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Here you will find the information you need to better understand key academic policies, procedures, and processes, and to know your rights and responsibilities as a UMGC student.

Academic Policies and Procedures

For questions about your academic program, start by contacting a UMGC advisor, who can refer you to the appropriate point of contact to address your needs. Or you can refer to this complete list of contacts by academic department.

Academic Integrity

UMGC students are expected to maintain the highest level of integrity throughout their academic pursuit. Intellectually honest academic work represents independent analysis and acknowledges all sources of information that contribute to the ideas being explored.


UMGC uses a standard grading scale of A, B, C, D, and F for most of its courses. In addition, there is an FN grade for failure due to non-attendance and a G grade for when a grade is under review. Other grades may be available for specific courses.

Academic Levels of Progress

Your grade point average is computed at the end of each term to determine your academic level of progress. Your GPA equals the sum of grade points you've earned divided by the total number of credits you've taken.

Tips from the Pros

Follow these proven tips from UMGC faculty, staff, and students who have experienced online classes first-hand.

  • Turn assignments in on time. If you're falling behind or don't understand the assignment, contact your instructor right away. And don't wait until the last minute to post assignments, either!
  • Review graded coursework early, and note areas that need improvement. Plan to incorporate these improvements into future assignments.
  • Review and include any required elements defined in the grading guidelines—such as a title page, line spacing, or word count. Pro Tip: Print the grading guidelines, and check off each requirement as you complete it.
  • Familiarize yourself with deadlines and university policies outlined in your syllabus that may affect your academic success.
  • Be committed to academic integrity—submit your own original work with proper citations for every assignment. Adhere to the academic integrity policy in all your coursework.

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Our helpful admissions advisors can help you choose an academic program to fit your career goals, estimate your transfer credits, and develop a plan for your education costs that fits your budget. If you’re a current UMGC student, please visit the Help Center.

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