School districts, schools, and teachers set their own attendance policies. Regular class attendance is expected.

Grading Criteria and Assessment

UMD uses A-F grading to establish the quality of performance achieved at different grade levels. CITS teachers define grade standards for their courses in conformity with the UMD department's policies. Using their best judgment and after consulting with the CITS faculty mentor, CITS teachers may choose to assign different grades for the high school course and for the UMD course. Only the UMD grade appears on the UMD transcript. For any liberal education courses, list the category that the course fulfills as well as the specific liberal education goals that are met by the course.

Make-up and Incomplete

In many cases, especially in language classes and in writing classes, the learning and practice that occurs during regular class meetings simply cannot be "made up." Consequently, attendance in class may contribute to determination of the course grade.


If a student cancels a CITS class, school districts will be issued a refund in accordance with the current year UMD CITS refund dates that are established on an annual basis. Link to 2023-24 CITS dates and deadlines.

Scholastic Dishonesty

Scholastic dishonesty is "any act that violates the rights of another student with respect to academic work or that involves misrepresentation of a student's own work. Scholastic dishonesty includes (but is not limited to) cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing (misrepresenting as one's own anything done by another), submitting the same or substantially similar papers (or creative work) for more than one course without consent of all instructors concerned, depriving another of necessary course materials, and sabotaging another's work" (CLA).

UMD Statement on Student Conduct Code (including classroom conduct)

UMD Statement on Student Academic Integrity

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities requiring special accommodations should contact the instructor at the beginning of the term. CITS teachers should follow any accommodations in place through an established IEP or 504 Plan. CITS students may also request accommodations through UMD's Disability Resources Office

Syllabus Policy

CITS teachers must create a course syllabus and share it with their students, their CITS faculty liaison, and with CITS program staff. The course syllabus must adhere to the UMD Syllabus Policy. The course syllabus is reviewed and approved by the CITS faculty liaison on an annual basis.