irresolvable schedule conflict.

Occupational/Life Experience Credit

Students who have done occupational or volunteer work, or have had life experience (including travel, military service or extensive research/creative endeavors) which they feel might be worth college credit, may submit a portfolio to an academic dean.

The portfolio should include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Detailed description of occupational, volunteer, and/or life experience
  • A request to have the life experience credits apply in one of the following ways:
    • A specific course within a major - The portfolio should include a description of the course-specific knowledge gained from the experience.
    • A McDaniel Plan requirement - The portfolio should include a description of how the experience fulfilled the student learning outcomes for that McDaniel Plan requirement.
    • General elective credit - The portfolio should include a description of the college-level learning gained from the experience.
  • An endorsement signed by the former employer or by the head of the volunteer organization or documentation of military service (e.g., evaluation reports, award recommendations, certificate of discharge from active duty)
  • Endorsement by a faculty sponsor and an academic dean

If credits requested are linked to a specific major, the appropriate department chairperson will review the student portfolio for course analysis and approval and credit hour determination. Portfolios from students who seek general elective credits or McDaniel Plan requirements are approved by an academic dean and reviewed by the Registrar.

A maximum of 16 life experience credit hours may be awarded. Life experience credit hours are billed at the College’s summer rate. Students approved to receive life experience credit will be billed and are responsible for payment before life experience credit posts to the academic record.

Study Abroad Credits

Students who attend one of the affiliated institutions/programs (e.g., Budapest) will have their grades, as well as credits, transferred to McDaniel College. Courses taken at an affiliate are considered McDaniel College courses. Students who attend study abroad programs not affiliated with the College must request a leave of absence from the Provost. Only credits (no grades) transfer from non-affiliated programs. 

Final Examinations


According to faculty policy, there is to be a significant examination or other culminating experience during the regularly scheduled final examination time for each student in each course (with the possible exception of senior capstone experiences). Because students need time to prepare for other final examinations, undergraduates cannot be required to submit a take-home final assessment during the last regular week of classes. Such final assessments may be due no earlier than the scheduled final exam time. No test or quiz longer than 15 minutes is to be scheduled during the last week of classes. Times of final examinations for courses are not to be changed without the approval of the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, but faculty may allow individual students to take examinations at other times, consonant with the following policy (from the Student Handbook).

The times of examinations may be changed only for medical reasons or to relieve students who have exams scheduled in three or more consecutive half-day periods.

Examinations will not be rescheduled to facilitate social, travel, or employment arrangements. The Provost and Dean of the Faculty must authorize alterations in the examination program.

Students who have medical reasons or conflicts, as above, should discuss with the professor the possibility of taking the examination at another time with another section, or at a mutually agreeable time. This does not require the Dean’s approval. If arrangements cannot be made this way, the student may petition the Provost and Dean of the Faculty for a change of examination.

Grading System


For each course, the instructor determines the progress of the individual and the class by means of class work, tests, special assignments, papers, projects, conferences, and other procedures that might prove valuable.

Faculty are expected to enter midterm grades for undergraduate classes.  Midterm grades are entered prior to the withdrawal deadline so students may have the opportunity to withdraw from a class with a grade of “W” on the transcript. A student should consult with their advisor and the Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of withdrawing from a course.

The scholastic standing of students is indicated by a system of grades designated by the letters A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, DX, F, XF, CR, P, NR, W, and I. A, B, C, and D (+/-) are passing final grades, A+ indicating work of the highest rank, D- of the lowest. Students receiving the final grade of F or XF must repeat the course if they wish to receive credit for it.

At times, emergent and extenuating circumstances (e.g., a family emergency, documented illness, unavailability of needed materials to complete an assignment) may prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course before the end of the semester. In these cases, the instructor may allow the student to complete the remaining assignments at a later date. The procedure will vary depending upon whether the student would pass or fail the course without completing the outstanding assignments. 

