Academic Policies

The Master of Education degree or Master of Arts in Teaching degree is awarded after completing all the requirements with an average of B- or above. Students may elect as many courses per semester as they wish. However, all requirements for the degree must be completed within seven years.

Grading System

The grading system is as follows: A, excellent; B, good; C, passing; D, poor; F, failing; AU, Audit; I, incomplete; W, withdraw; FX, failure to attend and to officially withdraw. The letter grades may be modified by plus or minus as follows: A-, B+, B-, C+, C-, D+, D-. As part of the continued guidance offered to each student, the Academic Review Committee evaluates the record of any student who receives a failing grade or whose grade point average falls below a B-. On the basis of this evaluation, the committee may warn the student, place the student on probation, have the student repeat the course(s) in which the student's work was unsatisfactory, or drop the student from the rolls of the college. Please note: any student who receives a grade of D or F must retake the course for credit.

M.A.T. students completing ED 687 Internship with Seminar must earn a grade of B or better to be eligible for Maryland-approved program certification by Goucher College.

Academic Honor Code

The cornerstone of the academic community at Goucher College is the Academic Honor Code that was adapted in the first decade of the 20th Century. It emphasizes the importance of personal honor and moral integrity that reflect the honor and integrity of the Goucher community. The primary authority to regulate student conduct in matters pertaining to the Academic Honor Code has been delegated by the College to the Student Government Association, whose constitution provides for the Academic Honor Board. Both the Academic Honor Code and Student Judicial Code are printed in the Campus Handbook. Prospective students may receive a copy of the Handbook upon request from the director of admissions.

The Criteria of Academic DishonestyAcademic dishonesty shall be considered a failure to meet the criteria outlined below. Principles of honor and integrity in academic work cannot be codified in every aspect, therefore, the following criteria shall be considered as a guide, not an inclusive manual of usage. The student's intent in cases of alleged academic dishonesty shall be determined solely by the Graduate or Undergraduate Academic Honor Board.

I. Examinations

A. Students shall neither give nor receive assistance from other individuals during examinations. They shall not communicate with any other students in any way during the test.

B. Students shall avoid leaving the examination room unaccompanied for an excessive length of time during an examination.

C. There shall be no use of aids (tests, notes, pictures, etc.) unless authorized by the instructor. No pages shall be inserted or torn out of the examination blue book.

D. All take-home, internet based or prepared examinations shall be taken according to a procedure clearly specified by the instructor. In all cases of doubt, students should request clarification from the instructor. On internet based tests, electronic signatures will be acceptable.

E. There shall be no discussion

II. Plagiarism, Cheating and Academic Misconduct

A. There shall be no collaboration between a student and any other individual/s unless authorized by the instructor.

B. It is expected that students will discriminate carefully between parts of their writing for which they are solely responsible and other parts for which credit is owed to someone else. Failure to acknowledge the work of others incorporated into a student's written work is a serious offense. When a borrowed idea is stated in a student's own phraseology, there shall be an acknowledgment of the source of information. When it is expressed in the phraseology of the source itself, it shall be placed in quotation marks and acknowledged. Quotations that exceed several connected words shall be put in quotation marks unless the passages are proverbial or well-known. There shall be accurate placing of quotation and punctuation marks, and adequate indication by brackets of any changes or interpretations. Acknowledgments shall be in the citation form specified by the instructor.

C. Laboratory/research work shall be unacceptable unless all measurements of data, drawings, etc., are recorded independently and employed in the work by each student and/or authorized group.

D. No data, information or citation may be falsely reported or falsely attributed in an academic exercise. This includes, but is not limited to, deliberate falsification of laboratory experiment results, data or judgments attributed to scholarly sources, results of calculations and the output of computer programs.

III. Library Regulations

No student shall infringe upon the rights of others to enjoy equal access to the library, its materials, and its equipment. Students are responsible for knowledge of library regulations, and violation of these rules is considered a breach of the Academic Honor Code. Of paramount importance is the rule that library materials must be checked out at the circulation desk before removal from the building.

IV. Resubmitting Course Work

No student shall turn in work which has received a grade in one course for a grade in a second course, unless the (paper, homework, instructor in the second course has given permission to laboratory work) do so.

V. Incomplete Work

If course work is not completed for reasons beyond the student's control, the instructor may assign an Incomplete. All work must be completed no later than the last day of the sixth week of the semester following the semester in which the Incomplete was granted. If extenuating circumstances exist, students may receive an extension from the director of the program. An Incomplete remains on the student's record, and the grade submitted at the time of resolution is recorded beside it.

Late Registration and Withdrawals

A student may enroll in a course through the first two classes of a semester; after one class, the student must have the instructor's permission to do so. A student may withdraw from a course without academic penalty through the sixth class, with approval of the instructor and the director of the program.  Students who fail to comply with the withdrawal procedures within the published deadlines will receive an F.