  • If the student will fail the course without completing the remaining assignments, the professor may submit a temporary grade of Incomplete (I) for the course. On the Incomplete Grade Form, the instructor stipulates the terms and deadline for completion of requirements with the deadline being no later than the end of the following semester. The instructor submits the Incomplete Grade Form to the Registrar’s Office, provides a copy to the student, and keeps a copy on file. If a change of grade form is not received by the Registrar’s Office by the identified deadline, the I grade will convert to an F no later than the end of the following semester. Students cannot graduate with a grade of I on their academic record. Note that an incomplete grade is not a substitute for an F; instead, it is an indication that the coursework could not be completed by the end of the semester and that a plan has been developed to have that work completed. Professors may not submit incomplete grades at mid-term (see 4.4.11).  
  • If the student could pass the course with a grade of D- or higher when the calculation of the final grade includes zeros for the outstanding assignments, the instructor should submit that final grade. The instructor may still allow the student to turn in outstanding assignments by an agreed upon deadline which should be no later than the end of the following semester.  To provide documentation of the professor’s decision to allow the student to complete work after the semester has ended, the professor should submit information about the terms and deadlines for completion of the requirements to Academic Life.  The student will receive an email record of the online submission.  If the student completes the outstanding work by the deadline and it changes the student’s final grade, the professor should submit a Change of Grade Form. 

In both of the above cases, the deadline should allow sufficient time for the student to complete the work, while providing a swift resolution; the deadline may not extend beyond the end of the following semester.   

Please note that an Incomplete grade may place a student’s financial aid at risk. In addition, incomplete grades may affect and delay the determination of a student’s academic status (i.e., probation, dismissal) and ability to graduate. If the student can secure a passing grade by the end of the semester, the instructor should submit that grade rather than use the Incomplete Grade Form. The instructor may submit a change of grade form should work be accepted by the agreed upon date.

A Not Reported (NR) grade is given for pending Honor and Conduct action.

Students who receive a grade of Incomplete (I) or Not Reported (NR) in any of their courses are not eligible for the Dean’s List for that semester or the President’s List for the academic year.

Grade Point Average

Grade point average (GPA) is calculated on a 4.00 scale, with the point values per grade as follows:

A+ = 4.0        
A = 4.0        
A- = 3.7        
B+ = 3.3        
B = 3.0        
B- = 2.7        
C+ = 2.3        
C = 2.0        
C- = 1.7        
D+ = 1.3        
D = 1.0        
D- = 0.7        
F = 0        
XF = 0       .

A student’s grade point average is calculated by dividing the number of quality points by the number of semester hours attempted (exclusive of courses graded “incomplete”,  “CR”, “P”, “DX” or “W”). A grade of “XF” is calculated into the GPA as a grade of “F”.

Grades from transfer courses are not calculated into the McDaniel College grade point average. The courses accepted from other institutions will be recorded on the McDaniel College transcript. Only grades earned at McDaniel College or its affiliated programs will be calculated in the student’s grade point average.

The general quality of students’ work is determined numerically and is called the grade point average (GPA). The GPA is calculated in two steps. First, letter grades are converted to numerical values on the following scale: A+=4.00; A=4.00; A-=3.70; B+=3.30; B=3.00; B-=2.70; C+=2.30; C=2.00; C-=1.70; D+=1.30; D=1.00; D-=0.70; F=0.00; XF=0.00. A student earns quality points for each course completed equal to the number of credit hours for the course multiplied by the point value for the grade. Then, the semester grade point average is calculated by dividing the total quality points achieved by the number of credit hours attempted in letter-graded courses. Thus, a student taking four, four-hour courses (totaling 16 hours) who received one A, one B, and two Cs would have earned a GPA of 2.75 for the semester. (4 X 4.00) + (4 X 3.00) + (8 X 2.00) = 44.0 ÷ 16 = 2.75.

Similarly, an overall GPA for all work attempted at the College is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credit hours attempted. Affiliated Study Abroad Programs and certain Special Off-Campus Programs will be used in the calculation of a student’s grade point average. However, transfer credit, AP credit, CLEP credit,  “credit” grades are not calculated in the College’s GPA.

To maintain class standing, students must successfully complete the normal program of credit hours with at least a 2.00, or C, average.

The standard course load is 32 credit hours a year, but students should undertake programs they can handle successfully, no matter what the credit hour totals. The number of credit hours that each course carries is stated in the Search for Classes and McDaniel College catalog.

The recommended first semester schedule normally consists of four regular (four semester hour) courses, totaling sixteen semester hours, with the possible addition of one or more courses with lesser credit (0.5-2 semester hours).

Twelve semester hours are the minimum students may carry in order to be considered full time. Failure to maintain full-time status may affect athletic participation, housing, health and automobile insurance, and financial aid.

Change of Grade/Grade Appeal


Once a course grade has been reported to the Registrar’s Office, it may be changed only with the permission of the instructor and the appropriate class year academic dean, and generally only where there has been a data entry or arithmetical error. If, however, a student believes that a semester grade has resulted from prejudicial or capricious evaluation, he or she should consult first with the professor of the course, if necessary with the head of the department, and ultimately with the Dean of the Faculty, whose approval is required for all grade changes of this nature.

If the Dean of the Faculty finds insufficient reason to support the student’s complaint, the appeals process is ended. Should the Dean of the Faculty find clear evidence of prejudicial or capricious evaluation, the Dean of the Faculty will recommend to the professor that the grade be changed. If the professor refuses to change the grade, the Dean of the Faculty will ask the Curriculum Committee to appoint an ad hoc faculty committee to consider the case. This committee will be composed of three faculty members, two of whom must come from the professor’s department or a related discipline. The Committee’s decision, which will be rendered within 30 days of the appeal’s submission, will be final.

The deadline for appealing a grade is the last day of classes of the semester following the term in which the course was taken.

Pass Dx Fail Grading Option


Most internships, some January Term courses, and some program requirements are graded on a Pass/Dx/Fail (P/Dx/F) basis. In addition, students may elect one course per semester (no more than 4 courses total) under the Pass/Dx/Fail (P/Dx/F) option. To receive a grade of Pass (“P”) for a course under this option, a student must attain a grade of C- or better; in this case, students are awarded credits, but the grade point average (GPA) is not affected. A grade of “Dx” is awarded for grades of D+, D, or D- and students are awarded credits, but the GPA is not affected. Any grades of “F” under the P/Dx/F option will not be awarded credits and will be used in the calculation of the student’s GPA. Students may designate the grading system for a course as P/Dx/F by the deadline to withdraw from a course. A student may not change from P/Dx/F to a graded basis after designating a course as P/Dx/F. The instructor normally receives no formal notification of a student’s enrollment in a course under the P/Dx/F option. Students may not choose to take a course P/Dx/F if it fulfills requirements for a major, a minor, College Writing (i.e., ENG 1101) or the Honors Program. If a student designates a class a P/Dx/F that later is needed for a major/minor the student may be required to retake the class unless an exception is granted by the department chair. Students who are majoring/minoring in Education should be aware that they must take all classes for that program on a graded basis. Taking courses as P/Dx/F may not be advisable for students who will be seeking admission to graduate programs or who plan to transfer credits to another institution. Students who elect to take a course P/Dx/F will not be eligible for the Dean’s List that semester or President’s List for the academic year.



To audit a course (no credit hours or quality points awarded), a student is required to meet with the instructor of the course who stipulates the requirements of the audit.  A completed and signed Add/Drop form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office prior to the end of the second week of class.  A grade of “AU” will be reflected on the transcript.  If requirements of the audit are not met, the instructor may request that the audited course be removed from the student’s academic history.

There is no additional charge for a full-time student.  A part-time student is charged one-half the regular tuition.

A student may request a change from audit to credit (letter grade) prior to the end of the semester.  Instructor approval is required and a completed and signed Add/Drop form must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office before the end of the class/semester.  All course requirements must be completed and any price differential must be paid.

Repeat Policy


A student has the option to repeat and pass a course previously failed in order to gain credit hours toward graduation.  The student will receive the quality points for the new grade, and the original failing grade will no longer be used in the calculation of the grade point average. If a student repeats a course previously passed, they will not gain any new hours toward graduation. The higher of the two grades will be used in the calculation of the grade point average. All grades will remain on the student’s transcript. Transcripts will be marked indicating the repeated courses. There is no limit to the number of times a course may be repeated. With the exception of Study Abroad credits earned from an affiliated program, students may not replace a grade earned at McDaniel College with an equivalent transfer course grade.

This policy does not apply to performance music courses (MUSIC 1001-1024, 1101-1105, 1110-1122). Students will receive a grade and hours towards graduation each time they take one of these courses. In these courses, both grades and credit toward graduation will accumulate each time a course is taken.

Likewise, First-Year Seminars can not be repeated.

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

  1. A student must achieve a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 by spring of the senior year to be in “good academic standing” at the College. In addition, students must earn 128 credits and complete all requirements to earn a degree.
  2. Academic Progress is measured in three areas: A) maintaining a cumulative GPA consistent with the standards for good academic standing, B) successfully completing a required number of credits per semester, and C) receiving a degree in a timely manner.
  3. Below is a schedule of the cumulative GPA a student must achieve based on the number of attempted credits. If a student falls below the GPA requirement, the student may be academically dismissed or placed on academic probation. 