General College Policies


As required by federal regulations, Goucher College hereby gives notice as follows:

Goucher College is subject to the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973, as amended (P.L.93-112, P.L.93-516), and the regulations promulgated thereunder (34 C.F.R. Subtitle A, Part 104) that prohibit discrimination on the basis of handicap or disability under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Goucher does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Goucher College has designated the vice president for finance to coordinate its efforts to comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Inquiries or grievances concerning Goucher's compliance with these laws should be addressed to: Ms. Lynne Lochte, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794. Telephone: 410-337-6130. Goucher College has adopted a Nondiscrimination Policy and Grievance Procedure, which is printed in the Campus Handbook or available from the Office of the Vice President for Finance.

Students who need their classes scheduled in an accessible classroom should register and notify Student Administrative Services. Students who have special housing needs should contact the director of residence life. Verifying documentation will be required.

Goucher College does not have a special program for students with disabilities, but the College offers a variety of academic support services to all students through the Writing Center and the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Services offered through ACE include supplemental instruction in various courses, a mathematics lab, and academic skills mentoring. All students are expected to fulfill Goucher College's requirements for graduation, which include writing proficiency and specified courses in mathematics, science, foreign language, and general liberal arts. The curriculum represents Goucher's definition of a sound liberal arts education, and students with disabilities are expected to make a good faith effort to complete the requirements. Students who cannot complete a particular requirement because of a documented disability may petition the associate dean for academic affairs after consulting with the disabilities specialist.

Academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids for students with disabilities are provided on an individual basis. Incoming students with documented disabilities who wish to request adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and services must complete the Disabilities Registration Form, mailed to incoming students, and submit it with the appropriate documentation to Dr. Frona Brown, Disabilities Specialist, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204-2794. Telephone: 410-337-6178. For students with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, appropriate documentation consists of a complete and current (usually less than three years old) psychoeducational evaluation, which includes the WAIS-III (subtest and test scores); selected achievement and information processing tests; a narrative report analyzing and summarizing the data; a clearly stated diagnosis; and recommended academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids. For students with a physical and/or sensory disability, appropriate medical or clinical documentation identifying the student's disability and specifying the requested academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids must be submitted.

To request academic adjustments and/or auxiliary aids and to ensure that they can be provided in a timely manner, students with documented disabilities must submit their documentation as soon as possible and meet with the disabilities specialist prior to the beginning of the semester for which adjustments and/or auxiliary aids are requested.

Any employee with a disability who desires accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act should submit his or her request in writing to Ms. Lee Stevens, Director of Human Resources, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794.

Nondiscrimination Notice

Goucher College is an equal opportunity institution that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, or handicap in its admissions and educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Goucher College has adopted a Nondiscrimination Policy and Grievance Procedure, which is printed below.

As required by federal regulations, Goucher College hereby gives notice as follows:

  1. Goucher College is subject to the provisions of Pub. L 92-318, Title IX, and the regulations promulgated thereunder (34 C.F.R. Subtitle A, Part 106), which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
  2. Goucher College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates.
  3. Inquiries concerning Goucher's compliance with the Title IX may be referred to Vice President for Finance, College Center, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794. Telephone (410) 337-6130. This office has been designated to coordinate the efforts of Goucher College to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under the aforesaid law and regulations. Inquiries concerning the application of the aforesaid law and regulations to Goucher College may also be referred to the director of the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

Student Records and FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the college receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Office of Student Administrative Services, the dean, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The college official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the college official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the college to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the college official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the college decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the college will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Goucher College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.
  4. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the college has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official board or committee, such as the Academic Honor Board, Student Judicial Board, or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the college discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Another exception which permits disclosure without consent is the information designated by the college as directory information. As permitted by FERPA, without prior consent of the student, the college may at its discretion disclose as directory information the student's

  1. name,
  2. local address, telephone number, and e-mail address,
  3. home address and telephone number,
  4. date and place of birth,
  5. photograph,
  6. participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
  7. height and weight of members of athletic teams,
  8. dates of attendance, including full- and part-time status, and graduation, including the listing of such information in the commencement program,
  9. major and minor fields of study,
  10. honors, degrees, and awards received,
  11. previously attended educational agencies or institutions,
  12. class (freshman, sophomore, etc.),
  13. anticipated date of graduation, and
  14. course schedules.

A student may request that all or a portion of this information not be released by filing a written request to that effect with the Office of Student Administrative Services six weeks before the beginning of a semester. Once such a request is filed, it will be honored for the remainder of the academic year in which it was submitted. Requests to withhold directory information must be filed annually with the Office of Student Administrative Services.

All Goucher College policies found in the Campus Handbook apply to all graduate students.