NOTE: Academic dismissal will be accompanied by a suspension of Financial Aid as noted in the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy in Financial Aid; however, students who are not academically dismissed may, at times, also have financial aid suspended.  Students receiving financial aid should review the Financial Aid SAP policy for standards related to GPA, pace, and maximum timeframe.

Students who are academically dismissed or have their financial aid suspended will be informed regarding the process to appeal this decision.

Attempted Credits Cumulative GPA Academic Decision
1 - 31.5 <1.25
1.25 - 1.49
Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation
32 - 47.5 <1.50
1.50 - 1.69
Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation
48 - 63.5 <1.70
1.70 - 1.79
Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation
64 - 79.5 <1.80
1.80 - 1.89
Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation
80 - 95.5 <1.90
1.90 - 1.99
Academic Dismissal
Academic Probation
96 and higher <2.00 Academic Dismissal

Academic Probation and Dismissal

Academic Probation

Students who return to McDaniel College on academic probation must schedule a meeting with an academic dean before they return to campus, or no later than the first week of classes. The meeting ensures that effective planning takes place and resources for student support can be put into place. Students should call the Office of Academic Life at 410-857-2279 to schedule a conference. If students receive financial aid, they are required to contact the Financial Aid Office at 410-857-2233 to determine the status of their aid package.

Academic Dismissal Appeal Process 

If a student believes that extenuating circumstances were the cause of the academic dismissal, the College’s decision may be appealed through a process facilitated by the office of Academic Life.  The process for the appeal includes submitting a personal statement, plan of action, additional documentation, and an evaluation for a faculty member at McDaniel College.

Students are required to secure an advisor’s or a professor’s support in the form of an email or letter that details students’ prospects for academic success. If students receive financial aid, they are required to contact the Financial Aid Office at 410-857-2233 to determine the status of their aid package.

Graduation and Commencement

Graduation occurs at the end of each semester for students who have completed all requirements for their degree as outlined under Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree . Students who anticipate graduation must complete an Application for Graduation during their final semester.

McDaniel College holds one commencement ceremony in the spring of each year. Spring graduates who attend the ceremony will receive their diplomas on stage.

Students who graduate in the summer or fall semesters have the option to attend the ceremony in the following spring. Degrees are conferred on August 15th for summer semester, December 31st for fall semester, and on the day of Commencement for the spring semester..

Diplomas are mailed to all August and December graduates as well as spring graduates who do not attend the ceremony. Diplomas and transcripts will not be released for students with active holds (remaining balances, incomplete exit interviews, etc.).

Petition to Walk at Commencement

Students who have completed their Capstone work and who have one required course remaining to be eligible for graduation, or, are within four credits of the 128 overall credits required, may petition to walk in the Commencement ceremony. To be eligible to petition to walk, a student must have met the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 as well as the minimum GPA of 2.0 for at least one of their respective major(s).

The Petition to Walk form is available in the McDaniel portal and is due no later than May 1st for consideration. It requires students to submit a plan for completing the missing requirement over the summer semester either through an existing McDaniel College summer registration or a transfer credit preapproval. Petitions must be approved by an Associate Dean of Student Academic Life and reviewed by the Office of the Registrar.

Students who are approved to walk in the commencement ceremony must complete their degree with a passing grade in a McDaniel College course during the summer term or provide an official transcript showing a passing grade of “C-” or better for a course from an outside institution. The degree will be awarded on the appropriate date for the semester in which the final requirement is completed. The student will not be eligible to participate a second ceremony the following spring.

Students who do not complete their missing requirement in the summer following the commencement ceremony will be placed on “Hold for Continuance” (HC). If the missing requirement is not completed the subsequent term, the student will be administratively withdrawn from the institution unless a leave of absence is approved.

Program requirements for students returning four or more years after the anticipated completion date noted on their Petition to Walk will be evaluated by an academic dean and/or department chair for the declared major to determine if additional credits are required or appropriate course substitutions may be made.



 In addition to Phi Beta Kappa, there are numerous other honorary societies on campus. Three societies oriented toward general accomplishment are Omicron Delta Kappa, a national society recognizing leadership qualities, Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society recognizing academic excellence in the first year of college, and the Trumpeters, a local society honoring senior students dedicated to service. National and international honor societies which recognize academic accomplishment in specific fields are Beta Beta Beta (Biology), Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry), Lambda Pi Eta (Communication), Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics), Kappa Delta Pi (Education), Phi Alpha Theta (History), Lambda Iota Tau (Literature), Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Languages), Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics), Omicron Psi (Nontraditional Students), Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy), Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics), Phi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Psi Chi (Psychology), Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences), Phi Alpha (Social Work), and Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Arts).

The College grants three types of honor citations at graduation, College Scholar, Departmental Honors and General Honors, and the Dean’s List at the close of each semester.

  1. General Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude. These honors are recorded on the diplomas and on the student’s permanent records. A cumulative grade point average of 3.90-4.00 is necessary for Summa Cum Laude, 3.70-3.89 for Magna Cum Laude, and 3.50-3.69 for Cum Laude.

Only grades earned at McDaniel College and affiliated programs are calculated in the grade point average. In addition, a student must complete 64 credit hours at McDaniel College in order to qualify for general honors. Credits earned in approved study abroad programs, AP, IB and CLEP will be counted toward the 64-semester hour total.

  1. Departmental Honors: Honors in…(name of the major department). To receive departmental honors, students must:
    1. Have a grade point average of 3.50 in all courses taken in the major.
    2. Satisfy any departmental requirements, such as engaging in seminars or in self-directed study, submitting an essay or passing with distinction a comprehensive examination in the major field.
    3. Be recommended by the department.
  2. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time (12 or more letter-graded credit hours) undergraduate students with outstanding academic performances each semester (must not have an Incomplete (I) grade, Not Recorded (NR) grade, or elected the Pass/Dx/Fail grade option) on the following basis:
    1. Highest honors, requiring a semester term grade point average of 3.90 or higher;
    2. High honors, requiring a semester term grade point average of 3.70-3.89;
    3. Honors, requiring a semester term grade point average of 3.50-3.69.
  3. McDaniel Honors Program: Students who complete the requirements of the McDaniel Honors Program are recognized as College Scholars on their official transcripts.


McDaniel College conducts an active program of student internships through cooperative programs with government, business, industry, institutions, and individuals. Internships are generally arranged directly through the academic departments or programs of the College, and each internship must be sponsored by a member of the faculty. In general, 37 hours of work during the course of the semester/term equals one credit. An internship that exceeds four credits must have department chair approval. To enroll in an internship, students complete the Internship Registration form available in the Registrar’s Office. Internship Registration forms must be submitted no later than the last day of the semester/term in which the internship takes place.  Credit will not be awarded for internships completed in prior semesters. No more than twelve credit hours of internships may be counted toward the 128 credit hours required for graduation, and no more than two credits of classroom internship within a single department may count toward graduation. Internships are graded Pass/Dx/Fail only. Many study abroad programs also provide internship opportunities in a range of areas and settings.

Leave of Absence and Withdrawal from the College


If a student wishes to leave the College temporarily or permanently, a student can choose two different options.

Students in good standing who wish to leave the College temporarily for personal or medical reasons may request an official Leave of Absence (LOA). An LOA is temporary and can be requested for up to two consecutive semesters. In exceptional circumstances, a third semester of an LOA may be approved.

To request an LOA, prior to the final two weeks of classes and finals week, students must meet with their academic dean. Students will complete an LOA request form, which is reviewed by the Associate Vice President of Student Success. For a medical LOA request, students must submit documentation from a medical provider to the college’s Wellness Center within fourteen (14) calendar days. If a student fails to submit the medical documentation on time, the LOA request shifts from medical to personal. The medical documentation required for a Medical Leave of Absence must be completed by the student’s treating physician, licensed mental health provider, or other licensed healthcare professional. The provider must be an impartial professional who does not have an immediate familial relationship with the student. The documentation must include 1) diagnosis or condition; 2) how this condition is resulting in functional impairments that prevent the individual from meeting the expectations of a student; and 3) clear recommendation for medical leave of absence from college.

Students will receive final decisions about LOA requests via email and a letter to their home address on record.

Students who wish to permanently withdraw from the College must meet with their academic dean and complete the withdrawal request form prior to the final two weeks of classes and finals week.

If the request for an LOA or permanent withdrawal from the College is submitted prior to the last two weeks for classes and finals week, the student will receive grades of ‘W.’

During the last two weeks of the semester and finals week, students may request an LOA for the following semester(s) or to permanently withdraw from the College at the conclusion of the semester; however, they are encouraged to work with professors to complete currently enrolled coursework to the best of their ability. During this period, requests for an LOA or permanent withdrawal from the college will not be reviewed until after the submission of final grades from the current semester. In cases of an LOA, students may wish to consult with their professors about the option of an incomplete grade.

When requesting an LOA or permanent withdrawal, students must contact Financial Aid, Residence Life, and the Bursar’s Office to review and discuss procedures in those areas.

Administrative Withdrawals

The College will administratively withdraw 1) students in active status who have not registered for classes before the first day of classes and who have not contacted the College about extenuating circumstances and/or intention to register by the end of the first week of classes, and 2) students whose Leave of Absence has expired and who have not contacted the College to confirm their return before August 15 (if anticipated to return for the Fall semester) or January 15 (if anticipated to return for the Spring semester).

Re-Admission to McDaniel College


Students who have formerly attended McDaniel College, officially withdrawn (not a leave of absence), and subsequently wish to return have a separate application process from new students and a separate application form, which may be obtained from the Office of Admissions. Transcripts must be submitted from any colleges attended since leaving McDaniel. A $50 application fee is required. Housing policies and residential requirements apply as they do for current students. Once a student is re-admitted to the College and commits to returning, it is then possible to talk to an advisor and discuss the course registration timetable for the next semester.

Regarding Online and Hybrid Classes

A. Definitions of Class Formats

  1. Face-to-Face. Between 80%-100% of class sessions meet in-person in a physical classroom. Some course material, assignments, activities, and tests may be hosted online. 

  2. Hybrid. Between 50% and 80% of class sessions meet in-person in a classroom, with the remaining class sessions meeting online.  Online sessions are usually asynchronous but may be synchronous in some cases using Teams or Zoom.  Dates and times of required synchronous sessions will be published before registration. 

  3. Online Asynchronous. 100% of course content, activities, and assessments, as well as class discussions and interactions (student-student and student-faculty) are completed online. No synchronous meetings are required. Students will not be required to come to campus at any time to participate in the course. 

  4. Online Webinar. While 100% of course content, activities, and assessments, as well as class discussions and interactions (student-student and student-faculty) are completed online, some synchronous online meetings may be scheduled using Teams or Zoom. In such cases, these dates and times will be published before registration.  Attendance at synchronous sessions may or may not be a requirement of the course. 

B. Online Learning Platform

All online and hybrid classes use Blackboard, McDaniel’s Learning Management System (LMS). Blackboard allows the instructor to deliver course content and assignments, enable communication, receive assignments, facilitate interactions (student-student, student-faculty, student-content), offer feedback, and perform assessment.  

The most common features and tools used in Blackboard include: 

  • Announcements, for regular communication. 
  • Syllabus and Read Me First, for conveying core course information, including learning objectives, grading requirements, time expectations, course tools, matters of accessibility and other housekeeping matters.  
  • A Course Guide, for providing a storyboard of the class on one page that includes a class schedule along with objectives, resources, activities, assessments, and due dates.  
  • Modules, links to areas that present course content aligned with learning outcomes, resources, activities, and assessments. 
  • Assignments, for posting and submitting student work. 
  • Discussion Board, for asynchronous conversation, group work, and collaborative activities.  
  • Journal, that allows and encourages students to reflect on their learning. 
  • Wiki, that provides a platform for students to collaborate asynchronously on group projects.  
  • VoiceThread, a tool embedded in Blackboard that allows faculty the ability to create media rich, interactive, asynchronous lessons, as well as providing opportunities for students to interact with the course content, instructor, and one another using audio and/or video. 
  • Tests and Quizzes, for administering exams, tests, quizzes, and surveys.  
  • Gradebook, for managing and posting student grades. 

C. Student Guidelines for Online Classes

Taking an online course has many advantages.  Benefits include flexibility with schedule to assure timely degree progress, the ability to communicate with classmates and the instructor from the convenience of your own home or workplace, and enhanced access to course content and class conversation.  

However, an online course is not for everyone. For instance, if you need the discipline of meeting regularly in-person and you enjoy the in-person interaction with other students and your instructor, you are more likely to prefer a regular classroom or hybrid course format.  

Students should keep the following points in mind before enrolling in an online course:

  • Online courses are not easier than traditional face-to-face courses. Just because students are not going to class regularly does not mean that they will be doing less work. Students can expect online courses to have the same rigor and expectations as face-to-face courses. 
  • Online courses require the same time investment as face-to-face courses. Online courses may be more convenient, but they have been designed to take the same amount of time as a student would spend if they were taking a traditional class. 
  • Online courses require strong time management skills. While students will not have set class times, they will still need to meet course deadlines for reading course materials, participating in discussions, and handing in assignments. 
  • Online courses demand engagement. Most online courses employ active learning strategies (where students actively participate in the learning process, as opposed to passively taking in course content). Online courses are no place to hide. In online courses, students will be expected to discuss course concepts, interact with the professors and other students, and, to a considerable extent, take charge of their own learning. A high level of participation is usually a significant part of the final grade.  
  • Online courses require students to be tech savvy. To excel in online courses, students need to be comfortable using a computer and navigating the Internet. Students will need to be able to use a web browser, email, Microsoft Office Suite and understand how to save, send, share, and open files in several types of software.

D. Student Guidelines for Hybrid Classes

For students who have mastered basic time management and active learning skills, hybrid courses offer numerous rewards, including having a more flexible schedule and the opportunity to re-read (or re-watch) course material whenever and as often as they want.  

Hybrid courses can be an excellent option for students juggling family responsibilities, jobs with odd hours, or students who have scheduling conflicts with other classes and/or sports commitments.  

However, hybrid courses are not right for everyone. For instance, if active learning is still difficult, and/or students need the discipline of meeting regularly in-person to stay focused in class, students are more likely to prefer an entirely in-person classroom.  

Students should keep the following points in mind before enrolling in a hybrid course: 

  • Hybrid courses require students to be prepared. Since hybrid classes typically present most course content online instead of via in-class lectures, class meeting times are usually devoted to collaborative activities, conversations, or even doing “homework” in class with the instructor providing feedback. Students should not expect to just show up for an in-person class session. Students must come to class prepared.  
  • Hybrid courses are not easier than traditional face-to-face courses. Just because students are attending fewer in-person classes does not mean that students will be doing less work. Students can expect hybrid courses to have the same rigor and expectations as face-to-face and online courses. 
  • Hybrid courses require the same time investment as campus-based courses. Hybrid courses may be more convenient, but they have been designed to take the same amount of time stduents would spend if taking a traditional class. 
  • Hybrid courses require strong time management skills. While required in-person class meetings will occur fewer times than in traditional classes, students will still need to meet deadlines for reading course materials, participating in discussions, and handing in assignments.  
  • Hybrid courses require students to be tech savvy. To excel in hybrid courses, students need to be comfortable using a computer and navigating the Internet. Students will need to be able to use a web browser, email, Microsoft Office Suite and understand how to save, send, share, and open files in several types of software.

E. Student Integrity and Privacy

  • Students are issued a unique username and password for access to Blackboard, McDaniel’s LMS. 
  • Faculty may use other means or technologies to authenticate the work of online students (e.g., special software, locked-down browsers, and web cameras). 
  • McDaniel policies and practices with student data are compliant with the European Union General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  
  • Students in all courses and programs, regardless of delivery format, must adhere to McDaniel’s Honor Code.

F. Technical Support at McDaniel

  • The McDaniel Help Desk provides students with technical support (phone, email, virtual) for educational technology hardware and software required in online and hybrid classes.  
  • Replies to students should occur within a reasonable timeframe, preferably within 24 hours if not sooner.

G. Accessibility and 508 Compliance

  • We make every effort to ensure that all online and hybrid classes at McDaniel are fully accessible and 508 compliant.  
  • All Blackboard classes have Ally embedded in them. Ally is a program that (a) automatically checks course materials against WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards and (b) provides students with accessible alternative formats such as audio and electronic braille. 

H. McDaniel Core Policies for Online/Hybrid Classes

  1. Online and Hybrid courses are a part of the student’s regular course load and are counted the same as on-campus courses. 
  2. Students are at the center of each decision in teaching, design, and course management. 
  3. Faculty who teach online/hybrid at McDaniel are required to take a four-week online class, BPO 100: Best Practices in Online and Hybrid Instruction.  
  4. All online/hybrid classes are written by McDaniel faculty and designed in consultation with the Instructional Design & Technology Department.  
  5. The McDaniel course development process includes: Working collaboratively as a team to develop each online/hybrid class; Designing courses according to the principles of Backward Design, aligning learning objectives with readings, activities, and authentic assessments; Encouraging student-centered instructional design and teaching practices that foster active learning and draw on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines for effective teaching and learning; Privileging the Community of Inquiry framework, ensuring social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence in each online/hybrid class.  
  6. Courses are accessible (508 compliant), engaging, interactive, and meet known best practices in instructional design and teaching methods. 
  7. All Interregional Guidelines for the Evaluation of Distance Education established by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC) are followed. 
  8. Integrity, honesty, and respect are paramount in all aspects of McDaniel’s online/hybrid operations. 

Registration at Other Colleges

Students interested in enrolling in courses at other institutions must complete a Transfer Credit Request form available on the Registrar’s Office portal page and must be submitted with required signature(s) to the Registrar’s Office. Each student is responsible for having an official transcript sent from the other institution for posting to their permanent record. Please note transfer credits do not affect the student’s grade point average at McDaniel College. Up to 96 credit hours in transfer from four-year institutions and up to 64 credit hours from two-year institutions will be accepted.

Access to Educational Records & Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


Educational records are those records, files, documents, and other material directly related to a student and maintained by McDaniel College or any of its agents. The College assumes an implicit and justifiable trust as custodian of these records. Access to and release of student records are determined by College policy, which complies with Public Law 93-380 (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), often referred to as the Buckley Amendment). The College Policy on Release of Information About Students and of the U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing Public Law 93-380 are available here. Students receive notification of the rights accorded them under the above documents at the beginning of each academic year. A more complete description of these policies appears in the Student Handbook.

Retention of Records


Transcript records are permanently held by the Registrar’s Office. Documentation pertaining to the registration for each semester is held only for a period of one year. If any questions should arise regarding documentation of enrollment more than one year beyond registration for a course, it will be the student’s responsibility to produce proper documentation to support any claim for a change to their record.

Student Concerns About a Class or Instructor

A student who has issues or concerns about a class in which they are enrolled is encouraged (1) to discuss them directly with the faculty instructor, whether after class or during office hours. If this is impossible because the issue is the instructor or if the student finds the response of the instructor unsatisfactory, the student should (2) meet with the department chair. If after this meeting the concerns are not resolved, the student should (3) go to the Office of Academic Life to schedule a meeting with the appropriate dean. Students are also encouraged to seek the advice of their faculty advisor.

Teacher Certification for Undergraduate Students


Education candidates, including majors and minors, have options regarding when to complete the one-semester student teaching experience. For all options, students are responsible for the additional student teaching fee ($750.00).

OPTION #1 (applies to both majors and minors):

Students may complete their student teaching in the 8th semester of their undergraduate studies. In this case, credits will be billed at the undergraduate rate during the student teaching semester and students will remain eligible for Institutional, Federal, State, and Private aid. Students will graduate in May with a major or minor in Education listed on the transcript; the Approved Program Stamp for Teaching Certification will be placed on their transcript at this time as well.

OPTION #2 (applies to both majors and minors):

Students may complete student teaching in the 9th semester as undergraduate, degree seeking students. Credits will be billed at a rate equivalent to the graduate rate during the 9th semester; Institutional financial aid is not available for credits billed at the graduate rate; however, students may apply for Federal, State, and Private aid. Students will graduate in December, following the 9th semester, with the major or minor in Education listed on the transcript. At this point, the Approved Program Stamp for Teaching Certification will be placed on the transcript. Students may petition to walk in the May commencement ceremony following the 8th semester, but will not be awarded their degrees or have the Approved Program Stamp for Teaching Certification placed on the transcript until the 9th semester has been completed.

OPTION #3 (applies to minors only):

Students may complete student teaching in the 9th semester as post-baccalaureate, non-degree seeking students. In this case, students will graduate in May without a minor in education listed on their transcripts (note that the minor will not be added to the transcript at a later date). Credits will be billed at the graduate rate during the 9th semester. Institutional, Federal, and State aid (as well as the majority of Private scholarships) is not available for non-degree seeking students; students may wish to seek private loans. The Approved Program Stamp for Teaching Certification will be placed on the transcript following completion student teaching.

VA Students

Students using Post 9/11 GI Bill ® Benefits (Chapter 33) and Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Benefits (Chapter 31) at McDaniel College will be allowed to attend McDaniel College for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. A McDaniel College Request for Benefits Form must accompany the certificate of eligibility or Valid VAF 28-1905 and should be submitted to the Veterans A.  McDaniel College will not impose a penalty, or require as student to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at